On the road, the Pilot does a fine job, and there is no noticeable lack of power. The cabin has lots of cubbies for drinks, maps, iPods, and the stuff that always seems to accumulate during an extended drive. Seats are comfortable, but the ride was a bit noisy.

At the track, the Pilot motored to 60 mph in 8.5 seconds and ran through the quarter mile in 16.6 seconds at 83.6 mph. Braking from 60 mph took a longish 142 feet. Those aren't bad numbers, but they certainly aren't class-leading.

But overall, the Pilot acquits itself well as a daily driver, with a comfortable cabin filled with cool amenities -- at least when all the option boxes are checked. Hondas are known for their safety features, and the Pilot is no exception. Included are front, side, and three-row side curtain airbags, stability control, ABS, and ACE body structure. It has some towing capacity (3500 pounds max for 2WD and 4500 pounds for 4WD) and adults can actually sit in the third row.

For those who want the convenience and room of a sport/utility vehicle, but don't need strong off-road capability or higher towing capacity, the Honda fits the bill. Like many of the larger crossovers on the market, it has many of the positive attributes of a traditional SUV, but with a nicer ride and slightly better fuel economy. The Pilot is a vehicle that simply goes about doing its job, and does it well.

2011 Honda Pilot Touring 4x4
BASE PRICE $41,175
VEHICLE LAYOUT Front engine, AWD, 7-pass, 4-door SUV
ENGINE 3.5L/250-hp/253-lb-ft SOHC 24-valve V-6
TRANSMISSION 5-speed automatic
CURB WEIGHT (F/R DIST) 4562 lb (55/45%)
WHEELBASE 109.2 in
LENGTH x WIDTH x HEIGHT 190.9 x 78.5 x 72.7 in
0-60 MPH 8.5 sec
QUARTER MILE 16.6 sec @ 83.6 mph
BRAKING, 60-0 MPH 142 ft
MT FIGURE EIGHT 29.3 sec @ 0.56 g (avg)
ENERGY CONSUMPTION, CITY/HWY 211/153 kW-hrs/100 miles
CO2 EMISSIONS 1.06 lb/mile