2014 Honda Pilot

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Key Specs

of the 2014 Honda Pilot base trim shown

Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Well-thought-out storage spaces
  • Massive cargo space
  • Sliding, reclining second row
  • Large i-MID screen

The Bad

  • Firm ride
  • Few options on lower trims
  • Boxy styling
  • Loud interior on highway
  • Uncomfortable center rear seat belts
  • Rear entertainment lacks Blu-ray
2014 Honda Pilot exterior side view

Notable Features of the 2014 Honda Pilot

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

2014 Honda Pilot Road Test

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Kristin Varela

Back in the day, the Honda Pilot was the quintessential mom-mobile — and one of the few SUVs with three rows of seats that wasn't a Suburban. When my own brood outgrew our Subaru Outback about a decade ago, the Pilot was the first car that came to mind.

Faced with some stiff competition, the 2014 Honda Pilot hasn't evolved fast enough to keep up with the fleet, but Honda will redesign it soon.

The 2014 Pilot hasn't changed since last year's model. You can check out the two side by side here. The Pilot comes in both front- and four-wheel-drive versions of LX, EX, EX-L and Touring trim levels. See four-wheel-drive versions of each of the trims compared here. I drove a 4WD Touring.

If the Pilot feels a little tired to you, as well, you may want to look into the more recently updated Dodge Durango, Hyundai Santa Fe or Ford Explorer. Compare them all here.

Exterior & Styling
Love it or hate it, the Pilot's square-edged, breadbox-on-wheels appearance looks like nothing else on the road. It's boxy, upright and looks rough and tumble on the outside despite the fact that it was designed to appeal to the softer side of family life.

When this new square body style came out in 2009, the rest of the auto industry was beginning to transfer over to smooth and sleek lines. Given how polarizing the Pilot's square shape seems to be, I'm very curious to see what Honda does with it next year. Stick to its square guns or cave in to peer pressure?

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Back in the day, the Honda Pilot was the quintessential mom-mobile — and one of the few SUVs with three rows of seats that wasn't a Suburban. When my own brood outgrew our Subaru Outback about a decade ago, the Pilot was the first car that came to mind.

Faced with some stiff competition, the 2014 Honda Pilot hasn't evolved fast enough to keep up with the fleet, but Honda will redesign it soon.

The 2014 Pilot hasn't changed since last year's model. You can check out the two side by side here. The Pilot comes in both front- and four-wheel-drive versions of LX, EX, EX-L and Touring trim levels. See four-wheel-drive versions of each of the trims compared here. I drove a 4WD Touring.

If the Pilot feels a little tired to you, as well, you may want to look into the more recently updated Dodge Durango, Hyundai Santa Fe or Ford Explorer. Compare them all here.

Exterior & Styling
Love it or hate it, the Pilot's square-edged, breadbox-on-wheels appearance looks like nothing else on the road. It's boxy, upright and looks rough and tumble on the outside despite the fact that it was designed to appeal to the softer side of family life.

When this new square body style came out in 2009, the rest of the auto industry was beginning to transfer over to smooth and sleek lines. Given how polarizing the Pilot's square shape seems to be, I'm very curious to see what Honda does with it next year. Stick to its square guns or cave in to peer pressure?

How It Drives
The Pilot's 250-horsepower, 3.5-liter V-6 engine gets an EPA-estimated 17/24/20 mpg city/highway/combined with four-wheel drive. The front-drive version does slightly better, at 18/25/21 mpg. This compares well with others in the class: The all-wheel-drive Dodge Durango V-6 gets 17/24/19 mpg, and the all-wheel-drive Hyundai Santa Fe is rated 18/24/20 mpg.

Where the Pilot falls below the pack is in its driving dynamics. It feels pleasant enough around town, with a suspension that damps out much of the feel of rough roads. However, once you get up to highway speed — a process that feels heavy and cumbersome — the Pilot becomes unrefined and harsh.

Honda says "low noise, vibration and harshness provide a comfortable and enjoyable experience for passengers in all three rows." I disagree. Wind noise and road noise penetrate the cabin easily (possibly exacerbated by the Pilot's non-aerodynamic shape), making it difficult to carry on a conversation with third-row passengers.

Interior
Because I recently drove the similarly sized, redesigned Dodge Durango and Hyundai Santa Fe, the Pilot instantly showed its age on the inside. Its abundance of cheap-looking and cold-feeling hard plastic surfaces did not make me feel like I was driving a $40,000-plus vehicle, which is the zone into which the top trim of the Pilot reaches.

The Pilot was originally designed as a family-hauler, and as all of us breeders know, families come with a lot of stuff in tow. Honda has thought through this issue thoroughly and added tons of nooks, crannies and storage spaces throughout the Pilot's three rows. Dual in-door bins in the front doors provide much-needed space for me to stash snacks, trash and reading material close at hand for the wait in the carpool lane. My 13-year-old daughter, who has recently graduated to the front passenger seat, also loved the compartmentalized shelf above the glove box right in front of her. The center console has an open rectangular bin and two cupholders along with a second storage bin with a sliding cover.

The sliding and reclining second-row seats are great, allowing me to choose more legroom for either second- or third-row passengers as needed. The Pilot is also unique in the width of its second-row seats, potentially allowing a family to squeeze three child-safety seats or booster seats in shoulder-to-shoulder (depending on the size of your child seats).

