There’s nothing like taking a much-needed break from the hustles and bustles of your everyday life. Hence, the reason many of us take vacations, to reset our clocks and our minds.

2013 Honda Pilot. Photo by Sandy Caetano.
2013 Honda Pilot. Photo by Sandy Caetano.

For my family, camping has very quickly become our yearly getaway. This year was our second camping trip, and it was fabulous.  Once everything had been packed into the car and we were on the road away from the city, both my husband and I felt like a weight had been lifted off our shoulders. Now it was time to relax and enjoy our family time together.

When I spoke to my friends at Honda Canada about my camping trip this summer, they kindly offered up the 2013 Honda Pilot for us to take for the week. Last year we test drove the 2012 model, and it was such an amazing vehicle to take camping that we immediately fell in love with it.

Not only was it comfortable for the long ride, a four to five-hour long road trip to be exact, but it had just enough space for us to fit all the camping gear we needed. This year we even picked up a storage bag for the roof of the Pilot so we weren’t so jam-packed inside. (The first year I over-packed with extras we didn’t really need.)

We really enjoyed the Pilot as it made the ride more comfortable with its leather interior and plush seating, but it wasn’t overly plush that we couldn’t move around as we did in the 2013 Acura MDX. By the time we got there, we realized we hadn’t made a single pit stop on the way to Algonquin. It was great for the kids too who had enough space between them that they didn’t have to bump elbows or bug each other because someone’s pillow was touching them.

2013 Honda Pilot. Photo by Sandy Caetano.
2013 Honda Pilot. Photo by Sandy Caetano.

The entertainment system fully equipped with a DVD player and headphones was an added bonus for the kids, so they could watch their movies and enjoy the ride. My hubby and I enjoyed this feature very much, this way we could listen to our music and talk, while they watched whatever they wanted on their screens. The Bluetooth system made it very easy for us to hook up our phones to play our music, and for handsfree calling. The GPS was also fabulous so we didn’t have to use up our cellular data trying to follow the route to our destination.

Cargo space was also a big blessing in the Pilot, one of the big reasons why we adore this SUV so much. We were able to pack everything we needed this year and still have space to look out the rear window, unlike the previous year! All the slots and cup holders were very useful for the kids so they could keep the middle cabin as neat and tidy as possible by storing their video games, books, toys, water and munchies.

The overall driving experience was unbelievably smooth too, even with all the bumpy roads once we were on the campgrounds at Pog Lake. The Pilot moves easy from gear to gear without any hesitation, and was pretty quiet too, with barely a sound coming from under the hood.

Camping Trip 2013 at Algonquin Park, during one of our hikes. Photo by Sandy Caetano.
Camping Trip 2013 at Algonquin Park, during one of our hikes. Photo by Sandy Caetano.

The Honda Pilot just made our camping trip uncomplicated, and everything worked with ease. The weather was also a lot better this year than it was last summer, which also added to the experience. We had another great family vacation and we certainly can’t wait until next summer, and perhaps we’ll also have the Honda Pilot again. Thanks Honda Canada for helping to make our trip a memorable one!

For more information visit www.Honda.ca.

 

 

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