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2005 Honda Pilot Mid-Size Sport Utility Wagon

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Description: Mid-Size Sport Utility Wagon
Base MSRP Range: $27,350 - $34,120
Invoice Price Range: $24,608 - $30,691
Where built: Canada

Honda's mid-size sport-utility wagon differs from a conventional truck-based SUV because it springs from a unitized structure that's innately stiff and strong, and there's a smart four-wheel-drive (4WD) system permanently engaged to direct the engine's muscle to all wheels when needed to maintain tire traction and keep the vehicle moving forward.

It also delivers a kick from a 3.5-liter V6 engine. The plant uses Honda's i-VTEC (intelligent variable value timing and lift electronic control) management plus a new drive-by-wire (DBW) throttle to maximize power. This year the output climbs to 250-hp.

Cabin capacity extends to eight in an arrangement with twin buckets on the first row, a bench for three on the second row and a third bench that holds three children. Safety equipment includes front and side air bags, and all Pilots of 2005 gain a TPMS plus for the top trim Honda's VSA skid controller. A keyless entry system has been added to LX trim, with a new six-disc CD changer aboard the EX and EX-L (the L indicates leather upholstery). And the new palette of paint colors brings shades like Desert Rock, Steel Blue and Billet Sliver.