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

"Awesome handling! Turns in a dime size circle. Accelerats beautifully. Felt safe in it. Never afraid to drive in the snow. Great breaking system."

Anonymous, MA (2004 Honda Pilot)

"For size, handles well with good acceleration."

Paul C., KY (2004 Honda Pilot)

"Drives like new after 13 years."

Jan G., GA (2004 Honda Pilot)

"Handling and acceleration are fine. It's not a sports car, and we don't drive it as such. It absorbs bumps in the road fine and the seating position is nice and high for the driver."

Sean T., TN (2004 Honda Pilot)

"good pickup and handling for size of vehicle"

Anonymous, NJ (2004 Honda Pilot)

"quiet and responsive"

William B., PA (2004 Honda Pilot)

"Handling is very good. Turning radius is not."

Anonymous, CO (2004 Honda Pilot)

"It feels comfortable on the road has good traction and it's high enough off the road so you have a good view of the traffic"

Dennis R., FL (2004 Honda Pilot)

"It handles fine, has good steering and all the acceleration I want."

Robert W., FL (2004 Honda Pilot)

"Accelerates fairly well considering its size. Struggles to maintain highway speeds, I always feel I am having to keep the revs up or the car will decelerate rapidly."

Frederick J., NC (2004 Honda Pilot)

"The Pilot does a great job of pulling my 3500lb boat. I just wish I could add load leveling since the tongue weight pulls the back of the car down further than I would like, although it is not an unsafe problem. I would consider purchasing a new Pilot if they added automatic load leveling."

Anonymous, GA (2004 Honda Pilot)

"A heavy automobile providing a good ride. Great for long distance driving. Thirteen years ago it had all the features we wanted but now pales in comparison to new cars. It is a little slow to accelerate due to it's weight. Breaking, visibility and handling are all good."

Anonymous, OK (2004 Honda Pilot)

"When driving around sharp curves there is a sensation of the car tipping. Other cars I have driven at the same speed and same curves don't feel like that."

Anonymous, WA (2004 Honda Pilot)

"EXTREMELY sure-footed. For a three-row SUV, very nimble, never loses traction in on-road conditions. Very stable and predictable."

JEFFREY F., CA (2004 Honda Pilot)

"Acceleration and handling good, feels solid and sure. Good turning radius. Live in mountainous area with ice/snow in winter, and little if any problems with traction control. Recently (around 180,000 miles) despite having it in the dealer for timing belt & water pump replacement for $1,000, had to return due to new onset rough idle, had to replace series of sensors for an additional $900, followed by new drive train vibration; unresolved currently."

LINDA-DANNY M., NC (2004 Honda Pilot)

"Good acceleration, smooth, drive like a sedan"

JAMES V., CA (2004 Honda Pilot)

"surprisingly swift acceleration. still have to pay attention on curves. seems a little squirrelly on curves,"

MARK C., VT (2004 Honda Pilot)

"Even after 12 years, my Pilot accelerates well from a dead stop."

JAMES K., IL (2004 Honda Pilot)

"Cornering is too soft, it rolls around corners."

Anonymous, MI (2004 Honda Pilot)

"Drives alike a dream. My favorite vehicle to drive."

Anonymous, GA (2004 Honda Pilot)

"I have two four wheel drive vehicles and they do not perform as well in the snow going down the road. Off road is different, but I don't go there with my pilot ubless I get caught."

Anonymous, UT (2004 Honda Pilot)

Comfort

Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride

What Owners Say

"Very roomy. We chose not to have the the leather seats and they are very comfortable. Climate control is superb. I love this car. I didn't buy it again because we are retiring soon and it's a bit pricey. It does not feel like an suv. It feels like a luxury car. Others have bought it after riding in it."

Anonymous, MA (2004 Honda Pilot)

"Wind noise on the freeway."

Anonymous, CA (2004 Honda Pilot)

"comfortable seats"

Anonymous, CA (2004 Honda Pilot)

"Drives as nicely as when I bought it 13 years ago."

Anonymous, WA (2004 Honda Pilot)

"It is versatile in that it will hold a lot, has a fairly smooth ride and comfortable seats"

Robert W., FL (2004 Honda Pilot)

"Seating for 8 and adjustable middle row make it versatile for 5 adults or 7 small children"

Anonymous, TX (2004 Honda Pilot)

"Seats are too short for legs; road noise is bothersome"

Anonymous, CO (2004 Honda Pilot)

"Seat support and ride good"

Susan S., LA (2004 Honda Pilot)

"Car rides well for a mid-size SUV. Comfortable seats for long road trips."

Frederick J., NC (2004 Honda Pilot)

"The Pilot honestly has a lot of cabin noise, but also honesty, that's basically its only bad feature. It has tons of interior space, the seats are comfortable, and most importantly - it is DEPENDABLE. It does everything a busy family needs, and it can tow a boat or trailer with no problem."

