IT’S A BEST BUY BECAUSE:

Pilot boasts an impressive selection of available comfort and safety features, a nicely finished cabin with outstanding passenger/cargo capacity, and excellent driving manners and fuel efficiency for a vehicle its size.

BUT…

The touchscreen controls can be finicky, and the third-row seat can be a bit tricky to access.

WORTH NOTING:

Pilot is one of the few vehicles in its class to offer 8-passenger seating capacity—all Pilots seat eight except for the line-topping Elite model, which has captain’s chairs in the second row for 7-passenger capacity.

WHAT IS IT?

The Pilot is Honda’s popular three-row midsize SUV. The lone engine is a 280-horsepower 3.5-liter V6, which is paired with a 6-speed automatic transmission in LX, EX, and EX-L models and a 9-speed automatic in the high-end Touring and Elite models. The 9-speed models utilize an unconventional electronic pushbutton shifter—it requires a bit of acclimation to use, but frees up console space. All trims levels are available with front- or all-wheel drive except the line-topping Elite model, which is AWD only. A “Honda Sensing” option group of safety technology features includes adaptive cruise control, forward-collision warning, Collision Mitigation Braking System, lane-departure warning, lane-keep assist, and Road Departure Mitigation. Other available features include Apple CarPlay/Android Auto connectivity, Honda’s LaneWatch right-side camera, remote engine start, heated and ventilated front seats, heated steering wheel, power tailgate, power sliding
second-row seats, and a panoramic glass roof with individual front and rear sliding sun shades.

WHAT’S NEW?

Information on the 2018 Honda Pilot was unavailable as of this writing, but we don’t foresee any major changes.

FUEL ECONOMY

EPA estimates for the 2018 Pilot were unavailable as of this writing, but they shouldn’t change much, if at all. When equipped with the 6-speed automatic transmission, the 2017 Pilot was EPA-rated at 19 mpg city/27 highway with front-wheel drive and 18/26 with all-wheel drive. Nine-speed models were rated at 20/27 with FWD and 19/26 with AWD. In Consumer Guide® testing, an all-wheel-drive Elite averaged 19.3 mpg in about 90-percent city driving.

VALUE IN CLASS

The Honda Pilot is one of the larger midsize SUVs on the market, and it’s also one of the most space-efficient. In addition to its capacious interior, the Pilot boasts excellent road manners for a plus-sized SUV and a good selection of safety and technology features. Despite its focus on function over flash, the Pilot’s cabin has a very high-quality feel. If you need to move a lot of people and stuff and aren’t interested in a minivan, the Pilot is one of the best family haulers around.

BASE PRICE RANGE $30,745 – $47,220
BODY STYLES 4-Door Wagon
AVAILABLE ENGINES 280-HP, 3.5-Liter V6
DRIVE WHEELS Front or All-Wheel Drive
BUILT IN USA
EPA FUEL-ECONOMY RANGE 18-27 MPG

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