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New-Car Review: 2013 Honda Pilot

September 10, 2012   ·   0 Comments

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2013 Honda Pilot: What is it?

Pilot is a staple of Honda’s lineup and one of the few crossovers to feature 8-passenger seating.

This 4-door wagon competes against other 7- and 8-passenger midsize SUVs, such as the Chevrolet Traverse, Ford Explorer and Ford Flex, Hyundai Santa Fe, Kia Sorento, and Toyota Highlander.

2013 Honda Pilot: What’s New

Honda freshened the Pilot for 2012. For 2013, some features previously offered only on high-end trim levels become standard across the board.

2013 Honda Pilot: Model Lineup Features and Options

Pilot reprises its six trim levels.

The base LX includes most expected convenience features. Newly standard for 2013 are tri-zone automatic climate control, USB port, Bluetooth wireless cell-phone link, and a rearview camera.

Moving up to the volume EX adds a 10-way power driver seat, automatic headlights, and 18-inch wheels (up from standard 17s).

The EX-L adds leather upholstery, heated front seats, a 4-way power passenger seat, sunroof, satellite radio, and a power liftgate.

A DVD entertainment system and navigation system with music hard drive are available on the EX-L. Per Honda tradition, Pilots so equipped are priced as separate models called EX-L with DVD and EX-L with Navigation.

If you want both DVD entertainment and navigation, you must move into the top-line Pilot Touring, which also adds front- and rear-obstacle detection, driver-seat memory, and rear side-window sunshades.

2013 Honda Pilot: Engines, Transmissions, and Drive Wheels

All Pilot models are available with front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive. The sole engine is a 250-horsepower 3.5-liter V6 that pairs with a 5-speed automatic transmission. The engine features cylinder deactivation as a fuel-saving measure.

2013 Honda Pilot: Fuel Economy

EPA ratings for the 2013 Honda Pilot were not available at time of writing, though we expect no change from its 2012 numbers of 18 city/25 highway with front-wheel drive and 17/24 with AWD.

In Consumer Guide testing, AWD Pilots averaged 18-19.7 mpg on the recommended regular-grade gasoline.

2013 Honda Pilot: Safety Features

The 2013 Honda Pilot includes a standard complement of expected and federally mandated safety features. A rearview camera is newly standard on all models when it was previously limited to the EX-L and Touring. Front- and rear-obstacle detection are standard only on the Touring.

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