The 2012 Honda Pilot is known for its fuel economy which is about as good as it gets considering the size of the vehicle. However, there are other things that make this car ideal for some. For example, it is very roomy and has a lot of space for storage. It also has restyled headlights for 2012 which changes the look and makes it a bit sportier. The 2012 Honda Pilot comes in four different trim packages ranging from $28,000 to $39,000. All in all, for what you are paying there is a lot of value in the 2012 Pilot.
The most basic Pilot trim that you can get is the LX, which will still cost you about $28,000. For three thousand more dollars you can get the EX model which comes with 18-inch wheels, fog lights, among other things.
The EX-L is an upgraded version of the EX that offers a lot of different features that are typically sought after by most drivers. At a cost of $34,000 the EX-L provides a sense of security while also being able to enjoy a comfortable and luxurious ride.
The Honda Pilot Touring model also uses the same engine as the others but has an array of upgrades that sets it apart. For $39,000 you can get everything that you receive in the EX-L plus much more. Upgrades such as roof rails, parking sensors, and a premium sound system, all come with the Touring model of the Pilot.
You do get some nice features with the LX including four-wheel drive. The gas mileage is great as the 3.5L V6 engine ensures that you get about 25 mpg on the highway and 18 mpg in the city. For a large and robust SUV, this gas mileage is about as good as it gets. If you want to upgrade over the LX then the EX is the next step up. It has all of the same features as the LX plus some. Again, you will enjoy the fuel economy that is available with both the EX and LX as they are powered by the same 3.5L V6 engine.
Things that are most notable on the EX-L are the navigation system, iPod capability and satellite radio on the center console. Additionally, a sunroof, leather seats and a rear camera also come standard on the EX-L. The fuel economy remains the same with this trim package as the same engine is used to power it.
The bottom line is that this is a roomy SUV that is perfect for a family that needs a reliable way to get around. If you are looking for an SUV that is fast out of the gate, and you’re not worried about fuel economy, then this car is not for you. The fair price tag coupled with the reputation that Honda has for producing reliable cars makes this a perfect opportunity for most middle income families. As it stands now, the Honda Pilot compares favorably with other cars in its class. Though the Jeep Liberty Limited and the Ford Explorer have many advantages as well, the Honda Pilot more than holds its own.
In terms of performance, the Honda Pilot could be better as it is a bit sluggish when the gas is punched. It should be noted that it takes over nine seconds for this SUV to go from 0-60.
The assortment of safety features that are on board the 2012 Honda Pilot really does help. Anti-lock brakes are standard on all of the models and so is stability control. On top of that, all 2012 Honda Pilots have a full complement of airbags that will be deployed in the event of an accident.