Best Bet
(4.6) 32 reviews
MSRP: $3,507$10,319
Body Style: Sport Utility
Combined MPG: 19
Engine: 255-hp, 3.5-liter V-6 (regular gas)
Drivetrain: 4x4
Seats: 8
2005 Honda Pilot

Our Take on the 2005 Honda Pilot

Our Take

Honda launched the midsize Pilot sport utility vehicle for 2003 and billed it as "not too big, not too small." It is larger than the company's compact CR-V and youth-focused Element and replaces Honda's Passport SUV.A new 255-horsepower V-6 operates via a drive-by-wire throttle system f... Read Full Report

What We Don't Like

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

Notable Features

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


Our Expert Reviews

The Honda Pilot is actually the vehicle that started this whole "quest for the quintessential mom-mobile" about a year ago. I learned about the Pilot when trying to find family vehicles with three rows of seats. After doing some research online (not easily I might add, flipping from one car website to another only to give up in frustration after sensory overload had set in and I still didn&apos... Read full review for the 2005 Honda Pilot

Consumer Reviews


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Watch those transmissions

by Boo-urns from Chicago, IL on October 11, 2010

Needed a new transmission at 68,829 miles and six-and-a-half years. Guess who did not care? Honda USA of course! We are not the exception, even though Honda acted like we were at first. After citing m... Read Full Review

3 Trims Available

A trim is a style of a vehicle model. Each higher trim has different or upgraded features from the previous trim along with a price increase. Learn more about trims

Trims Explained

When talking about cars, “trims” is a way of differentiating between different versions of the same model. Typically, most start with a no-frills, or “base” trim, and as features are added, or a different engine, drivetrain (gas vs. hybrid, for example) or transmission are included, trim names change and prices go up.

It’s important to carefully check the trims of the car you’re interested in to make sure that you’re getting the features you want, or that you’re not overpaying for features you don’t want.


Crash-Test Reports


There are currently 10 recalls for this car.

Safety defects and recalls are relatively common. Stay informed and know what to do ahead of time.

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