Perfect family vehicle with lots of hauling room and flexibility.
2013 Honda Pilot EX
The Honda pilot is a great family vehicle. I have 2 children so I rarely use the third row, which provides me with a lot of space for hauling. .
When I do have more people with me, it is easy to raise up the third row to seat up to 8 people. There is plenty of legroom for everyone. I particularly like all of the cubbies for storing small items. .
I do wish I had upgraded to a higher model as the lx is very basic. It is small items such as a compass, outside temperature, heated seats, etc that I wish I had. However, they are small items that would not prevent me from buying another pilot in the future. .
While it is a bigger SUV, I do not feel like it is too big. I do not have trouble finding parking spots or going down narrow roads. .
I like the 2013 model as it still has the boxier appearance. I get all of the features of a minivan without the appearance.
The pilot handles well, especially on highways. In town gas mileage is not great, but what you expect for an SUV. Interstate gas mileage is excellent and I frequently get 22 to 23 miles per gallon while taking long road trips.
We have taken many long trips in the pilot and always have plenty of room for our whole family, including our two large dogs.
Overall, I am very happy with my pilot and plan on getting another in the future, although I feel like my current one will laat me many more years.