Used 2010 HondaPilot EX-L 3.5 SUV

  • VIN: 5FNYF4H59AB022882
  • Stock: 11841CAG
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Honda Pilot
  • Certified
Odometer
176,876 miles
Fuel Economy
16.0/22.0 mpg City/Hwy
Exterior Color
Burgundy
Interior Color
Beige
Body/Seating
SUV/8 seats
Transmission
5 speed automatic
Drivetrain
four-wheel
Engine
3.5L V6 F SOHC 24V / ALL WHEEL DRIVE

Highlighted Features

  • Leather upholstery
  • Automatic temperature control
  • Power moonroof
  • Front dual zone A/C
  • Speed sensitive wipers
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror
  • 3rd row seats
  • Split folding rear seat

Dealer Notes

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Leather / Heated Seating 
Rear Parking Camera 
3RD Row Seating 
Sunroof 
2010 HONDA PILOT EXL
5FNYF4H59AB022882
4 DOOR SPORT UTILITY
3.5L V6 F SOHC 24V
ALL WHEEL DRIVE
2010 Honda Pilot

Remember when your mother told you that just because everyone else was doing something didn’t mean you had to do it too? It appears Honda took that advice to heart, as the redesigned 2009 Pilot bucks the trend of ever-sleeker styling that’s come to dominate the crossover category.

Instead, the eight-seat Pilot, which goes on sale May 22, embraces a boxy, angular look that came to define SUVs in the ’90s. While it remains to be seen how accepting customers will be of the crossover’s shape, it does have a number of appealing attributes that could easily win over buyers who give it a chance, like a composed ride and improved gas mileage.

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.

Ride & Handling


The Pilot managed to impress on the ride and handling front thanks to its ability to resist body roll when driven aggressively. I drove the Pilot on winding roads in the desert outside Palm Springs, Calif., and even when pushed hard through corners the SUV remained even-keeled. A number of competitors, like the Hyundai Veracruz and Mazda CX-9, aren’t as successful in this respect and more easily succumb to the laws of physics.

The Pilot is equally at home on the highway. The SUV cruises comfortably at 75 mph — the V-6 engine isn’t taxed in the least — and it’s easy to keep the Pilot on course. Steering feel is a little vague when turning the wheel left or right from the straight-ahead position, however.

Going & Stopping


The Pilot gains slightly more power for 2009 and is more fuel-efficient. It still uses a 3.5-liter V-6, but that engine now makes 250 horsepower and 253 pounds-feet of torque.

The V-6 provides adequate acceleration and motivates the Pilot past slower-moving traffic on two-lane roads without drama. The engine teams with a five-speed automatic transmission, which kicks down readily when more power is needed to accelerate or pass. During the entirety of my drive, the transmission never made a harsh shift and always seemed to be in the right gear.

Like the Accord sedan and Odyssey minivan, the Pilot now features the latest version of Honda’s Variable Cylinder Management system that can deactivate either two or three of the engine’s six cylinders to save fuel when they aren’t all needed. The front-wheel-drive version of the previous Pilot also had VCM, but it was only able to deactivate three cylinders and thus didn’t have as wide of an operating range as the new system. To oppose vibration and unwanted sound when the engine isn’t running on all of its cylinders, the Pilot has active engine mounts and a noise-canceling system. At all times during my test drive, the V-6 operated smoothly.

The front-wheel-drive Pilot gets an EPA-estimated 17/23 mpg city/highway, and the all-wheel-drive model is estimated to get 16/22 mpg. That’s slightly better than the previous Pilot’s 16/22 mpg (FWD) and 15/20 mpg (AWD) figures. To help drivers know when they’re driving in a frugal manner, the Pilot has an “Eco” light in the instrument panel that illuminates when the SUV is achieving its combined gas mileage estimate (about 19 mpg) or greater, according to assistant chief engineer Craig Brazeau.

