The Honda Pilot blends the best features of an SUV, wagon, and minivan. You'll find a comfortable ride, responsive handling, quick acceleration, a versatile and well-designed interior, and good fuel economy.
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Overall Owner Satisfaction

Consumer Reports’ Annual Owner Satisfaction Survey can improve the chances of finding a compatible car match. How? Our survey data reveals whether, all things considered, owners would buy the same car again. The answer to that question is what determines our owner-satisfaction rating, which is a powerful piece of intel because it predicts how well a particular model will satisfy other owners.

Overall Owner Satisfaction

Owner Satisfaction with:

Driving Experience

Includes acceleration and handling

What Owners Say

"Turning radius is the best in class. I've never been in a situation where it cannot out turn anything in a parking lot."

DELBERT L., CA (2003 Honda Pilot)

"It is a little sluggish during acceleration."

JOHN H., FL (2003 Honda Pilot)

"good handling, and comfort, grat to have the 3rd seat when we have company"

Anonymous, MT (2003 Honda Pilot)

"The best. Easy to drive, handles very well considering its weight. Really tight turning circle (almost the same as our Civic). Acceleration is very good, even with a load. Great driver's car for long trips."

ROBERT A., CA (2003 Honda Pilot)

"I am 5'1" and the care is huge and so comfortable. It has plenty of zip for Houston freeways and handles beautifully. Seats are very comfortable. Only bad item is gas mileage is not good, 17 mpg."

Anonymous, TX (2003 Honda Pilot)

"I can feel safe in adverse weather condition. It, too, has the power that I need."

Anonymous, WA (2003 Honda Pilot)

"Handling is great and because it is a V6 so is the acceleration. On two lane or multiple lane highways I can pass other vehicles quite quickly and safely."

Anonymous, ON (2003 Honda Pilot)

"Very reliable and good ride. Lots of space"

Anonymous, NY (2003 Honda Pilot)

"Car is consistently reliable, quiet"

Anonymous, CA (2003 Honda Pilot)


Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride

What Owners Say

"Climate control has kept the cabin comfortable for 13+ years-east to control. (Much better temp control than my friend's 2011 BMW!). Seats are very comfortable, easy to adjust -I travel a lot for my work and have always loved driving this car!"

IRENE M., MS (2003 Honda Pilot)

"The third row seats are not designed for adults. At most they are good for small children. I understand that they are better in later models. The rest of the car is comfortable"

PAMLYN A., MA (2003 Honda Pilot)

"As noted with the CRV, I have very thin thighs that require support for longer drives. Somehow, the Pilot offers a touch more tilt in the driver's seat that offers me more comfort than most SUVs on the market - I tried several at a recent Auto Show."

Anonymous, ON (2003 Honda Pilot)

"bought because the rise comfort was better than Toyota it is still better than my sisters 2014 Toyota highlander hybred"

STEVE M., WA (2003 Honda Pilot)

"The cloth/velveteen upholstery has held up very well for 13 years. It is still quite comfortable and plush."

RAMONA G., CA (2003 Honda Pilot)

"cabin noise is excessive"

Anonymous, TX (2003 Honda Pilot)

"The seats are quite comfortable. The comfort issue I have is with air/wind buffeting when the rear windows are down. Also the A pillar is a huge blind spot for turns, especially left hand turns."

PHILLIP J., GA (2003 Honda Pilot)

"It is the first year for the Pilot, but it does have some road noise. Otherwise it's excellent"

Anonymous, CA (2003 Honda Pilot)

"The comfort of the Pilot is great. When I looked at the 2016 model I decided to keep the 2003 I have. The driver's seat was a deal breaker. It was too short, front to back, too narrow, and the leather in the EX-L model was hard and rough."

Anonymous, SC (2003 Honda Pilot)

"The road noise is fairly loud."

MICHAEL Y., PA (2003 Honda Pilot)

"Front seats are very comfortable. Back seats are adequate. Road noise is significant."

Anonymous, CO (2003 Honda Pilot)

"The seats have broken down and are no longer comfortable."

Anonymous, OR (2003 Honda Pilot)


Anonymous, GA (2003 Honda Pilot)

"Very comfortable driving position. Climate control works really well. Ride height is great for seeing what's ahead."

DELBERT L., CA (2003 Honda Pilot)

"Driver seat frame has broken twice, which is a major safety issue."

Anonymous, NY (2003 Honda Pilot)

"Best air conditioner ever"

Anonymous, WA (2003 Honda Pilot)

"Reliability 180000 miles and no problems just maintainence"

CHARLES F., NJ (2003 Honda Pilot)

"Seats, climate control, and ride are all comfortable, but the road noise is excessive"

Anonymous, MA (2003 Honda Pilot)

"The seats are not that comfortable in the upper back and the steering wheel is to far from the seat."

