What is the new Pilot like to drive?

Discussion in 'Pilot' started by zorro, Aug 6, 2003.

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    zorro Guest

    Have you driven a Pilot and what are they like? What are they like off
    road...say a good dirt road, logging road or a mudd, snowy road? How are
    they for hiway driving or in the city ? How are they on gas and do they
    compare to a Toyota forerunner Thanx
    zorro, Aug 6, 2003
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    Bob Burns Guest

    Had mine two weeks, 1`700 miles, mostly freeway.

    Very comfortable, quiet- a pleasure. On good quality dirt and gravel, it's
    fine. On big rocks, I didn't push it.

    Haven't been in snow or mud yet.

    Too new to evaluate gas mileage, but others say it gets better with time and
    Bob Burns, Aug 7, 2003
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    Steve Lee Guest

    If you plan to do some serious off roading, then the Pilot's not the
    vehicle for you. You should be looking at SUV's which have truck
    chassis, such as the 4Runner, Pathfinder, and those big boxy SUV's out
    of Detroit.

    You'll know which ones are truck based SUV's when you testdrive them.
    They ride just like a truck. The Pilot, the Highlander and a few
    others that are car based SUV's have a smoother ride and better
    handling. Good luck!
    Steve Lee, Aug 8, 2003
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    zorro Guest

    Thank you for the input...My nextdoor neighbour is crazy about toyotas and
    thinks that the 4runner is a good vehicle..but I did sit in a Pilot and
    thought that it was an excellent vehicle just with all the room and the way
    that it was organized.
    zorro, Aug 8, 2003
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    Dave Guest

    I have had mine on dirt roads and slick launch ramps. It's fine. It has
    the automatic 4 wheel drive and I don't even think about it. I've not had
    it in snow, yet. On the road, it is very smooth. Almost too smooth as the
    suspension is quite soft. It could use stiffer shocks because it has an
    almost Buick-like ride. The Pilot is a dream to park and maneuver in close
    quarters. Maybe because of the silky smooth steering and short wheelbase.
    The tranny does shift a lot. That could be because when it does need power
    it must get into the higher rpm, VTEC range to make serious power. It does
    get up and scoot when you demand it do so.
    Dave, Aug 10, 2003
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    Tang Wong Guest

    I have a Nissan Pathfinder and recently test drove a Pilot while shopping
    for a minivan. I had considered
    trading the Pathfinder for a Pilot. But the ultimate decision was to keep
    the Pathfinder and bought an
    Odyssey. I like the handling of the Odyssey. It is excellent for its size
    and the engine provides ample

    I did not like the Pilot. Period. The engine was not tuned for a heavy
    vehicle and the extra drivetrain
    for the 4WD is robbing too much power. Handling is vague or too soft. The
    Pathfinder, even though only
    150 HP, felt peppier and steering was quicker and more precise.
    Tang Wong, Aug 14, 2003
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    Dave Guest

    While I do agree with most of what you are saying, I have to defend the
    Pilot a little. As far as the PF seeming peppier. Consider that the Pilot
    gets the same MPG while being able to haul twice as much bodies/stuff.
    Also, I know it's hard to get away with on a new tester but did you happen
    to stomp on it to see how it goes in a real situation? Remember, I said you
    have to get the thing past the 4k mark before it really starts to move (240
    Dave, Aug 14, 2003
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    Steve Lee Guest

    Funny, I testdrove a Pathfinder SE last year as I was shopping around
    for an SUV and despite it's 240HP (the same as the Pilot. I testdrove
    the automatic), I still felt the Pilot was peppier and felt it took
    turns, corner and sudden lane changes better. To each to his own, I

    Maybe you never stepped on the Pilot hard enough to get the V-TEC to
    kick in. I thought it was a gimmick at first, but once you feel its
    smooth but assertive powers, you realize what those Honda owners were
    talking about. I expected a similar type of performance from the
    Pathfinder's VI/VT engine, but just wasn't there for me.
    Steve Lee, Aug 14, 2003
  9. Have you passed your driving test yet?
    Jethro's Giant Brain, Aug 17, 2003
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