2018 Honda Pilot SUV

2018 Honda
Pilot SUV

Starting at: $30,900

  • Manufacturer Offer

    2018 Pilot Special APR

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    • Special APR offer valid on new and unregistered 2018 Pilot Models from May 1, 2018 through July 5, 2018, to well qualified buyers on approved credit by Honda Financial Services through participating dealers. Must take new retail delivery on vehicle from dealer stock by July 5, 2018. Not all buyers may qualify. Higher rates apply for buyers with lower credit ratings. Example for 2018 Pilot: 0.9% for 60 months financing at $17.05 a month for every $1,000.00 financed. Dealers set actual prices. See your Honda dealer for details. For well-qualified buyers and buyers that qualify for the Honda Graduate Program criteria 

      Truth in Lending Act Disclosure: Down payment will vary with APR and credit. For example, 0.9% APR with $2,500 down payment provides for 60 monthly payments of $17.05 per $1000 financed for qualified buyers. 0.9% for a term of 24 months corresponds to a monthly cost of $42.06 per $1000 financed. 0.9% for a term of 36 months corresponds to a monthly cost of $28.16 per $1000 financed. 0.9% for a term of 39 months corresponds to a monthly cost of $26.03 per $1000 financed. 0.9% for a term of 42 months corresponds to a monthly cost of $24.2 per $1000 financed. 0.9% for a term of 48 months corresponds to a monthly cost of $21.22 per $1000 financed. The rates described are for estimation purposes only; you may not be able to finance at this rate.

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    2018 Pilot 6 Speed Automatic 2WD EX-L Featured Special Lease

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    • Closed end lease for 2018 Pilot 6 Speed Automatic 2WD EX-L (YF5H5JJNW) available from May 1, 2018 through July 5, 2018, to well-qualified lessees approved by Honda Financial Services. Not all lessees will qualify. Higher lease rates apply for lessees with lower credit ratings. MSRP $37,755.00 (includes destination, excludes tax, license, title, registration, documentation fees, options, insurance and the like). Actual net capitalized cost $33,097.96. Net capitalized cost includes $595 acquisition fee. Dealer contribution may vary and could affect actual lease payment. Total monthly payments $12,924.00. Option to purchase at lease end $23,408.10. Must take new retail delivery on vehicle from dealer stock by July 5, 2018. Lessee responsible for maintenance, excessive wear/tear and 15¢/mile over 12,000 miles/year for vehicles with MSRP less than $30,000, and 20¢/mile over 12,000 miles/year for vehicles with MSRP of $30,000 or more. See your Honda dealer for complete details. Includes down payment with no security deposit. Excludes taxes, title and either dealer fees or documentary service fee. For well-qualified lessees. 

      Cannot exceed 12000 miles per year.

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Specifications

  • Air conditioning
  • Speed control
  • Power windows
  • 1-touch down
  • 1-touch up
  • Remote keyless entry
  • Illuminated entry
  • Tilt steering wheel
  • Telescoping steering wheel
  • Driver vanity mirror
  • Passenger vanity mirror
  • Front beverage holders
  • Rear beverage holders
  • Overhead console
  • Driver door bin
  • Passenger door bin
  • Rear door bins
  • Approach angle - 18 deg
  • Departure angle - 20 deg
  • Ground clearance (max) - 185mm (7.3")
  • AM/FM radio
  • Radio data system
  • Steering wheel mounted audio controls
  • Speakers - 7
  • Wireless phone connectivity - Bluetooth HandsFreeLink
  • 1st row LCD monitors - 2
  • Primary LCD size - 5.0"
  • Basic warranty - 36 months/36,000miles
  • Powertrain warranty - 60 months/60,000miles
  • Corrosion perforation warranty - 60 months/ unlimited distance
  • Roadside assistance coverage - 36 months/36,000miles
  • Max seating capacity - 8
  • Front seats - bucket
  • Front center armrest
  • Rear seats - split-bench
  • Split folding rear seat
  • Rear seat center armrest
  • 3rd row seats - split-bench
  • Engine displacement - 3.5 L
  • Engine horsepower - 280hp @ 6,000RPM
  • Engine torque - 262 lb.-ft. @ 4,700RPM
  • Engine bore x stroke - 89.0mm x 93.0mm (3.50" x 3.66")
  • Compression ratio - 11.50 to 1
  • Curb weight - 1,839kg (4,054lbs)
  • GVWR - 2,515kg (5,545lbs)
  • Towing capacity - 680kg (1,500lbs)
  • Exterior length - 4,940mm (194.5")
  • Exterior body width - 1,996mm (78.6")
  • Exterior height - 1,773mm (69.8")
  • Wheelbase - 2,819mm (111.0")
  • Turning radius - 6.0m (19.7')
  • Front legroom - 1,039mm (40.9")
  • Rear legroom - 975mm (38.4")
  • 3rd row legroom - 810mm (31.9")
  • Front headroom - 1,019mm (40.1")
  • Rear headroom - 1,021mm (40.2")
  • 3rd row headroom - 988mm (38.9")
  • Front hiproom - 1,501mm (59.1")
  • Rear hiproom - 1,455mm (57.3")
  • 3rd row hiproom - 1,133mm (44.6")
  • Front shoulder room - 1,575mm (62.0")
  • Rear shoulder room - 1,575mm (62.0")
  • 3rd row shoulder room - 1,463mm (57.6")
  • Passenger volume - 4,330L (152.9 cu.ft.)
  • Interior cargo volume - 467 L (17 cu.ft.)
  • Interior maximum cargo volume - 2,376 L (84 cu.ft.)
  • Rear cargo - liftgate
  • Power door mirrors
  • Spoiler
  • Skid plates
  • Bumpers - body-color
  • Engine liters - 3.5
  • Cylinder configuration - V-6
  • Horsepower - 280hp @ 6,000RPM
  • Torque - 262 lb.-ft. @ 4,700RPM
  • Number of valves - 24
  • Variable valve control
  • Variable intake manifold
  • Cylinder deactivation
  • Engine location - front
  • Recommended fuel - Regular Unleaded
  • Transmission - 6 speed automatic
  • Mode select transmission
  • Drive type - front-wheel
  • Fuel economy combined - 22mpg
  • Fuel tank capacity - 19.5gal.
  • Fuel economy city - 19mpg
  • Fuel economy highway - 27mpg
  • 4 wheel disc brakes
  • ABS brakes
  • Brake assist
  • Dual front impact airbags
  • Dual front side impact airbags
  • Overhead airbag
  • Occupant sensing airbag
  • Panic alarm
  • Ignition disable
  • Security system
  • Electronic stability
  • Traction control
  • Four wheel independent suspension
  • Front anti-roll bar
  • Rear anti-roll bar
  • Power steering
  • Speed-sensing steering
  • Alloy wheels
  • Front tires - 245/60HR18.0
  • Rear tires - 245/60HR18.0
  • Wheel size - 18"
  • Delay-off headlights
  • Variably intermittent wipers
  • Speed sensitive wipers
  • Rear window wiper
  • Rear window defroster
  • Front reading lights
  • Rear reading lights
  • Display - analog
  • Tachometer
  • Low tire pressure warning
  • Trip computer
  • Exterior parking camera rear

