Although the previous Pilot was previously considered a Top Pick in this category, we were disappointed with this model. It lost ground on interior fit and finish, as well as braking. Road noise remains omnipresent and the center console is crowded. That said, the Pilot is a very functional vehicle. Fuel economy is improved by one mpg overall, it still seats eight, and it drives pretty well.
Alerts
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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 Pilot has an excellent ride and acceleration. It Handel's decently fir a large vechicle."

Richard J., NY (2010 Honda Pilot)

"The acceleration is sporadic with vehicle. Even though it has a V-6, the car periodically tends to hesitate and buck at low speeds (~30 mph) when accelerating. May be related to cylinder management system."

Anonymous, FL (2010 Honda Pilot)

"This car drives like a dream. I fell very much in control and there is great visibility all around. As I enter the freeway, there is NO hesitation. It stops as I would expect for such a large car. One additional comment worth mentioning is that it is extremely SAFE! We have a hitch and we have been rear ended FOUR times while on the freeway by inattentive drivers while we were stopped. Each time we had NO injuries, and even more importantly, NO damage! This car seats 8 comfortably and is always ready to go."

Linda C., WA (2010 Honda Pilot)

"This has been the most versatile and best performing vehicle I have ever owned."

Anonymous, VT (2010 Honda Pilot)

"Overall, a great vehicle. But the ECO boost function affects acceleration while passing and causes an annoying very subtle "grinding" noise. In addition, it seems to cause a stutter when it shifts down. The Pilot handles very well. I feel safe and secure. It travels smoothly on highways, local roads and while off road and on gravel surfaces. It pulls a boat or atv trailer easily with no issues. It handles all weather conditions well including snow, rain and dry pavement."

Anonymous, ON (2010 Honda Pilot)

"Same winter tires as my Subaru Outback but handles way worse in the same winter conditions. Has been a subtle stutter while accelerating which was once fixed for free after warranty with a computer fix (when it got very bad)but has never fully gone away"

Kerry G., ON (2010 Honda Pilot)

"Our 2010 Pilot respondents quickly and handles sharply."

Patrick F., LA (2010 Honda Pilot)

"Quiet engine. Comfortable ride with decent handling. Poor mileage and performance while towing."

Anonymous, PA (2010 Honda Pilot)

"Great acceleration. Handling somewhat stiff and pulls either left or right when passing under heavy acceleration."

Anonymous, AR (2010 Honda Pilot)

"Handles more like a truck , braking system is soft"

Anonymous, CO (2010 Honda Pilot)

"The turn ratio is to wide. Hard to park. Front struts failed and had to be replaced."

Anonymous, OH (2010 Honda Pilot)

"Eco mode or cylinder deactivation is not smooth. Handling is good for an SUV of this size Ride comfort is good even after 138,000 miles"

Anonymous, WI (2010 Honda Pilot)

"Excellent road vehicle, travels well and pulls our small camper with ease."

Anonymous, NY (2010 Honda Pilot)

"Perfect"

Anonymous, ME (2010 Honda Pilot)

"The Pilot drives well and the performance is satisfactory in regards acceleration, etc. We get better traction with the Michelin M@S tires we have on it now versus the original tires."

Vincent H., NH (2010 Honda Pilot)

"Excellent"

Anonymous, CA (2010 Honda Pilot)

"Good handling and acceleration."

Scott F., AZ (2010 Honda Pilot)

"This car drives well and handles well. No complaints."

Anonymous, GA (2010 Honda Pilot)

"Turn radius is too big making maneuverability an issue. One of the front struts failed at about 89,000 miles."

Anonymous, OH (2010 Honda Pilot)

"Nice to drive on the highway. Sometimes big is goood, sometimes not."

Anonymous, MB (2010 Honda Pilot)

"Handles and tows well"

Wayne D., NY (2010 Honda Pilot)

"It is slow"

Anonymous, IL (2010 Honda Pilot)

"Solid verhicle. Reliable handling, especially in winter driving conditions."

Anonymous, AB (2010 Honda Pilot)

"Good Turning Radius"

Anonymous, CA (2010 Honda Pilot)

"Very good acceleration, however, tends to oversteer if accelerating while turning. Plenty of power."

Anonymous, FL (2010 Honda Pilot)

"It handles well, comfortable to drive but sometimes hard to park in smaller spaces."

Anonymous, NY (2010 Honda Pilot)

"Bad compliance bushings caused vibration when the brakes were applied. This occurred after about 50,000 miles of driving. Honda replaced the bushings free of charge at about 70,000 miles without explanation. One service advisor told me that the new compliance bushings were improved from the orignial bushings. This was not a safety problem as the brakes worked fine, however it did effect the performance of the car."

