The Wall: Mrs G’s 2013 Honda Pilot EX 4WD

Name: Mrs G
Location: California
What She’s Got: White 2013 Honda Pilot EX 4WD
What It Cost:

36-month | 12k miles | residual 58% | .00022 base money factor
MSRP $34100
Sale Price: $30780
Due at signing: $360
Monthly (w/tax): $374
RWG Rating – 98.0

My Take: It was excruciating finding a 4WD EX model here in So Cal. Within a 25 mile radius of my city, there were only TWO EX 4WDs. One was black and the other one was white. There about 5 more EX models out in San Bernardino county with Grey being the other color available besides white and black. Didn’t feel like driving a good hour and change, so I tried to negotiate on what’s available. I don’t want to bad-mouth certain dealers too much, but I have to say, some are just painful to deal with. Internet/Fleet just isn’t like it used to be. Many are just floor sales hiding behind a computer. Most can’t even give a competitive quote without trying to force you into the dealership or pressure you over the phone. The good news is that there are the occasional few that are so pleasant to deal with and don’t require much negotiation. Rock bottom price right off the bat!

Anyway, wife is very happy with her ride. I didn’t get all weather mats thrown in this time because I was working on 11 hrs of sleep in the last 48 hrs and I was emotionally drained due to a family situation the night before. Add on the fact that I was negotiating on a car that was as rare as this one, I just didn’t have it in me to work the guy for another $260 bucks.

If you need a Honda here in So Cal and want a hassle free experience, let me know. I got a couple guys you should talk to.

20 thoughts on “The Wall: Mrs G’s 2013 Honda Pilot EX 4WD

    • Thanks B! Wife loves it. I got a chance to tinker with the stuff inside. They crammed a lot of features in and made them standard. Its really sweet.

    • Hi LT, glad you found the site! Welcome! I can’t really talk to too much about how it drives because I literally only got a chance to drive it about 10 ft up the driveway. I did ride shotgun on the test drive and it was smooth and comfortable to ride in. I got a chance to tinker with the car a bit and came away impressed. I don’t know how familiar you are with the trim models for the Pilot, but the EX is a step up from the LX, which is the base. The main differences are going from steel to alloy rims, fog lights, tow hitch and a few cosmetic upgrades. What’s really amazing is the standard features: BT, streaming music, trizone climate and backup camera came standard. I haven’t tested it, but I think you can copy music into the car’s built in 2gb drive. I know, it’s only 2gb, but you can also pop a USB drive in there. That hasn’t always been the case. You can also stream music from any BT device and control it via the radio knob or steering controls. The info screen can be customized to display music info, drop a wallpaper, etc…We plan to take it on a road trip in a few weeks so I will comment more on it.

  1. Hi G,
    I’m looking to pick up a 2013 Pilot (2WD LX) as well. I agree about “internet managers” these days… most are part-time floor sales guys who happen to know how to use email. Could you email me the names of the Honda salesmen and dealerships you found worthwhile talking to?

  2. By the way, congrats! your price was excellent, considering its a few hundred dollars below dealer invoice.

  3. Thanks for the great information. I am in Southern California too and am leasing 2 Hondas right now (2010 Odyssey, 2010 Accord Sedan) that are coming up in February. Thinking about going in this month (December) to trade in and start new leases. Would love to know who you dealt with in the area. Thanks!

  4. Okay, would you send it to me too? I haven’t found a Honda dealer in OC that didn’t make me want to go postal.

  5. I’m also from SoCal in the IE. Please let me know who you dealt with, I am considering into getting into a bigger car for the new year.

  6. Any SoCal Acura dealers that you recommend? Looking to trade in my 2011 G25 and get into a 2013 RDX or MDX by next year.

    • I got my last Acura at South Bay Acura. However, my sale guy no longer works there. They are a smaller dealership, so I got a lot of attention and no-pressure sales. I didn’t like my experience at Cerritos Acura back in 2001 and I have not gone back since. I’m a pretty loyal customer. If a dealership screws with me, I don’t ever go back.

    • GOT IT! Thanks Adam. I have Honda and Volvo lease rates to post still so I will get your ride on the Wall right after that. Thanks for sending it in! It looks awesome of the black rims!!!

  7. G — I’m looking to lease a Pilot EX-L 4WD for my wife this month (assuming I can find one). I’m in LA. Any chance you can share the dealer/sales rep you worked with? Thanks in advance… and thanks for hosting such an excellent site.

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