Since 1969, restaurant, hotel, travel & other witty reviews by a handpicked, worldwide team of discerning professionals—and your views, too.

2009 Honda Pilot Touring Review

Luxe Adventurer

A three-quarter front view of a 2009 Honda Pilot Touring

In short: A hardy, feature-laden and roomy SUV.

oasting a modern and masculine visage, the redesigned Honda Pilot Touring takes to both muddy trails and smooth asphalt with equal aplomb. Robust features such as a four-wheel drive, a 250-horsepower V6 engine, power-assisted disc brakes, and vehicle stability and traction controls give this eight-passenger behemoth a steady ride regardless of the circumstances. Even if this family-friendly SUV is never taken off-road, its spacious dimensions will surely invite another use. The Pilot’s leather-trimmed interior offers an airy 87 cubic feet of space when the second and third-row seats are folded, providing more than enough room for hauling groceries, luggage or furniture.

In addition to being rugged and useful, this automobile also has a cushy side. Standard exterior features on the Pilot Touring include a one-touch power moonroof, power and heatable side mirrors, and an acoustic windshield with double-paned glass, which allows for a quieter drive. Inside, this SUV’s amenities include a navigation system with voice recognition, off-road tracking and a rearview camera; a Bluetooth HandsFreeLink; a leather-wrapped and illuminated steering wheel with wheel-mounted audio, cruise, navigation and phone controls; power and heatable front seats; and a 512-watt six-disc audio system with ten speakers and a subwoofer.

Warranty/Service: Three-year/36,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty; five-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty; five-year/unlimited-mile corrosion warranty.

Base Price: $38,395 / As Tested: $39,065

Technical Specifications

Vehicle type: front-engine, 4-wheel drive, 8-passenger, five-door SUV

Engine: 3.5-liter, 24-valve SOHC V6 with i-VTEC and Variable Cylinder Management
Horsepower: 250 hp @ 5,700 rpm
Torque: 253 lb-ft @ 4,800 rpm
Transmission: 5-speed automatic

Curb weight:
4,590 lbs
Wheelbase: 109.2 in
Length/Width/Height: 190.9/78.5/72.7 in
Turning circle: 38.6 ft

all-wheel power-assisted disc with ABS, brake assist and EBD
Suspension: MacPherson strut in front; multi-link in rear with trailing arms; stabilizer bars in front and rear
Traction: vehicle stability assist with traction control; hill start assist

0-60 mph: 9.7 seconds (est.)
Top Speed: n/a

EPA City: 16 mpg
EPA Highway: 22 mpg

dual-stage and dual-threshold front airbags; front side airbags with passenger-side occupant position detection system; 3-row side curtain airbags with rollover sensor; tire pressure monitoring system with pressure indicators; daytime running lights; side-impact door beams

Dislikes: n/a


Check out other Honda models
See all of our Automobile Reviews
Visit the Honda website

Photography: Honda

PSV021209 (Updated 02/19/09 SV)