2009 Honda Pilot Review – Honda's 8-passenger SUV

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Even though Honda has squared up the edges and lines of the Pilot, it looks significantly beefier than previous versions. The front grill adds to the machismo of the new Pilot. It looks like it could take a whipping, then keep on dishing it out, yet it doesn’t look out of place in the city. The lines of the vehicle are clean and everything blends in really nicely. All 2009 Pilot models feature the rear privacy glass, which helps keep the rear passengers cool, and cargo items safe from prying eyes. The integrated sun-shade for the second row door windows provide more security from prying eyes. Additionally, the Touring edition has the side-mirror integrated turn signals. While these are seamlessly blended into the side mirror for the sake of style – it also doubles as a safety feature, making it easier for other drivers to know your intentions. Safety, thoughtfulness and style, all rolled into one. Genius!

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Overall, the Pilot is not a cheap vehicle. The Touring edition comes in at around $38k. Keep in mind, the Touring edition is also an entirely NEW model in the Pilot line, and it does not feel or perform like a cheap vehicle. It’s a very nice SUV in its price range. The features are NICE and the costs of those add up if you were to add them in separately. If you were looking to spend less for a Pilot, there are 2 lower trim lines in the family that would get you the same vehicle, but with slightly less bling.

Honda’s safety record is again evident in the Pilot. The NHTSA has given the Pilot 5 stars in both frontal and side impact safety ratings. Additionally, the Pilot is loaded with other safety features including: Vehicle Stability Assist (which helps sense over and under-steer,t hen brakes individual wheels and/or reduces throttle to help restore your intended travel path), 4-wheel disc brakes with ABS, Electronic Brake Distribution and Brake Assist. The Pilot provides superior defense in the event of a crash with it’s Advanced Compatibility Engineering (ACE) (the body structure helps absorb and disburse crash energy over a larger area in case of a frontal impact). ACE also makes the Pilot more crash compatible in the event of a frontal impact with vehicles of differing ride heights. There are also front and side impact airbags for the passenger side, and three-row side impact curtains for your passengers, as well as a rollover sensor. This should give you and your passengers peace of mind when riding in a Pilot.

All that being said, the experience I had with the Pilot Touring edition, it’s safety record, it’s ease of drivability and the Honda name: I think it’s worth it.

The Pilot is a solid, well-performing SUV. The 2009 model has been re-designed, and while it’s squarer shaped than previous years, it looks a lot more bad-*ss. It’s comfortable, spacious, easy to see out of, and the features that came with it are very useful for drivers and passengers as well. It appeared truck-like, without actually driving like one, which is a pretty great accomplishment.
















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  • Gammachiis says:

    I would like to Know the price of this car

  • Tracy McCarthy says:

    2011 Honda Pilot boosts of a satellite navigation system.The looks are truck-like, but this car is a great performer,efficiency is increased by the powerful V6 engines. This car has good road manners and moves almost without a sound. It drives very well and has awesome towing capacity of 4500 pounds. Also Honda has got the cylinder deactivation system, which makes it more power delivering. The ride is always firm and the tires don’t lose grip, be it on snow-clad streets, wet roads or muddy tracks or deserts! The Honda Pilot almost defies the laws of Inertia! This SUV will wade past the most difficult terrains with astuteness and dexterity seen never before in any other mid-sized affordable car!

  • hollyrrr says:

    Hi, I’m the author of this review. I have updated the review to reflect the shapes of the Element (no year specified) vs the 2009 Pilot. I’m really sorry about mis-representing the Element in this review. I’d used some specs and info from the Honda web-site (the site appears to have changed since then), and they’d shown the “2009″ models on the top banner. I assumed (although now it seems prophetic – see below) that the Element was also re-designed for 2009, without doing the actual research (since I was researching the Pilot). Anyway, mea culpa. It won’t happen again.

    I just did a Google search for “2009 Honda Element” and had a bunch of hits, with all kinds of links to the 2009 Element.

    Again, apologies for the confusion.


  • Jack Sprint says:

    Please tell us we all want an answer.

  • Thomas Green says:

    I would also like to know the future of the E.

  • Plant worker says:

    Hi scanrps.

    I work at the plant ..this is the latest, Honda was all set to issue a new model year with only a color change however due to the disappointing sales they have decided against it. I’m sure it is also due to the sluggish economy and the shift to more efficient vehicles.
    Word is we will be closing the plant to retool it for a completely different vehicle. If you’re in the market for an element I would hold off because Honda will be having a big sales promotion in November to get rid of the remaining stock…word is up to 4 grand off!

  • Calgary Chris says:

    the Honda AK over at the EOC are all dying to find out about their new garbage box…don’t tell the the truth they will all start to cry..

    It has been canceled!

  • scanrps says:

    To the author, you mention that the 2009 Element is getting
    more rounded. Have you seen a 09 Element? Cause nothing has
    been posted anywhere about any major changes.

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