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2010 Honda Pilot Review

With its spacious interior, muscular exterior and powerful engine, test drivers said the 2010 Honda Pilot was a great buy when it was new. However, the Pilot still has a few glitches, like some low-quality interior materials and a tight third row.

Pros & Cons

  • Functional, practical interior
  • Comfortable ride
  • Good safety scores
  • Uninspiring to drive
  • Third row can be cramped




Critics' Rating: 8.5
Performance: 7.7
Interior: 7.4
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.9
Safety: 8.5
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2010 Honda Pilot Overview

Reviewers said the 2010 Honda Pilot isn’t very fun to drive, but they praised its comfortable ride and useful storage cubbies. Add in the Pilot’s great safety scores, and some families might decide that a used Honda Pilot is right them. However, other SUVs have roomier third rows, nicer interiors and are just more fun to drive. The 2010 Honda Pilot is a great choice, but for an extra bit of fun or luxury, you might want to look elsewhere.

The eight-seat 2010 Pilot has a 3.5-liter V6 engine that’s paired with a five-speed automatic transmission and either front- or all-wheel drive. Base LX trims are well-equipped and come standard with features like a tilt and telescoping steering wheel, cruise control, front and rear air conditioning and a seven-speaker stereo with an auxiliary input.

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Other Cars to Consider

The Chevrolet Traverse is one of the most well-rounded 2010 midsize SUVs, and is a great alternative to the Honda Pilot. Not only does the Traverse have great cargo space, but it also offers a third row that’s much roomier. Like the Pilot, the Traverse isn’t particularly sporty, but it matches the Pilot’s safety score and ranks higher, thanks to its spacious interior and sleek exterior.

Another spacious option is the 2010 Ford Flex. Unlike the Honda Pilot’s traditional SUV exterior, the Flex’s funky, boxy look makes it stand out in a crowd. Test drivers said the Flex performs well, especially when equipped with the powerful, fuel-efficient EcoBoost engine. The Flex also offers an interior that’s classy and upscale, and its squared-off shape means its third row is particularly roomy.

Compare the Pilot to the Traverse and Flex »

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