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My friends dad is looking at the new '06 pilots..........
It seems to be a pretty cool car and a lot of options come standard.

So, you guys think he should get it or should he also look at something else.

And the qualifications are:
-It has to hold at least 7 people but 8 would be best.
-Pretty Decent Gas milage.
-Price really doesn't matter
-Must be pretty safe

Thanks,
-Jimmy

I would post this in the SUV forum, but it seems to not get any traffic....
 

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84Cressida said:
He should go for a Highlander, or the new Rav4.
The ravs are tiny.
And the thing about the highlander is it gets worse milage, and they don't seem to have as many features....

Pilot all the way

I'd also recommend waiting until 2006 to try the new 2007 Hyundai Santa Fe. Seats 7, and it's entirely redesigned. There's some great pictures of the model on carspyshots.net.
I doubt he'd ever buy a hyundai. After one of his friend's engine fell out of their Hyundai.......:ugh3:
 

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Captain_Toyota said:
Id go with a 4Runner. If you are going to get an SUV, at least get a real one. Not a car-based wannabe.
Ive owned 4Runners in the past and they are awsome. They will go anywhere you need to go and they ride and handle like a car.
Isn't that kind of a descrepancy? :lol:

I'm diggin the 4 runners, but it seems as though they don't seem to have as many features and what not as the pilot...

The pilot seems to have cooler standard features such as leather and Tv, nav system...

So it's kind of a up for grabs decision, but its leaning torwards the pilot....

Edit: So is the space really bad as Cyorke says?
 

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Cyorke said:
I ahve to say go with the Pilot. THe third seat in the Highalnder is a joke, not that the Pilot is that much better but it is better. The third seat in the highlande is only designed for 2 people so if he had to carry eight it would not work. Yes the pilot is car based but it is a very capable SUV. IT does give you the option of locking the transfer case into a high full 4WD where the Highlander does not. It is AWD all the time with no contorl over it.
I also think towing capacity is a little bit higher in the Pilot than inthe Highlander.

As for the 4RUnner, have you seen the third seat in those things. They are like the seats in the Landcruiser. they fold up towards the rear side windows when not in use. The to will only seat two additional people since there is a gap in between them when they are lowered. Also if you sit in the abck seat your knees are going to be in your chest no matter how tall you are. I have been in one and I am only about 5'10" and it was the absolute worse thing I had ever sat in as far as comfort. If you have to make an adult sit back there for more than about 15 minutes they are probably going to kill you when they get out.

If he likes the pilot but wants a little more luxury he could also go to the MDX. wood trim, sunroof, better stereo, and a little bit of a HP bump over the Pilot. Also I think they look a little better jsut not so upright and tall looking.

:thumbup: :thumbup:

Thanks, Extremely informative.

Are those extra options pretty good too? Or are they just made to sound really good. :lol:

-Jimmy
 

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Captain_Toyota said:
For me, if Im going to get an SUV, Id want one that I can take off-road and tow with.
Thats what SUVs are supposed to be all about. If you dont want to go off-road or tow, why not get a Matrix or a Sienna?
Some people want to be "cool" and have an SUV, but dont want the harsh ride and dont need the off-road capability, and thats why you have car-based SUVs (wanna-bes, IMO).
Well, a large amount of seating is necesscary and well, Van's are for soccer moms.....:lol:
 

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I checked one out tonight and the back seat is really really crammed. But the middle seats are adjustible so you can get maybe like an extra 2 inches of footroom. :lol:

I just guess the lil kids are gonna sit in back. :nana:
 

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mr2driver said:
you can get the sienna with awd

i would look into lexus also
Bah, Sienna's are for soccer moms.

I'm really digging this pilot though. It's AWD and it'll probably be the EX-L (Leather w/ moon roof). Although the back seat doesn't seem like it'll be good for long trips........
 

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84Cressida said:
You said price wasn't an issue, so how about a Land Cruiser? Great on/off-road performance, seats 8, 275 HP.
Well, I guess it's moreso best "bang for the buck"

So which ever car is best.
So which ever offers the most space, best milage, etc for the least amount of $$.

Hell, we were lookin at Escalades but the milage really sucks, and the quality is kind of eh..
 

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touringcamry said:
Yeah...4x4 is for going off-road and possibly hauling stuff off-road. But if all the hauling is on road, I would get a 2WD just because the 2WD usually can haul a bit more due to lighter weight of the vehicle and also saves gas because it's lighter.

I think I take my 2WD vehicles off road more than most people take their SUVs. I got my Camry stuck twice in the sand. I don't even know how many times I got my 2WD work trucks stuck in the soft sand. Our unit "doesn't have priority" for 4x4 vehicles.
In snowy and icy climates as here in MN, would you recommend 4WD or 2WD.

I'm thinkin 4WD but the 2WD offers some kind of cylinder management. It'll sometimes shut off a couple of cylinders so your getting 4 cylinder milage....
 
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