JOHN H., FL (2003 Honda Pilot)

"Over the past few years have trouble with the climate control for controlling temp in vehicle."

MELISSA E., NC (2003 Honda Pilot)

"Front seats are very comfortable. Middle seats are hard with no lower back support. The third row seats are useless for anyone over 4' as there is no leg room."

DENISE A., CA (2003 Honda Pilot)

"This is an old vehicle & I don't expect it to have up to date features, but the biggest problem to me has always been the interior noise factor when driving at speeds over 35-40 mph. Other wise, we love it and we will probably keep it till it dies."

Anonymous, ME (2003 Honda Pilot)

"The rear climate control and vent quit working not long after purchasing this Pilot used."

KIM J., MO (2003 Honda Pilot)

"consistent good performance, low maintenance"

Anonymous, CA (2003 Honda Pilot)

"very loud when traveling on interstates, this would probably be a factor if purchasing again."

JEFF H., NE (2003 Honda Pilot)

"There is road noise."

Anonymous, CA (2003 Honda Pilot)

"Vey nice to drive even after 130K miles. Climate controls breakage have been an on going issue since day 1. Seats are very confortable"

ALBERTO B., FL (2003 Honda Pilot)

"Road noise"

Anonymous, NC (2003 Honda Pilot)

"It's a noisy ride on the highway and you have to speak louder to be heard."

Anonymous, LA (2003 Honda Pilot)


Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?

What Owners Say

"It doesn't break"

Anonymous, NM (2003 Honda Pilot)

"We have gotten our moneys worth out of this car, it's performed great and has had no problems, just normal maintenance except for the rear wiper motor needed replacing."

Anonymous, MT (2003 Honda Pilot)

"Very dependable and long lasting"

IGNACIO P., PA (2003 Honda Pilot)

"My 2003 Pilot EX-L was fully loaded-leather seats, tinted windows, CD player and was much better priced than any other comparable SUV at the time. With 224600 miles on it and thankfully, relatively few repairs, I hope we have another several years of traveling the state together!"

IRENE M., MS (2003 Honda Pilot)

"I bought my Honda Pilot used and it had around 50,000 miles on it. I have put around 160,000 miles on it and it has given me almost no trouble. Basically I have paid about 16 cents per mile for the car and other than routine maintenance, I have less than $300 in repairs."

DAWN E., NC (2003 Honda Pilot)

"very satisfied"

Anonymous, GA (2003 Honda Pilot)

"It's been a great vehicle. Very versatile."

Anonymous, CA (2003 Honda Pilot)


Anonymous, WA (2003 Honda Pilot)

"The Pilot has been our workhorse. It has required no significant major repairs except the normal wear and tear items such as shocks, brakes, timing belt etc. It does drive more like a truck than a sedan but considering its age and mileage (>230K) who can complain."

Anonymous, NJ (2003 Honda Pilot)

"Purchased used w ~130000 at 190000 and have had minimal problems with wear or mechanics."

Anonymous, CT (2003 Honda Pilot)

"The Honda Pilot series of cars is the best ride, most quiet, and most reliable vehicle I have ever owned (22 cars). I truly expect it to last to 300000 miles with no maintenance other than tires, lube, brakes, and filters. It is a dream car !!!"

MA P., TX (2003 Honda Pilot)


How it looks inside and out

What Owners Say


CHARLES F., NJ (2003 Honda Pilot)

"I think the car looks good but does not attract undue attention."

Anonymous, AZ (2003 Honda Pilot)

"Interior, including dashboard, well thought out and easy to reach and use."

CATHY B., KY (2003 Honda Pilot)

"Able to travel to gold claims as needed, and to haul whatever I need on a daily situation. ( people or objects)."

JERRY S., AZ (2003 Honda Pilot)

"Its OK. I prefer, conservative, stodgy, functional rather than edgy, cool or fancy or modern."

ROBERT A., CA (2003 Honda Pilot)

"This model has plenty of room for packing boxes, etc. Also, it is great to have the extra seating for grandchildren."

Anonymous, NM (2003 Honda Pilot)

"Fantastic that Honda finally listened and changed the "boxy" Pilot for 2016. Great looking now to go with great performance/reliability."

BILL Y., TX (2003 Honda Pilot)

Would you buy this car again?

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Percentage of owners who would definitely purchase that same vehicle again. Owner-satisfaction Ratings are determined by the percentage of those who answered "definitely yes" to the question asked by the Consumer Reports Annual Auto Survey "Considering all factors (price, performance, reliability, comfort, enjoyment, etc.), would you get this car if you had to do it all over again?". If we don’t have sufficient data, a similar model might be used to form the owner-satisfaction score.
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