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7.4

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 7.6
Performance: 7.5
Interior: 7.3
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.6
Safety: 8.5
Reliability:
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2011 Honda Pilot Review

The 2011 Honda Pilot has a large third row, lots of storage cubbies and a powerful V6, but other 2011 midsize SUVs offer nicer interiors, as well as better safety scores.

Pros & Cons

  • Adult-sized third row
  • Available all-wheel drive
  • Some cheap interior materials
  • Confusing electronics
  • Mediocre safety ratings

2011 Honda Pilot Overview

Reviewers said that the 2011 Honda Pilot is a practical choice with a spacious interior, however, most wrote that the Pilot’s competition can outshine it in many respects. Reviewers were disappointed by the interior, saying it uses low-quality materials, and its electronics are confusing to some. They also noted that the 2011 Pilot drives like a traditional, truck-based SUV, but it lacks the off-roading abilities that competitors offer. Still, reviewers appreciated the Pilot’s adult-sized third row, which is uncommon.

The 2011 Honda Pilot comes with a 250-horsepower V6 that most test drivers said has adequate power, though some complained about its handling and braking. It’s available with either front- or all-wheel drive, but keep in mind that all-wheel drive models get slightly lower fuel economy ratings. Reviewers said that the all-wheel drive Pilot may be reasonably capable in foul weather. However, there are better choices if you intend to use your SUV off-road or in heavy snow.

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Other Cars to Consider

The 2011 Toyota Highlander’s key advantages are its comfortable, functional interior, and its stronger safety ratings. The base front-wheel drive Highlander comes with a four-cylinder engine which is less powerful than the Pilot’s V6, but it also uses less fuel. If you want to match the Pilot in terms of horsepower, you’ll want to look for a V6-powered Highlander. The Pilot does have a more-comfortable third row and a bit more cargo space than the Highlander.

The 2011 GMC Acadia has more cargo space than almost any other SUV in the class, and reviewers said it’s an ideal alternative to a minivan. Additionally, many critics said that the Acadia’s third row is even comfortable for adult passengers, which is high praise for any SUV. The Acadia also performed better than the Pilot in crash tests.

Compare the Pilot to the Highlander and Acadia »

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