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Honda Pilot 2006



  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 21,982
    according to the specs, the Pilot's 2nd row is a bit wider than the Explorer, but not by much (2 inches, i believe).

    I suggest going to the dealer with all the kids and trying it out.

    '17 F150 Crew 2.7; '67 Coronet R/T; '14 Town&Country Limited; '09 LR2 HSE. 44-car history and counting!

  • markjennmarkjenn Posts: 1,142
    "Big enough" is so subjective, I don't think we can help - you need to go try them out.

    The Pilot and Explorer are roughly equivalent in size.

    I'm not sure why you're assessing that the Pilot is more comfortable than the Odyssey. In general, the Odyssey is the more comfortable people hauler, rides better, is quieter, and gets better gas mileage. The Pilot provides a bit of SUV utility for towing, off-road, and inclement weather driving. If you don't need the SUV capabilities of the Pilot and you're most interested in hauling your family around, the Odyssey will do a better job.

    - Mark
  • They might be taking the cover off the redesigned 2008 Pilot at the LA Auto Show this December. They will probably call it the Pilot concept, much like Acura did with the 2007 MDX when it previewed many months before it's release.
  • fujisfujis Posts: 27
    Well, my 06 Pilot-2WD got 20 mile/gal in mix city/highway drive since July when I bought it. I live in Houston, A/C is always on. There's 4000 miles on it.

    My 1994 Explorer got 15-16 mile/gal, :( not comparable to Pilot.

    I'm pretty happy with the Pilot. :)
  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 21,982
    your experience is more what I would expect in real-world results, as opposed to the other poster who is getting the same in the 2 vehicles.

    Sometimes there is just no predicting what you will get.

    Take, for instance, my wife's last 2 vehicles. When she would drive the PIlot, she'd get 20-21 compared to me driving it around town and getting about 17. In her Pacifica, I get 19 while she gets 16-17. One would think that she'd get better mileage than me in any vehicle. Turns out that's just not true. So you just never know.

    '17 F150 Crew 2.7; '67 Coronet R/T; '14 Town&Country Limited; '09 LR2 HSE. 44-car history and counting!

  • I bought my first Pilot last month (06 EX-L w/DVD). I have a little over 2K on it - took a 3+ hour trip, split the driving, cruised at 65-75, came in at 21.

    As for comfort for kids, This was the first long trip with my 17 year old and 12 year old -
    after three years of travelling in an 04 Quest.

    Bottom line, and no surprise here, if you want passenger comfort and room, a minivan is the way to go. The Quest was a foot longer and we were always able to pile up the back and still have the three rows accessible, with each kid having their own row. I'm 5'11" and was able to stretch my leg out completely in the middle row. The Pilot is reasonably comfortable in the middle row, the third row is for emergency use only- the seat is very low and there is no room.

    As a driver, I like the pilot, but do find the front leg room to be lacking, maybe it's that strangely place foot rest, but it is tolerable. I did the return trip of 3.5 hours and it was tolerable. (I drove nearly 10 hours in the Quest with little discomfort.)

    But it handles nicely, I like the ground clearance and AWD, the stereo has excellent sound, and as an end-of-year closeout, the price could not be beat in it's class.

    The video screen dims when you turn the lights on, though, at least it did for the connected xbox.
  • We own a 2005 Odyssey and a 2006 Pilot and of the two, we all prefer the family functionality of the Odyssey. Our kids are 2 and 3 years old. There is (far) more leg room in the second row, and grandparents or friends can more easily fit in the third row than in the Pilot's. The ride in the Odyssey is also better. Plus, there is an almost unlimited amount of storage capacity in the Odyssey-even with the third row of seats in use. Plus, it is likely to be less expensive to purchase.

    We plan to use the 4WD Pilot for the winter trips skiing locally and around Tahoe. Because Calfornia enforces chain control on snowy roads, I hope to avoid what happened last year on one trip to Tahoe--driving the Odyssey the last 40 miles or so on snowchain cables. Because I used to own a 14-year-old 4Runner, last year driving to the local ski area I avoided chains probably 12 of the 15 times. Hopefully the the 4WD "lite" of the Pilot will get me over icy roads and the hub deep, spring mud freshets of the access road.

