2018 Honda Pilot

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2018 Honda Pilot
2018 Honda Pilot

Key specs

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The good:

  • Cabin quietness
  • Smooth highway ride
  • High-quality interior materials
  • One-touch, sliding second-row seats available
  • Numerous storage spaces

The bad:

  • Handling
  • Responsiveness of nine-speed automatic
  • Soft brake pedal
  • Hard-to-use touchscreen multimedia system
  • Captain's chairs available only on top trim

5 trims

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Notable features

  • Seats up to eight people in three rows
  • Front- or all-wheel drive
  • One engine, two available transmissions
  • Full roster of active safety systems available
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity available

2018 Honda Pilot review: Our expert's take

What it is: The Honda Pilot is a three-row mid-size SUV that was redesigned in 2016. Most trim levels have seats for up to eight people in three rows. All versions are powered by a 3.5-liter V-6 engine that teams with a six-speed automatic transmission or, on higher-priced models, a nine-speed automatic. Competitors include the Chevrolet Traverse, Ford Explorer, Hyundai Santa Fe, Nissan Pathfinder and Toyota Highlander.

There are no significant changes.

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.7
  • Interior design 4.6
  • Performance 4.7
  • Value for the money 4.5
  • Exterior styling 4.6
  • Reliability 4.7

Most recent consumer reviews


Beware the 2018 Honda Pilot!

Easily the worst car I’ve ever owned. Honda used to be reliable, but this SUV is a mess. Lots of glitches from bad software/hardware. Not a reliable car like they used to be. First one we had was a lemon, second one was only marginally better. Beware the 2018 Honda Pilot!


Pilot Letdown

Too many issues with the vehicle to mention. Now transmission sensor issues. Bought a Honda for perceived reliability. Actually requires more time in the shop than my last 5 cars. More money = more repairs needed. Stay away from the Pilot.


Worst car we have ever owned

This car had no power, the infotainment was sluggish and not responsive at all. The safety system was so strange to the point when you would be in a curve and there was also another car there, it would dream at you thinking you were going to hit them. You stop in traffic and it would scream at you that there were cars around you setting off your sensors. You could ultimately only control the DVD player from the rear seats and the movies would start over every time. I do t know what’s worse, you getting frustrated because you can’t assist your children in getting their movie playing or your children getting frustrated the movie starts over each time you get in and out of the car. I have owned 2 CRV’s in the past and felt they were great quality cars. That was really why I went with the pilot. After 4 months, we felt like it was a very unreliable car and was ready to get rid of it. So glad we did and hate that we even wasted money and 4 months on that car.

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New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Honda True Certified+
New car program benefits
36 months/36,000 miles
60 months/unlimited distance
60 months/60,000 miles
Roadside assistance
36 months/36,000 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
7 years/100,000 miles
Dealer certification required
182-point inspection
Roadside assistance
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