Cars.com's $37,000 SUV Shootout

Cars.com's $37,000 SUV Shootout is LiveCars.com's editors continue to dissect some of the most popular car segments in the country. We've tackled midsize sedans, compacts and small crossovers, but what about the vehicles of choice for people needing three rows of seats? The three-row crossover/SUV segment is booming with the entry of the redesigned Ford Explorer and Dodge Durango. However, tried-and-true picks like the Mazda CX-9, Toyota Highlander, Honda Pilot and Chevy Traverse held their own in our competition. We even threw in the smaller Kia Sorento. Oh, and they all had to be priced under $37,000 as-tested.

See which one wowed our editors and our real-life test family.

Cars.com $37,000 SUV Shootout

Comments 

Ben

Having owned a 2010 Pilot for a couple of years, now, I completely agree with your assessment. It has been an absolutely fantastic vehicle for our family of 2 adults and 2 children.

The interior space is remarkable (thanks to its boxy shape), and the ergonomics are very well thought-out. Controls are well-placed and easy-to-use. There are plenty of options for child seat placement, as well as configuration options to allow for suitable passenger and cargo space. My only complaint is the noise level (tire, wind...typical Honda). It's otherwise a very solid vehicle.

Power is sufficient. People tend to want more and more, but the reality is that the Pilot's ~250hp/250ft*lbs is actually plenty. Could it use more? Sure, any vehicle *could* but it's really not necessary. The transmission shifts beautifully 98% of the time, and downshifts are executed in very reasonable time.

The entertainment system is excellent, and has helped us through an 1100 mile trip.

Ride comfort is good but, as mentioned, the ride is on the firm side. The flip side of the 'solid' ride is surprisingly good handling for an SUV.

Appearance-wise, the Pilot is nothing to write home about, but that's a non-issue for us.

Overall, it's a solid, reliable vehicle and we're very happy with it. It's not perfect -- no vehicle is -- but it is very, very good. If I could ask for only one change, it would be a more quiet interior (lower noise level).

TK

The Pilot can only tow 2,000 pounds? A 4-cylinder Jeep Patriot/Compass can tow that.

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