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The Pilot is quick, comfortable, and refined, but it's not exactly a joy to drive. Its three-row seating configuration, roomy cabin, and abundant interior storage make it an extremely functional vehicle. Power comes from a slick 3.5-liter V6 that is rated at 280 hp. We got 20 mpg overall in our tests of an EX-L with the standard six-speed automatic. We found the ride to be comfortable but handling ungainly. The infotainment system is unintuitive. Touring and Elite trims get a nine-speed that doesn't shift very smoothly and is stuck with an unintuitive push-button gear selector. Front- and all-wheel drive are offered, and the optional Honda Sensing safety system includes automatic emergency braking.

Road Test

At one time, driving a Honda Pilot meant that driving dynamics, family friendliness, and powertrain refinement were more important to you than the macho, trucklike SUV look. The Pilot was a natural next step for Civic and Accord owners with growing f...

Highs

  • Huge, versatile interior
  • Nifty one-button folding seat access to third row

Lows

  • Handling lacks agility; feels big and bulky to drive which is very non-Honda-like
  • Frustrating infotainment system

Best Version to Get

The EX-L is the best combination of value and features. Its six-speed automatic avoids the push-button shifter that comes with the nine-speed unit found on higher trim levels. It's also the lowest trim level that includes the handy one-touch folding second-row seats and lets you get options...

Specifications

Seating
2 front, 3 rear, 3 third
Drive Wheels
AWD , Front
Warranty
  • Basic: 3 year/36,000 miles
  • Powertrain: 5 year/60,000 miles
  • Rust through: 5 year/unlimited
  • Roadside aid: 3 year/unlimited
Body Styles
4-door SUV
Transmissions Available
  • 6-speed Automatic
  • 9-speed Automatic
Engines Available
  • 3.5-liter V6 (280 hp)

Ratings

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Performance
Comfort / Convenience
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