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2008 Honda Pilot

$4,836 — $13,448 USED
Sport Utility
8 Seats
17-19 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

Is this the car for you?

The Good

  • Space efficiency
  • Power
  • Standard safety features
  • Construction quality
  • Navigation option has touch-screen
  • Backup camera option

The Bad

  • Interior materials outdated
  • Third row folding mechanism outdated
  • Exterior design is outdated
  • Cylinder deactivation on 2WD only
2008 Honda Pilot exterior side view

What to Know

about the 2008 Honda Pilot
  • VP trim level replaces LX
  • New top SE trim level
  • More features standard in '08
  • Seats eight
  • Top crash-test ratings
  • Exceptional reliability

Our Take

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

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Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.7
47 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.4)
Performance
(4.6)
Interior Design
(4.3)
Comfort
(4.7)
Reliability
(4.7)
Value For The Money
(4.5)

Read reviews that mention:

(4.0)

Great value

by AlexE94 from Tempe, Az on October 12, 2018

I bought my 2008 Honda Pilot last year with 147,000 miles. It now has 160,000 miles and the only thing I've had to change is the tires! The engine has decent performance for a vehicle this size. It's ... Read full review

(5.0)

The Best Honda Pilot Ever Made

by Camille from Wheaton on September 19, 2018

The 2008 Honda Pilot SE, and all those that came before, were the best Pilots ever manufactured. Hands down reliable, comfortable and for all intents and purposes easy on the budget in terms of ... Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2008 Honda Pilot currently has 5 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2008 Honda Pilot VP

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
Front Seat
5 Star
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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