• Aug 24, 2007
Edmund's Inside Line has posted a clear photo of a disguised 2009 Honda Pilot. We haven't heard much about this new Honda CUV, besides rumors that it might carry the company's new 3.5-liter V6 diesel. That won't stop us from speculating, however.
Just like with the new Acura MDX, the Pilot will likely grow in size and get a new look. Expect more towing and cargo-hauling capability, especially if that diesel V6 is offered. The photo doesn't give us a lot of information to work with, although we can definitely see a new grille hiding behind some cover. Click over and check out the full size pic for yourselves.

[Source: Edmund's Straightline]


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      • 7 Years Ago
      The ugly as sin still sells I guess. It knocked the Explorer out of #1 for the first time in what 10+ years? Honda's taking the ugly as sin money right to the bank.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Looks like they are morphing it into just another giant station wagon rather than maintaining the tidy proportions of an SUV. Just like the Accord, always getting bigger, ...pointlessly.

      Worse yet, Honda will still remain stingy with the options such as the moonroofs. If you want something basic like a V6, cloth interior, and a moonroof, it ain't gonna be available. Because Honda will force you into the $35,000 luxo boat with cow hide slathered everywhere, just to get a simple moonroof. And I'm just not willing to overpay, nor endure leather in this Texas heat. Nor will I have a vehicle without a moonroof. So Honda will once again lose my money to Hyundai or Suzuki (the Toyotas have also become overly bloated out of their niche markets with the latest redesigns).

      Unfortunately, by upsizing this SUV, Honda has nothing in the market to compete with the smaller V6 powered SUVs such as the Hyundai Tucson, Hyundai Santa Fe, RAV4, or Suzuki Grand Vitara. Honda refuses to put adequate horsepower in the CRV and yet they grow the Pilot beyond reasonable dimensions. If they would simply slip that new 200 horsepower 4 cylinder from the new Accord into the CRV, they would have a winner (just leave out the leather).

      Don't even get me started on the overpriced $900 towing package for the Pilot (i.e. hitch)...


      • 7 Years Ago
      sweet lifted minivan, price check on boring.

      • 7 Years Ago
      Is this one going to look like the highlander!
      • 7 Years Ago
      Hope they improve the reliability of these LEMON Honda's !!! major recalls for cracked water pumps,failing timing belts(show me a honda without a bad timing belt problem) Hideously horrible transmission,chipped gears,slips,UNRELIABLE !!! Probably the worst suv ever !!!
        • 7 Years Ago
        Are you sure you are not describing your beloved Ford?
        • 7 Years Ago
        Many honda's have a timing chain now..
      • 7 Years Ago
      That's a CUV? Weren't CUVs supposed to be small? Anyone remember the true CUVs? The first-gen RAVs and CR-Vs.
        • 7 Years Ago
        CUV – Clam Utility Vehicles.
        A vehicle for one with a “clam” who wants the trendiness of a SUV but is used to driving Cavaliers and Jettas.
      • 7 Years Ago
      @ JS

      Honda got themselves a lot of respect for fulltime AWD in the 80's with their Civic based tall wagons. I don't think they forgot it and neither have many consumers. Also it should be noted that people that bought AWD vechicles at one time were almost only people that lived in a part of the world that snowed.
      Having FWD for the vast majority of the time makes sense. Save gas, save wear and tear on your drivetrain.
      I agree with you that this vechicle should default to FWD unless AWD is needed.
      • 7 Years Ago
      for us guys with light duty trailering requirements ( i commonly tow a couple snowmachines around which is ~3/4 ton including the trailer) this seems like a pulling good alternative to the relatively overduty diesel F250/Ram2500/GMC2500s
      • 7 Years Ago
      Current model is boxy and bland as cardboard. I hope the new one dazzles just a little, but I am betting they will ruin it like they did with ugly as sin CRV. Honda is just too incosistant these days.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Wow. A new Honda crap-UV....zzzZZZZzzzzzZZZZ
      • 7 Years Ago
      I wonder if thats what I saw yesterday.....

      I was driving on I-75 northbound up Alligator Alley when I saw some camouflaged SUV driving southbound. I saw a second one right behind it but I couldn't get my camera phone out in time to take a picture :-( . I would have made a U-turn on the median to get a picture of it, but my car would have gotten stuck in the mud.
      • 7 Years Ago
      These things aren't "UV"s in any sense of the word. Its a minivan shaped like an SUV. When McHonda can do AWD instead of FWD with little more than an AWD label on a car, maybe...
        • 7 Years Ago
        Why would you want AWD all the time, when you can have FWD for the 98% of the time you only need FWD and have AWD only when required? Most every SUV/CUV/XUV are on pavement for their entire life. Even in winter most of the time FWD is all you need.

        I'm always floored that so often the complaint about SUV's are how they can't handle the backwoods off road driving that nearly no one does. If you want that, go after a truck that does it, don't bash on the ones that are made for real world conditions.

        Also - this car is an Odyssey, it's got the same engine, frame, etc as the van... so what? It's a people hauler that can get 8 people from point A-B and looks a lot better. Aren't most SUV's pretty similiar to a van, with 4WD added? Maybe additional towing..
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