Over the decades, Honda has earned its reputation of building quality products. The company had manufactured exemplary vehicles that people continuously believes and still expects when the name Honda is mentioned. This is one good reason why the Honda Pilot was extremely anticipated to be again on top of the automotive charts.
The Honda Pilot showed up in the showrooms in 2004 as a 2003 model. It is a mid-size Sport Utility Vehicle, with similar built and platform from the earlier model, the mid-sized Acura MDX. The Honda Pilot is powered by a V6 engine five speed automatic transmission, with a Variable Torque Management four wheel drive system and a three row seating capacity generating 240 horsepower and 242 lb-ft. torque. Its difference with the MDX includes the styling, and the optional equipment plus the price.
Built not meant for serious off-road duties but is rugged enough to handle dirt paths like going to fishing holes or hunting lodges, the new Honda Pilot SUV is exactly what enthusiasts were waiting for. It offered excellent bad-weather road manners in full time all wheel drive and really predictable handling characteristics that can transport up to eight persons or up to 90 cubic feet loads when the seats are folded.
Following the footsteps of Honda's popular lineups in the midsized SUV long introduced, the Pilot fitted perfectly into Honda's mold of cars with based platform deriving from the Odyssey minivan. It has a low step-in height for trouble-free entry and exit and offers a smooth ride in a moderate towing capacity of 4,500 pounds.
The third row seat, although it might not be a comfy place for adults especially during long trips, exhibits a good use when the seats are folded down to the floor. It then gives you a really large space where you can stack up your loads and cargos. It is also a good place where you can park the kids, that way they'll have time and space for themselves.
The Honda Pilot is also wider than its competitors with a three to four extra inches of girth creating a more comfortable arrangement for three persons sitting in the second row seats given a size of 77.3 inches and a 4 x 8 sheet of plywood flat floor. You will surely enjoy the driving experience, with a rack and pinion steering, a great power for all situations, and a good visibility on all directions, the Honda Pilot will truly give you a confident feel on the road. With this great characteristics, what more could you ask for. As expected, any car from Honda is a car running to the top. That also means that if you are after for performance parts, what else you must choose but parts that comes from the best. Honda offers Honda Prelude parts and accessories in their manufacturing office or is sold in automotive markets, car magazines or even around the web.