The Honda Pilot would get our vote as the best overall choice because it seats eight in a roomy, flexible interior, adds a lot of thoughtful, family-friendly features and earns good safety and reliability ratings. That’s why Cars.com editors chose it as the 2012 Family Car of the Year. The Pilot also won our $37,000 SUV Shootout against SUVs like the Dodge Durango, Ford Explorer and Toyota Highlander.

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That doesn’t mean all Pilots cost $37,000 (prices start under $30,000), but when we think of value we consider not only how much you pay but also what you get for your money, how long it will last and what it will be worth down the road. The Pilot is a good choice for all of those reasons.

Other midsize crossovers also are worthy of attention, including the Chevrolet Equinox and similar GMC Terrain, and the Toyota Highlander and Venza. All were named Best Bets for 2012 by Cars.com’s staff (the jury is still deliberating on the 2013s), and they could go out the door for less money than the Pilot, depending on what you want in the way of features. In addition, the Equinox won our $29,000 SUV Shootout.

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Answered by Rick Popely on January 8, 2013 in What Car Should I Buy? | Permalink

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