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2015 Honda Pilot

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 1/21/2015 Stefan Ogbac
2015 Honda Pilot© IZMO 2015 Honda Pilot

New for 2015

The 2015 Honda Pilot adds a SE (special edition) grade with a power moonroof, satellite radio, and DVD rear entertainment system as standard equipment.

Vehicle Summary

The 2015 Honda Pilot is an eight-passenger midsize crossover available in four grades and in front- or four-wheel drive configurations. Its sole engine is a 3.5-liter V-6 producing 250 hp and 253 lb-ft of torque and paired to a five-speed automatic transmission.

Overview

The 2015 Honda Pilot is an ideal family car with a spacious interior, a decent third row and a generous amount of storage spaces for small items such as mobile devices. Cargo space is ample with up to 87 cubic feet when the second and third rows are folded down. Tech features such as navigation and rear seat entertainment system are available but limited only to the EX-L and Touring grades. The 2015 Pilot's center stack controls are cluttered with many buttons, requiring the driver to take his/her eyes off the road to operate.

Fuel economy is decent at 18/25 mpg city/highway for front-drive models while opting for all-wheel drive drops those numbers down to 17/24. Honda's Variable Cylinder Management allows the 3.5-liter V-6 to operate in three, four or six-cylinder modes based on the crossover's loads. Despite having one of the lowest horsepower and torque numbers in its class, the Pilot accelerates well and is able to tow up to 4500-pounds in all-wheel-drive variants.

The 2015 Pilot has a four-star overall safety rating from the NHTSA (out of a possible five stars).

UPDATE: In IIHS evaluations, the 2015 Pilot earned a Good score in four categories and Poor in the small overlap front crash test (Good is the highest possible score).

What We Think

The 2015 Pilot is a viable choice as a family crossover with a spacious interior for cargo and up to eight passengers. It drives reasonably well and in a 2011 First Test review, we said that "it has many of the positive attributes of a traditional SUV; however, in a comparison test involving six three-row SUVs, the Pilot finished in fifth place due to its loud cabin, poor ride quality and excessive negative feedback particularly on rough pavement where it can jerk the steering wheel out of the driver's hands. The crossover's cabin was noisy and had a button-heavy center stack that wasn't user-friendly and required the driver to take his/her attention away from the road to operate. Its numerous cubbies and storage spaces, however, provide enough places to store small items such as mobile devices.

You'll Like

  • Generous cargo space
  • Eight-passenger seating capacity
  • Many storage spaces for small items

You Won't Like

  • Noisy cabin
  • Poor ride quality
  • Button-heavy center stack

Key Competitors

  • Toyota Highlander
  • Nissan Pathfinder
  • Kia Sorento
  • Ford Explorer
  • Hyundai Santa Fe

Rating

2 star

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