It wasn’t the flashiest new vehicle at the recent Detroit auto show. But it may have been one of the most important. Up on a carousel, tucked in a back corner of Honda’s display was a bright red Pilot, a new cross/utility vehicle (CUV) that likely is making many U.S. Big Three executives nervous. The Pilot’s styling won’t take anyone’s breath away. A big brother to Honda’s successful but much smaller CR-V crossover, the Pilot looks its role, with exterior sheet metal drawn right from its ...

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