The Pilot is an SUV in Honda’s repertoire. Being rugged, roomy, and built by a company known for reliable cars, the Pilot is an adequate choice. Starting at around $28,000, the Pilot is a bit pricey, but the sticker price isn’t the only thing you should worry about. Fuel economy and Honda Pilot insurance are associated costs, that people sometimes don’t think to consider. If you’d like to read about how you could save on auto insurance, read on.
Calculating an insurance premium is a matter of risk; the less risk you are to the insurance company, the less your premium will be. That said, there are a variety of factors that go into this calculation. Annual mileage and driving history are perhaps two of the biggest factors. If you have a clean driving record, you’re likely going to see a significant reduction in your premium, compared to the average driver that has had perhaps a couple of accidents in the past couple of years. In addition, the less you drive, the more you save. Consider what you’ll be using the car for: will it be for pleasure, or will there be a long commute to work every day? By driving less, you lower your risk of being in an accident.
However, perhaps the most important thing you can do to get the best rate is to shop around. Don’t stop at the first quote you get; get several quotes from different companies. Incentives and discounts are likely to vary from company to company, so do your research.
Although the Pilot offers a roomy interior, and a relatively smooth ride, it’s been found wanting in a lot of areas. First and foremost it doesn’t have the best fuel economy in the world, and performance is relatively lackluster. It has below average braking capacity, and handling is merely average.
It is offered in all-wheel drive and front-wheel drive, and comes in 4 trim levels: The LX, EX, EX-L and Touring. The Pilot comes standard with a 3.5 liter V6, and the new Pilot has been equipped with a more roomy third row for adults. All trim levels come standard with keyless entry, a variety of power accessories, and a CD-MP3 audio system.
However, as you move up in trim level you can see upgrades such as:
• Leather Seating
• Automatic Climate Control
• Rearview Camera
• Satellite Radio
• GPS System
• Premium Audio System
Safety features can help lower your premium, and some features on the Pilot can help. It comes equipped with front and side airbags for all three rows. In addition to this, it comes standard with traction control, anti-lock brakes and brake assist.
The federal government has given the 2012 Pilot 4/5 stars in frontal and rollover crash tests, and the IIHS has not yet had a chance to test it. However, the IIHS’ ratings on the 2011 Pilot have afforded it scores of “Good” in front, side and rear crash tests and “Marginal” in roof crash tests.
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