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Driven: The 2023 Honda Pilot Is Improved but Its Tech Falls Short of the Best | Edmunds Member, Administrator, Moderator Posts: 10,315
edited January 26 in General
imageDriven: The 2023 Honda Pilot Is Improved but Its Tech Falls Short of the Best | Edmunds

The redesigned 2023 Honda Pilot gets a bigger and more flexible interior and better driving characteristics. But with tech and luxury features, it still falls shy of the best.

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  • Scott_socalScott_socal Member Posts: 1

    Thanks for the on & offroad review of the 2023 Pilots. A few questions come to mind, especially as you had both Trailsport and Elite Pilots with you. How did the Elite do offroad compared to the Trailsport? What were your Sedona off-road trails’ difficulty ratings? Lastly, is there a chance you guys could do a real head-to-head showdown of all the latest, and best quality 2023 “off-road ready” midsize SUVs? Both the Kia Telluride X-Line and X-Pro, Pilot Trailsport (and Elite if applicable), Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk, Grand Cherokee, and the 4xe PHEV Trailsport / Overland / Summit / Summit Reserve trims (it’s not clear if they are all equally capable from an off-road perspective), Nissan Pathfinder Pebble Creek, Toyota 4Runner TRD Pro, RAV4 TRD Pro, Highlander Hybrid AWD (unclear if any trims are off-road capable), Ford Bronco, Sport, and Badlands versions, and maybe the Subaru Ascent that’s closest to “Wilderness” level, and the Subaru Outback / Forester Wilderness. I think those are all of the best options for someone like me that’s looking to keep spend to ~$50k max, need to go mild off-road without ruining the vehicle, will be car camping in it, will be commuting in it every day, and would prefer environmentally friendly design where possible (I.e. PHEV or traditional hybrid power train would be ideal for many of us out there, but not a deal breaker if it’s not electrified, as long as it’s not a huge, smelly gas guzzler like some of the large SUVs…). Gas mileage cannot go any lower than 20MPG, and the closer to or better than 30 MPG, the better. And, the higher overall range, the better! (that’s why I’ve included the Highlander in my list.) It would be great if you guys could evaluate these off-road capable SUVs (or some more focused subset) based on the same or similar conditions as in your Pilot video, but also with the above additional considerations for folks like me that are really going to push the vehicle, in all senses, possibly out to the same red rocks 4x4 trails in Sedona! Thanks guys! -Scott

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