2015 Honda Pilot

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Key Specs

of the 2015 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

Notable Features of the 2015 Honda Pilot

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

What Is the 2015 Honda Pilot? 

The 2015 Honda Pilot is a mid-size SUV that seats eight and is offered in five trim levels: LX, EX, SE, EX-L and Touring. Front-wheel drive is standard, and four-wheel drive is optional on all trims. Competitors include the Chevrolet Traverse, Ford Explorer, Toyota Highlander, Mazda CX-9 and GMC Acadia.

What's New on the 2015 Honda Pilot?

Slotted between the EX and EX-L is a new Special Edition trim featuring SE badging, pewter gray aluminum wheels, a power moonroof, satellite radio and a rear-seat DVD entertainment system.

How Does the 2015 Honda Pilot Compare With Other Mid-Size SUVs?

The 2015 Honda Pilot compares well with competitors in terms of fuel economy, even with four-wheel drive. At highway speeds, its driving dynamics are sluggish and unrefined, but handling is passable at lower speeds. Compared with the Dodge Durango, Ford Explorer and Hyundai Santa Fe, the Pilot's maximum cargo area is particularly spacious.

What Features in the 2015 Honda Pilot Are Most Important?

Under the hood, the 2015 Honda Pilot features a 250-horsepower, 3.5-liter V-6 engine and a five-speed automatic transmission. Other features include a heavy-duty radiator, a power-steering fluid cooler and a Class III trailer hitch for towing duty. With front-wheel drive, the Honda Pilot can tow 2,000 pounds. Four-wheel drive bumps that up to 4,500 pounds.

Significant standard features include 17-inch steel wheels, three-row seating for eight, a split-folding second-row seat that slides and reclines, a split-folding third-row seat, tri-zone automatic air conditioning, an 8-inch dashboard screen, a CD stereo with an MP3 jack and USB port, Bluetooth phone and audio streaming, cruise control and a tilt/telescoping steering wheel. Available features include 18-inch alloy wheels, roof rails, a power liftgate, fog lights, body-colored side mirrors and door handles, a power moonroof, leather upholstery, heated front seats, a rear entertainment system and a navigation system.

Required safety features for all new vehicles from this year include front airbags, antilock brakes and an electronic stability system. Additionally, the Honda Pilot comes standard with side-impact airbags for the front seats, side curtain airbags for all three rows of seats, active front head restraints and a backup camera.

Should I Buy the 2015 Honda Pilot?

Plenty of storage nooks and ample cargo space are two of the Honda Pilot's best offerings, along with a sliding and reclining second row and a large i-MID screen. Some drivers may like the Pilot's distinctive, boxy styling, but its noisy highway performance and all-around firm ride keep it from rising above competitors. Selecting a lower trim will cost you quite a few options, and if you opt for the rear entertainment system you'll get DVD capability but not Blu-ray.

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2015 Honda Pilot Overview

by Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview

Honda's midsize Pilot crossover is available in front- or four-wheel-drive form, and all trim levels have a 3.5-liter ... Read More

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Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.6)
Performance
(4.7)
Interior Design
(4.7)
Comfort
(4.8)
Reliability
(4.9)
Value For The Money
(4.8)

What Drivers Are Saying

(5.0)

Best SUV ever!

by 2015Pilot Rules from Edgewater on October 7, 2018

This SUV is great! I have owned 2 of them and all I ever did was change the oil and tires. The best thing about the 2015 Pilot (last year they made this body style) is there is ZERO blind spots unlike ... Read full review

(5.0)

Love my 2015 Honda Pilot Touring Edition

by Mulder0042 from Dover, PA on October 2, 2018

This vehicle meets all of my needs. I went from an 03 Pilot to the 2015. The 2015 seems a little roomier. I can definitely feel a little more power. This was the last year for the "box" look, which I ... Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2015 Honda Pilot currently has 0 recalls

Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2015 Honda Pilot has not been tested.

Manufacturer Warranties

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New Car Program Benefits
  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    36 months / 36,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    60 months / 60,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    36 months / 36,000 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.

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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