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If you're shopping for a family-friendly crossover, you have a lot of options -- one of which is the 2016 Honda Pilot. Here's what you need to know.

The Honda Pilot is available in five trim levels, each available with all-wheel drive. We tested the upscale Touring model with front-wheel drive.

The Pilot's 3.5-liter V6 delivers good acceleration and even better gas mileage, around 20 miles per gallon in the city and up to 28 mpg on the highway.

We found the Pilot to be well-designed, with a smooth ride that can soften the bumpiest of roads. The Pilot handles reasonably well, but the soft suspension means the Pilot isn't the least bit sporty. Some of our editors feel the Pilot is better-suited for road trips than in-town driving due to its braking, transmission and suspension systems. So when you test-drive it, be sure to get the full experience by driving in heavy traffic as well as the open highway.

Inside, the Pilot grabs you with an abundance of convenience features like heated leather seats, integrated second-row sunshades and a driver's seat with 2-position memory. And we're big fans of the center console, which has plenty of room inside and on top for quick, easy access.

Another positive to the Pilot is its rear seating. In most models, the second row slides forward and tilts up with the touch of a button, giving passengers easy access to a spacious and comfortable third row. If you've spent any time shopping for SUVs, you know most third rows are built for the average second-grader, but that's not the case with the Pilot.

Tri-zone climate controls and a multitude of USB ports keep everyone comfortable and charged up. And the power lift gate, available on most models, is very convenient when your hands are full. Furthermore, the second and third rows fold down easily for cargo versatility.

As for technology, there's plenty available, especially on the higher-tier models. The navigation is a bit slow at times, but that may not be a issue if you use your smartphone for directions. On the upside, the LaneWatch camera allows you to actually see what's in your blind spot, and the multi-angle rearview camera and parking sensors are great for maneuvering in tight spaces.

All in all, the 2016 Honda Pilot is a comfortable, spacious, family-friendly SUV. Just be sure you're okay with the way it drives in stop-and-go traffic before you make your final decision.

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