Exterior & Styling

The 2009 Pilot features an upright front with a vertical grille and wide rectangular headlamps that incorporate separate lighting elements for the daytime running lights. The rear of the Pilot also features squared-off styling as opposed to flowing curves, and there are some interesting angles in the liftgate near the taillamps. There are also blister-style design cues around the side windows that lend the Pilot a subtle styling touch (see a side-by-side comparison with the 2008 model).

Besides the H badge in the grille, there's little to suggest that creating a family resemblance between the Pilot and Honda's small CR-V was at the forefront of its designers' minds. Some brands try to make the front of all their models look the same — I'm talking about you, BMW — but Honda says these two SUVs serve different buyers.

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