The Seattle Post Intelligencer
writes, "If the 2011 Honda Pilot
is on your list of models to consider, and you check it out first, you might not have to look any further."
Pilot has power with a pleasant ride
The Pilot is considered a family-friendly alternative for parents who want to drive something more stylish than a clunky minivan. And with a 3.5-liter V6 engine, the Honda Pilot comes with a lot more power.
U.S. News and World Report
notes that while the Pilot does have considerable power, Honda has managed to keep the ride pleasant, quiet, and smooth. The publication also listed the Pilot's numerous "clever interior storage features" and "spacious third row [which] can fit adults" as features that give the SUV an edge over the competition.
A proven record of Honda safety
In fact, U.S. News and World Report
named the 2011 Honda Pilot as one of its best "Affordable Midsize SUVs"
. But Tarrytown Honda manager Chris Mendicina says that's not all it has to offer.
"It's so easy to get caught up in all the Pilot has to offer on the inside that buyers may not realize its incredible safety record," says Mendicina.
The Honda Pilot has earned a 9.4 out of 10 safety rating from U.S. News
cites the Pilot's "perfect crash-test scores" as a top reason for buyers to consider it.
also gave the Honda Pilot the "2011 Best Retained Value" award.
Upgrades for 2012
For 2012, Honda has made some tweaks to the Pilot's exterior appearance and fine-tuned the engine technology. But for the most part, the company is sticking with what has made this SUV so popular for the last decade.
That includes four customizable trims and tons of options
. The Pilot is loaded up with comfort, technical, and entertainment packages that are usually found on luxury cars which sell for thousands more. Some of these include:
- Power steering, door locks, windows, and seating with memorized settings for 2 drivers
- Front and rear parking sensors
- Interior air filtration
- Three-zone climate control
- Ten-speaker stereo system with subwoofer
- DVD player with remote control
- Audio, video, and MP3 input
- XM satellite radio
- USB connectivity
- Bluetooth connectivity
- Voice-activated navigation system
After seeing all of the available features, buyers may be shocked to find out that the Honda Pilot has an MRSP which starts at $28,320. While the 2012 version won't debut until the fall, Tarrytown Honda
still has plenty of 2011 models ready for purchase.