2014 Honda Pilot Review

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Although the Honda Pilot is still one of the roomiest SUVs in the segment, it hasn't quite kept up with its competition, says Cars.com reviewer Kristin Varela. Passenger and cargo room are still impressive, but the Pilot falls behind the pack in terms of driving dynamics and road noise. Thankfully an update is coming soon, Varela says.

2014 Honda Pilot Review

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By Jennifer Geiger | February 17, 2014 | Comments (3)

Which Cars Fit Three Car Seats?

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UPDATE 10/15/2013:
Parents are often searching for the automotive holy grail: a car that's not a minivan and can fit three child-safety seats across the backseat. It's a short list.

In the more than three years that Cars.com editors have been installing car seats into test vehicles, we've come across several vehicles that can hold three car seats across a backseat.

The newest vehicle to make our list is the 2014 Honda Odyssey. The minivan has loads of room and plenty of accessible Latch anchors.

As we come across more cars that fit three child-safety seats, we'll add to this list. For now, here are the cars from our Car Seat Checks that can fit three car seats in the second row:

By Jennifer Newman | October 15, 2013 | Comments (100)

Which SUVs Have Second- and Third-Row Bench Seats?

"Which SUVs have second- and third-row bench seats?"

Teresa P., Richmond, Ind.

By Rick Popely | September 22, 2013 | Comments (2)

Recall Alert: 2013 Honda Odyssey and Pilot

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Vehicles Affected: Approximately 270 model-year 2013 Honda Pilot SUVs (two- and all-wheel-drive models) and Odyssey minivans. 

The Problem: During manufacturing, the heat treatment process may not have been properly applied to engine components. This could cause a piston to suddenly fail, resulting in the engine stalling.

The Fix: Dealers will replace the engine short block for free.

What Owners Should Do: Honda will notify owners starting Sept. 16. Owners also can call Honda at 800-999-1009 for more information.  

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By Jennifer Geiger | September 6, 2013 | Comments (0)

Which Seven-Passenger SUV Has the Most Cargo Room?

"I want to carry a motorized scooter and don't want a minivan."
Maureen R., Troy

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You can configure some of the largest SUVs to seat seven, such as the Chevrolet Suburban and Ford Expedition, so those would be the ones that offer the most cargo space. The Suburban has a maximum 137.4 cubic feet of cargo room; the Expedition has 108.3 cubic feet, and the more carlike-riding Chevrolet Traverse has 116.3 cubic feet. Most minivans offer 140 to 150 cubic feet of total cargo space with the seats folded or removed.

If that's more SUV than you want, here are seven-seat models with more than 80 cubic feet of cargo room: Dodge Durango, 84.5; Ford Flex, 83.2; Honda Pilot, 87.0; Land Rover LR4, 87.4; and Toyota 4Runner, 89.7. There are others, and you might want to investigate the height of the cargo area and how high you would have to lift your scooter to load it into an SUV.

The Cars.com Vehicle Recommender could help you with your search. It does not list cargo volume, but it will help you find SUVs that have other features that you want and fit your budget.

Have a car question you'd like us to answer? Send us an email at tips@cars.com.

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By Rick Popely | July 28, 2013 | Comments (0)

The Top 10 Biggest Recalls of 2013

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Each year, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration issues recalls on millions of vehicles. In 2012, NHTSA recalled just shy of 18 million, and 15.5 million in 2011. While some recalls affect just a handful of vehicles, others impact millions.

So far this year, the biggest recall is technically not a recall at all. In June, we reported that NHTSA had requested Chrysler fix 2.7 million Jeep SUVs — 1993-2004 Grand Cherokee and 2002-07 Liberty models — due to a potential fuel-system problem that could cause fires in a rear-end crash. Jeep initially refused, insisting the vehicles "met and exceeded all applicable requirements" of federal standards pertaining to fuel-system integrity. NHTSA then gave Chrysler a June 18 deadline to either issue a recall themselves, or be ordered to do so.

On the day of its deadline, Chrysler announced it would launch a campaign to inspect and, if necessary, fix the 2.7 million Jeeps — never officially referring to the action as a "recall." Still, that's what it was, and therefore it earns the distinction of being the biggest one this year.

