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#14762 of 15566 Re: Reviews of 2011 Pilot [austex]
Jun 28, 2011 (10:06 am)
The editor reviews from edmunds.com aren't exactly glowing. The Pilot got slaughtered in a recent (I think) Motor Trend 3 row SUV comparison. Despite all the recent bad press, I know I made a smart choice in making it the 3rd vehicle in our stable that already includes a 2001 Honda Prelude Type SH (142,000 + miles) & a 2010 Acura TSX w/ Tech Pkg (35,000 + Miles).
On May 19, 2011 I purchased a 2011 Honda Pilot EX-L w/ Navigation 4WD. We currently have over 2500 miles on our new Pilot and LOVE it.
Just from a functionality standpoint alone, the Pilot is a fantastic vehicle. There is tons of cargo space behind the 2nd row. The 2nd row slides & also reclines.
We have 2 boys under 5 and are expecting another baby this December. The Pilot has 3 sets of LATCHes across the 2nd row to accomodate 3 child safety seats. The 3rd row has a set of LATCHes also to accomodate a child safety seat. You can actually fit 2 adults in the 3rd row without apologizing. The seats fold 100% flat of you need them to.
I happen to like the handsome, rugged styling of the Pilot. I bought the EX w/ NAV because I like the wheels better than on the Touring.
The pilot rides comfortably without being floaty. The seats are well bolstered and also very comfortable. The steering is typical Honda. It actually gives better feedback than our TSX (with electric power steering).
The 250 hp V6 engine is definitely adequate for the Pilot's size. It is far from overpowering, but nowhere near sluggish. I find it has no trouble keeping up a healthy highway pace of 75 to 80 mph.
The navigation, bluetooth pairing, & other technologies are simple and very intuitive to use. There is tons of storage. The dash plastics are hard, but I believe this is done on purpose (unlike the Mazda CX9 which is hard & cheap).
I do have a few nits to pick. I'd like HID headlights. The sunroof switch & dome light switch are in the wrong position. I wish the power hatch was available on the EX-L w/ NAV, not just the Touring.
Overall I'd seriously reccomend the Pilot to ANYBODY who's in the market for an SUV with 3 rows. It is a fantastic vehicle. It is a Honda so I know it will hold its value well & be as reliable as the sunrise.
I purchased a bunch of accessories at cheaphondaparts.com: All weather floor mats, rear all weather cargo mat, 2nd row seat cover.
#14763 of 15566 Newbie Looking for Guidance
Jun 29, 2011 (7:34 pm)
I'm looking to purchase a 2011 Pilot EX-L very soon in the Twin Cities of Minnesota. I've requested quotes via internet and had a couple dealers look at my 2005 Pilot. I'm getting quotes at or just above invoice, but I've noticed that there is a $1000 dealer incentive and a $500 dealer incentive. One dealer mentioned a $500 loyalty discount. Do I tell the dealer that I want that $1500? I'd appreciate some guidance and direction as I feel that I'm not knowledgeable or experienced enough to know what a "fair" price is as well as to get that price. Thanks for the help.
Jun 30, 2011 (5:26 am)
The financing cash and owner loyalty should be passed to the customer. We got out pilot at invoice less those incentives.
#14765 of 15566 Honda Pilot EXL 4WD W/RES Chicagoland area
Jun 30, 2011 (11:41 am)
Any info on recent prices paid and dealships info?
#14766 of 15566 Re: Quote on 2011 4WD with Nav includes dest. [newbuyer23]
Jul 07, 2011 (9:08 am)
Anyone experiencing any issues on inventory shortages for Honda Pilot EXL with Nav?
#14767 of 15566 Re: Quote on 2011 4WD with Nav includes dest. [pitbull1980]
Jul 07, 2011 (9:25 am)
We are experiencing the same thing with our Honda Odyssey. We were going to buy a Pilot but decided on the van instead. It was supposed to be built last week but found out that production was pushed back so hoping it is being built this week. Hope to get it by the end of the month. When we were looking for 4x4 Pilot Touring in Blue it took almost a year to find one. Good luck.
#14768 of 15566 Purchased 2011 4WD Pilot - Touring
Jul 08, 2011 (6:48 pm)
Just purchased the 4WD Touring (only extras were floor mats and cargo tray) for $35,448 + TTL. I was able to take advantage of the 0.9% financing and at closing I received an additional $500 for my 2006 Pilot trade (Honda Loyalty Cash, I believe.) All-in-all, I feel like I got a pretty decent deal - for a girl.
Oh, and the finance manager tried to sell me an extended warranty for the low, low price of $1,895 (thru Fidelity - which the dealer is part owner of) but I politely declined. When he asked why, I pulled out the Honda Care internet quotes I had received. He seemed a little surprised and even asked to make a copy of the price sheet.
This site is a great source of information. Thanks for the help!!
#14769 of 15566 Re: Purchased 2011 4WD Pilot - Touring [lwilson429]
Jul 09, 2011 (4:01 am)
WOW! Congratulations on making a fantastic deal. You paid LESS for your Touring than I did for my EXL w/ NAV + you got the 0.9% financing! Enjoy your Pilot!
#14770 of 15566 Re: Purchased 2011 4WD Pilot - Touring [lwilson429]
Jul 09, 2011 (6:49 pm)
what was the MSRP?
How much they give you for the trade? I have an 06 ex-l with navi.
What kind of quotes did u get on the warranty?
Sorry I just began my search.
#14771 of 15566 honda pilot exl 4wd
Jul 09, 2011 (7:02 pm)
Paid $31,342.90 inc. destination, OTD price= 33,665.83 no NAV, RES.
Also got 0.9% for 60months. At weymouth , MA honda on 7/5/10.