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2009 Honda Pilot
2009 Honda Pilot
Available Price Range $8,631-$19,259 TrimsN/A Combined MPG 19-20 SeatsN/A

Our Take on the 2009 Honda Pilot

Our Take

Honda's midsize Pilot crossover SUV has been redesigned for 2009 and changes include new exterior and interior styling, a new high-end Touring trim level and a more fuel-efficient V-6 engine. The eight-seat Pilot hits dealerships in May 2008 and competes against crossovers like the Toyota Hi... Read Full Report

What We Don't Like

  • White-faced gauges
  • Knob-based navigation system
  • Popular features only available on higher trims

Notable Features

  • Seats eight
  • V-6 with cylinder deactivation
  • Standard stability system
  • Slab-sided looks
  • New high-end Touring trim


Our Expert Reviews

NEW YORK -- Honda has a touching TV advertisement for its 2009 Pilot midsize sport-utility vehicle. A father drives in from the suburbs to one of this city's soup kitchens. It appears to be early Thanksgiving or Christmas morning. The streets are damp, empty, cold. The feeling is desolate. The father is accompanied by a preteen son, who assists his dad in unloading big boxes of food. A sou... Read full review for the 2009 Honda Pilot

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Consumer Reviews


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Love the size - great deal for the money

by Poor after having bought two cars in 1 month from Morristown, NJ on June 18, 2012

My wife wanted to replace our Honda CRV with a larger SUV. We looked at a variety of cars - Jeep, Toyota, Lexus, many others. Bottom line, I think the Honda gave us the best bang for the buck Particu... Read Full Review


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Crash-Test Reports


There are currently 3 recalls for this car.

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Warranty Coverage





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Warranties Explained


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.


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.

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).

Free Scheduled Maintenance

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.

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