According to research, the biggest recalls affecting the U.S. market in 2013 are:

By Matt Schmitz | July 22, 2013 | Comments (0)

Recall Alert: 182,800 Honda, Acura Vehicles

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Honda is voluntarily recalling 182,800 vehicles due to an electronic stability system malfunction, according to a statement from the automaker. Affected vehicles are 101,000 Honda Pilot crossovers, 60,000 Acura MDX SUVs and 21,000 Acura RL sedans, all from model-year 2005; 800 model-year 2006 Acura MDX SUVs are also affected.

According to Honda, if an electrical capacitor on the system's control unit was damaged during the manufacturing process, the system could malfunction and apply a small amount of brake force for a fraction of a second outside the driver's control. If the driver applies the brakes during a system malfunction, a crash could result.

In addition to the recall, 51,000 of the affected Pilot crossovers will be inspected to ensure that an electrical ground bolt for the electronic stability system is properly tightened; a loosened ground bolt may cause a similarly short period of unintended brake activation. According to Honda, no crashes or injuries have resulted from these issues.

Honda will notify owners in mid-April, and Honda and Acura dealers will install a new electrical sub-harness for free. In the 51,000 affected Pilot vehicles, dealers will properly tighten the ground bolt for free. For more info, Honda owners can call 800-999-1009 or go to www.recalls.honda.com, and Acura owners can call 800-382-2238 or go to www.recalls.acura.com.

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By Matt Schmitz | March 14, 2013 | Comments (0)

Recall Alert: 748,000 Honda Pilots and Odysseys

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Honda is voluntarily recalling 748,000 model-year 2009-13 Pilot SUVs and 2011-13 Odyssey minivans due to problems with the driver's-side airbag.

According to Honda, the driver's-side airbags in the affected vehicles could be missing some of the rivets that secure the airbag's plastic cover, causing the airbag to not deploy properly. This could lead to an increased risk of a crash or injury; Honda has stated that no related crashes or injuries have been reported.

Honda will begin notifying customers in mid-February, and dealers will inspect and replace the affected parts for free. Owners can call Honda at 800-999-1009 or visit www.recalls.honda.com to see if their vehicle is part of the recall.

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By Jennifer Geiger | January 18, 2013 | Comments (1)

Recall Alert: 807,000 Honda SUVs, minivans

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Honda has issued a voluntary recall of 807,000 minivans and midsize SUVs due to a problem with the ignition interlock mechanism that could cause the vehicles to roll away while parked, according to the automaker. Honda said it already has received several complaints of such malfunctions, and two minor injuries have been reported.

The recall affects 318,000 Honda Odyssey minivans and 259,000 Honda Pilot SUVs, all from the 2003-04 model years, in addition to 230,000 model-year 2003-06 Acura MDX SUVs. The vehicles' ignition interlock mechanism can be damaged or worn during use, and it could become possible to remove the ignition key when the transmission is not in Park, Honda stated. If this happens while the parking brake is not set, the vehicle could roll away and a cause an accident.

Honda will notify owners by mail in early February and encourages owners to take their vehicles to a dealer as soon as they receive notification. Owners can determine if their vehicles require repair by calling 800-999-1009 or by going to www.recalls.honda.com. Acura owners may call 800-382-2238 and select Option 4, or go to www.recalls.acura.com.

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By Matt Schmitz | December 12, 2012 | Comments (0)

Three-Row SUVs Don't Measure Up to Minivans' Family-Friendliness

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A little over two years ago, I was pregnant with my second child and shopping for a new family car. Seeing our obviously growing family, the well-meaning salesman brought us over to a minivan. The second those power doors slid open, I quickly corrected him: "No, no. This is only my second baby. I am not driving that."

Fast-forward two years and two babies later, and I'm now driving a minivan; I've jumped the fence from "No way, no how" to "No, really; it's awesome."

So, how does that happen? How do those who were once emphatically against a minivan suddenly give in? The push always seems to come from baby No. 3 and that few vehicles can fit three child-safety seats across the second row. That leaves two viable options: a minivan or a three-row crossover/SUV.

Luckily, I review family cars for a living, and after nine months of test-driving the two options, my husband and I reached our conclusion: minivan, hands down.

This is why:

By BreAnn Ahara | October 31, 2012 | Comments (17)

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