2011 Honda Pilot

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$28,320

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Key specs

Base trim shown

SUV

Body style

19

Combined MPG

8

Seating capacity

190.9” x 71.0”

Dimensions

Front-wheel drive

Drivetrain

Overview

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

4 trims

Starting msrp listed lowest to highest price

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Notable features

  • Seats eight
  • V-6 with cylinder deactivation
  • Standard stability system
  • Slab-sided looks
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2011 Honda Pilot review: Our expert's take

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

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.7
  • Interior 4.5
  • Performance 4.4
  • Value 4.4
  • Exterior 4.5
  • Reliability 4.6

Most recent consumer reviews

5.0

220,000 miles and still going

We bought this new in October of 2010, and have had it since, ever 100k have done the timing belt, never missed oil changes. Have some every recommended maintenance done, and she's now got 220k miles. Right about 200k mark the power steering pump started making noises, so changed it, was really easy to change. Then the alternator went out, which was harder to change, but did it. Can't complain 1 bit. My wife loves her pilot and says she's going to drive it until the doors fall off 😂. Been through few sets of brakes, few sets of tires, 3 rear sets of shocks, and few other wear and tear items. Interior has held up great, drivers seat has not torn (my wife is tiny) but you can see wear on it, but for 13-14 years of ownership, it can clean up really nice. Only thing is we got the pilot rust spot on the tailgate by the chrome trim, that was repaired once and has now came back.

5.0

They don't make'em like this anymore.

Best I ever owned. Bought in April of 2010, 1st 2011 to hit the dealership. Touring model with real 4wheel drive, a rear window that opens w/defrost and side windows that defrost, a 6 CD changer with a video for the rear seat folks. Factory installed trailer pckg. with wiring, transmission oil cooler, heavy duty battery and a full size spare tire. They don't make them like that anymore. Only Honda has ever put a wrench to that vehicle and 3500 mile interval on oil changes. (I'm old school) In Arizona we go thru batteries like changing socks. On the 3rd set of Michelins after 132000 miles. I'd buy another today if I could get the same setup and options.

5.0

Love it!!!

We bought our 2011 Touring in 2019 with 37000 miles on it. We love it! It now has 91000 miles and runs like new! Of course with gas prices so high it would be nice if it got a bit better gas mileage. We average 18.5 mpg but the comfort and dependability outweigh the cost!

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Safety

Based on the 2011 Honda Pilot base trim.
Combined side rating front seat
4
Combined side rating rear seat
5
Frontal barrier crash rating driver
5
Frontal barrier crash rating passenger
4
Overall frontal barrier crash rating
4
Overall rating
4
Overall side crash rating
5
Risk of rollover
17.4%
Rollover rating
4
Side barrier rating
5
Side barrier rating driver
4
Side barrier rating passenger rear seat
5
Side pole rating driver front seat
5

Warranty

New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Honda True Certified+
New car program benefits
Bumper-to-bumper
36 months/36,000 miles
Corrosion
60 months/unlimited distance
Powertrain
60 months/60,000 miles
Certified Pre-Owned program benefits
Maximum age/mileage
Less than 12 months or 12,000 miles from their original in-service date.
Basic warranty terms
4 years/48,000 if vehicle purchased within warranty period 1 year 12,000 miles if vehicle purchased after warranty period expired
Powertrain
7 years/100,000 miles
Dealer certification required
182-point inspection
Roadside assistance
Yes
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