2007 Honda Pilot

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Key Specs

of the 2007 Honda Pilot. Base trim shown.

Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Reputation for reliability
  • Abundant cargo space
  • Solid construction
  • Strong 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 2007 Honda Pilot

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

2007 Honda Pilot Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview
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. It carries on largely unchanged for 2007.

The Pilot is powered by a 244-horsepower V-6 that operates via a drive-by-wire throttle system. All trim levels have a tire pressure monitoring system.

More standard features, including a Maintenance Minder and three-row side curtain airbags, went into 2006 models. A two-wheel-drive version with Variable Cylinder Management is available. The VCM system can automatically switch the Pilot's 3.5-liter V-6 between six- and three-cylinder modes to improve fuel economy.

Three versions are available: LX, EX and top-of-the-line EX-L. Honda's Vehicle Stability Assist electronic stability system and XM Satellite Radio are standard on all Pilots. A rear camera is integrated into models with a navigation system.


Exterior
Only modest bodyside cladding is used on the Pilot, which exhibits a clean look. The hood slopes down to a wide grille that is flanked by wraparound headlights. All models have body-colored bumpers and side moldings.

Unibody construction includes front and rear subframes. Equipped with a fully independent suspension, the Pilot has 8 inches of ground clearance for offroad treks. All 2007 models have fog lamps.


Interior
Up to eight occupants can fit inside the Pilot, which features 60/40-split, f...
Vehicle Overview
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. It carries on largely unchanged for 2007.

The Pilot is powered by a 244-horsepower V-6 that operates via a drive-by-wire throttle system. All trim levels have a tire pressure monitoring system.

More standard features, including a Maintenance Minder and three-row side curtain airbags, went into 2006 models. A two-wheel-drive version with Variable Cylinder Management is available. The VCM system can automatically switch the Pilot's 3.5-liter V-6 between six- and three-cylinder modes to improve fuel economy.

Three versions are available: LX, EX and top-of-the-line EX-L. Honda's Vehicle Stability Assist electronic stability system and XM Satellite Radio are standard on all Pilots. A rear camera is integrated into models with a navigation system.


Exterior
Only modest bodyside cladding is used on the Pilot, which exhibits a clean look. The hood slopes down to a wide grille that is flanked by wraparound headlights. All models have body-colored bumpers and side moldings.

Unibody construction includes front and rear subframes. Equipped with a fully independent suspension, the Pilot has 8 inches of ground clearance for offroad treks. All 2007 models have fog lamps.


Interior
Up to eight occupants can fit inside the Pilot, which features 60/40-split, folding seats in the second and third rows. Theater seating provides a better view for rear occupants. Leather upholstery is standard in the EX-L edition.

Maximum cargo volume totals 87.6 cubic feet. A 4-foot-wide sheet of plywood will fit flat on the floor. Options include a DVD-based navigation system and a rear-seat DVD entertainment system.


Under the Hood
The Pilot's 3.5-liter V-6 produces 244 hp and 240 pounds-feet of torque and runs on regular unleaded gasoline. A column-mounted lever controls the five-speed automatic transmission.

Safety
All-disc antilock brakes and side-impact airbags are standard. Driver position and passenger weight sensors control front-airbag deployment. Seat belt pretensioners and headrests are installed for all eight seating positions. Honda's Vehicle Stability Assist electronic stability system is standard on all Pilots.

Driving Impressions
Honda did nearly everything right with the Pilot. Carlike traits are immediately noticeable, and the vehicle's slightly heavy feel is mixed with considerable overall refinement.

Performance is strong and confident, if not exactly blistering. Response is quick, easy and seamless from the engine and automatic transmission. The seats are firm and very supportive, and a large speedometer is easy to read.

Drivers can expect a smooth ride on good roads and a satisfying experience on rougher pavement. The Pilot stays reasonably flat in curves, but it's not quite as surefooted as some SUVs on narrow twisty roads. It seems a trifle uncertain through some demanding turns.



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Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.4)
Performance
(4.5)
Interior Design
(4.4)
Comfort
(4.6)
Reliability
(4.6)
Value For The Money
(4.6)

What Drivers Are Saying

(5.0)

Absolutely love it!

by chrispy89 from lakewood on August 11, 2018

Excellent purchase! I've driven small cars my whole life, and wanted something bigger. I decided on my Pilot, and feel great about my purchase! It has excellent legroom all around, a very smooth ride, ... Read full review

(5.0)

Most reliable vehicle our family has ever owned!

by Best Co Pilot (my wife likes to drive) from Charlotte, NC on August 10, 2018

We have been very pleased with the performance of this vehicle. We have not been afraid to invest in it as needed to keep the car in great working condition. Plenty of power and accommodates eight ... Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2007 Honda Pilot currently has 5 recalls

NHTSA Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2007 Honda Pilot LX

NHTSA rates vehicles using a star rating system from 1-5 stars, with 5 being the highest.

Overall Rollover Rating
4 Star
Driver's
5 Star
Passenger's
5 Star
Side Barrier Rating Driver
5 Star
Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
5 Star
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.

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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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