However, the center shoulder belts for both the second and third rows were annoying. They extend down from the roofline, not only creating a visual distraction for the driver but also adding an extra buckle connector to attach the shoulder belt to the seat. The buckle pressed into my girls' hips, creating an issue for whoever sat in the middle seat. Luckily, with seating for eight in the Pilot, this didn't happen to us often. Also obstructing rear visibility are the oversized third-row headrests. While I can appreciate this safety feature, I had almost no view out the rear window when they were raised into their proper position.

What I did have was a great view of my rear-seat passengers. A conversation mirror (standard in the EX-L and Touring) folds down above the rearview mirror, helping propagate the illusion that Mom has eyes in the back of her head.

Standard on the Touring trim only, sun shades can be extended upward along the second-row side windows — a great feature for families with infants in the rear outboard seats. Ever wonder why your baby always screams bloody murder when you're driving south? The sun is in her eyes!

Ergonomics & Electronics
When my 9-year-old stepdaughter jumped into the Pilot's backseat for the first time, she said with very dramatic inflection, "Wow! There are a ton of buttons up there!" I agree. It's a little over the top and flustering to make sense of initially. The center control panel has an 8-inch multi-information display at the top, and below that are the old-school audio controls. Below that is the optional DVD player (without Blu-ray) and its controls, and the climate controls are even farther down. At the very bottom of the stack are the controls for that 8-inch screen up at the top. Using a control dial at the very bottom to control functions on a screen at the very top felt strangely disconnected to me, like rubbing my head and patting my tummy — while driving. Doing away with that and making the display a touch-screen would make much more sense for today's touch-addicted tech fans.

The Pilot has a standard backup camera, but the angle of the screen made it impossible to see anything in the glare of mid-daylight. Also, as my husband got in to drive for the first time, he was visibly flustered trying to find the button for the optional heated seats, which is hidden beside the gear selector. It's not visible when the Pilot is shifted into Reverse.

Inside the center console, AC and 12-volt outlets and an audio aux jack are tucked out of the way.

Cargo & Storage
The Pilot's boxy shape does have one major benefit, and that's the wealth of interior room and cargo space it provides. There's plenty of space behind the third row (18 cubic feet) for the usual daily haul of backpacks and groceries. With the second and third rows folded flat, the Pilot has a massive 87 cubic feet of maximum cargo space. In order to accomplish this, however, you'll have to first struggle to get the third-row head restraints down.

In comparison, there are 84.5 cubic feet of maximum cargo space in the Durango, 80.7 in the Explorer and 80.0 cubic feet in the Santa Fe.

Safety
The 2014 Honda Pilot received the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's highest rating of good on all tests to which it had been subjected as of publication. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration also performed crash tests on the Pilot and awarded it four out of five stars overall.

The Pilot has six standard airbags, including side curtain airbags that extend all the way back to protect all three rows of occupants in the event of a rollover. The backup camera is standard on all trim levels, and rear parking sensors were included in the Touring model I drove (they're optional on other trims). Due to the large head restraints, visibility could be improved upon with the addition of a blind spot warning system, which is not currently offered.

Due to the fact that the Pilot's center shoulder belts in the second and third rows extend from the ceiling and require additional hardware to tether to the seat cushion, installing child-safety seats in the Pilot can be slightly complicated. The extra buckling hardware hinders access to the inboard lower Latch anchors behind it. The seat belt buckles in the second row are on floppy bases, which could make them difficult for youngsters in booster seats to buckle independently. Check out our Car Seat Check of the Honda Pilot here.

See all the Pilot's standard safety features listed here.

Value in Its Class
The Honda Pilot was an early entry into the world of non-minivan mom-mobiles. While Honda got a lot right from the beginning (specifically seating capacity and well-thought-out storage spaces), the Pilot has aged faster than someone addicted to tanning. It's not only due for a few laser skin treatments, but a complete head-to-toe extreme makeover is needed to keep the Pilot good enough to compete with tomorrow's next best thing.

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Latest Reviews

(5.0)

Love My Pilot

by ljohnson from Coeur d'Alene, ID on May 15, 2018

Just purchased a used 2014 Honda Pilot Touring. I love it !. The vehicle has 3rd row seating and both 3rd and 2nd drop down flat for huge cargo area. I would recommend this vehicle to anyone who has a ... Read full review

(5.0)

Perfect for families

by Frank from Doylestown, PA on May 14, 2018

This is our second pilot. We had a 2011 and now a 2014. With two kids, two dogs, and a host of things we do that require gear; I can?t say enough about it?s versatility. From loading kayaks and bikes ... Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2014 Honda Pilot currently has 0 recalls

IIHS Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2014 Honda Pilot LX

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

Front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Hip/thigh
poor
Lower leg/foot
marginal
Overall evaluation
poor
Retraints and dummy kinematics
marginal
Structure and safety cage
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

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  • 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.*

Third-row access

C

Infant seat

A

Booster

(second row)

B

Booster

(third row)

B

Latch or Latch system

A

Forward-facing convertible

(third row)

A

Forward-facing convertible

(second row)

A

Rear-facing convertible

A
* 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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