Join Date: Jan 2012
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
1) Price - $33600 (DH included) + Tax Good or bad? Avg. 300 over invoice. Mine was 32 even for EX-L. Tough to compete wiht the Jeep and Explorer in these parts where everyone tows toys.
2) Vibration or humming when A/C compression kicks in? None
3) On highway, when ECO kicks in at around 65mph, there is a noticeable feeling of jerking or speed changing. True or false? YES, and this is all the time when it kicks in, and hesitates when turns off. One thing I hate about the honda.... Saving of 2mpg average over my partners 2012 Highlander.
4) Short vibration when you stop your car with turned steering wheel. No, but a bump/surge a couple moments after each stop in traffic. I was told this is normal with the electronic controlled tranny.
5) Average gallons to fill at the gas station (before the low gas light comes up) Not sure.
6) Okay to pump with just regular unleaded? It's a honda, not a turbocharged high reving sprotscar with detonation issues. Regular, or why bother...
7) Road noise level on highway? It felt really quiet on a 35 mph zone when I test drove it. Much more quiet than the last model year and on par with highlander.
8) Best color
9) Average miles on full tank of gas (your experience) Not sure. I average 21 mpg, mostly highway.
10) Pilot vs. Highlander, if you can get a full refund on your Pilot. Would you still purchase a Pilot over Highlander? I drive both 2012 Highalnder and Pilot, both cost 32K. Honda is higher quality as the toyo feels flimsy and cheaper. Honda has leather steering wheel which feels better than the Toy's rubber unit. Both made in usa with lots of common parts from tier one suppliers--same as dodge and ford too. Build quality is NOT on par with past japanese built models, but is on par with the two top USA built models. I opted for Honda and Toyota given the Dodge, Ford, Chevy history with oddball motors and transmission woes, but am not convinced that this is still the case. The Highlander is much quicker than the honda, well at least mine. The ford Explorer would have won out, but I didn't trust all the touch screens, and prefer real buttons and simplicity. Bleutooth and stereo sorta blow, no shuffle option for ipod or hard drive, sunroof was installed wrong, and no wiring or actual tow ability included with factory tow package. Kit was a pain to install given so much of the interior needed to be removed. Suspension is now too soft compared to past models and makes towing a little tricky with lane changes. I've 3k miles on both vehicles.