2005 Honda Pilot

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Key Specs

of the 2005 Honda Pilot. Base trim shown.

Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Reputation for reliability
  • Abundant cargo space
  • Solid construction
  • Resale value
  • Carlike handling and refinement

The Bad

  • Lack of Low-range gearing
  • Short seat bottoms
  • Nonstandard radio controls
  • Occasional uncertainty in turns

Notable Features of the 2005 Honda Pilot

  • 15-hp boost for 2005
  • New tire-pressure monitor
  • Standard AWD
  • Eight-passenger capacity
  • Navigation and entertainment options

Latest 2005 Pilot Stories

Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.3)
Performance
(4.6)
Interior Design
(4.2)
Comfort
(4.7)
Reliability
(4.7)
Value For The Money
(4.7)

What Drivers Are Saying

(4.0)

Pilots are great SUVs

by EmBroughton from Berthoud, CO on October 17, 2018

I own both a 2005 and 2003 and this one, the 05, has definitely given me a bit more trouble than it's older model. What I've realized is that consistent maintenance from the outset is key. My 03 has ... Read full review

(5.0)

Most reliable car ever owned

by Cool car from FL on October 17, 2018

230,000 and only routine maintenance no major problems loved this car would buy another one hands down great family car and can be used off road Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2005 Honda Pilot currently has 11 recalls

Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2005 Honda Pilot has not been tested.

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Pilot received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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