VINCENT H., NH (2010 Honda Pilot)

Comfort

Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride

What Owners Say

"I have taken this on very long (3 day) road trips and never got uncomfortable."

Anonymous, VT (2010 Honda Pilot)

"I love the comfort of the seats and the fact they are fully adjustable. The road noise however is very distracting and it is difficult if not almost impossible to hear grandchildren over the combination of tires drone and road noise. I wish they had better insulated the car from outside interference it is the ONE feature that I think is weak for this vehicle."

Linda C., WA (2010 Honda Pilot)

"I love the fact that I sit up high in the Pilot. I can find my car in parking lots because of the height. The ride is very smooth and the seats very comfortable. There is some road noise because of the all season tires, but it is not excessive."

Doris W., WV (2010 Honda Pilot)

"Seats are very comfortable and supportive. The ride is very smooth and steering is responsive. The noise while driving and riding isn’t noticeable nor intrusive."

Patrick F., LA (2010 Honda Pilot)

"Driver's seat has multiple controls to adjust seat height, closeness to the steering wheel and angle of seat back"

Penny J., WI (2010 Honda Pilot)

"Leather seats are very comfortable. The tires are very noisy. Not sure if it is the fault of the tires or the car. Will be buying new tires this fall and will know more then."

Richard D., MI (2010 Honda Pilot)

"Good lumbar support."

John L., BC (2010 Honda Pilot)

"At 75,000 miles, started knocking on the front right. Dealer said it was a recall, but didn't fix the knocking. There is plenty of room for the family of 5, but it would be nice to have HDMI input."

Matthew E., OK (2010 Honda Pilot)

"Very comfortable but interior plastics and noise are a problem, glove box does a lot of squeaking."

Anonymous, NY (2010 Honda Pilot)

"Road noise is poor. Ride is stiff you can feel ever bump in the road."

Anonymous, AR (2010 Honda Pilot)

"It’s the seats .. easily soiled not able to clean They are in bad shape The same for the door arm rests , easily torn , This was a bad experience for an otherwise great car"

Anonymous, AR (2010 Honda Pilot)

"Seats .noise and ride is more then adaquit."

Richard J., NY (2010 Honda Pilot)

"Ride is very comfortable as well as the seats. Road noise is excessive."

Anonymous, OH (2010 Honda Pilot)

"The leather seats are still very comfortable after 8 years. The ride is starting to be a bit more bumpier and shakes/vibrates a bit at higher speeds, i.e. over 70 mph."

Anonymous, NC (2010 Honda Pilot)

"Lot of wind and outside noise."

Anonymous, CO (2010 Honda Pilot)

"Ride is fine, handling is fine, ride is a little loud."

Robert M., VA (2010 Honda Pilot)

"Seats and ride good. Some wind noise."

William S., CA (2010 Honda Pilot)

"I love the seats in my 2010 Pilot. We travel alot for long periods of time and the seats are comfortable and plush."

Anonymous, GA (2010 Honda Pilot)

"Road noise is too pronounced."

Anonymous, OH (2010 Honda Pilot)

"It is still a truck with firm ride but comfortable, great vision, fail mpg."

Anonymous, FL (2010 Honda Pilot)

"Seats are a bit high and stiff for long distance travel."

Anonymous, NY (2010 Honda Pilot)

"The seats are very comfortable especially for long distances"

Joanne N., CO (2010 Honda Pilot)

"Lots of road noise especially on the interstate. Tires wear unevenly which makes this worse."

Anonymous, IL (2010 Honda Pilot)

"Excellent ride - comfortable"

Anonymous, CA (2010 Honda Pilot)

"We use the Pilot to drive from NH to FL and back each year and the Pilot is very comfortable on long trips."

Vincent H., NH (2010 Honda Pilot)

"Lots of space, comfortable ride."

Anonymous, AB (2010 Honda Pilot)

"Quiet interior for a SUV"

Stephen D., PA (2010 Honda Pilot)

"Great use of space. Plenty of cubbies, holders and flat surfaces to store items. Leather has help up very well and seats are comfortably for all day long driving. Ergonomics are spot on. Even though there a lot of buttons that aren't commonly used, I prefer that to them being hidden in menus that would distract during driving."

Anonymous, TN (2010 Honda Pilot)

"the seat are very comfortable"

Anonymous, ME (2010 Honda Pilot)

"Very roomy. Big cabin. Smooth ride."

Anonymous, MB (2010 Honda Pilot)

"It's fabulous for highway driiving"

Anonymous, AB (2010 Honda Pilot)

"Not enough room in front seats. Can't straighten legs. Only car I have ever had that this is true for. I am only 5'11" tall"

ROBERT P., MI (2010 Honda Pilot)

"The vehicle does not block out sounds very well. Quite noisy."

