At one time, driving a Honda Pilot meant driving dynamics, family friendliness, and powertrain refinement were more important to you than the macho, trucklike SUV look. The Pilot was a natural next step for Civic and Accord owners with growing families. But something went awry in the late-2000s. Honda changed tack, making the Pilot more trucky and cheap-feeling.
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At one time, driving a Honda Pilot meant driving dynamics, family friendliness, and powertrain refinement were more important to you than the macho, trucklike SUV look. The Pilot was a natural next step for Civic and Accord owners with growing families. But something went awry in the late-2000s. Honda changed tack, making the Pilot more trucky and cheap-feeling.

Other manufacturers stole buyers by making a better Honda than Honda. With the 2016 redesign, Honda takes a swing at a softer, more carlike Pilot.

Built properly, an SUV performs the family-hauling duties of a minivan with some added machismo, and without being a poster child for a "Mom-mobile."

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The EX-L is the best combination of value and features. Its six-speed automatic avoids the push-button shifter that comes with the nine-speed unit found on higher trim levels. It's also the lowest trim level that includes the handy one-touch folding second-row seats and lets you get options like n...
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