Honda Pilot

Lets start with the awards: Car and Driver magazine's Best Large SUV for 2002 through 2006, Intellichoice – "Best Value of the Year", Edmunds.com – "Most Wanted SUV", AMI Auto World – "World Family Vehicle of the Year", and Kelley Blue Book "Top 50 Most Popular Cars". Granted, these are certainly not all of the awards that the Honda Pilot has been graced with. This vehicle is Honda's second Sport Utility Vehicle fully built and designed by Honda. It was released in the summer of 2002 for the 2003 model year and is built in Alliston, Ontario, Canada and Lincoln, Alabama. Honda's original SUV offering for many years was the somewhat disastrous Passport, which was nothing more than a rebadged Isuzu Rodeo. The Pilot shares underpinnings and the power train with the Acura MDX, which has a lineage that can be traced to the Honda Odyssey minivan. The Pilot's unibody structure, however, is fortified with integrated frame rails on the perimeter, which helps it withstand light off-road use. It is the third best-selling midsize SUV apart from the Toyota Highlander and the amazing Toyota 4Runner. The Pilot was designed to fill a large and ridiculous American demand for SUVs. Prior to the release of the Honda Pilot, the company had only the smaller CR-V, which was based on the Civic, and the abovementioned Passport. They were by no means making any dent in the market with those two models. The CR-V lacked in features what many American consumers were looking for such as overall size, passenger space and towing capacity. The Pilot has been a best-selling model for Honda, with Honda selling over 100,000 Pilots in 2004, alone which was an increase of almost 20% over 2003. Looks like there are plenty of people looking to expand their monthly fuel bills by purchasing SUVs.