The Pilot is a natural next step for CR-V owners with growing families. The current Pilot is an extremely functional and pleasant vehicle as long as you don't expect excitement. It performs the family-hauling duties of a minivan with some added machismo, and without being a poster child for a "Mom-mobile."
In that respect, the Pilot does a commendable minivan impression with its flexible seating for eight; a roomy, versatile, and feature-filled interior; and easy access to all three seating rows. It also addresses many of the previous generation's flaws, with a more comfortable ride, a quieter cabin and better furnished interior.
When it comes to handling, this SUV has no connection with the nimble Hondas of the past. On open roads, the Pilot maneuvers like an apartment building on wheels. Its cumbersome cornering makes the Pilot feel reluctant to turn, and the vague steering chips away at your confidence. Nobody expects sports car handling from an SUV, but the Pilot falls short compared to more agile competitors. Plus, the Pilot's mediocre braking on wet pavement trails most peers as well.