HONDA STEPS UP

Honda sat on the sidelines for years watching other car companies rack up huge profits meeting the needs of the sport-utility-crazed public. The company first dipped its toes in the shallow end of the SUV waters with its mini-SUV, the CR-V. Finally, Honda fully enters this lucrative market with the all-new Pilot. Equipped with a 240-horsepower V-6, this four-wheel-drive vehicle delivers 17 miles to the gallon in town. If history is any indication of the Pilot’s success, we expect severe supply shortages much like Honda has had on its Odyssey minivan for years. For more information, log on to www.insideautomotive.com.