2012 Honda Pilot Comes Out on Top of SUV Shootout

According to J.D. Power and Associates, family SUVs account for one in every seven new vehicles. Of those new SUVs sold, the 2012 Honda Pilot sits highest in popularity among that 14-percent. In fact, the Pilot just took the top spot in the Cars.com SUV Shootout.

Due to high-demand, automakers are boosting their family-friendly SUV models with eye-catching design, better fuel-economy and sharper technology. The "$37,000 Three-row SUV Shootout" tested which model is successfully making these improvements while also remaining the ideal family vehicle. Who were the judges in this highly competitive, neck-and-neck competition? Well, a family, of course.

The Kochs, a four person clan from Hoffman Estates, Illinois tested and rated each contender. In addition to the Honda Pilot, vehicles tested include the Traverse, Durango, Explorer, Sorento, Highlander and CX-9. In addition to the Kochs, automotive experts from USA Today, Cars.com and MotorWeek (the contest sponsors) also lent a critical eye.

Factors considered during vehicle testing include:

  •    Navigational/entertainment system
  •    Size and weight
  •    Fuel economy
  •    Cargo and passenger space
  •    Comfort
  •    Drivability

While contest contenders had different strengths within these categories, the Honda Pilot proved unbeatable. Perhaps this is due to its 250-hp, 3.5-liter V-6 Engine. Or maybe it has something to do with the  new Hondamodel's advanced safety features and rear entertainment system. Capital Honda thinks it's probably a combination of both - plus much more.


"The Pilot remains a nice balance of size, roominess, efficiency and versatility, and it appears that Honda is becoming more generous with features for the money,"1 one SUV Shootout judge commented. Another noted that the new Honda Pilot is, "a great choice for growing families with a sense of adventure."2

If you're in the market for a new, champion SUV, Capital Honda encourages you to stop by our Okemos Honda Dealership at 2651 Jolly Road and test drive the Honda Pilot. As always, feel free to contact us if any questions come up . And be sure to stay tuned as we bring you more Honda news, soon.



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