Features

The Pilot is available with many of the features you would expect to find in a family-oriented crossover SUV, like a backseat entertainment system, but rather than being optional equipment that you can add to any trim level, many popular features are limited to more expensive trims. For example, the Pilot's power moonroof is only available on the top two trims, EX-L and Touring, and isn't offered on the base LX or the EX. Similarly, the previously mentioned entertainment system is also only available on the EX-L and Touring. Touring models are the only trim that can have a power liftgate and a USB port that allows the audio system to control an iPod.

While this feature-allocation strategy may be fine for buyers looking for a higher-end Pilot, it doesn't serve budget-minded buyers who aren't eager to step up to a higher trim level just to get one feature they're interested in.

Pilot in the Market

The Pilot was an appealing choice for families in the market for a three-row crossover before it was redesigned, and it remains so in its new, more refined 2009 form. When it was launched for the 2003 model year, the Pilot was one of just a few large crossover SUVs available. Today, however, there are many worthy challengers, like the CX-9 and Acadia, that match up well with it. When automakers redesign a model, they have to be able to — at a minimum — hang with the competition, and the Pilot does that and more in the categories that matter most.

    See also:

    Ventilation
    The flow-through ventilation system draws in outside air, circulates it through the interior, then discharges it through vents near the tailgate. 1. Set the temperature to the lower limit. 2 ...

    Pre-Tow Checklist
    When preparing to tow, and before driving away, be sure to check the following: The vehicle has been properly serviced, and the suspension and the cooling system are in good operating condi ...

    Protecting Smaller Children
    If a child is at least one year old and within the weight range indicated by the child seat manufacturer, the child should be properly restrained in a firmly secured forward-facing child seat. ...