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 for a midsized SUV.
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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

"The 2008 Honda Pilot is likely the best one they ever made in terms of handling and driving performance. Handles like my previous Toyota Camry XLE. GREAT vehicle."

Gerd H., MI (2008 Honda Pilot)

"Good power and acceleration."

Joseph M., FL (2008 Honda Pilot)

"Has great acceleration power and drives very smoothly."

William P., VA (2008 Honda Pilot)

"very good acceleration. Steering could be more responsive."

James F., IN (2008 Honda Pilot)

"Since I replaced the vehicle's tires with Pirelli tires the vehicle has transformed. It handled okay before but was noisy. Now with the Pirelli tires it handles even better, especially on the highway higher speed sweeping turns. Plus the wet handling and breaking are now great. Tire noise has been reduced significantly in the process."

Sean D., CO (2008 Honda Pilot)

"Acceleration and handling are good for city and road driving."

Anonymous, TX (2008 Honda Pilot)

"It handles very well, has enough power to really move out of the way when necessary and is easy to drive."

Anonymous, WA (2008 Honda Pilot)

"Good, solid acceleration and handling. No disappointments."

Matthew S., WI (2008 Honda Pilot)

"The Pilot is a great drive. The 6 cylinders give great acceleration. The steering is very responsive."

NANCY H., CA (2008 Honda Pilot)

"Good acceleration and controlled handling!"

JASON R., CA (2008 Honda Pilot)

"Good acceleration and handling in all situations."

Anonymous, MI (2008 Honda Pilot)

"acceleration is not great when power is needed to pass vehicles"

Anonymous, NV (2008 Honda Pilot)

"Lots of power, good handling and tight cornering......small circling. Height of seat very good seeing over hood very good Good dependable car with good acceleration. Good vision from driver's seat all around"

LORRAINE A., OR (2008 Honda Pilot)

"The Pilot is great when you need to get on an interstate or accelerate to change lanes. Lots of power."

Anonymous, NC (2008 Honda Pilot)

"Vehicle is unstable"

Anonymous, RI (2008 Honda Pilot)

"I was surprised at how powerful the pilot is. very strong acceleration"

PERRY P., ON (2008 Honda Pilot)

"I tow a large boat. With the front wheel drive, this is a very stable tow vehicle."

LEW F., ME (2008 Honda Pilot)

"Acceleration really good, handling good on corners."

DAVID, AB (2008 Honda Pilot)

"good acceleration and good turning. I feel very safe drivint it on the highway."

Anonymous, OH (2008 Honda Pilot)

"Acceleration is acceptable and the handling and ride are very good. It is a comfortable car to ride in for long rides."

Anonymous, MN (2008 Honda Pilot)

"It has great acceleration. It seems to ride stiff and bumpy. I've had the struts replaced upon recommendation of the tire store, but the ride never improved. Lots of sway also since it sits so high. Passengers in the back seat complain about being slid right or left (but then they always have something to complain about!)."

Wayne M., WA (2008 Honda Pilot)

"very good handling in muddy conditions and smooth on dirt roads."

Anonymous, CO (2008 Honda Pilot)

"For an SUV, the Pilot drives and handles beautifully despite its age. It is my preferred ride in the winter."

Anonymous, AB (2008 Honda Pilot)

"car sits up too high"

Susan S., CA (2008 Honda Pilot)

"I tow a large boat trailer (with boat) and it handles and tracks very well with a heave boat on the hitch. It could use a bit more power, but I can make highway speed limits and feel very secure."

L F., ME (2008 Honda Pilot)

"excellent acceleration and handling for a large SUV"

Tom M., VA (2008 Honda Pilot)

"Good handling and acceleration"

Anonymous, NJ (2008 Honda Pilot)

"I love that it doesn't feel like I'm driving a truck or van and it doesn't feel like a car either. To me it has it's own unique solid feel and handles very nicely. Love the height it sits at on the road. Rides smoothly. Great visibility all around. This is our second Honda Pilot purchase. We won't buy new--we loved the first Pilot's handling and reliability enough to purchase the next used one even with hail damage! We are more concerned about the use and dependablity of the vehicle than the looks."

