While this version of the Pilot shows its age, the basic blueprint still provides plenty of space and convenient functionality within a comparatively small package. Driving dynamics are sound with a steady, supple and controlled ride complementing responsive handling. The engine and transmission also operate very smoothly.
Alerts
There are 3 recalls on this vehicle. Learn More.

Road Test Results

Performance
Acceleration Acceleration Acceleration tests are conducted on a smooth, flat pavement straightaway at the track. Time, speed, and distance measurements are taken with a precise GPS-based device that’s hooked to a data-logging computer.
0 to 60 mph 0 to 60 mph (sec.) The time in seconds that a vehicle takes to reach 60 mph from a standstill with the engine idling.
Transmission Transmission Transmission performance is determined by shifting smoothness, response, shifter action, and clutch actuation for manual transmissions.
Fuel Economy Fuel Economy We perform our own fuel-economy tests, independent of the government's often-quoted EPA figures and the manufacturers' claims. Using a precise fuel-flow measuring device spliced into the fuel line, we run two separate circuits to represent city and highway consumption.
CR's Overall Mileage CR's Overall Mileage CR's overall mileage is a composite of measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course and highway cruising; and CR's 150-mile test trip of mixed driving, if tested. In recent road tests, we've discontinued the 150-mile trip test.
CR's City Mileage CR's City Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course.
CR's Highway Mileage CR's Highway Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed highway cruising.
Annual Fuel Cost Annual Fuel Cost The cost and amount of fuel used in 12,000 miles and is calculated from CR's overall mileage.
Braking Braking The braking rating is a composite of wet and dry stopping distances and pedal feel. Braking distance is from 60 mph, with no wheels locked.
Emergency Handling Emergency Handling Several factors go into the rating, including the avoidance maneuver speed and confidence, as well as how the vehicle behaves when pushed to its limit,
Comfort / Convenience
Ride Ride Our expert judgment of how well the suspension isolates and absorbs road imperfections and how steady it keeps the body on various road surfaces.
Noise Noise Our expert judgment of the vehicle's interior noise level in everyday driving.
Front Seat Comfort Front Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the front seat is for drivers of various heights.
Rear Seat Comfort Rear Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the rear seat is for two passengers to sit across.
Interior Fit and Finish Interior Fit and Finish An expert evaluation of the interior quality and craftsmanship.
Trunk/Cargo Area Trunk/Cargo Area Our rating is based on the amount of luggage or cargo space that a vehicle has in the trunk or cargo area.

Owner Reports

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Reliability History Reliability History The reliability charts are based on responses on hundreds of thousands of vehicles from our latest Annual Auto Survey. Consumer Reports subscribers reported on any serious problems they had with their vehicles during the past 12 months that they considered serious because of cost, failure, safety, or downtime, in any of the trouble spots included in the table below. The results are presented relative to the average model that year. Extra weight is given to the more serious areas such as major engine or transmission problems. Based on this data and further analysis, we predict reliability for the latest year. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Engine Major Engine Major Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.
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Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
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Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
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Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
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Owner Satisfaction Owner Satisfaction To learn about satisfaction, CR has collected survey data from our annual survey on more than half a million vehicles. Our subscribers provide great insights into their satisfaction by answering one simple question: If they had it to do all over again, would they definitely buy or lease the same model? In addition, respondents also rate their cars in six categories: driving experience, comfort, value, styling, audio, and climate systems. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Driving Experience Driving Experience Includes acceleration and handling
Comfort Comfort Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride
Value Value Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?
Styling Styling How it looks inside and out
Safety Equipment
ABS and side air bags standard. ESC available in 2005, standard from 2006. Head protection air bags standard from 2006. Forward collision warning and automatic emergency braking available from 2016.
Road Test

While this version of the Pilot shows its age, the basic blueprint still provides plenty of space and convenient functionality within a comparatively small package. Driving dynamics are sound with a steady, supple and controlled ride complementing responsive handling. The engine and transmission also operate very smoothly.

On the other hand, at 18 mpg overall, fuel economy could be better, partly due to the automatic transmission having just five gears. Handling is untidy and sloppy at the limits. Braking performance is also mediocre. While the powertrain is smooth and refined, acceleration is middling. Pronounced road noise also makes this Honda a very loud vehicle. Interior furnishings are blatantly low-rent and festooned with cheap, hard plastics. Modern luxury amenities are sparse, something of a testimony to the time when this version of the Pilot hit the market back in 2008. A rear-view camera is standard on all trim lines, but other modern high-tech safety gear like forward-collision warning or blind spot monitoring is conspicuously absent. Further, this version of the Pilot scored a Poor in the IIHS small-overlap crash test.

Seating
2 front, 3 rear, 3 third
Drive Wheels
AWD , Front
Warranty

In most cases, automotive warranties are based on the vehicle identification number (VIN), and the warranty will be valid regardless of ownership. The dealership can tell you exactly how much warranty is left.