Gas Mileage Compared
 2WD4WD
2008 Toyota Highlander18/2417/23
2009 Honda Pilot17/2316/22
2008 GMC Acadia16/2416/22
2008 Hyundai Veracruz16/2315/22
2008 Mazda CX-916/2215/21

Front-wheel drive is standard, and Honda’s VTM-4 all-wheel-drive system is optional. Honda says VTM-4 sends engine power to the rear wheels during acceleration as well as when the wheels lose traction. The system also includes a Lock mode that’s designed to help the Pilot through poor road conditions at low speeds (18 mph and below).

Standard Hill Start Assist is new to the Pilot for 2009. Designed for on-road use, according to Honda spokesman Chuck Schifsky, the system works as an automatically engaging and disengaging parking brake of sorts. When stopped on a hill, HSA will hold the Pilot briefly after you take your foot off the brake to prevent the SUV from rolling in the time between releasing the brake pedal and pressing the accelerator (if you wait too long, you’ll start to roll backward). It operates when the transmission is in Reverse, too.

Honda provided an opportunity for some mild offroading in the Pilot in the California desert. Even though where we drove — rutted dirt roads and up and down some steep hills — was probably more severe than anything a Pilot owner would ever likely attempt, the SUV breezed through the terrain with ease, and HSA performed as advertised.

The Pilot has all-disc brakes. Making smooth stops isn’t difficult in the Pilot; braking response is easily controllable, and it doesn’t take much pressure on the pedal to quickly shed speed.

The Inside


The Pilot’s cabin has been thoroughly updated, including new styling and more space for passengers and their belongings. The new dash features a mix of styling elements, like white-faced gauges and translucent turquoise trim in the middle of the dashboard, but taken as a whole the design works well. I did notice an uncharacteristic-for-Honda exposed cutline in one of the dash pieces and a slightly misaligned trim piece on the instrument panel hood. Much of the dashboard plastic, though nicely grained, is hard to the touch, which is unusual considering that many automakers are using soft-touch materials in cabin designs.

The Pilot’s front bucket seats have moderately firm cushioning that proved comfortable during the four-plus hours I spent driving and riding in the SUV. The seats are finished in cloth or leather with a two-setting heat function; power seats are optional.

Adults will be equally at home in the second row, which adds 1.1 inches of legroom, according to Honda. I’m 6-foot-1 and had legroom to spare, and that’s with the driver’s seat adjusted for me. The three-place bench is split 60/40, and these sections can slide forward and back and recline independent of each other. My only complaint is that the lever for reclining the backrest is located on top of the seatback, which makes for an awkward reach when sitting. A better solution, which Audi has adopted, is a low-mounted lever on the outside of the seat cushion.

The third row gains 1.9 inches of legroom for 2009. Despite the bump in third-row legroom, it’s still on the small side for adults. Fortunately, young kids are most likely to prowl this part of the Pilot, and for them it should provide adequate room.

Cargo & Towing


With the third row up, the Pilot has 18 cubic feet of cargo room, not counting the 2.8-cubic-foot underfloor storage area. That’s more than the rearmost cargo room in the Mazda CX-9 (17.2 cubic feet) and Toyota Highlander (10.3 cubic feet) but less than the Acadia’s 25.5-cubic-foot space. The sizable well beneath the cargo floor is part of a cargo management system that’s standard on the Pilot. The system consists of a net that can be stretched between the walls of the cargo area about halfway up from the floor. With the net in place, there’s room below it for luggage or a cooler, and the net itself can hold small items. The back of the third-row seat also has a number of grocery-bag hooks.

The third row’s backrest folds forward into the floor, and when it’s down total cargo room measures 47.7 cubic feet. Folding the second row down brings the total amount of cargo space to 87 cubic feet. There’s a slight incline in the cargo floor with both the second and third row folded, but there are no ledges between the sections — it’s a flat floor.

Towing fans will be happy to know that the Pilot comes with a standard Class III trailer hitch, a heavy-duty radiator with twin fans, and transmission and power-steering coolers. Front-wheel-drive Pilots are rated to tow up to 3,500 pounds, while the all-wheel-drive version gets a 4,500-pound rating. The Pilot normally runs on regular gas, but Honda recommends premium fuel when towing more than 3,500 pounds.

