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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.

Pilot – 3 Generations

  • 2016–22
  • 2009–15
  • 2003–08
  • 2016–22
  • 2009–15
  • 2003–08
Latest generation

2016–22 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

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  • MSRP range$38,080–$51,870
  • Consumer rating
  • Combined mpg 21–23
  • Body style SUV

Previous generation

2009–15 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 sta

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  • MSRP range$29,870–$41,620
  • Consumer rating
  • Combined mpg 20–21
  • Body style SUV
Notable features in 2015:
  • Backup camera standard
  • Seats eight
  • Bluetooth streaming audio standard
  • V-6 with cylinder deactivation technology standard
  • Five-speed automatic standard

2003–08 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). Th

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  • MSRP range$27,595–$35,645
  • Consumer rating
  • Combined mpg
  • Body style SUV
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

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