You notice the differences right away. The Pilot is 4 inches wider than the Ford Explorer, Chevrolet Trailblazer, and Toyota Highlander, which translates into a spacious cabin comfortable enough for five adults and three kids in the third row. On the road, we were especially impressed with the Pilot's responsive steering, compliant ride, and relative lack of body roll. Its 3.5-liter 240-horsepower V6 isn't the most powerful engine in the segment, but with a five-speed automatic transmission it turns in above-average acceleration times of around 8 seconds. And fuel economy is at the head of the class: 17 mpg in the city, 22 on the highway.