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OK let's compare notes here......what were your top 3 picks when you were shopping for your SUV?

Here's what mine were, after I drove the Pilot:

1. Honda Pilot
2. Toyota Highlander
3. Nissan Pathfinder

I didn't get hooked on the Pilot until my second drive......:27:
 

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OK let's compare notes here......what were your top 3 picks when you were shopping for your SUV?

Here's what mine were, after I drove the Pilot:

1. Honda Pilot
2. Toyota Highlander
3. Nissan Pathfinder

I didn't get hooked on the Pilot until my second drive......:27:
1. MB ML320-- Had to scratch from list due to the lack of local dealer.
Safety, safety and safety aspects
2. Acura MDX-- See reason #1
Styling and well equiped
3. Honda Pilot- One of three ain't bad.
Boxy.....but dealer 1/4 mile away
 

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1. Pilot
2. Pilot
3. Pilot

Waited a long time for my Pilot to be born. :cool:
 

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I would go with:

1. Pilot - since I can't affod the MDX
2. Pathfinder - heard great things from Nissan owners
3. Highlander - haven't heard anything from anyone.
 

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5: Expedition - only because I already oned one, thought the new one would be better

4: Explorer - The redesign is much better than previous generation
3: Envoy - nice truck, great engine, not enough room
2: Sequoia - loved everything about except the price tag

1: PILOT - quality, reliability, space, power and function - it was an easy decision.

I LOVE MY PILOT!


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1.) Pilot - BIG time. More room, more power, more handling, more quality.
2.) Highlander - Had put a depoit on this, when two days latter in February, I read about the Pilot
3.) MDX
4.) Tribute
5.) Envoy
 

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Pilot
Highlander
Mini Cooper S :D
 

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Pilot
Odessey
Toyota Sequoia
Subaru Outback
 

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Choices

Pilot
Highlander
Lexus RX-300
 

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1)Pilot

2)MDX(If I hadn't read about the Pilot back in March, I would be driving an 02 MDX.

3)Moutaineer. I was $300 away from closing the deal. Needless to say the dealer called me back a couple of days later, but I had already discovered the MDX and was no longer interested in the Mountaineer. Whew, that was close... What was I thinking:8: ??? BTW the Mercury dealership offered me over 2k for my Villager on trade, the Honda dealership offered $200.00.

I never considered 5 seaters or the GM and Dodge products.
 

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MDX
Pilot
Sequoia
 

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1. Pilot
2. Highlander
3. Expedition

Ultimately chose the pilot for honda reliability and the third row seat. My kids love it back there.
 

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1. Pilot
2. MDX(Had on order until I saw pictures of Pilot)
3. Rendezvous(Third row bench seat was a big negative)
 

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Wanted a 7+ passenger 4WD, so:

3. Trailblazer
2. Explorer
1. Pilot

I liked the Pilot (and Honda quality) best, and even at MSRP it was cheaper than the X Plan prices (business partner pricing - not as good as employee pricing, but often at or below "invoice" price) on the others.
 

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Before test drives and comparisons:

1. Lexus RX-300
2. Acura MDX
3. Toyota Sequoia
4. Toyota 4 Runner
5. Toyota Highlander
6. Nissan Pathfinder

I had not heard of the Pilot when I first started my search.


After comparisons:

1. Honda Pilot - Hands down, the all-around winner in my book
2. Lexus RX-300 - Too expensive, but a very close second
3. Toyota Sequoia - Too big, poor fuel economy. With a good 6 cyl, this would have been a contender.
4. Acura MDX - Too expensive, not too crazy about it's looks. Even if it were priced the same as the Pilot, I would still buy the Pilot. One of my primary goals in replacing my V8 JGC was to reduce my fuel costs. The MDX requires Premium and that wa a major deterence.
5. Nissan Pathfinder - I can't remember exactly what we thought about the Pathfinder, only that we ruled it out. I think it was my wife that put the nail in this one. But obviously I wasn't too impressed with it either or I would have remembered more about it. I do remember enough to know that it ranked higher than the other two Toyota SUVs when we had finished our testing.
6. Toyota 4 Runner - Felt small and cramped, sort of expensive, exterior needed updated (this was before the 2003 were out), ride was the worst of the bunch. Would have been my choice if I was going for serious off-roading, but not for street driving.
7. Toyota Highlander - About the only thing I liked was its looks.
 

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1. Honda Pilot
2. Trailblazer/Envoy 7 seater
3. Explorer 7 seater
4. Durango
5. Dodge Caravan AWD
6. Honda Odessey

The Pilot was my only choice but I had to go through the pros and cons of the other vehicles as any good consumer would (eg: my wife said I shouldn't make a rash decision).

As you can see, seating was a priority as well as some sort of 4 wheel drive. The Honda Odessey was thrown in for comparison/price purposes but I was tired of vans (Pilot will replace my 96 Caravan).
 

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Adding to my top 3:

From my top 3 you'll note that the Cooper S was on my final list. I'm probably in the minority here, but I was actually shopping a pretty wide range of vehicle styles. I picked each based on different characteristics. Adding to the list that I seriously looked into and drove were:

Volkswagen Passat
Audi A4
Audi TT
Toyota Sequoia
Lexus IS 300
Lexus RX 300

Ultimately the Volkwagen and Audi's proved to have too many quirks for vehicles of their price, the Sequoia was too large (can you say parrallel docking?), and the Lexus vehicles were to "plush" for my practical lifestyle.

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Wow

My list was simple.
Pilot
Odyssey (Before Pilot was anounced)
MDX (out of price range)

Also looked at and dismissed

Landcruser
Sequia
Senia
Highlander

I don't get the "Should I get a Pilot or a Mini" thinking?
 

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1. Pilot
2. Highlander
3. Tahoe
 

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1. Pilot
2. Envoy XL (too big, sorry gas mileage)
3. Highlander (no third seat)

Test driving the Pilot sold my wife compared to her squeaky minivan and my big truck...Take receipt around Christmas!!!
 
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