2009 Honda Pilot, Part Three

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Why you should buy the 2009 Honda Pilot:
You have kids and take them places. Those places include bulk discount stores, the mountains, the beach, Home Depot and lacrosse practice. The utility in SUV appeals more than the style or image. You find the prospect of carrying sheets of plywood bizarrely intriguing. You need to tow, but don't want to buy an otherwise impractical vehicle in order to do so. You think that Ohio deserves just as much of your hard earned as Detroit.

Why you shouldn't buy this car:
You think an SUV will make you look tough and/or sporty. You're single. You live the kind of "Xtreme" lifestyle that requires a plethora of tribal tattoos. You think SUVs are the living embodiment of Hitler and George W. Bush combined.

Suitability Parameters:
Speed Merchants: No
Fashion Victims: No
Treehuggers: No
Mack Daddies: No
Tuner Crowd: No
Hairdressers: No
Penny Pinchers: No
Euro Snobs: No
Working Stiffs: Yes
Technogeeks: No
Poseurs: No
Soccer Moms: Yes
Nascar Dads: No
Golfing Grandparents: Yes

Also Consider:
• Toyota Highlander
• Toyota 4runner
• Ford Explorer
• GMC Acadia
• Hyundai Veracruz
• Mazda CX-9
• A vasectomy

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Vitals:
• Manufacturer: Honda
• Model tested: Pilot EX 4WD
• Model year: 2009
• Base Price: N/A
• Price as Tested: N/A
• Engine type: 3.5-liter SOHC 24-valve i-VTEC V6
• Horsepower: 250 @ 5,700 RPM
• Torque: 253@ 4,800 RPM
• Red line: 6,300 RPM
• Transmission: five-speed automatic
• Curb Weight: 4,498 lbs
• LxWxH: 190.9" x 78.5" x 72.7"
• Wheelbase: 109.2"
• Tires: 245/65/R17
• Drive type: 4WD
• 0 - 60 mph: 7.5 seconds (est)
• 1/4-mile: n/a
• Top speed: N/A
• EPA Fuel economy city/highway: 16/22 MPG
• NHTSA crash test rating: n/a

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DISCUSSION

graverobber
Rob Emslie

I'd like to jump in on the two threads that are going on here:

Agreed, the center stack is ugly. It looks like the head of a cartoon baby dinosaur that has received an unpleasant surprise. In addition; the rear-center console looks like the Iron Giant's head. Neither of these are deal killers about this car. I really kind of like the practicality of the Pilot, and may give it a closer look when thinking about the next family truckster.

Regarding buying American; yes, by all means buy American-made products. At the very least, put American-made on your selection list. Don't buy specifically because it's built in the U.S. of A, and go ahead and buy foreign if that's the best product you can find. Don't buy based on lowest denominator price because somebody, somewhere is paying that differential for you. Be a savvy shopper- know what things cost, where the money goes, and who is benefitting from your purchase.

When making a durable good purchase, bother to ask where it is built. If you're not happy with the source, ask for a different brand or model built somewhere else.

It's not just that buying foreign-made encourages U.S. companies to make more competitive products. America has some of the highest-productivity workers on the planet. We also expect a living wage, responsible and ethical corporations and health and safety standards unknown in the third world. These, and legacy costs drive up the cost of doing business for American manufacturers, making it non-competitive to make products in the U.S. How can a UAW worker compete with a guy working with an AK47 shoved in the back of his head? And, yes, I know that is not a literal example, but still there exists a lot of indentured servitude in the world today.

We have lost our manufacturing base as the driving force in our economy, it having been replaced by a fee-driven one that is not sustainable. Read Bad Money by Kevin Phillips: [www.post-gazette.com] It'll scare the crap out of you.

Now, about that grill...