The Pilot is a natural next step for CR-V owners with growing families. The current Pilot is an extremely functional and pleasant vehicle as long as you don't expect excitement.
Alerts
There are 2 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

Worse Better
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

The Pilot is a natural next step for CR-V owners with growing families. The current Pilot is an extremely functional and pleasant vehicle as long as you don't expect excitement. It performs the family-hauling duties of a minivan with some added machismo, and without being a poster child for a "Mom-mobile."

In that respect, the Pilot does a commendable minivan impression with its flexible seating for eight; a roomy, versatile, and feature-filled interior; and easy access to all three seating rows. It also addresses many of the previous generation's flaws, with a more comfortable ride, a quieter cabin and better furnished interior.

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.

Read more about extended warranties
Body Styles
4-door SUV
Transmissions Available
  • 6-speed Automatic
  • 9-speed Automatic
Engines Available
  • 3.5-liter V6 (280 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2018 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

Display screen freezes up

"Apple car play system is super slow compared to my sonata. Sometimes screen goes blank and I have to restart the car."

Jonghwan K., AP (2018 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)
Display screen goes blank

"5 times Entertainment has gone blank. Turning off vehicle and restart fixes it. Dealer can’t find it if it’s not happening when it’s taken for service. I’ll probably purchase an extended warranty, which I never do. This is expensive repair that I believe will ghost my car through the 10 years I own it."

Theresa M., TX (2018 Honda Pilot Touring 3.5-L V6)
External music device interface (e.g., smart phone, MP3 player)

"The system in Hondas is not very good at anything. They could do much better."

Anonymous, KS (2018 Honda Pilot LX 3.5-L V6)
In-dash navigation system (GPS)

"The GPS system would freeze and reboot."

Robert W., CA (2018 Honda Pilot Touring 3.5-L V6)

"The navigation screen would go blank. It was fixed by the dealer after the second time."

John S., NC (2018 Honda Pilot Elite 3.5-L V6)
Radio

"The touchscreen is dangerous to driving. It is insensitive to touch so many times it has to be touched 2-3 times to function. It is not intuitive and you can easily get lost in various areas by accidentally touching the wrong spot. You constantly have to take your eyes off the road to figure out what is going on with the screen. Its a potential accident causer and dangerous."

Anonymous, OR (2018 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)
Voice control commands

"I am supposed to be able to audibly tell my system to call a certain person by saying their name after pressing the call button. I can't get this feature to work. A Honda technician tried to do it but couldn't either. This was a feature to me that was very important in order to do hands-free while driving."

Anonymous, GA (2018 Honda Pilot Elite 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

A/C compressor

"It was not cooling the inside like it should. It took two Honda visits to get it right. The 2nd visit they took out the whole system and replaced it with a new one. No Cost to me. They said debri had gotten in there from the first repair. I never really understood what the problem was but whatever it was it was not a simple fix."

Anonymous, GA (2018 Honda Pilot Elite 3.5-L V6)

"Purchased 2018 Honda Pilot on March 9th. I live in a winter climate. First warm day was April 27th. That's when I noticed the A/C was not working. Climate Control system appears to be working fine except when A/C is needed the compressor does not turn on."

Anonymous, MT (2018 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)
Automatic climate control

"Temperature doesn't regulate to the proper set temperature..Took it to the delear 3 times, but they said it works according to design."

Anonymous, WA (2018 Honda Pilot Elite 3.5-L V6)
Heater system

"Honda confirms heater vent air only at 28 degrees F from a fully-warmed up engine! They claim this is normal of all Honda Pilots and refuse to fix."

Mike W., IL (2018 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

Exhaust

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

What Owners Say

Loose/rattling heat shield

"In winter time around 2000 rpm heat shield rattles and creating booming noise. Went to dealership 3 times but they could not correct the problem."

Jonghwan K., AP (2018 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)
Other/unsure

"False alarm after false alarm, At least 2-3 every day. Very annoying."

Anonymous, OR (2018 Honda Pilot EX-L 3.5-L V6)

"With ACC on and set at the furthest distance, the ACC would fail to recognize semi-trailers the majority of the time. I had to complain to Hoda three time before the radar unit was replaced. The ACC would slow the Pilot from 79 to 63, causing the car to nose dive."

Anonymous, SD (2018 Honda Pilot Touring 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

Rough shifting

"Very hard shifting between first and second gear had in shop 3 times they did what they could. Honda says its the way it is they do some kind of adjustment but it returns in 5k to 7k miles after their adjustment. I couldn't wait to sell it after 1 year but, I drive so much the value is very poor. Maybe at the 3 year mark I will be able to get rid of car."

Mark L., IL (2018 Honda Pilot Touring 3.5-L V6)
Transmission leaks

"It began to leak immediately. When my wife returned to the dealership we showed the mechanics the stains on our driveway. He practically called my wife a liar. He asked her if the mailman was parking on our driveway. A service advisor gave her a large piece of cardboard to place under the vehicle overnight. Sure enough, there were a couple of stains the following morning. We recently brought it in again - a year after this occurred. They reported two wet spots. My wife had to make another appointment where they performed 4 hours worth of work. I've never had a problem like this with a new vehicle I've leased or puchased. We will probably never lease or buy a Honda Pilot again and we love Honda. We have the Accord and Odyssey and they never gave us an issue."

Anonymous, NY (2018 Honda Pilot Touring 3.5-L V6)

Paint/Trim

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

What Owners Say

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"A small 2mm diameter spot of paint was noticed missing 2 weeks after delivery on the front right corner of the bumper."

Jason P., NY (2018 Honda Pilot EX 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

Differential

"Noticed the differential leaking slightly. Dealer repaired problem satisfactorily under warranty."

Steven W., NY (2018 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

Steering linkage (includes rack and pinion)

"grinding noise when steeringwheel is turned"

Anonymous, AL (2018 Honda Pilot Elite 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

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.

Engine Minor

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

Engine Major

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

Brakes

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

Engine Cooling

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

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.

Body Integrity

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

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.

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