Safety


A number of standard safety features are offered, including antilock brakes, an electronic stability system, side-impact airbags for the front seats, three-row side curtain airbags, and active head restraints for the front seats. EX-L and Touring trim levels have backup cameras; in the EX-L the image is displayed in a small section of the rearview mirror, while Touring models use the navigation system screen in the middle of the dash to show what’s behind the SUV.

The Pilot also uses Honda’s Advanced Compatibility Engineering technology, which consists of structural elements in the front of the SUV that are designed to meet the frames of both smaller and larger vehicles during a collision and send crash forces away from occupants riding in the Pilot.

The 2009 Pilot received Good overall ratings in the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s frontal-offset, side-impact and rear crash tests. Those scores combine with the Pilot’s standard stability system to make the crossover an IIHS Top Safety Pick for 2009.

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.


Detailed Specifications

  • 1-touch down
  • 1-touch up
  • Air conditioning
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror
  • Automatic temperature control
  • Driver door bin
  • Driver vanity mirror
  • Front beverage holders
  • Front dual zone A/C
  • Garage door transmitter: HomeLink(R)
  • Illuminated entry
  • Overhead console
  • Passenger door bin
  • Passenger vanity mirror
  • Power moonroof
  • Power windows
  • Rear air conditioning
  • Rear beverage holders
  • Rear door bins
  • Remote keyless entry
  • Speed control
  • Telescoping steering wheel
  • Tilt steering wheel
  • Alloy wheels
  • Four wheel independent suspension
  • Front anti-roll bar
  • Power steering
  • Rear anti-roll bar
  • Speed-sensing steering
  • 1st row LCD monitors: 1
  • AM/FM radio: XM
  • CD player
  • CD-MP3 decoder
  • Radio data system
  • Speakers: 7
  • Steering wheel mounted audio controls
  • 3rd row seats: split-bench
  • Front center armrest
  • Front seats: bucket
  • Heated front seats
  • Leather shift knob
  • Leather upholstery
  • Max seating capacity: 8
  • Power 2-way driver lumbar support
  • Power driver seat
  • Power passenger seat
  • Rear seat center armrest
  • Rear seats: split-bench
  • Rear seats Folding position: fold forward seatback
  • Split folding rear seat
  • Cylinder configuration: V-6
  • Cylinder deactivation
  • Drive type: four-wheel
  • Engine liters: 3.5
  • Engine location: front
  • Fuel economy city: 16mpg
  • Fuel economy highway: 22mpg
  • Fuel tank capacity: 21.0gal.
  • Horsepower: 250hp @ 5,700RPM
  • Limited slip differential: electro-mechanical
  • Mode select transmission
  • Number of valves: 24
  • Rear locking differential
  • Recommended fuel: Regular Unleaded
  • Sequential multi-point fuel injection
  • Torque: 253 lb.-ft. @ 4,800RPM
  • Transmission: 5 speed automatic
  • Variable intake manifold
  • Variable valve control
  • Approach angle: 28 deg
  • Departure angle: 25 deg
  • Ground clearance (min): 203mm (8.0")
  • Ramp breakover angle: 16 deg
  • Bodyside moldings
  • Bumpers: body-color
  • Door mirrors: body-color
  • Heated door mirrors
  • Power door mirrors
  • Rear cargo: liftgate
  • Skid plates
  • Tailpipe finisher: chrome
  • Trailer hitch receiver
  • 3rd row headroom: 970mm (38.2")
  • 3rd row hiproom: 1,229mm (48.4")
  • 3rd row legroom: 815mm (32.1")
  • 3rd row shoulder room: 1,496mm (58.9")
  • Compression ratio: 10.50 to 1
  • Curb weight: 2,061kg (4,544lbs)
  • Engine bore x stroke: 89.0mm x 93.0mm (3.50" x 3.66")
  • Engine displacement: 3.5 L
  • Engine horsepower: 250hp @ 5,700RPM
  • Engine torque: 253 lb.-ft. @ 4,800RPM
  • Exterior body width: 1,994mm (78.5")
  • Exterior height: 1,847mm (72.7")
  • Exterior length: 4,849mm (190.9")
  • Front headroom: 998mm (39.3")
  • Front hiproom: 1,488mm (58.6")
  • Front legroom: 1,052mm (41.4")
  • Front shoulder room: 1,562mm (61.5")
  • GVWR: 2,765kg (6,096lbs)
  • Greenhouse Gas Score (GG): 4
  • Interior cargo volume: 510 L (18 cu.ft.)
  • Interior maximum cargo volume: 2,464 L (87 cu.ft.)
  • Passenger volume: 4,324L (152.7 cu.ft.)
  • Payload: 600kg (1,322lbs)
  • Rear headroom: 1,011mm (39.8")
  • Rear hiproom: 1,445mm (56.9")
  • Rear legroom: 978mm (38.5")
  • Rear shoulder room: 1,580mm (62.2")
  • Towing capacity: 2,041kg (4,500lbs)
  • Turning radius: 5.9m (19.3')
  • Wheelbase: 2,774mm (109.2")
  • Compass
  • Delay-off headlights
  • Display: analog
  • Front fog lights
  • Front reading lights
  • Fully automatic headlights
  • Low tire pressure warning
  • Outside temperature display
  • Rear reading lights
  • Rear window defroster
  • Rear window wiper
  • Speed sensitive wipers
  • Tachometer
  • Trip computer
  • Variably intermittent wipers
  • 4 wheel disc brakes
  • ABS brakes
  • Anti-whiplash front head restraints
  • Brake assist
  • Dual front impact airbags
  • Dual front side impact airbags
  • Electronic stability
  • Ignition disable
  • Occupant sensing airbag
  • Overhead airbag
  • Panic alarm
  • Security system
  • Traction control

