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Honda Pilot

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Honda’s largest crossover SUV, the Pilot, is a family-oriented vehicle with three rows of seats and a foot in both the mid-size and full-size classes, mainly because it’s always had seating for up to eight people. Before the Pilot arrived for the 2003 model year, Honda’s mid-size SUV was the Passport, which was a clone of the Isuzu Rodeo that filled a gap in Honda's lineup while it designed its own SUV. When properly equipped, the all-wheel-drive Pilot can tow up to 5,000 pounds, further enhancing its appeal for families. Competitors include SUVs like the Chevrolet Traverse, Toyota Highlander, Nissan Pathfinder and Ford Explorer.

Good Fit For
Large Families

Large Family vehicles seat six or more occupants in three rows.

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Towing

Towing vehicles can tow a minimum of 2,000 pounds (see specifications for maximum). May require specific trim level and/or optional features.

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3 Generations

Pilot - 3 Generations

2016–2019 Pilot

Redesigned in 2016
2016–2019 Pilot Generation, 2019 Honda Pilot model shown Showing the 2019 Honda Pilot

Honda made major styling changes for the third generation, replacing sharp creases with gentle curves that made the Pilot look like a pumped-up Honda CR-V. Wheelbase and overall length increased, and two captain’s chairs became available in place of a middle-row bench seat. The dashboard gained an available 8-inch touchscreen multimedia system. New features included a V-6 engine with direct injection, six- and nine-speed automatic transmissions, stop-start engine technology, and safety features like forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking and lane departure warning.

  • MSRP Range $31,450–$48,020
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  • Combined MPG 21-23
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  • MSRP Range $30,900–$47,470
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.8) 118 reviews
  • Combined MPG 21-23
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Notable Features in 2018
  • 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
  • MSRP Range $30,745–$47,220
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.8) 217 reviews
  • Combined MPG 21-23
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Notable Features in 2017
  • Apple CarPlay, Android Auto connectivity now available
  • 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
  • Current List Price $23,246–$37,658
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.5) 128 reviews
  • Combined MPG 21-23
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Notable Features in 2016
  • Redesigned midsize SUV
  • Seats six or seven
  • Front- or all-wheel drive
  • One engine, two available transmissions
  • Full roster of electronic safety systems
  • New multimedia system and updated navigation

2009–2015 Pilot

Redesigned in 2009
Showing the 2015 Honda Pilot

Though its styling was new, the upright, boxy shape of the 2009 model was reminiscent of the first-generation Pilot. Under the hood was a new V-6 engine that could shut down two or three cylinders when cruising, to save gas. Seating for eight was again standard, but the interior was roomier and the shift lever moved from the steering column to the center dashboard control panel.  New features included a flip-up rear window and an available power liftgate. Honda made few changes over the next six years; a standard backup camera for 2013 was among the more significant.

  • Current List Price $18,012–$30,136
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.9) 82 reviews
  • Combined MPG 20-21
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Notable Features in 2015
  • Backup camera standard
  • Seats eight
  • Bluetooth streaming audio standard
  • V-6 with cylinder deactivation technology standard
  • Five-speed automatic standard
  • Current List Price $14,769–$28,545
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.8) 49 reviews
  • Combined MPG 20-21
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Notable Features in 2014
  • Standard backup camera
  • Seats eight
  • Bluetooth streaming audio
  • V-6 with cylinder deactivation technology
  • Five-speed automatic
  • Current List Price $13,152–$25,640
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.6) 98 reviews
  • Combined MPG 20-21
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Notable Features in 2013
  • Newly standard backup camera
  • Seats eight
  • Available Bluetooth streaming audio
  • V-6 with cylinder deactivation technology
  • Five-speed automatic
  • Current List Price $11,102–$22,490
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.6) 85 reviews
  • Combined MPG 20-21
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Notable Features in 2012
  • Restyled front end
  • Seats eight
  • Available Bluetooth streaming audio
  • Upgraded optional navigation system
  • V-6 with cylinder deactivation technology
  • Five-speed automatic
  • Current List Price $8,950–$19,842
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.6) 111 reviews
  • Combined MPG 19-20
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Notable Features in 2011
  • Seats eight
  • V-6 with cylinder deactivation
  • Standard stability system
  • Slab-sided looks
  • Current List Price $8,189–$17,381
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.7) 54 reviews
  • Combined MPG 19-20
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Notable Features in 2010
  • Seats eight
  • V-6 with cylinder deactivation
  • Standard stability system
  • Slab-sided looks
  • Current List Price $6,384–$16,828
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.4) 76 reviews
  • Combined MPG 19-20
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Notable Features in 2009
  • Seats eight
  • V-6 with cylinder deactivation
  • Standard stability system
  • Slab-sided looks
  • New high-end Touring trim

2003–2008 Pilot

Redesigned in 2003
Showing the 2008 Honda Pilot

Honda described the new 2003 Pilot as the “ultimate family adventure vehicle” and equipped it with a 3.5-liter V-6 engine, standard four-wheel drive and seating for eight (two front bucket seats and three-person middle and rear bench seats). The Pilot had classic, squared-off SUV styling with 8 inches of ground clearance. Folding the middle and rear seats opened up 90 cubic feet of cargo space, and the Pilot could tow up to 4,500 pounds when properly equipped. Among the changes Honda made to the first-generation Pilot were standard three-row side curtain airbags and newly available front-wheel-drive versions for 2006, and standard stability control for 2007.

  • Current List Price $4,278–$13,794
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.6) 44 reviews
  • Combined MPG 17-19
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Notable Features in 2008
  • VP trim level replaces LX
  • New top SE trim level
  • More features standard in '08
  • Seats eight
  • Top crash-test ratings
  • Exceptional reliability
  • Current List Price $3,891–$12,391
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.6) 69 reviews
  • Combined MPG 19-21
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Notable Features in 2007
  • 244-hp V-6
  • Variable Cylinder Management V-6 available
  • Eight-passenger capacity
  • Tire pressure monitoring system
  • Navigation and entertainment options
  • Current List Price $3,594–$10,794
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.4) 64 reviews
  • Combined MPG 19-21
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Notable Features in 2006
  • 244-hp V-6
  • Variable Cylinder Management V-6 available
  • Standard AWD
  • Eight-passenger capacity
  • Tire-pressure-monitoring system
  • Navigation and entertainment options
  • Current List Price $3,187–$9,679
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.7) 52 reviews
  • Combined MPG 19
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Notable Features in 2005
  • 15-hp boost for 2005
  • New tire-pressure monitor
  • Standard AWD
  • Eight-passenger capacity
  • Navigation and entertainment options
  • Current List Price $2,326–$9,174
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.5) 47 reviews
  • Combined MPG 19
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Notable Features in 2004
  • Large greenhouse area
  • VTM-4 4WD
  • Wide wheel track
  • Eight-passenger capacity
  • Navigation and entertainment options
  • Current List Price $1,685–$7,817
  • Consumer Rating
    (4.6) 53 reviews
  • Combined MPG 19
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