2013 Honda Pilot

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Key Specs

of the 2013 Honda Pilot. Base trim shown.

Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Use of space
  • First- and second-row comfort
  • Sliding second row
  • Simplified controls
  • Large i-MID screen

The Bad

  • White-faced gauges
  • Firm ride
  • Few options on lower trims
  • Boxy styling

Notable Features of the 2013 Honda Pilot

  • Newly standard backup camera
  • Seats eight
  • Available Bluetooth streaming audio
  • V-6 with cylinder deactivation technology
  • Five-speed automatic

2013 Honda Pilot Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview

Honda's midsize Pilot crossover is available in front- or four-wheel-drive form and was modestly restyled for 2012. All trim levels have a 3.5-liter V-6 that features fuel-saving cylinder-deactivation technology. The Pilot seats eight and competes with crossovers like the Toyota Highlander, Mazda CX-9 and GMC Acadia.
New for 2013
All Pilots now have a standard backup camera.
Exterior
The Pilot is boxy and upright from most angles. The front end features rectangular headlights that border a three-bar grille. Exterior features include:

  • Standard 17-inch steel wheels; 18-inch alloy wheels optional
  • Optional roof rails
  • Optional power liftgate
  • 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 tri-zone automatic air conditioning, a backseat entertainment system, sunshades for the second-row side windows, a premium stereo and a USB port for connecting an iPod to the stereo. Other interior features include:

  • Optional satellite-linked navigation system
  • Optional heated front seats and leather-trimmed seating
  • Optional Bluetooth connectivity

Under the Hood
All Pilots are powered by a 3.5-liter V-6 that makes 250 horsepower. The engine drives a five-speed automatic transmission and uses Honda's Variable Cylinder Management technol...

Vehicle Overview

Honda's midsize Pilot crossover is available in front- or four-wheel-drive form and was modestly restyled for 2012. All trim levels have a 3.5-liter V-6 that features fuel-saving cylinder-deactivation technology. The Pilot seats eight and competes with crossovers like the Toyota Highlander, Mazda CX-9 and GMC Acadia.
New for 2013
All Pilots now have a standard backup camera.
Exterior
The Pilot is boxy and upright from most angles. The front end features rectangular headlights that border a three-bar grille. Exterior features include:

  • Standard 17-inch steel wheels; 18-inch alloy wheels optional
  • Optional roof rails
  • Optional power liftgate
  • 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 tri-zone automatic air conditioning, a backseat entertainment system, sunshades for the second-row side windows, a premium stereo and a USB port for connecting an iPod to the stereo. Other interior features include:

  • Optional satellite-linked navigation system
  • Optional heated front seats and leather-trimmed seating
  • Optional Bluetooth connectivity

Under the Hood
All Pilots are powered by a 3.5-liter V-6 that makes 250 horsepower. The engine drives a five-speed automatic transmission and uses Honda's Variable Cylinder Management technology to maximize fuel economy. Mechanical features include:

  • Heavy-duty radiator, power-steering-fluid cooler and Class III trailer hitch are standard
  • Two-wheel-drive Pilots can tow 2,000 pounds; four-wheel-drive models can pull 4,500 pounds

Safety
Standard safety features include:

  • All-disc antilock brakes
  • Electronic stability system with traction control
  • Side-impact airbags for front seats
  • Side curtain airbags for all three rows of seats
  • Active front head restraints
  • Font and rear parking sensors (Touring)

Latest 2013 Pilot Stories

Consumer Reviews

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

What Drivers Are Saying

(5.0)

Best family car for the money.

by MS on August 12, 2018

This vehicle fits all of my needs. I required an suv with third row seating, 4WD, and a towing package. It drives incredibly smooth, with a strong engine and transmission. I can easily tow a 12 ... Read full review

(5.0)

Functional and Reliable 8-passenger SUV

by basinboy56 from Roosevelt, Utah on June 11, 2018

If you need lots of SUV cargo space or the ability to transport 8 passengers, this is the SUV for you. Front wheel drive performs well in the snow. Six cylinder engine gets about 25 mpg on the highway... Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2013 Honda Pilot currently has 3 recalls

IIHS Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2013 Honda Pilot LX

IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal, or poor.

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
good
Overall Rear
good
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry
good

Moderate overlap front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Left Leg/Foot
good
Overall Front
good
Restraints
good
Right Leg/Foot
good
Structure/safety cage
good

Other

Roof Strength
good

Side

Driver Head Protection
good
Driver Head and Neck
good
Driver Pelvis/Leg
good
Driver Torso
good
Overall Side
good
Rear Passenger Head Protection
good
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
good
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
good
Rear Passenger Torso
good
Structure/safety cage
good
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers.

Manufacturer Warranty

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    36 months / 36,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    60 months / 60,000 miles

CPO Program & Warranty

Certified Pre-Owned by Honda

Program Benefits

Carfax vehicle history report

  • Limited Warranty

    7 years / 100,000 miles

    1-year/12,000-mile non-powertrain warranty begins after expiration of original warranty (3 years/36,000 miles) or on date sold as certified (no deductible); 7-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty begins from the original in-service date (no deductible)
  • Eligibility

    Under 6 years / 80,000 miles

    Vehicles receive a 182 point inspection and reconditioning.

    See inspection details.

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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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