    For me and for the money, the Odyssey is a much more practical family vehicle. Got to love those electric doors, too!
  • If it were you choosing between the pilot and odyessy with 3 kids sounds like you would choose the Odyessy. After having a van and now a SUV I truly do miss those sliding doors and the space. However here is my dilemma, we live in California as well and we drive up to Lake Tahoe on those snowy roads at least a half a dozen times in winter. Really looking forward to the first good snowfall!!!! Anyway after owning an old odyessy and having to deal with chains that year I was really liking it the last few years, I was able to completly escape the chains. So I just do not know what to do. I have checked out Sienna AWD, too expensive and not comfy for me. SO I am not sure whether to get minivan and not worry about snow conditions or not worry about the room for 3 kids and dog. Any ideas??!!!
  • I have had my '06 Pilot for a month now. Last night I left work and turned on my radio to discover no sound. XM, AM/FM, CD all with no sound. I kept pushing buttons DVD/AUX and finally heard a pop and sound came back. I have heard theories about cold weather -- it was midnight and the coldest night since I have had my pilot -- about 55 degress. Has anyone figured out what is happening with the radio -- it has only happened once and has not happened since. Thanx.
  • markjennmarkjenn Posts: 1,142
    No suggestions about why or whether the problem is likely to re-occur, but the same thing has been reported bo other 06 Pilot owners. You could probably get the dealer to replace the radio if you complain. I'd probably wait and see if it happened again before doing anything - perhaps it was a one-time glitch and it's always good if you can avoid having someone tear into your dash at the dealership.

    - Mark
  • I agree totally. I decided to wait -- it has not happened since. Last thing I want is to rip into the dash board. Thanks for your input.
  • master1master1 Posts: 340
    Enjoy your Honda's!
  • ksayersksayers Posts: 59
    Has anyone tried to cut down the road noise by
    installing Dynamat on the front driver and
    passenger floors ? If so, did it work ? How
    much was it ? Any issues installing ?

    And... are there alternatives to Dynamat that
    work ?

    Thanks !
  • gunga64gunga64 Posts: 271
    I just saw a picture of the new MDX and it's ugly!!!! It looks exactly like the CRV 2007 that is also very disappointing. What is going on over at Honda? WHo are they getting to design these duds???? Shame I really want to break out of my Toyota mold but if this is what Honda is going to offer, I may have to look elsewhere.
  • sasukesasuke Posts: 77
    I'm buying an SUV this month, and I don't have children or anything, but plan on using my next SUV to take roadtrips with friends...I was wondering what you guys though of the middle row as far as comfort.

    I wish you can slide the middle row back more to make additional leg room.
  • I have found the middle seat to be comfortable and have plenty of leg room. That being said, I have only ridden back there for short trips around town. The only long trips I have taken, I have been in the front seat.
  • sasukesasuke Posts: 77
    oo..It's really gonna be down to the Pilot and the Outlook, because I hear it's coming out very soon.
  • gollamgollam Posts: 29
    anyone have inside news if the pilot will have a complete redesign soon?..
  • markjennmarkjenn Posts: 1,142
    Most think the Pilot will have a re-design for the 2008 MY, probably released in fall 2007. The new MDX is getting a year head start, then it will trickle over to the Pilot.

    - Mark
  • sasukesasuke Posts: 77
    OK, this is bugging the hell out of me..I can't find any pics of the Pilot with the saddle interior...I'm dying to see what it looks like..anyone know a website that has it?
  • tidestertidester Posts: 10,059
    Please go to the group top level and create a discussion that fits your comments/questions or post in an existing discussion.

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  • 02xls02xls Posts: 40
    Can anyone tell me why on a 4x4 there are two tail pipes coming out of the muffler and on the 4x2 there is only a single pipe?
  • No real reason, other than to differentiate I think.
  • odie6lodie6l Hershey, PaPosts: 1,172
    I believe it is to allow the engine to breath easier by allowing the exhaust to flow more rapidly out of the system because of the added pressure of the 4wd system on the engine.

    But this is only my best guess.

    Odie's Carspace
  • Were and how is the A/C and Heat controlled for second seats. Where is location of vents? I saw a post that A/C is comfortable for cooling legs .. what about the heat?

  • bobw3bobw3 Posts: 2,992
    After reading some of these posts, the Ford Freestyle may be an option for some folks here. It's as long as an Odyssey, but not as wide. The 3rd row can hold adults, and there's good cargo space behind the 3rd row. It has the highest safety ratings. Consumer Reports increased its rating to "Recommended." MPG is in the mid-20s. It has ceiling A/C vents for the back, and a rear floor vents for the heat...even for the 3rd row. It's quiet and comfortable. You can get one in the mid-$20s because it's sort of an unknown CUV. option.
  • goateegoatee Posts: 51
    I have an 06 Pilot ex-l with the tire pressure monitoring system. The system seems to be set to warn of low pressure when it senses 26psi or less. I have factory Goodyear Affinity tires on the vehicle, never wrecked, driven carefully. Seems like every 3 weeks or so the TPS light goes off one at a time eventually having to fill every tire back to factory spec 32psi. Any suggestions or solutions??
  • odie6lodie6l Hershey, PaPosts: 1,172
    Check out the Problem and Solutions thread, there has been some discussions about the tires over there. I have all my tire work done by Goodyear itself, and they had checked the bead on the tires, and adjusted the pressures also. My advise is let Goodyear do the tires, since they know them better than a Car Dealer.

    Odie's Carspace
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