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Body Styles
4-door SUV
Transmissions Available
  • 5-speed Automatic
Engines Available
  • 3.5-liter V6 (250 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2015 Honda Pilot owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

What Owners Say

CD player

"Failed due to radio failure"

Raymond R., MN (2015 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

"It quit recording to the HDD & will not play rendomly. Did work for some months"

Nordberg K., PA (2015 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

"Same as the other problem. The screen freezes, then crashes and goes blank"

Michael O., CA (2015 Honda Pilot Touring 3.5-L V6)

"The display screen goes black with lines all over the screen and you cannot see any of the display readings until you turn the car off and on again. Happens once or twice per month. Honda wind fix the issue even with photos taken to prove it because they can't replicate it on the spot"

Aaron W., UT (2015 Honda Pilot SE 3.5-L V6)

"in dash screen that controls gps, all car menus, radio, etc crashes and restarts with error "HDD failure, please contact your dealer". I did that and Honda acknowledged there were problems and replaced the unit (after waiting 6 weeks for a replaceme"

Michael O., CA (2015 Honda Pilot Touring 3.5-L V6)

"does not have touch screen"

Anonymous, NY (2015 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)
Phone pairing (e.g., Bluetooth)

"System drops calls or looses connection and then comes back and you are back connected still they just couldn't hear you and you couldn't hear them"

David S., CA (2015 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

"Doesn't reliable connect, prompts you to hang up during conversations"

Anonymous, CA (2015 Honda Pilot Touring 3.5-L V6)
Radio

"Dealership had to replace the radio"

Raymond R., MN (2015 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)
Voice control commands

"does not respond to voice clearly"

Anonymous, NY (2015 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

What Owners Say

Driveshaft or axle

"Horrible whining noise while driving it took 3 times to the dealer to figure it out"

Anonymous, NV (2015 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"Honda recall, replaced under warranty"

Anonymous, TN (2015 Honda Pilot LX 3.5-L V6)
Driveline vibration

"I had to replace both front wheel bearings"

Buz H., VA (2015 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

"Vehicle vibrates during acceleration, and at highway speeds"

Anonymous, FL (2015 Honda Pilot Touring 3.5-L V6)

"VCM engine and propeller shaft created a vibration and noise in cold weather"

Anonymous, OH (2015 Honda Pilot Touring 3.5-L V6)

"Vcm vibration bad driveshaft"

Anonymous, PA (2015 Honda Pilot Touring 3.5-L V6)

"Vibration was a cause by a driveshaft needed to be replaced. Poor workmanship from the factory. This should have been found, prior to my purchase"

Ronald T., KS (2015 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

"Pilot vibrates slightly when in "ECO" mode while driving at 30 to 70 mph"

Anonymous, ME (2015 Honda Pilot Touring 3.5-L V6)
Electrical failure

"There were two bad relays underneath the dashboard. One caused the entire climate control system to malfunction, the other caused many systems such as the radio, backup camera, and all the power outlets to not work"

Craig M., OH (2015 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

"Leaking water down the A Piller. Windshield was removed and resealed, and it still leaks. Pending an appt with the service department next week"

Anonymous, OH (2015 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

"It squeaks when you hit bounces"

Thomas M., WA (2015 Honda Pilot Touring 3.5-L V6)

"there is a rattling noise. they need me to leave for an entire day. my schedule won't all ow it"

Anonymous, MA (2015 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

"a piece of trim in the moon roof or rear right door is loose/rattling"

Anonymous, MI (2015 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

"WHEN THE WINDOW IS PARTIALLY OPEN IT RATTLES OVER BUMPS"

John T., IL (2015 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)
Wind noise

"Severe wind noise at highway speeds"

Bill L., PA (2015 Honda Pilot Touring 3.5-L V6)

"The Pilot is very noisy from the wind when driving. I was told that is a problem with the Pilot design"

Anonymous, IL (2015 Honda Pilot Unsure 3.5-L V6)

"WIND NOISE CAN BE HEARD AT HIGHER SPEEDS"

John T., IL (2015 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

What Owners Say

"had to replace brake pads and rotors"

J R., CO (2015 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

"After only two years, the front brakes had worn unevenly, causing vibration when braking. The dealership identified the problem, and fixed it at no cost. The fix was to turn the rotors, so I expect I will have to replace the front rotors earlier than anticipated due to this issue"

David D., VA (2015 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

"Rotors warp prematurely at 5k miles. Replaced out of pocket with aftermarket premium upgrade"

Monty M., FL (2015 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

"they wre bad as were the pads"

J R., CO (2015 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

"Both front rotors warped causing a serious vibration when braking at highway speed. Honda machined the rotors as a courtesy at 27,000 miles. However, the rotors are warped again, to be repaired or replaced at my cost"

Myrle B., IN (2015 Honda Pilot Touring 3.5-L V6)

"Wear"

Anonymous, ON (2015 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

"pulsation due to warped rotors"

Anonymous, NJ (2015 Honda Pilot Unsure 3.5-L V6)
Squeaking

"There has been a squeak coming from the dashboard area that the service techs have not been able to locate. We have had this problem since we purchased the vehicle"

