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  • (4.4) 56 reviews
  • MSRP: $3,931$11,723
  • Body Style: Sport Utility
  • Combined MPG: 19-21
  • Engine: 244-hp, 3.5-liter V-6 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain: 4x4
  • Seats: 8
2006 Honda Pilot

Our Take on the 2006 Honda Pilot

Our Take

Honda launched the midsize Pilot sport utility vehicle for 2003, billing it as "not too big, not too small." Larger than the company's compact CR-V and youth-focused Element, the Pilot replaced Honda's Passport.New for 2005 was a 255-horsepower V-6 that operated via a drive-by-wire thro... 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

  • 244-hp V-6
  • Variable Cylinder Management V-6 available
  • Standard AWD
  • Eight-passenger capacity
  • Tire-pressure-monitoring system
  • Navigation and entertainment options


Our Expert Reviews

One of the best has been made even better for 2006.The Pilot, Honda's midsize crossover sport utility, got a facelift and some other improvements as it entered its fourth year on the market. Already arguably one of the most practical SUVs around, the Pilot for 2006 has more standard features, along with some exterior tweaks that Honda says were intended to give the vehicle a new "Honda tru... Read full review for the 2006 Honda Pilot

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Consumer Reviews


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Pilot VS Highlander

by SUV By Choice from Phila PA on June 21, 2010

I own both a 2006 Honda Pilot and a 2005 Toyota Highlander a were going to compare the 2 as part of the review. Both have similar specs, V6 & AWD. The Pilot is slightly more comfortable than the Highl... Read Full Review

6 Trim Levels Available

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Crash-Test Reports

IIHS Ratings

Based on Honda Pilot EX

Head Restraints and Seats

IIHS Ratings

Based on Honda Pilot EX

G Good
A Acceptable
M Marginal
P Poor

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
Overall Rear
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers. IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal or poor based on performance in high-speed front and side crash tests. IIHS also evaluates seat/head restraints for protection against neck injuries in rear impacts.

NHTSA Ratings

Based on Honda Pilot EX

Overall Rollover Rating

NHTSA Ratings

Based on Honda Pilot EX

Overall Rollover Rating
Front Seat
Rear Seat
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is part of the U.S. Department of Transportation. NHTSA provides vehicle safety information such as front- and side-crash ratings and rollover ratings. Vehicles are rated using a star rating system from 1-5 stars, with 5 being the highest.


There are currently 5 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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