2013 Honda Pilot Overview
2013 Honda Pilot Overview
Introduced in 2002, the Pilot is Honda’s biggest SUV and a critical and commercial success for the Japanese carmaker in various countries. Most of its popularity, however, can be attributed to its immense utility rather than pure performance. There is a lot of competition in the midsize SUV segment, and many of these competitors seem to be better than the 2013 Honda Pilot. However, Honda provides a very worthy overall package with its 2013 Pilot. For example, it has an incredibly large cabin for a midsize SUV. In fact, SUVs of this size have often been criticized for offering a third row despite the fact that it lacks enough useful space. The 2013 Honda Pilot differs by offering a third row that is as spacious and comfortable as those in larger cars.
On the downside, the engine available with the 2013 Honda Pilot seems sluggish, especially with the automatic transmission. Nevertheless, fuel economy is among the best of midsize SUVs. The ride is smooth and quiet thanks to the soft suspension setup, but it is so soft that handling suffers. The 2013 Honda Pilot also offers a lot in terms of utility. There are lots of storage bins around the cargo space in enormous, especially with the rear bench folded down. Anyone looking for better or equal utility as the Pilot should select a minivan because no other SUV does this.
New for 2013
Very few things have changed with the 2013 Honda Pilot, Only a few features mentioned below have been added:
- New Bluetooth connectivity through smartphones using the HandsFreeLink by Honda
- Sound system and USB connectivity are now standard in the 2013 Honda Pilot
- New, eight-inch screen in front with a revised center stack for better viewing angles
The overall box-like design of the 2013 Honda Pilot of the may not look appealing to some people but it is this design that gives the SUV so much space inside. The front end gets big, rectangular headlights with a three-bar grille at the center. Four body trim levels are available: LX, EX, EX-L, and Touring. The base model LX gets 17-inch steel wheels and automatic headlights. The EX model gets 18-inch alloys instead, along with heated side mirrors and fog lamps. The EX-L gets the same exterior features but with a few additions inside. The top-end 2013 Honda Pilot Touring gets all the above features with roof rails and parking sensors.
Interior & Cargo
Standard interior features in the 2013 Honda Pilot include cruise control, tilting and telescoping steering wheel, and an eight-inch central display screen. The vehicle also comes with a seven-speaker sound system with USB/iPod connectivity, auxiliary input jack, and CD playback. Overall, the 2013 Honda Pilot has a well-designed and put-together cabin inside. A few substandard parts here and there take away some of the charm, but not by a large margin. The dashboard with the central display is made of high-quality materials on the button and frame, but a few of them are poorer in quality.
The box-like design of the Pilot ensures that there is plenty of headroom in all three rows. However, the second and third rows are not as cushy or thick as the front seats, so tall passengers may have to squat a bit to sit properly. In comparison, the second row seats of the Ford Flex and Chevrolet Traverse are more comfortable even though they lack a big third row like the Pilot. Cargo space is another plus point. Technically, the 2013 Honda Pilot can hold up to 87 cubic feet of cargo. However, the box-like shape of the SUV becomes an advantage once again, allowing easier loading and unloading of cargo.
Standard safety features in the 2013 Honda Pilot include stability control, anti-lock brakes, and full-length side curtain and front-seat side airbags. Braking power is a little below average but an improvement from previous years. The NHTSA gave the SUV four stars out of five for frontal crash protection and full five stars for side impact crash protection. The IIHS gave the car its highest rating of “good” in roof strength, side impact, and frontal offset tests.
All four trims of the 2013 Honda Pilot get the same 3.5-liter, V-6 engine that delivers 250 horsepower and 253 lb-ft of torque. It gets a five-speed automatic transmission only and front-wheel drive is standard. However, some models can be order with all-wheel drive. This system transfers most of the power from the front to rear wheels if the system detects that the front wheels are slipping. In case the SUV is stuck in a ditch, a lock feature transfers most of the torque to the rear wheels in first and second gears to free the vehicle. Unfortunately, the SUV feels larger than it should be and the V-6 engine can be underpowered in certain circumstances.
Key Competitors of the 2013 Honda Pilot
- Mazda CX-9
- Nissan Pathfinder
- Hyundai Santa Fe
The 2013 Honda Pilot has 8 models that range from $29,520 - $41,270. The 2013 Pilot is a suv with four wheel drive,front wheel drive that gets between 17 mpg (city) - 24 mpg (highway) fuel efficiency using a 3.5L V6 engine. The 2013 Honda Pilot has a seating capacity of 8/8, wheelbase is 109.2 inches, cargo capacity of 87.00 cu.ft., and ground clearance of N/R inches. Choose one of the trims like the 2013 EX 4WD 4-Dr Sport Utility V6 to get specific details on prices, rebates, and warranties.