The midsize Honda Pilot crossover has long been a solid choice for growing families with a spacious and comfortable cabin that seats up to eight passengers, though the third row is best left to the kids. It shares platforms with the automaker’s Accord sedan and Odyssey minivan. Its standard V6 engine is smooth and powerful, and the Pilot handles decently while maintaining a smooth ride.

Average base model retail prices:

  • 2012: $10,100
  • 2011: $9,000
  • 2010: $7,600
  • 2009: $6,900