Anonymous, ME (2008 Honda Pilot)

"Always responds"

Anonymous, TN (2008 Honda Pilot)

"Of all the similar sized SUV's of different makes we tried before purchasing the Honda, the Honda stood out for handling and acceleration."

Anonymous, OR (2008 Honda Pilot)

"Great acceleration, handles great, maintenance is low just a great all around car..."

Richard K., KY (2008 Honda Pilot)

"Not that exciting to drive but very predictable and reliable"

W L., NC (2008 Honda Pilot)

Comfort

Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride

What Owners Say

"Road noise louder than desired; front seats need more lumbar support."

Diann W., AL (2008 Honda Pilot)

"Way to much road noise. Drivers seat not comfortable for longer trips"

James F., IN (2008 Honda Pilot)

"The front seats are adequately comfortable, but they do not feel snug. Middle row seats are roomy enough for two adults; with three adults, it's a little tight. The third row, while having seating for three, is cramped with three adults. Noise and ride were acceptable."

Matthew S., WI (2008 Honda Pilot)

"The seats are really comfortable and have lasted a long time. Honda is a great car."

Darrell S., NC (2008 Honda Pilot)

"ROAD NOISE; HONDA ISSUE CONTINUES FOR THIS MODEL."

Anonymous, TX (2008 Honda Pilot)

"a bit noisy"

Gregory S., FL (2008 Honda Pilot)

"Nice smooth ride with adjustable driver seat only"

Anonymous, NJ (2008 Honda Pilot)

"THE PILOT HAS BEEN A SUPER RELIABLE CAR OVER THE LAST 9 YRS. IT ACCOMMODATED MANY PEOPLE AND MANY CHILDREN ON MANY TRIPS OVER THE YEARS WITH COMFORT AND SAFETY. CERTAINLY, ONE OF THE BEST PURCHASE, I EVER MADE."

Anonymous, NY (2008 Honda Pilot)

"Very comfortable on long trips."

Louis B., AL (2008 Honda Pilot)

"Hear a lot of road noise."

Anonymous, NC (2008 Honda Pilot)

"Lots of headroom,, seats are comfortable and I have a bad back but no problem sitting in my Pilot on a long drive"

Joseph M., FL (2008 Honda Pilot)

"Seats and Ride are okay but the noise inside the vehicle is questionable especially at high speeds."

Anonymous, ON (2008 Honda Pilot)

"Good Ride. Plenty of room for hauling kids and their stuff."

Anonymous, TX (2008 Honda Pilot)

"Seats are very comfortable. Noise level is somewhat high. Ride is good"

Gregg B., AZ (2008 Honda Pilot)

"air conditioner could cool better. Vehicle could be quieter in relation to road noise"

Anonymous, TN (2008 Honda Pilot)

"Seats are quite comfortable with electric adjustments in all dimensions and good lumbar support. Road noise is minimal with no feedback from tires. Ride is very soft and better than most SUV's we have rented or traveled in."

Frederick C., FL (2008 Honda Pilot)

"Road noise is loud."

Anonymous, CA (2008 Honda Pilot)

"You get a lot of road noise in this vehicle"

Anonymous, AL (2008 Honda Pilot)

"Noisy tires and not agile at cornering."

JOHN G., WA (2008 Honda Pilot)

"full auto temperature control and the adjustable seat.is very good. overal the honda is a great family hauler."

Anonymous, NV (2008 Honda Pilot)

"cargo area is the biggest of this type SUV. We haul our stuff and our friends' when we go wine tasting."

WAYNE M., WA (2008 Honda Pilot)

"Very pleasant always quiet, smooth, and fun"

JASON R., CA (2008 Honda Pilot)

"Hoda lives up to its good reputation"

KENNETH D., NC (2008 Honda Pilot)

"The Pilot got lower marks in comfort because the temperature control does not function properly. The resolution in the controller is insufficient; i.e. a large change in the control knob is required to facilitate a change in output."

Anonymous, OH (2008 Honda Pilot)

"Loud road noise"

Anonymous, AL (2008 Honda Pilot)

"I couldn't ask for a more comfortable and capable SUV."

THEODORE K., NJ (2008 Honda Pilot)

"A/C and heat take little time to achieve the desired comfort level. Seat adjustments and heaters make for a comfortable driving experience."

