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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    Replacing Rear Bulbs
    1. Open the tailgate. Place a cloth on the edge of the cover to prevent scratches. Remove the covers by carefully prying on the edge with a small flat-tip screwdriver. 2. Use a Phillips-h ...

    Power Steering Fluid
    Check the level on the side of the reservoir when the engine is cold. The fluid should be between the UPPER LEVEL and LOWER LEVEL. If not, add power steering fluid to the UPPER LEVEL. Pou ...

    Beverage Holders
    Be careful when you are using the beverage holders. A spilled liquid that is very hot can scald you or your passengers. Liquid can also spill from the door pocket beverage holders when you o ...