Reviewers were only semi-impressed with the 2011 Honda Pilot, as reflected in the crossover's mid-segment Total Car Score.
Its exterior styling, revamped two years ago when the Pilot entered its second generation, was called chunky and garish by a reviewer who also termed the Pilot’s interior gimmicky and overwrought. Other reviewers noted a lack of build quality inside the cabin. Engine performance, braking performance and fuel economy were all viewed as sub-par.
So what kept the Pilot from the bottom of the barrel? Room for eight passengers, a spacious third-row seat, excellent road manners, and a healthy list of standard equipment, even on base LX models.
Because the current iteration of the Pilot is fairly new, changes to the ’11 model were limited to availability of a navigation system for the EX-L trim level.
The 2011 Honda Pilot is a fullsize crossover that seats eight passengers in three rows of seats, two of which are 60/40-split bench seats.
Under the hood is a 3.5-liter V6 producing 250 horsepower and 253 pound-feet of torque. This engine is mated to a five-speed automatic transmission and either a front- or all-wheel-drive powertrain.
Four trim levels are offered. Base LX models are equipped with 17-inch wheels, front and rear air conditioning, keyless entry, an AM/FM/CD audio system and automatic headlights. EX models add automatic climate control, a power driver’s seat, satellite radio, foglights and alloy wheels.
The EX-L features leather upholstery, heated front seats, a moonroof and a choice of a navigation system with rearview camera or a rear-seat DVD entertainment system. Top-line Touring models have both the nav and DVD systems, plus Bluetooth connectivity, a powered tailgate and backup sensors.
Fuel economy for all FWD models is EPA rated at 17 mpg city, 23 mpg highway and 19 mpg combined, while AWD versions earned a nearly identical 16/22/18 rating.
When properly equipped, the 2011 Honda Pilot can tow up to 4,500 pounds.
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