LEO M., CO (2008 Honda Pilot)

"All good except road noise can be excessive."

CHARLES R., GA (2008 Honda Pilot)

"if you drive with 1 window open, you get a terrible pulsing of air in the vehicle. it hurts your ears. you need to partially open another window to balance the air effect."

MARTIN H., NY (2008 Honda Pilot)

"a key fob is not locking or unlocking the left rear door"

Anonymous, GA (2008 Honda Pilot)

"Noisy, road no spies is very pronounced compared to the Lexus."

Anonymous, NY (2008 Honda Pilot)

"The seats, roominess ,visibility"

MARY L., PA (2008 Honda Pilot)

"Road noise is awful."

MARY P., OR (2008 Honda Pilot)

"I like sitting up high and the good visibility in all directions."

Anonymous, MI (2008 Honda Pilot)

"The 2008 Pilot does not prevent outside noise from entering the cabin very well at all. Door seals were checked, a few times and are fine-determination is the design. The climate system fails for the rear section requiring a major repair $$$ after warranty."

Anonymous, CT (2008 Honda Pilot)

"Honestly, I absolutely love this vehicle. I researched vehicles for three months before purchasing it. My primary concern was safety as I just had my second child and three children in the household. One huge issue that has really been a problem is the A/C unit. It has had several issues and doesn't work properly. It began to malfunction within the 3rd year of ownership. I attempted to get it fixed, charged the freon checked for leaks, etc. Finally, I discovered Honda had this issue with this"

Anonymous, OH (2008 Honda Pilot)

"Ride noise continues to be an issue."

JOSEPH R., OH (2008 Honda Pilot)

"Smooth ride compared with other suv's. Seats comfortable and supportive"

DAVID, AB (2008 Honda Pilot)

"Seats are comfortable but ride is a bit noisy, even after putting on softer, less aggressive tires."

Anonymous, OR (2008 Honda Pilot)

"Great seating comfort for long drives. I'm tall."

Phil W., PA (2008 Honda Pilot)

"Rides like a truck, but sufficiently comfortable for an SUV."

Tim B., CA (2008 Honda Pilot)

"Has a Harsh ride expected of a heavy duty 4wd but is just a basic FWD 2-wheel"

Rich W., CA (2008 Honda Pilot)

"The seats fit me very well. I am tall and need leg room. There is plenty of headroom and the neck restraint adjusts to fit me as well. The vehicle rides smoothly and tracks well. The Pilot is noisier than my wife 2009 Ford Escape, but with the radio on it's okay."

Anonymous, CO (2008 Honda Pilot)

"Roomy. Can fit my family for a road trip."

John H., CA (2008 Honda Pilot)

"visability"

Robert P., NY (2008 Honda Pilot)

"It is somewhat noisy when driving. The seats are very comfortable and can adjust to almost any person. The ride is smooth and comfortable and the car handles very well."

Anonymous, MN (2008 Honda Pilot)

"Due to major back pain, I buy a car with electric driver seat controls to be comfortable while driving. Unfortunately, there is a large gap between the console and both front seats. This is beyond annoying when something falls into the gap."

Anonymous, NJ (2008 Honda Pilot)

"The most comfortable SUV I've ever had. Drives like a car, fits a lot"

Anonymous, CA (2008 Honda Pilot)

"The car is just noisy! The steering seems to oversteer. It doesn't seem symmetric in the steering. If you turn the wheel 45 deg. one way, you'd expect it to steer twice as far if you turned it 90 deg. the same direction. It doesn't! It oversteers beyond 90 deg."

Wayne M., WA (2008 Honda Pilot)

"adjustable seats that move back far enough"

Anonymous, WI (2008 Honda Pilot)

"Road noise on highway is too high. Hard to hear CD or conversation."

Anonymous, NC (2008 Honda Pilot)

"surprisingly soft seats and plenty of leg room for front 2 rows."

Anonymous, CO (2008 Honda Pilot)

"Rides well and sets are comfortable - could use more leg room."

