2015 Honda Pilot

Original MSRP Range
$29,870 - $41,620
Available Style(s)
Sport Utility
17 - 18 MPG City / 24 - 25 MPG Hwy
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2015 Honda Pilot

What We Like

Exceptional interior space; strong all-wheel-drive system; diverse trim-level options

What We Don't

Relatively low towing capacity; only one engine and transmission offered; design starting to get a little dated


Expert Rating

4.1/ 5

Consumer Rating

4.5/ 5


What's New in the 2015 Honda Pilot?

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. 

Which Pilot is the Best?

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


How Much Does a 2015 Honda Pilot Cost?

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.

Pilot Trims

Sport UtilityOriginal MSRP / PriceEngineHorsepowerCity MPG / Hwy MPGTransmissionDrive
Pilot 2WD 4dr EX$32,120 / N/A6 Cylinder25018 / 255-Speed AutomaticFWD / AWD4WD
Pilot 2WD 4dr EX-L$35,370 / N/A6 Cylinder25018 / 255-Speed AutomaticFWD / AWD4WD
Pilot 2WD 4dr EX-L w/Navi$37,370 / N/A6 Cylinder25018 / 255-Speed AutomaticFWD / AWD4WD
Pilot 2WD 4dr EX-L w/RES$36,970 / N/A6 Cylinder25018 / 255-Speed AutomaticFWD / AWD4WD
Pilot 2WD 4dr LX$29,870 / N/A6 Cylinder25018 / 255-Speed AutomaticFWD / AWD4WD
Pilot 2WD 4dr SE$33,120 / N/A6 Cylinder25018 / 255-Speed AutomaticFWD / AWD4WD
Pilot 2WD 4dr Touring w/RES & Navi$40,020 / N/A6 Cylinder25018 / 255-Speed AutomaticFWD / AWD4WD
Pilot 4WD 4dr EX$33,720 / N/A6 Cylinder25017 / 245-Speed AutomaticFWD / AWD4WD
Pilot 4WD 4dr EX-L$36,970 / N/A6 Cylinder25017 / 245-Speed AutomaticFWD / AWD4WD
Pilot 4WD 4dr EX-L w/Navi$38,970 / N/A6 Cylinder25017 / 245-Speed AutomaticFWD / AWD4WD
Pilot 4WD 4dr EX-L w/RES$38,570 / N/A6 Cylinder25017 / 245-Speed AutomaticFWD / AWD4WD
Pilot 4WD 4dr LX$31,470 / N/A6 Cylinder25017 / 245-Speed AutomaticFWD / AWD4WD
Pilot 4WD 4dr SE$34,720 / N/A6 Cylinder25017 / 245-Speed AutomaticFWD / AWD4WD
Pilot 4WD 4dr Touring w/RES & Navi$41,620 / N/A6 Cylinder25017 / 245-Speed AutomaticFWD / AWD4WD
Honda Pilot Safety

Is the 2015 Honda Pilot a Safe Car?

The Pilot has 3-row side-curtain airbags with a rollover sensor, driver- and front-passenger-side airbags with a passenger-side occupant-position detection system, and active front-seat head restraints. Additional safety equipment on the Pilot includes an anti-lock braking system, brake assist, and both vehicle stability assist and electronic stability control.

In National Highway Traffic Safety Administration crash tests, the Pilot received four overall stars, a rating consisting of a 4-star frontal-crash rating, a 4-star rollover rating and a 5-star side-impact score. In crash tests conducted by the nonprofit Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the Pilot earned a Good rating in four categories and a Poor score in the group's newest small front-overlap test, which simulates hitting a pole or a tree on the driver's side. Several vehicles have found difficulty with the small front-overlap test, so the Pilot doesn't stand alone in its weak performance.

Frontal Crash Rating–Overall
Overall Rating
Rollover Rating–Overall
Side Barrier Rating–Overall
Side Crash Rating–Overall

Original Warranty

Basic3 Years/36,000 Miles
Drivetrain5 Years/60,000 Miles
Corrosion5 Years/Unlimited Miles
Roadside Assistance3 Years/36,000 Miles

Safety Features & Equipment

Braking & Traction
  • 4-Wheel Anti-Lock Brakes
  • Brake Assist
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System
  • Traction Control
Passenger Restraint
  • Child Safety Locks
  • Driver Air Bag
  • Passenger Air Bag
  • Rear Side Curtain Airbags
  • Side Air Bag
  • Side Head Air Bag
Road Visibility
  • Daytime Running Lights
  • Fog Lights
Accident Prevention
  • Bluetooth, Hands-Free
  • Parking assist
  • Rearview Camera
  • Alarm System
  • Vehicle Anti-Theft System


2015 Honda Pilot vs the competition

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.

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