Craig M., OH (2015 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

What Owners Say

"Alignment been off since i bought it"

Mike M., MN (2015 Honda Pilot Touring 3.5-L V6)
Power steering pumps and hoses

"2 power steering pumps failed"

Titus T., IL (2015 Honda Pilot SE 3.5-L V6)
Steering wheel vibration

"front end alignment was off and tire was not balanced"

Anonymous, NH (2015 Honda Pilot SE 3.5-L V6)
Wheel bearings

"Right wheel bearings replaced"

Bryan C., SC (2015 Honda Pilot SE 3.5-L V6)

"front driver side wheel bearing failed and had to be replaced at 14,000 miles. not a recall. under warranty"

Anonymous, NH (2015 Honda Pilot SE 3.5-L V6)

"One front wheel bearing went bad gradually, repaired under warranty at next service interval"

Anonymous, NC (2015 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

"Wheel bearing on front right side went out. Cost was about $300 to fix"

Rick P., MI (2015 Honda Pilot Touring 3.5-L V6)
Steering linkage (includes rack and pinion)

"sound of air leak from behind steering wheel, rack and pinion had to be replaced"

Anonymous, NC (2015 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

What Owners Say

"front fender not attached correctly and it raddled"

Howard T., PA (2015 Honda Pilot Touring 3.5-L V6)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"Front bumper paint is peeling at the seam where the panels meet by the passenger side wheel"

Anonymous, NY (2015 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)

"Shabby paint job by the paint shop they sent it to. It had to be done 3 times"

Anonymous, HI (2015 Honda Pilot Touring 3.5-L V6)

"The paint job was rejected 4 times and the vehicle was o/c over 1 month"

Eric K., HI (2015 Honda Pilot Touring 3.5-L V6)

"Found a small rust spot on the rear quarter panel. The dealership had sent it to a shabby paint shop and it had to be redone 3 times"

Anonymous, HI (2015 Honda Pilot Touring 3.5-L V6)

"Two tiny rust spots, but it was the repainting by the body shop that kept screwing up"

Eric K., HI (2015 Honda Pilot Touring 3.5-L V6)
Loose interior trim or moldings

"Something is loose withing the rear door. Every time it opens something rattles. Sometimes when I make sharp enough turns it also rattles"

Anonymous, FL (2015 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

What Owners Say

"Right front door was catching on the fender when opening and closing. Fender needed to be adjusted"

Anonymous, ID (2015 Honda Pilot SE 3.5-L V6)
Locks and latches

"Hood latch malfunctioned at the dealer when they tried to access the engine area for maintenance. They had to cut out the grill to access latch. They replaced latch, cable and had to do hood underside paint repair and replaced grill, all under warranty"

Anonymous, NC (2015 Honda Pilot EX 3.5-L V6)
Sunroof

"Sunroof software has glitch. Sunroof will not open in slide and or close from the pop up vent position. Sunroof gasket is substandard in quality. Rugs inside vehicle are falling apart. Plastic outer trims are warped from sun or substandard quality"

Monty M., FL (2015 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

"Rubber seal separated from glass"

Thomas V., MA (2015 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

"rubber gasket from around the moonroof came loose. couldn't close, was stuck open. Honda is going to replace"

Anonymous, MA (2015 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

"Water leaking into the interior via loose drain hose"

Anonymous, WA (2015 Honda Pilot Touring 3.5-L V6)

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

What Owners Say

Blower (fan) motor

"Rear HVAC fan motor makes a minor noise, but elected to omit repair (not under warranty)"

Anonymous, NC (2015 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)
Refrigerant leaks

"A/C blew only warm air. Dealer found a leaky seal and replaced it under warranty"

Anonymous, ND (2015 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

What Owners Say

Engine knock or ping

"started and ran rough, knocking. restarted. dealer did tune up"

Anonymous, NC (2015 Honda Pilot LX 3.5-L V6)
Engine computer

"Eco valve system malfunctioned"

Anonymous, FL (2015 Honda Pilot Touring 3.5-L V6)

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

What Owners Say

Interior lights

"ENTIRE PANEL CONTROLLING INTERIOR LIGHTS, MOONROOF, BLUETOOTH DID NOT WORK"

Peter M., CA (2015 Honda Pilot SE 3.5-L V6)

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

What Owners Say

Transmission leaks

"The transmission system has slow leak which caused the car to choke and not be able to move"

Anonymous, IL (2015 Honda Pilot Unsure 3.5-L V6)

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

What Owners Say

Thermostat

"Thermostate housing warped and leaking antifreeze. Warranty repair replaced housing"

Anonymous, AZ (2015 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

What Owners Say

Cylinder head

"One of the cylinder heads was installed incorrectly and required service that required the dealer to keep the car for 3 to 4 days"

Scott B., GA (2015 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

What Owners Say

Alternator

"The alternator was bad"

Anonymous, ME (2015 Honda Pilot Touring 3.5-L V6)

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

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