At its debut, the Honda Pilot essentially defined the emerging market for midsize crossover SUVs. Offering decent V6 power, above-average fuel economy, easy maneuverability, plenty of interior comfort and versatility, and seven-to-eight-passenger seating, the Pilot was exactly the kind of vehicle that families leery of the minivan stigma were looking for.
Of course, a lot more crossover SUVs have come out since the original Honda Pilot. Honda responded with a full redesign, and we’ve found the second-generation Pilot to be a little off the mark. While it typifies Honda’s usual knack of milking as much usable interior space as possible from a vehicle, it’s less maneuverable than you might expect from a Honda. However, a used example of the original Honda Pilot is one midsize crossover you’ll definitely want to look at.