Arthur A., IA (2008 Honda Pilot)

"Seats are incredibly comfortable. This is the only vehicle I can do long dries in and be comfortable the entire time. The seat width is more than adequate and fits my body well. My passengers agree. We have the third seat and in a pinch can hold three small individuals but is still comfortable. I would not put a full size adult in the third seat, but kids are fine. The middle seat is very comfortable for all three passengers. Afte 11 years the center of the middle is starting to be less comfortable on long rides. Overall comfort is very well thought out in this vehicle and I am disappointed that the new models too that comfort away or we would get one. Cup holders storage are also a plus with this vehicle. We think the space is ample."

Christine S., GA (2008 Honda Pilot)

"Drivers seat comfortable, but starting to wear. Outside noise, as well as road noise is terrible and has always been since I've owned the vehicle."

Marcus M., TX (2008 Honda Pilot)

"Honda is known for having more road noise than competitors, and it shows. Nothing quiet or hushed about the ride, sometimes difficult to hear conversations, even with the music off. the ride is a bit hard as well. But reliable ans safe so easy trade offs for me."

Grant H., TX (2008 Honda Pilot)

"The seats and ride are satisfactory. Noise is not satisfactory. I hear too much road noise. I sometimes have difficulty hearing radio/cd player or have to increase volume."

Anonymous, TN (2008 Honda Pilot)

"It is a bit noisier than I'd like but the seats are comfortable, the drive ergonomics is good and so is the ride. I changed the all terrain tires to touring tires for a quieter ride."

Anonymous, AB (2008 Honda Pilot)

"I love the comfort of the seat"

Anonymous, FL (2008 Honda Pilot)

"At freeway speeds, car is noisy."

Gregory A., CA (2008 Honda Pilot)

"Seats provide great support- lumbar, thigh, back; vehicle is very quiet"

J H., MD (2008 Honda Pilot)

Value

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

What Owners Say

"car has been a great value, very few major problems and an excellent value for the money spent"

Rohrbach K., PA (2008 Honda Pilot)

"Honda is not the most exciting car brand out there, but it's hard not to love a vehicle that is so reliable and functional. Bought it new in 2008 and have had no significant problems beyond the usual wear and tear, and looking forward to handing it down to my son when he gets his license."

Will L., NC (2008 Honda Pilot)

"overall value, this car is a tank..."

Warren W., CA (2008 Honda Pilot)

"We have loved every aspect of this car. It replaced our mini-van , and we sacrificed nothing in the way of roominess. It wasn't inexpensive, but there was a definite feeling that you got what you paid for."

Rich W., CT (2008 Honda Pilot)

"Have owned the car for almost 10 years and 120,000 miles with no major issues."

Tim B., CA (2008 Honda Pilot)

"Only scheduled maintenance required in 9 years. Feels like I could drive another 100k miles."

Anonymous, CA (2008 Honda Pilot)

"Very good value for your dollar and I would purchase another Honda Pilot."

Anonymous, ON (2008 Honda Pilot)

"A reliable car for 9 years"

Anonymous, MA (2008 Honda Pilot)

"One of the best cars we have ever owned"

Gregg B., AZ (2008 Honda Pilot)

"Pilot is a great mid-priced SUV that runs on regular gas and gets decent mileage. 21 mpg around town and 28-29 mpg on the highway. With 3rd row seating it is a great car to transport up to 7 passengers with moderate luggage space."

Frederick C., FL (2008 Honda Pilot)

"Nothing other than regular maintenance and one HVAC repair in 9 years and 120,000 miles!"

Russell M., CO (2008 Honda Pilot)

"The Pilot is an excellent all-purpose vehicle, works as a car, as a utility vehicle for hauling groceries and other items (or even our dog who gets the back seat to herself!) Back level is close to shopping cart height for easy loading and unloading. Lots of space for carrying things. It's a 2008, I can afford to upgrade but I like this car too much to trade it in!"

Anonymous, WA (2008 Honda Pilot)

"A good value for the performance and features"

Anonymous, NJ (2008 Honda Pilot)

"The Honda buying experience is terrible!!! I like the cars that they produce, but can't stand the idea of entering their showroom. My 2008 Pilot is still an excellent car with no breakdowns.My service departmant is also excellent."

DAVID F., NY (2008 Honda Pilot)

"102,000the only eager repair a new radiator"

MARY L., PA (2008 Honda Pilot)

"Very comfortable. Dies what I need it for"

STEVE G., OH (2008 Honda Pilot)

"Never had a repair issue."