Sean T., TN (2004 Honda Pilot)

"The Pilot is spacious enough for two car seats and will fit a number more kids in the back. Seats are sturdy and easy to manage. Roast noise is more than I would expect from a car of its type but it's not particularity bothersome."

Anonymous, MT (2004 Honda Pilot)

"Fits like a glove..."

JOSEPH S., NY (2004 Honda Pilot)

"the best driving experience I have ever had--seats are beyond comfortable and long trips are never a problem; lots of cargo and head space and a big car I feel totally safe in."

Anonymous, MA (2004 Honda Pilot)

"too much road and wind noise"

Anonymous, CA (2004 Honda Pilot)

"Noise level is very loud when driving on freeway."

Anonymous, WA (2004 Honda Pilot)

"Seats are comfortable, but would like less road noise"

JOHN P., TX (2004 Honda Pilot)

"good overall"

Anonymous, MD (2004 Honda Pilot)

"Loud road noise"

Anonymous, CA (2004 Honda Pilot)

"Would like the noise to be reduced more."

Anonymous, MD (2004 Honda Pilot)

"Too firm but excellent wear"

ULOUS S., LA (2004 Honda Pilot)

"Not enough sound insulation against road/tire noise. It gets very loud on the highway."

MICHAEL M., CO (2004 Honda Pilot)

"Seats are not as comfortable as our other vehicle, a Toyota Highlander; the Pilot is more like a truck. However the Pilot has served us very well. That said, I prefer the Highlander. Time will tell if it proves to be as reliable with no repairs like the Pilot."

Anonymous, CT (2004 Honda Pilot)

"Drivers seat is breaking down on the door side and the trim around the base is cracked and falling apart."

LOUIS E., CA (2004 Honda Pilot)

"Seat comfort, easy for entry, over all ...like car"

Anonymous, SC (2004 Honda Pilot)

"Terrible Road Noise and Harsh Ride"

TRACY S., OH (2004 Honda Pilot)

"Road Noise"

LIU Y., CA (2004 Honda Pilot)

"ride,comfort,style"

Anonymous, MN (2004 Honda Pilot)

"Driver seat cushion broke years ago. Uncomfortable for traveling. Unsightly upon opening door. Cruise control undependable. Either it will work or it won't - so this affects my discomfort from broken seat in traveling distances 375 miles each way on a regular basis (previous five years). Also fyi, Ignition key had to be replaced. It would get stuck. CD player had to be replaced early on. All else fine. Warm seats great in winter"

BLAIR S., LA (2004 Honda Pilot)

"The automatic climate control system often blows cool air when the outside temperature is cold."

Anonymous, MD (2004 Honda Pilot)

Value

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

What Owners Say

"Great overall package - still runs great after 230k miles!"

Anonymous, OH (2004 Honda Pilot)

"A extremely reliable car as are most Hondas. It handles well in poor weather, maybe a little unstable on turns at higher speeds, good breaking system good visibility, lots of cargo space, comfortable rear seats. Would buy this car again because of it's reliability."

Anonymous, OK (2004 Honda Pilot)

"We bought the car new in 2004 and it is still running well. We had budgeted replacement in 2014, but since the car continued to run reliably without major repairs we have decided to delay replacement."

Anonymous, MA (2004 Honda Pilot)

"2004 Pilot EX. No major repairs required in 222,000 miles. All maintenance has been kept up to date. Maintenance at Honda dealer not cheap but can't argue with success. 13 years of maintenance & repairs about $8,000 but worth it."

Roger G., CT (2004 Honda Pilot)

"Reliable Honda. Older boxy style has better visibility for driver"

Paul C., KY (2004 Honda Pilot)

"reliable"

Mark B., NE (2004 Honda Pilot)

"This car is a brick - in the best way. We use it for everything from hauling trailers to hauling people to daily commutes and errands. Its getting up there in age and mileage but its still going strong. It is truly part of the family"

Anonymous, MA (2004 Honda Pilot)

"over 13 years of relatively trouble service"

Anonymous, TX (2004 Honda Pilot)

"We first bought the car to travel with our grandchildren in comfort and safety. I don't think anybody makes a better car than Honda the pilot is very comfortable and secure with good handling and visibility."

Dennis R., FL (2004 Honda Pilot)

"I estimate the annual depreciation for the Pilot to be approximately $2,000 per year. That works out to an economic cost of approximately $167 per month. I have made some repairs to the vehicle, but they have been minimal when looking at the 13 years of ownership. The vehicle has 87,000 miles and is still going strong. It's still an acceptable vehicle considering the low usage is mostly in town driving."

Steve S., WA (2004 Honda Pilot)

"At the time, the Pilot had the best reliability & fuel savings of any SUV in it's class. It is large, roomy & still the most practical vehicle we own. It's reliability & decent gas mileage makes it still a great value."

