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MSRP: $29,870 - $41,620
Invoice: $27,319 - $38,037
MPG: 18 City / 25 Hwy
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Honda Pilot Review

The 2015 Honda Pilot ranks 10 out of 12 Affordable Midsize SUVs. This ranking is based on our analysis of published reviews and test drives of the Honda Pilot, as well as reliability and safety data.

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Although the 2015 Honda Pilot pleases critics with its roomy interior, many competing SUVs offer a higher-quality cabin and a better driving experience.

Some reviewers say that the 2015 Honda Pilot’s standard V6 engine is responsive and provides enough power for most drivers. However, others note that the Pilot is a little underpowered for the class, and that it has trouble climbing hills on the highway. A five-speed automatic transmission is standard, which some test drivers mention can be slow to downshift. The EPA reports that the 2015 Pilot gets 18/25 mpg city/highway, which is good for a three-row SUV. Critics praise the Pilot’s strong brakes and quiet, comfortable ride. However, many say that slow steering and a high center of gravity make the Pilot cumbersome through turns, and that newer midsize SUVs offer handling that’s more composed.

Most test drivers agree that the Honda Pilot’s cabin is outfitted with cheap materials, even on higher trims. However, test drivers are pleased that the Pilot’s cabin is functionally designed, with ample small-item storage and a usefully shaped cargo hold that is easy to load. Most report that the 2015 Pilot offers great outward visibility from the driver’s seat, as well as ample legroom in the second and third rows, which is unusual for the class. Auto writers say that the Pilot’s audio, climate and navigation controls are logically positioned, but they point out that a number of features that are optional on rival SUVs are unavailable on the Pilot, including blind spot monitoring and ventilated fronts seats. The Honda Pilot comes standard with tri-zone automatic climate control, Bluetooth, a rearview camera, a USB port and a seven-speaker stereo system. Available features include a 10-speaker stereo system, navigation, a rear-seat entertainment system, front and rear parking sensors and a power sunroof.

  • "The Pilot constantly earns praise for its family-focused design and interior. All of that remains true with the 2015 Honda Pilot. While sales are slowing down due to updated rivals and the Pilot's aging design, the crossover still offers everything that always made it so popular: a standard third row, a no-nonsense interior, comfortable seats and a lot of equipment." -- AutoTrader 
  • "The 2015 Honda Pilot earns a solid ‘B’ rating from Edmunds.com for a comfortable ride, generous space for passengers and abundant room for their stuff (both big and small). But you'll certainly want to shop around before making a final decision." -- Edmunds 
  • "Its tidy exterior proportions make it easy to maneuver through cramped parking lots and rush-hour traffic, yet with seating for up to eight passengers, it can hold as many people as most full-size SUVs. Add in Honda's reputation for reliability and strong resale, and the Pilot begins to look like a sure bet." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "As far as three-row crossovers go, they don't come any more roomy, comfortable and fuel efficient than the Honda Pilot. An aging design means that the Pilot no longer near the head of pack in terms of driving manners or interior refinement, though its overall versatility means it still deserves a close look from buyers who need serious space but can't quite stomach the thought of a minivan." -- Left Lane News (2014)

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Other SUVs to Consider

The Chevrolet Traverse offers more cargo space than most midsize SUVs, and like the Pilot, critics appreciate its roomy third row. In addition, the Traverse earns praise for its quiet cabin and upscale interior materials.

Reviewers agree that the Dodge Durango has a responsive V6 engine, as well as a powerful V8 engine option. The Durango also impresses with its controlled handling and user-friendly Uconnect infotainment system.

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Details: 2015 Honda Pilot

The 2015 Honda Pilot seats eight and comes standard with a 3.5-liter V6 engine and a five-speed automatic transmission. Front-wheel drive is standard and all-wheel drive is optional. The Pilot comes in LX, EX, SE (new for 2015), EX-L and Touring trims. The Pilot has undergone few major changes since its last redesign for 2009. As a result, this overview uses applicable research and reviews from the 2009 to 2015 model years.

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Review Last Updated: 8/22/14

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