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2011 Honda Pilot: New Car Video Review

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Video Transcript:


Tracy: With numerous mid-size SUVs from half-a-dozen different manufacturers begging for our attention - can the Honda Pilot still lead the way? Hi, I'm Tracy.

Jeff: And I'm Jeff, and we're here to bring you Auto Trader's new-car review of the 2011 Honda Pilot. Even after a complete redesign two years ago, the Pilot still has that box on wheels look.

Tracy: And it's still powered by a reliable, 3.5-liter, 250-horsepower V-6 - linked to a smooth-shifting 5-speed automatic transmission.

Jeff: Buyers can choose from four models - LX, EX, EX-L, and Touring. All models are available in either front-wheel or four-wheel drive.

Tracy: But the Pilot also has lots of competition - crossover SUVs like the Toyota Highlander and Chevrolet Traverse are just as good.  

Jeff: Yeah, but the Honda has great resale value, and a ton of standard features.


Tracy: For better or worse, the Pilot feels more like a truck than some other crossovers - the high seating position means excellent visibility.

Jeff: All of this glass comes in handy when you're maneuvering a fairly large vehicle. It's roomy inside, too - even for second- and third-row passengers. Fold those seats, and you get 87 cubic feet of storage space.

Tracy: Honda uses quality materials. And those standard features we were talking about include keyless entry… front- and rear-air conditioning… 7-speaker audio, with an auxiliary jack… and CD/MP3 player. We've even got tinted rear windows… and a trailer hitch.

Jeff: Also cruise control… Tilting and telescoping steering column… And an awful lot of buttons and dials.

Tracy: This navigation system is available on the EX-L and the Touring. And you can add a rear seat entertainment system on the Touring as well.

Tracy: Thanks to its 250 horsepower V-6, there's plenty of power. Like all Hondas, the engine is smooth although it can get a little noisy when you really stomp the gas.

Jeff: With our test car's all-wheel drive, up to 70-percent of the power shifts to the rear wheels automatically when needed. And there's a "lock" button that sends more torque to the rear wheels at speeds below 18 miles per hour.

Tracy: Like on bad roads or rough terrain, right? I like the handling.

Jeff: Honda's get good safety ratings, too. We've got a full array of airbags, including side-curtain bags. Plus antilock brakes and traction control. Stopping distance is a little longer than some of the competition - but by just a few feet.

Tracy: I understand that fuel economy is not so great.

Jeff: That's right. The Pilot's MPG is only average. 17 city, 23 highway with 2-wheel drive… 16 city and 18 highway for all-wheel drive.

Tracy: A definite negative now that gas has gotten so expensive!


Jeff: To get behind the wheel of a 2011 Pilot will set you back at least $28,000 for a front-wheel drive LX… about $40,000 for the all-wheel drive Touring model.

Tracy: AutoTrader likes the 2-wheel drive EX-L, with nav system, Bluetooth, and rearview camera.

Jeff: That comes in at $35,995. I'm Jeff.

Tracy: And I'm Tracy. Glad to have you with us for Auto Trader's new-car review of the 2011 Honda Pilot.

Jeff: Right here on Auto Trader, the Ultimate Automotive Marketplace.

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