Sam-Ruth R., CA (2004 Honda Pilot)

"Has not had any major problems. Only expense has been with routine maintenance."

Anonymous, WA (2004 Honda Pilot)

"Great engine / trans / chassis; no major issues 1t 185k, with normal maintenance and parts replacements. Expcted wear on trim in cabin, holding up very well."

Michael S., TX (2004 Honda Pilot)

"Bought this car new in 2004 and it is still running without any major problems. To me that's a good value!"

Anonymous, NC (2004 Honda Pilot)

"car has been a good value"

Anonymous, NJ (2004 Honda Pilot)

"It has been an extremely reliable car. Great, easy to use cargo space. Room for 5 adults, plus small third row seat for little kids."

Willard B., CA (2004 Honda Pilot)

"extremely durable"

Rich D., MI (2004 Honda Pilot)

"Reliable and minimum repairs. Love the car and is very. Rides well. roomy"

Denise E., CA (2004 Honda Pilot)

"Extremely reliable. We've had no major failures and only a few tiny nuisance problems in 13 years (all of which were easy to have fixed). Never failed to start or run. Quite comfortable in the front seats; acceptable in the back seats, but not so much for long trips. Excellent power, acceleration, and handling for this sized SUV. Accelerates faster than many sedans I've driven, even at highway speed. Performance only somewhat decreased with a large cargo load. However, driver must be awar..."

Anonymous, MA (2004 Honda Pilot)

"The car has given us many trouble free years"

George H., SC (2004 Honda Pilot)

"Had it for 12 years, and it has 225,000 miles. Nothing ever seems to go wrong, I just do the maintenance and it keeps on going."

LINN H., CO (2004 Honda Pilot)

"A really fabulous value. The Pilot has been EXTREMELY dependable, durable, utilitarian and sure-footed. This vehicle now has almost 250,000 miles and still functions just as it did when we purchased it new."

JEFFREY F., CA (2004 Honda Pilot)

"holds its value. it was well maintained prior to my purchase. rust free."

MARK C., VT (2004 Honda Pilot)

"This has been a workhorse of a vehicle that has had very few issues in that twelve years we've owned it and still looks and runs good."

ELAINE O., GA (2004 Honda Pilot)

"Had it for 12 years and run great"

Anonymous, ME (2004 Honda Pilot)

"Reliable car after 12 years of driving. All repairs and maintenance done by the dealer where car was purchased new. A lot of room for transporting goods and materials. Handles well in a variety of New England driving conditions."

LARRY D., MA (2004 Honda Pilot)

"Still has a good sales value and have not had any repairs needed except normal maint."

Anonymous, NY (2004 Honda Pilot)

"ZERO repairs in approx 240K .. that says it.. I do maintain it to a tee and do my own work....BUT there have been NO major repairs needed in over 12 years and 240K miles.. that is value.."

JOSEPH S., NY (2004 Honda Pilot)

"It has had very little repairs that were not routine. We bought this SUV in 2006. We have traveled in it and we were very comfortable. It has been a very good car."

Anonymous, SC (2004 Honda Pilot)

"Paid $10k+ for it in 2011 w/ 140k+ mi. Except for having to replace transmission vehicle has served our family quite well. We look forward to many more years/miles in the future."

Anonymous, GA (2004 Honda Pilot)

"very low repairs"

Anonymous, MI (2004 Honda Pilot)

"It was a decent buy for the money but the high pressure sales techniques used were irritating to say the least. They also continued and eventually forced us to provide financing information after being told several times we were paying cash. Their justification for the financing data requirement was the "Patriot Act"."

Anonymous, CA (2004 Honda Pilot)

"The 2004 Honda Pilot is a workhorse. I have approximately 180,000 miles and have never had any serious problems with the car. It rides and handles very well for an SUV and has a ton of cargo room."

WILLIAM F., MD (2004 Honda Pilot)

"I have 233,500 miles on it and it drives very well."

Anonymous, SC (2004 Honda Pilot)

"I have 265,000 miles and the Pilot drives like the first day I got it. It's reliable and never had any major issues. Or minor."

JEFFREY C., NY (2004 Honda Pilot)

"When you buy a car and get 12 years and 150000 miles of almost trouble free driving you have a great value."

TOM B., TX (2004 Honda Pilot)

"2004 Honda Pilot I feel is an exceptional value. It runs great and uses no oil, the transmission or drive train at 130,000 makes a whining noise sometimes. It currently has a recall on it for several things which have not been repaired as the owner has not taken it in for this service."

Anonymous, MI (2004 Honda Pilot)

Styling

How it looks inside and out

What Owners Say

"Roomy, good look"

JAMES V., CA (2004 Honda Pilot)

"great styling for it time"

Anonymous, MI (2004 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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