2011 Honda Pilot Review, Feature and Images – The Honda Pilot can handle four adults and four kids easily. It has useful cargo space beyond the third-row seats so you needn’t fold any seats down to fit a week’s worth of groceries. And with six cupholders in the second row alone, eight door cargo pockets and the ability to carry a 4×8-foot sheet of building material flat inside, finding a place for everything isn’t an issue. 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.
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.
Safety equipment on all Pilots includes front and front side airbags, three-row side-curtain airbags, Vehicle Stability Assist (electronic stability control), four child-seat LATCH positions, active front head rests, and eight adjustable headrests and shoulder belts.
The base LX model comes standard with cruise control, front and rear air conditioning with an air-filtration system, a tilt and telescoping steering column, steering wheel-mounted cruise controls, an MP3/auxiliary input jack and a seven-speaker CD stereo.
A big downside is that no options are available for the base model. In fact, the Pilot offers very few options at all, and most of them are only available for the top-of-the-line EX-L and Touring models. If you’re interested in some of the more high-level features, you should just upgrade to the EX-L or Touring. Just remember that the EX-L starts at nearly $34,000. For 2011, Honda’s Satellite-Linked Navigation System is newly optional for the EX-L model (it was previously available on the Touring model only). The DVD Rear Entertainment System is also newly standard on the Touring model.