2018 Honda Pilot Review Sandy

The Honda Pilot: Making a Name as The Family Vehicle

When you see a minivan, your first thoughts probably aren't anything to do with being jealous or excited by it. Honda has manufactured the 2018 Honda Pilot to be an alternative to the traditional minivans, providing you an option for the Family SUV class.

While that class may be unknown to many drivers, it is growing quickly as the minivan continues to lose popularity. Family SUVs provide the styling of an SUV with all of the practicality of a minivan, making it the obvious choice for anyone trying to decide between the two options. The Honda Pilot is a great example of a Family SUV, providing several seating varieties, a wide range of standard (and optional) features, and all of the space that you could need while maintaining a low starting price.

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Fitting Your Passengers: Check.

The advantage that minivans usually have is the passenger space that they provide, but the Honda Pilot offers different seating options to meet your needs. The standard model comes with eight seats: two in the front for the driver and front passenger and benches for the middle and back rows. Many people might see concern with the size of the benches as most tend to be cramped, but the Honda Pilot pushes those benches as far as they can without having them poke out the doors, making sure all of your passengers will have enough room.

If you want to upgrade to the Elite trim, you can swap out that middle bench for Captain's Chairs - a welcomed change if you usually travel with adults or above-average height teenagers. No matter what you choose, you are getting that back-row bench, but with a feature that allows you to slide the second-row forward with the push of a button keeps it easy to get in and out.

Fitting Your Gear: Check.

"With all those seats, there must be little to no room for gear!" We can hear all of your thoughts, but you're mistaken! The Honda Pilot still gets 16.5 cubic feet of cargo space when all of the seats are in use; Car and Drive tested it, and that's enough room for 4 carry-on suitcases! If you aren't using all of your seats, you can fold down the back row to increase cargo space to 47 cubic feet, and you can get up to 83.9 cubic feet if you fold the middle row. Because this is a Honda model, you can expect there to be enough bumps, pockets, and small storage spots to make you forget which one you put your phone in.

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Driving Options: Check.

Many drivers like different things, and the Honda Pilot lets you choose exactly what feels best for you. The standard engine is a 3.5-liter i-VTEC V-6 engine that makes 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. Based on trim, you could be getting a six-speed automatic: the LX, EX, and EX-L options. When you look to upgrade to the Touring or Elite trims, you are getting a nine-speed automatic and the new shifting method Honda is using: toggles. The usual stick-and-knob was too invasive to your personal space according to Honda, and their toggle system adds to a sleek design. It takes a little bit to get used to, but does everything that it needs to. If you are looking for the newest and most innovative features to be in your vehicle, you might consider this an option; if you would prefer a tried-and-true option, that is available too.

Options continue to be present with the Intelligent Variable Torque Management All-Wheel Drive System, also called i-VTM4 AWD. While this is a lot of letters and numbers that might confuse you, we can simplify it: great handling in all conditions. No matter how confusing the abbreviation gets, Honda all-wheel drive monitors road conditions every fraction of a second to determine where the power should be sent, maximizing traction in even the harshest conditions. The power is sent to the front wheels when conditions are stellar, but is redirected to the rear wheels once things get wet or slippery, even when you are taking some sharp turns. With 7.3 inches of ground clearance, you can expect to make it over every bump and pothole without a problem, and can even make sure you can get through some off-road scenarios that you find yourself in.

Interior and Safety Technology: Check.

You might be used to the impressive technology that has started to be put in minivans, luckily, the Honda Pilot competes well with everything that it offers. Base trims (LX and EX) offer a five-inch display screen that is controlled by buttons and toggles. Some people say this works better than the touchscreen that is available on more upgraded trims, but, once again, it comes down to preference.

Once you choose the EX or higher you are getting Apple CarPlay and Android Auto to help keep your focus where it needs to be. With the easiest access to your phone, navigation, text messages, and more, you won't feel the need to get distracted by checking your phone while driving.

Also with these trims you are getting the standard Honda Sensing features like Lane Departure Warning, Collision Mitigation Braking System, Road Departure Mitigation System, and allowing you to choose optional features like Adaptive Cruise Control, Automatic High Beams, Blind Spot Monitor, Front and Rear Parking Sensors, and a Rearview Camera.

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A Great Choice as a Family Vehicle: Check.

It isn't a surprise that we recommend the Honda Pilot as a Family SUV. If it sounds like you would be interested, we encourage you to go schedule a test drive. This model lets you fit all of your passengers - whether that means family, pets, or coworkers is up to you - as well as all of your gear with ease. The Family SUV class will gain a lot of momentum if all of the vehicles come with the same impressiveness of the Honda Pilot.

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