STEPHEN M., PA (2008 Honda Pilot)

"I bought the vehicle fully loaded brand new and got the deal of a lifetime 12k off list"

GERARD L., FL (2008 Honda Pilot)

"trouble with automatic locks, key fob, had to spend 400$ to have locks key and internal switch fixed"

Anonymous, NC (2008 Honda Pilot)

"Other than normal maintance such as tires, battery and brakes, this car has all original equipment."

Anonymous, CT (2008 Honda Pilot)

"Reliability, comfort and functionality. Great Honda Value, as always."

JOSEPH L., WA (2008 Honda Pilot)

"Good product for the money"

MICHAEL M., MA (2008 Honda Pilot)

"Reliable and safe in the mid-level XLE trim gave me the a solid vehicle going on 10 years now. Passing it on to my teenage drivers."

Grant H., TX (2008 Honda Pilot)

"After 10 years and many miles, this car has required only one major repair ($1800). Amortized over the 10 years, I estimate the cost per mile to operate this care has been very low."

Paul N., TX (2008 Honda Pilot)

"Very reliable. Not flashy but comfortable and just works."

John H., CA (2008 Honda Pilot)

"Overall this is the best vehicle we’ve ever bought, and this is out of 11 vehicles we’ve had. This is because of the excellent reliability, comfort and versatility of the vehicle"

J H., MD (2008 Honda Pilot)

"140000+ miles without significant issues"

Tom M., VA (2008 Honda Pilot)

"Meets my needs for a compact but great hauling capacity vehicle. Easy to park, turn, load, clean out"

Anonymous, OK (2008 Honda Pilot)

"reliable, trouble free, good value"

Anonymous, MI (2008 Honda Pilot)

"For the money, the Pilot is a good value"

Anonymous, NJ (2008 Honda Pilot)

"Excellent"

Anonymous, TN (2008 Honda Pilot)

"The value of the Honda Pilot is excellent. We leased a 2005 and when the lease was up we traded it in for a 2008, which we purchased. The pilot has only had one issue with the electrical system but the repair cost at the dealership was still less than $700 and included tune-up and other work. Other than the one cost, we have only paid for maintenance like oil changes, two sets of tires, and regular brake changes. Overall this vehicle has been one of our best investments. The cost of the pilot compared to other three row seat vehicles was about 10,000 less. I would recommend the purchase."

Christine S., GA (2008 Honda Pilot)

"Good value with the best in class 88 cubic feet of cargo space."

Arthur A., IA (2008 Honda Pilot)

"excellent reliability=no major repairs, just brakes and tires"

Anonymous, WI (2008 Honda Pilot)

"The price was right. The pilot is good size for parking in small parking places. The bad: noisey!"

David A., NC (2008 Honda Pilot)

"Purchased this vehicle new, and have spent relatively little on maintenence and repairs. This vehicle has held up really well through years of raising boys, and is still in great condition."

Tim B., CA (2008 Honda Pilot)

"Amazing value. 10 years old, 200,000+ miles and still happy to drive it every day"

W L., NC (2008 Honda Pilot)

"10 years old. Minimal maintenance expense. Major cost was new struts. Best buy we ever made. Will keep until........"

Phil W., PA (2008 Honda Pilot)

"Awesome value, very little extra expenses. Love the Pilot"

Anonymous, CA (2008 Honda Pilot)

"I bought the vehicle new and got 15 K off of the sticker price being one of the last 2008 on the lot with most pilots being the new 2009 model"

Anonymous, FL (2008 Honda Pilot)

Styling

How it looks inside and out

What Owners Say

"While I like the exterior styling of my Pilot, it was the length of the vehicle, and length interior haul space which mattered. I needed a vehicle no longer than 16 feet, with an interior haul space of 6 linear feet. The Pilot fit the bill. The interior is well planned. The vehicle is a 4-door, 5 passenger, SUV in normal configuration, but has an additional row of fold down seats in the rear, which expand the seating to 8 passengers. There are cup holders and USB ports in abundance. Good st"

NANCY H., CA (2008 Honda Pilot)

"We bought the vehicle used and the styling looked very dated compared to an older vehicle we had. This has always bothered me but it's my husband's vehicle not mine."

Anonymous, AZ (2008 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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