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The Honda Pilot is a mid-size crossover SUV manufactured by Honda and introduced in 2002.
Primarily aimed at the North American market, the Pilot is the largest SUV from Honda and features three-row seating. Pilots are currently manufactured in Lincoln, Alabama, and the Pilot was produced in Alliston, Ontario until April 2007. The first generation Pilot was released in April 2002 as a 2003 model.
The Pilot shares its platform with the Acura MDX, as well as the North American market Odyssey minivan. The Pilot’s unibody construction and independent suspension are designed to provide handling similar to that of a car, and it has integrated perimeter frame rails to allow towing and light off-road use.
Prior to the introduction of the Pilot, Honda marketed the compact crossover CR-V and the Honda Passport (a rebadged Isuzu Rodeo). The Honda Passport that was sold between 1993 and 2002 was a truck-based design. The Pilot is Honda’s largest SUV, although the 2010 Crosstour surpassed the Pilot in length.
The Pilot is sold in North America and the Middle East, while the Honda MDX (first generation Acura MDX) was marketed in Japan and Australia for several years. The second-generation Pilot is also sold in Russia, Ukraine, South Korea, Latin America, and the Philippines.
— Source Wikipedia
- Official Page – Honda Pilot
- Price: Starts at $46,120 CAD
- Comparable to: Jeep Grand Cherokee, Dodge Durango
- Maintenance costs: This vehicle will cost approximately $7,373 to maintain over 10 years.
REVIEWS AND IMPRESSIONS
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- Kelley Blue Book Review
- Car and Driver Review
- Edmunds Review
- USNews Review
- JD Power Review
- Motortrend Review
You can view the overall Mid-Size SUV Rankings here and the Luxury Mid-Size SUV Rankings here.
SCORES BY PUBLICATION:
Kelley Blue Book: 4.4 / 5
USNews: 9.0 / 10
Edmunds: 8.2 / 10
J.D. Power: 82 / 100
Car and Driver: 7.5 / 10
Motortrend: 8.5 / 10
What the critics have to say…
The Honda Pilot could use a full redesign, as the current generation debuted way back in the 2016 model year. This won’t happen for 2022, as the three-row SUV soldiers on with the same design, powertrain, and interior.Motortrend
HOW DOES IT DRIVE?
The Pilot is a surprisingly able performer. We tested a Pilot Elite and recorded a 0-60 mph sprint of 7.0 seconds, which is a bit quicker than most rival midsize three-row SUVs. Slowing down is easy too. The brakes have a relatively consistent feel and are easy to use in everyday driving. The Pilot’s panic-stopping distance from 60 mph (129 feet in our testing) is average for this class of vehicle.Edmunds
IS IT RELIABLE AND HIGH QUALITY?
Is the Honda Pilot Reliable?
The 2021 Pilot has a predicted reliability score of 79 out of 100. A J.D. Power predicted reliability score of 91-100 is considered the Best, 81-90 is Great, 70-80 is Average, and 0-69 is Fair and considered below average.
Honda Pilot Warranty
The Pilot is covered by a three-year/36,000-mile limited warranty and a five-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty.
HOW COMFORTABLE IS IT?
The Pilot rides comfortably both around town and on the highway. Body motions are well controlled, but not at the expense of overall ride comfort. Small bumps are dispatched without issue. The front seats have supportive backs and bottoms, providing hours of comfort, and the second-row seats are similarly cushy and can recline and slide.Edmunds
WHAT IS THE INTERIOR LIKE?
The Pilot’s interior is spacious and practical and can be had with family-friendly options such as an in-cabin PA system. Most trim levels offer a three-across second row, for those who need to seat eight. Pricier models forgo the bench for two captain’s chairs, reducing the passenger count to seven. However, the spacious third row’s low seat cushion means it’s really only practical for kids. The Pilot’s dashboard layout features easy-to-use climate controls and a clearly marked gauge cluster, and there are a whopping 16 cupholders throughout the cabin. This SUV’s high seating position gives the driver a commanding view of the road, and large windows and thin unobtrusive roof pillars award the Pilot best-in-class visibility.Car and Driver
WHAT IS THE TECHNOLOGY LIKE?
Overall, the Pilot’s touchscreen system is easy to use. The navigation system responds quickly, and the 10-speaker audio system sounds great. A Wi-Fi hotspot is included on Touring and Elite models, and users with the Honda CabinControl app can connect to the in-car Wi-Fi and control certain things such as rear cabin temperature and music playlists.Edmunds
WHAT IS THE CARGO SPACE LIKE?
This Honda has a downright cavernous cargo area and loads of useful interior cubbies. It’s among the roomiest SUVs in its class, but the cargo capacity between the seven- and eight-seat configurations is different, as the Elite and seven-seat Touring trims have a second-row center console that can’t be removed. The adjustable cargo floor can be set up for maximum space or to create an underfloor storage compartment.Car and Driver
IS THIS VEHICLE A GOOD VALUE?
We tested a fully loaded all-wheel-drive Elite, which is one of the pricier models in the class. However, it provides better comfort, quality feel and a nicer cabin than many competitors, so the price seems justified. The quality of materials and assembly is high for a non-luxury vehicle. The soft-touch plastics on the dash combined with high-gloss trim and matte-finish secondary controls look and feel good.Edmunds
IS THE Honda Pilot A GOOD SUV?
The all-new 2021 Ford Bronco Sport is a great pick if you’re shopping for a compact SUV with genuine off-road credentials. The Bronco Sport can take a surprising amount of abuse on rough terrain, thanks to its standard all-Yes, the 2021 Pilot is a good midsize SUV. This crossover has spacious seating for up to eight people and a solid amount of cargo room. The Pilot delivers a composed ride, even over bumpy roads, and its V6 engine is fairly powerful while delivering decent gas mileage figures. On the downside, some class rivals have more refined interiors, additional standard features, and more agile handling.USNews
SHOULD I BUY THE Honda Pilot?
The Pilot delivers roomy seating in all three rows, and it comes with a good number of advanced safety features. This Honda is one of the smartest picks in the class, but it’s not the only one. You may want to consider a rival like the Toyota Highlander for its excellent safety score, or the Mazda CX-9 for its deft handling. Both of those competitors also feature more standard infotainment technology than the Pilot.USNews
THE FINAL WORD
The Honda Pilot has great overall appeal, yet doesn’t excel in any one category.