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I did and kinda wish I went with the Pilot.

My thoughts were closest thing to a minivan out there (space wise) Basically a foot shorter and the extra height in the cargo area. I didn't like the low rent interior plastics. I bought a ody touring, thinking the extras (blind spot, 6 spd tranny, better Nav, TV and the sliding doors would make up for no awd.

But the Battery warnings are driving me nuts. If I had a do over I would have chosen the pilot. But if you use the third row in a regular basis it might effect your decision.
 

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I was looking at pilot. Pilot interior space and exterior design worry me. I was wondering how it will age overtime. Ody can still look good after those years.

Sometime i visit piloteer site. i still don't get it. I find pilot ...uninspired.

I was waiting and hoping that this site will add suv forum instead of going through minivan comparison :)
 

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The Pilot and Highlander were both on our list. The high step-in, small trunk, useless 3rd row was not appropriate for our 2 kids and one big dog. Also tough for grandparents to get into.
 

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I don't like SUVs but an Odyssey owner recommended it to me as I told her I needed to sit 3 kids on car seats. So, we briefly looked at it and did not find any flexibility nor nice family features all. It is just what it is, a big SUV (big on gas, short on flexible space and a bumpy ride) :dunno:
 

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I don't like SUVs but an Odyssey owner recommended it to me as I told her I needed to sit 3 kids on car seats. So, we briefly looked at it and did not find any flexibility nor nice family features all. It is just what it is, a big SUV (big on gas, short on flexible space and a bumpy ride) :dunno:
I think Pilot's are pathetic when compared to others in their class. It's a freaking SUV with no balls under the hood. For a minivan the Odyssey is just as capable, but that's probable the most irritating thing for me about our Ody is the power down the engine experiences with the variable speed transmission that shuts down(IMO prematurely) cylinders it doesn't think it needs. When I goose it, it goes, but the second you let off the pedal it feels like the engine breaks. As an SUV in the Pilot, that's totally unacceptable. There are far better options in the similar class to the Pilot whereas with Minivans it's the Ody or Sienna with the Ody getting a slight nudge IMO due to the interior design and the seating arrangements.

After 6 weeks with the Ody, I've yet to experience any battery problems.
 

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We went to buy a Pilot, my neighbor suggested we drive an Ody since she wishes she got it over her Pilot. We drove the Ody, fell in love with it, took one more look at the Pilot and realized it wouldn't grow with us.
The pilot also rode rougher and though it is not a true truck it felt like one. The Ody is smooooooth...

I don't regret our decision at all.
 

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I also agree with the truck like ride of the pilot. But when it comes to it towing capacity is pathetic, if you're going to ride like a truck atleast have the benefits of one too.
If I had to I could live with the ride and towing capacity, but not the interior design.
The mdx was great, but the 3rd row is only useable by a small child, and then trunk space is none existent.

Honestly, if the odyssey had a quiet cabin package and an awd option. I think it would be a perfect family/people hauler.
We used to get the battery warning, thankfully it went away.

If our odyssey was stolen or something happened to it, I we would get exactly what we have now.
 

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If you have more than 2 kids the minivan is the way to go. I am also amazed that one manufacturer can make such a beautiful and comfortable vehicle such as an Odyssey and then there is a Pilot which is a total opposite. It is ugly as hell, it is bulky, underpowered, rides like crap, cheap plastic interior, did I forget anything?
 

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I actually like the look of the Pilot. But the lack of cargo space, the tightness of space in the third row and my excitement about having sliding doors won out.
 

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We got out if a bigger SUV than the Pilot when we got out Ody. I've seen the Pilot and sat in it but never considered it bc we were looking for the minivan features that it clearly didn't have. With two kids and sometimes a car pool and visiting relatives, I really prefer the ody. The lack of access and cargo space are deal beakers in the SUV category.
 

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Bottom line is... get what meet your needs. Can we stop hating? After all, both of these are Honda made. If cheap plastic is not your thing go buy T&C, Caravan or Sienna and look at their plastic.
 

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I just cant get over those big headlights. i am one of those, once you go projector theres no turning back. Also my hunch is the box design will age real fast as opposed to the odyssey.

I dont think the MPG is that great for city driving so it dropped into competing with MDX, and few others. MPG is one of the top priorities.

I am now on the hunt for an Odyssey, i guess if you gonna get a car with 7 seats in mind might as well do it proper with a minivan.
 

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I had opportunity to look at 2012 honda pilot in dark amber and black color at dealership.

No way. It looks ..bad and smaller. I am not going to pay 35 or 40 for this.

Now i dont care about crosstour but that new color twilight blue look sweet.
Could use that color instead of celestial blue metallic.

I am going to take it back. White diamond on ody look awesome in sunlight. It will make you spend money that you dont have. It look nice. I dont know how it will look in different weather. I wish that it can be available on EX L trim

I saw other honda model in white diamond and it look funny depending on weather.

Dealership inventory with ody are getting better.
 

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While the Ody is a top pick in minivans the Pilot is an afterthought in the SUV market.

I have a Toyota Land Cruiser and love it. It's a large SUV with plenty of power and features but there are still quite a few advantages that the Ody has over it. Sliding remote controlled doors, easy loading of kids, wife and others, big trunk with easy hatch access.

If you need the SUV capabilities, more towing capacity, more clearance, rough road durability then the Pilot probably won't be your best choice either. (think Toyota 4Runner/Sequoia, Chevy Tahoe).
 

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Yea there are better choices out there good design and features.

I am starting to wonder about honda's strategies. Try to make honda pilot more ugly or unappealing so they can redirect folks to ody. Example: Just like making lx wheels look awful that honda want to redirect folks that where they want you to go if you dont like lx wheels.
 

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Yea there are better choices out there good design and features.

I am starting to wonder about honda's strategies. Try to make honda pilot more ugly or unappealing so they can redirect folks to ody. Example: Just like making lx wheels look awful that honda want to redirect folks that where they want you to go if you dont like lx wheels.
Yeah, I wonder. They messed up with the Insight as well. I just don't understand the Pilot, maybe if it were $5,000 cheaper. It's designed to look big and rugged but once you open the doors you can barely get adults inside. I seriously question why someone would choose the Pilot over all the other SUV's on the market - and there are so many unlike the minivans which at the top are limited to just the Odyssey and Sienna.
 
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