The 2012 Honda Pilot SUV offers an improved take on the company's eight-seat van, particularly when it comes to gas mileage. Honda was very conscious to improve this model over previous versions, especially considering the crossover segment is full of stiff competition. While the previous model already offered ample space, both for passengers and cargo, Honda opted to enhance the interior further with even more space. The third row is made particularly spacious to provide ample room for adults. Still, even with all the extra space, the Honda Pilot fails to rank well in the SUV segment. For example, the lack of a power lift gate or a power folding third row seat hurts the Pilot when compared to its competition. That being said, it does offer an abundance of cargo room as well as clever storage spaces throughout the vehicle.
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For 2012, the Pilot gets a quick makeover, which draws the eye upon first glance, but some feel it its styling is a bit too simple. This holds true in the cabin as well; the use of too much plastic makes the vehicle feel a little cheap, despite the comfort level it offers.
The 2012 Honda Pilot is powered by a 3.5-liter V-6 engine that delivers 250 horsepower and 253 pound-feet of torque. It achieves zero to 60 mph in 9.1 seconds, which is a bit slow, but makes up for its sluggish ways in fuel economy, returning 18 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway. All trims are equipped with a five-speed automatic and front-wheel drive is standard. All-wheel drive is optional.
when tested for safety, the Pilot received a "Good" rating in frontal-offset and side-impact crash tests, but only a "Marginal" rating in roof strength. It stops from 60 mph in 130 feet, which is nothing to get excited over, but it's not the worst on the market either. Antilock brakes, airbags galore, stability and traction control, tire pressure monitoring, electric braking assist and child seat anchors all come standard.
Overall, the 2012 Honda Pilot SUV is a mid-sized family car that offers impressive fuel efficiency, impressive cargo space and an average-to-comfortable ride. However, in terms of value of money, spending extra for other competitors is better than relying on the basic features of the 2012 Honda Pilot. It may cost you extra, but you get better features offered on base models from other brands.