November 12, 2002

Honda Pilot SUV is Auto World Magazine’s Family Vehicle of the Year

Miami Beach, Florida – A U.S. auto magazine has declared the 2003 Honda Pilot SUV to be the “Family Vehicle of the Year”. Auto World Magazine Editor-in-Chief Terry Jackson presented Honda executives with the award at the South Florida auto show.

“Traditionally the family vehicle has been thought of as a big sedan or perhaps a station wagon,” Jackson said. “But the dramatic shift in family lifestyles and consumer preferences in the last 10 years has changed the definition of a family vehicle. Recognizing that the family vehicle today could be a minivan, a sport- utility vehicle or the traditional sedan or station wagon, the Auto World staff cast a wide net in seeking out the best vehicles.”

After driving dozens of contenders, the staff selected 10 finalists. In addition to the Pilot, the list included Honda’s Odyssey minivan; Toyota’s Highlander SUV, Sienna minivan and Avalon sedan; Buick’s LeSabre sedan and Rendezvous SUV; Chevrolet’s Impala sedan; Dodge’s Caravan minivan; and Volkswagen’s Passat station wagon.

“We graded these finalists on things that are important to families seeking perfect transportation: seating and cargo capacities; safety ratings; fuel economy; reliability; comfort and useful interior features; performance; warranties; and resale value,” Jackson said.

The final analysis was close, but when all things were considered the Honda Pilot emerged as a clear winner. Its three rows of seating combined with clever interior storage, a smooth 240-horsepower V6, all-wheel-drive, competitive pricing and Honda’s reputation for reliability and resale value make the Pilot the perfect vehicle for busy, value-conscious families,” Jackson said.

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