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2004 Honda Pilot Granite

Honda Canada has added a new entry-level version called the Granite to its lineup of Canadian-built Pilot lineup.

It will carry an MSRP of $38,800 and come with fewer standard features than the previous entry-level model, the $41,400 EX.

Most of the stuff that's been taken out of the Pilot to create the Canada-only Granite model won't really be missed, such as body-colored outside mirrors, three of the stereo speakers, an upscale climate control system, and a driver's seat lumbar support.

People will probably miss the power driver's seat, the steering wheel-mounted stereo controls and absolutely the keyless entry system, but that's the price you won't pay for this new model, as it were.

When it goes on sale soon, the Granite will come with air conditioning, power windows, locks and heated side mirrors, CD player stereo, cruise control, numerous cupholders and storage bins, 16-inch alloy wheels, fender flares, fog lights, front bumper garnish, side step bars, and roof rails.

As a dealer rather than a factory option, a DVD-based Rear Entertainment System is also available, complete with wireless headphones, seven-inch LCD display, and remote control.

Pilot can hold up to eight people, while the second and third rows of seating include a 60/40 split that fold down, creating a flat cargo floor.

Standard equipment on the Pilot includes a 240-horsepower VTEC V6, Variable Torque Management 4-wheel-drive, and a five-speed automatic transmission.

Buyers who want to go upscale with a Pilot can also get an EX-L for $43,000 and an ex-L RES for $45,200.