Exceptional interior space; strong all-wheel-drive system; diverse trim-level options
Relatively low towing capacity; only one engine and transmission offered; design starting to get a little dated
We suspect that 2015 will be the Pilot's last year in its current form, so Honda has added a new value-packed SE model, slotting between the EX and the EX-L, to entice shoppers before the redesigned model is revealed.
Many drivers buy a vehicle for capabilities and features that they only really need a few times a year. Buyers look for big, all-wheel-drive SUVs to tackle the occasional snow day or a V8 engine because they need enough power to occasionally pull a boat. Most of the time, though, they only need enough room for kids and their stuff. Unless your needs include heavier capabilities, we recommend the 2015 Pilot SE. At that price, the Pilot will do almost everything the average American expects from a well-built SUV without the added cost of extra frills. Find a Honda Pilot for sale
In years past, the Pilot has only been available with four trim levels: base-level LX, mid-level EX and EX-L, and upscale Touring. For 2015, there's also an SE model that slots between the EX and EX-L.
Drivers who opt for the base-level Pilot LX ($30,700) get a long list of safety features such as a rearview camera, 3-row side-curtain airbags, vehicle stability control and anti-lock brakes, but the trim offers only the basics (keyless entry, Bluetooth, a USB port for music and tri-zone automatic climate control) in convenience equipment. The Pilot LX also comes standard with 17-inch steel wheels.
Shoppers who step up to the EX ($32,700) get 18-in alloy wheels and a power driver's seat.
Above the EX is the new SE ($34,000), which offers unique alloy wheels, a power sunroof, satellite radio and a rear-seat DVD player.
Next up is the EX-L ($36,200), which includes a power rear lift gate, leather upholstery, heated rear seats and a power passenger seat. The EX-L also offers two options: a rear-seat DVD player and a navigation system.
Topping the range is the Pilot Touring ($40,700), which includes the navigation system and rear DVD player that were optional on the EX-L. The SUV also includes an 8-in center-mounted touchscreen, memory for the driver's seat and mirrors, a 15-gigabyte hard drive and a 10-speaker audio system.
Like most Honda models, the Pilot doesn't include options aside from the aforementioned DVD player and navigation system on EX-L models. The only choice drivers have to make is whether they want 2-wheel drive, which is standard, or all-wheel drive, which adds $1,600 to the base price.
|Basic||3 Years/36,000 Miles|
|Drivetrain||5 Years/60,000 Miles|
|Corrosion||5 Years/Unlimited Miles|
|Roadside Assistance||3 Years/36,000 Miles|
Ford Explorer -- The Explorer is similar to the Pilot in many ways, including sizing, features, power and pricing. Despite its 6-speed transmission, the Explorer with the base V6 has a slightly lower fuel economy rating than the Pilot, but with the optional EcoBoost engine, the Explorer is rated at 20 mpg city/28 mpg hwy.
Jeep Grand Cherokee -- The Grand Cherokee is an exceptional SUV with a long list of equipment and a refined driving experience. Now offered with an 8-speed automatic, the Grand Cherokee is available with a choice of engines: a base 3.6-liter V6 engine or an optional 5.7-liter V8. The Grand Cherokee is strictly a 2-row, 5-passenger vehicle.
Toyota Highlander -- The newly redesigned Toyota Highlander is a formidable foe in the Pilot's battle to stay relevant in spite of its older design. The Highlander offers a totally new design, boasting a long list of modern conveniences, new safety features and improved crash ratings.