KBB.com Consumer Reviews

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Overall4.5Out of 5
  • All-around excellent value and fun to drive

    By ChuckT on Saturday, December 24, 2011

    5.0
    We have owned this vehicle for nine months, and the more I drive it, the more I like it. We drive in traffic and it's nice to be able to see what's going on in front of you. It's plenty roomy, maneuverable, and fun. The ventilation controls are different than our Accord, so I always have to look, but there are numerous options. Overall, I like driving it better than any vehicle we have owned, including our Maxima station wagon and either of our Accords, which I really enjoyed. We've driven nothing but Hondas for 12 years, and they have been unfailingly reliable so far.
  • Longest Ive ever owned a vehicle!

    By LA on Tuesday, October 03, 2017

    5.0
    I bought my 2009 Honda Pilot Touring new in September 2008. I got it fully loaded thinking it would help when I traded it in in 2-3 years. Well, here I am 9 years later and going strong. There has never been an issue with anything and Im on my 2nd set of tires now. Its garage kept and gets all tune-ups when due and I can see this car actually outlasting me! Every time I get new car fever I compare what Im looking at to what I already own and there is no comparison. And best of all, its paid for! I cant recommend my Honda Pilot enough but youll never get me to sell mine!
  • NO COMPLAINTS HERE

    By ROB on Saturday, January 04, 2020

    5.0
    VEHICLE HAS DONE SOME TRAVEL OVER MANY HIGHWAYS AND BACK ROADS. BASIC MAINTANANCE, PERFORMED WELL, LIGHT HAULING, GOOD PERFORMANCE IN ALL TYPES OF WEATHER AND TERRAIN CONDITIONS FOR AVERAGE, DYI, ACTIVE ATHLETIC / OUTDOOR FAMILY OF 6.
Some of the equipment on the vehicle may not apply.  Customer must check all equipment and option of the vehicle in person as the Dealer is not responsible for any items that are not in the vehicle.  Dealer reserve the right to change the price of the vehicle at any time without notice.

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