Anonymous, VA (2010 Honda Pilot)

"Seats and climate controls are great. But it is a little noisy when driving and when you only open a back window there is a distinctive annoying wind vibration. If you open a front window, the vibration disappears. I find the ride generally good but sometimes over rough roads, potholes and speed bumps the ride is quite rocky with lots of side to side movements at slower speeds."

Anonymous, ON (2010 Honda Pilot)

"I'm 6'3". Just not enough leg room in ANY Honda vehicle for me."

MARK G., OR (2010 Honda Pilot)

"Too much road noise. Seating and cooling are excellent."

Anonymous, CA (2010 Honda Pilot)

"It is quite noisy (road/tire noise)"

KEVIN S., MB (2010 Honda Pilot)

"I like that I can control the air and seat temperature by degree/hi low, independent of driver. Also can be separate from back seat."

JANE S., MN (2010 Honda Pilot)

"The vehicle has heated seats and rear entertainment system. Overall noise level is good for a V6 with large tires. The ride is smooth but hesitates sometimes on acceleration. I think my vehicle had a cylinder management issue, fixed on recall."

Anonymous, FL (2010 Honda Pilot)

"Somewhat noisy."

JOHN D., TX (2010 Honda Pilot)

"Very comfortable on short trips, but fatigue can set in on long trips."

Anonymous, AZ (2010 Honda Pilot)

"Seats are very comfortable on long rides Climate controls are a mess. Too many buttons to find. It is overly complex for what it does. Same goes for the radio."

Anonymous, MO (2010 Honda Pilot)

"Comfortable seat, able to sit through 6 hours straight."

Anonymous, WA (2010 Honda Pilot)

"The front seats can become uncomfortable on very long drives"

MICHAEL V., NJ (2010 Honda Pilot)

"Passenger seat - glove compartment inhibits leg room for tall people like myself."

Anonymous, CA (2010 Honda Pilot)

"Great but too much road noise."

Anonymous, NE (2010 Honda Pilot)

"This car has better handling then the 2009 Pilot. And drives and rides very good. No issues with this car."

ROBERT G., NJ (2010 Honda Pilot)

Value

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

What Owners Say

"Very reliable car, never breaks down. Worth every single penny."

Rahul P., NJ (2010 Honda Pilot)

"Engines should not burn oil in this day and age"

Anonymous, MA (2010 Honda Pilot)

"Solidly reliable and trouble-free vehicle. Extremely roomy Touring model has many comfort and convenience features."

Brantley H., VA (2010 Honda Pilot)

"Like the eco mode of driving, but overall disappointed in the MPG. Very low for a Honda. Underpowered for towing a trailer. D3 mode helps this, but mileage is severely affected. Higher than expected maintenance costs (again, unusual for a Honda). Overall, an average value despite the above items."

Anonymous, PA (2010 Honda Pilot)

"Very reliable and very versatile. Great for hauling cargo or people."

Anonymous, FL (2010 Honda Pilot)

"Very practical vehicle. Seats 7, good space in rear area for luggage, etc. Easy to get in and out of. Easy to park — not too big."

William S., CA (2010 Honda Pilot)

"very good value. Use for towing trailer and camper, does this with ease"

Anonymous, NY (2010 Honda Pilot)

"Best value for size and features of competition"

S B., CA (2010 Honda Pilot)

"Good reliable vehicle. We got 235,000 miles before we sold our earlier Pilot, expect the same with this one."

Wayne D., NY (2010 Honda Pilot)

"Very good handling and very durable."

Thomas F., WY (2010 Honda Pilot)

"I am pissed that the Takata airbag recall has had me not able to safely use the fornt passenger seat for several months, and no indication of when parts will be available to fix! this car (my Honda Pilot went form very good to terrible over this and an issue with the engine cylinders 'cooking spark plugs due to piston seals misaligned."

DENNIS P., FL (2010 Honda Pilot)

"Good trade in value."

Anonymous, AZ (2010 Honda Pilot)

"it is a great car, for 7 years i only had minor problem with the AC. I am satisfied with the performance of the vehicle."

Anonymous, FL (2010 Honda Pilot)

"Love the tow package and tow capacity."

Anonymous, WA (2010 Honda Pilot)

"Nothing else compared in terms of size, cost, features, comfort and mileage"

S B., CA (2010 Honda Pilot)

"For the money, this car has been great, lasted long and only do maintenance that is required by the book."

ROBERT G., NJ (2010 Honda Pilot)

"The Pilot rides nice but does have wind noises. Brake discs tend to warp to easy. I have intermittent problems with radio and dash data not working. Otherwise I really like the vehicle."

Anonymous, MA (2010 Honda Pilot)

Styling

How it looks inside and out

What Owners Say

"Interior trim leather has not held up as expected. We have found the same with others that own the same car."

FRANK W., TX (2010 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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