2011 Honda Pilot

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Key Specs

of the 2011 Honda Pilot. Base trim shown.

Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Highway poise
  • Limited body roll
  • First- and second-row comfort
  • Transmission refinement

The Bad

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

Notable Features of the 2011 Honda Pilot

  • Seats eight
  • V-6 with cylinder deactivation
  • Standard stability system
  • Slab-sided looks

2011 Honda Pilot Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview
Honda's midsize Pilot crossover SUV was redesigned in 2009 and has seen only minor changes since. The Pilot seats eight and competes with crossovers like the Toyota Highlander, Mazda CX-9 and GMC Acadia.

New for 2011
There are no significant changes for 2011.

Exterior
The Pilot is boxy and upright from most angles. The front end features rectangular headlights that border a six-sided grille. Exterior features include:
  • Optional roof rails
  • Optional fog lights
  • Optional body-colored side mirrors and door handles


Interior
The Pilot seats eight in three standard rows of seats. Standard features include air conditioning, cruise control, a tilt/telescoping steering wheel and a CD stereo with an MP3 jack. Optional features include automatic air conditioning, a backseat entertainment system, sunshades for the second-row side windows, a six-CD audio system and a USB port for connecting an iPod to the stereo. Other interior features include:
  • Optional satellite-linked navigation system includes 10-speaker premium audio system
  • Load-supporting cargo net (20-pound maximum cargo weight) optional
  • Optional heated front seats and leather-trimmed seating
  • Optional Bluetooth, a power tailgate, and corner and backup sensors
  • Optional rearview camera and premium audio system
  • Optional rear entertainment system available


Under the Hood
All Pilots are powered by a 3.5-liter V-6 that makes 250 horsepower and 253 pounds-feet of torque. The engine drives a five-speed automatic transmission ...
Vehicle Overview
Honda's midsize Pilot crossover SUV was redesigned in 2009 and has seen only minor changes since. The Pilot seats eight and competes with crossovers like the Toyota Highlander, Mazda CX-9 and GMC Acadia.

New for 2011
There are no significant changes for 2011.

Exterior
The Pilot is boxy and upright from most angles. The front end features rectangular headlights that border a six-sided grille. Exterior features include:
  • Optional roof rails
  • Optional fog lights
  • Optional body-colored side mirrors and door handles


Interior
The Pilot seats eight in three standard rows of seats. Standard features include air conditioning, cruise control, a tilt/telescoping steering wheel and a CD stereo with an MP3 jack. Optional features include automatic air conditioning, a backseat entertainment system, sunshades for the second-row side windows, a six-CD audio system and a USB port for connecting an iPod to the stereo. Other interior features include:
  • Optional satellite-linked navigation system includes 10-speaker premium audio system
  • Load-supporting cargo net (20-pound maximum cargo weight) optional
  • Optional heated front seats and leather-trimmed seating
  • Optional Bluetooth, a power tailgate, and corner and backup sensors
  • Optional rearview camera and premium audio system
  • Optional rear entertainment system available


Under the Hood
All Pilots are powered by a 3.5-liter V-6 that makes 250 horsepower and 253 pounds-feet of torque. The engine drives a five-speed automatic transmission and uses Honda's Variable Cylinder Management technology to maximize fuel economy. Mechanical features and specifications include:
  • Two-wheel-drive Pilots get estimated 17/23 mpg city/highway
  • Four-wheel-drive versions get an estimated 16/22 mpg
  • Heavy-duty radiator, transmission cooler and Class III trailer hitch are standard
  • Two-wheel-drive Pilots can tow 3,500 pounds; four-wheel-drive models can pull 4,500 pounds


Safety
Standard safety features include:
  • All-disc antilock brakes
  • Electronic stability system
  • Side-impact airbags for front seats
  • Side curtain airbags for all three rows of seats
  • Active front head restraints



Latest 2011 Pilot Stories

Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.4)
Performance
(4.4)
Interior Design
(4.4)
Comfort
(4.7)
Reliability
(4.6)
Value For The Money
(4.4)

What Drivers Are Saying

(5.0)

Great backwoods outdoor family car.

by smsipp from Wichita, KS on September 15, 2018

Great family car for off road adventures. Only downside? Not much room for children to grow! The back row had little leg room. Was a fun car to drive for our big family and I would have loved to keep ... Read full review

(2.0)

Such a Lemon

by 4abby787 from Savannah, MO on August 13, 2018

It has all kinds of issues. Would not recommend. The cruise control is terrible, it shakes, the transmission has issues and I have had to replace part after part. Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2011 Honda Pilot currently has 8 recalls

Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2011 Honda Pilot has not been tested.

Manufacturer Warranties

Backed by Honda
New Car Program Benefits
  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    36 months / 36,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    60 months / 60,000 miles

Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits
  • Maximum Age/Mileage

    Less than 6 years old/less than 80,000 miles

  • Basic Warranty Terms

    12 months/12,000 miles

  • Powertrain warranty

    7 years/100,000 miles

  • Dealer Certification Required

    182-point inspection

  • Roadside Assistance

    Yes

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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.
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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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