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  Price Engine Transmission City/Hwy mpg
LX FWD 2018 Honda Pilot SUV LX FWD Search New $30,900   280-hp 3.5L 6-cyl  6-spd auto  19 / 27  
LX AWD 2018 Honda Pilot SUV LX AWD Search New $32,800   280-hp 3.5L 6-cyl  6-spd auto  18 / 26  
EX FWD 2018 Honda Pilot SUV EX FWD Search New $33,330   280-hp 3.5L 6-cyl  6-spd auto  19 / 27  
EX w/Honda Sensing FWD 2018 Honda Pilot SUV EX w/Honda Sensing FWD Search New $34,330   280-hp 3.5L 6-cyl  6-spd auto  19 / 27  
EX AWD 2018 Honda Pilot SUV EX AWD Search New $35,230   280-hp 3.5L 6-cyl  6-spd auto  18 / 26  
EX w/Honda Sensing AWD 2018 Honda Pilot SUV EX w/Honda Sensing AWD Search New $36,230   280-hp 3.5L 6-cyl  6-spd auto  18 / 26  
EX-L FWD 2018 Honda Pilot SUV EX-L FWD Search New $36,760   280-hp 3.5L 6-cyl  6-spd auto  19 / 27  
EX-L w/Navi FWD 2018 Honda Pilot SUV EX-L w/Navi FWD Search New $37,760   280-hp 3.5L 6-cyl  6-spd auto  19 / 27  
EX-L w/Honda Sensing FWD 2018 Honda Pilot SUV EX-L w/Honda Sensing FWD Search New $37,760   280-hp 3.5L 6-cyl  6-spd auto  19 / 27  
EX-L w/RES FWD 2018 Honda Pilot SUV EX-L w/RES FWD Search New $38,360   280-hp 3.5L 6-cyl  6-spd auto  19 / 27  
EX-L AWD 2018 Honda Pilot SUV EX-L AWD Search New $38,660   280-hp 3.5L 6-cyl  6-spd auto  18 / 26  
EX-L w/Navi AWD 2018 Honda Pilot SUV EX-L w/Navi AWD Search New $39,660   280-hp 3.5L 6-cyl  6-spd auto  18 / 26  
EX-L w/Honda Sensing AWD 2018 Honda Pilot SUV EX-L w/Honda Sensing AWD Search New $39,660   280-hp 3.5L 6-cyl  6-spd auto  18 / 26  
EX-L w/RES AWD 2018 Honda Pilot SUV EX-L w/RES AWD Search New $40,260   280-hp 3.5L 6-cyl  6-spd auto  18 / 26  
Touring FWD 2018 Honda Pilot SUV Touring FWD Search New $41,970   280-hp 3.5L 6-cyl  9-spd auto  20 / 27  
Touring AWD 2018 Honda Pilot SUV Touring AWD Search New $43,870   280-hp 3.5L 6-cyl  9-spd auto  19 / 26  
Elite AWD 2018 Honda Pilot SUV Elite AWD Search New $47,470   280-hp 3.5L 6-cyl  9-spd auto  19 / 26  

Reviews

Driving Impression

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The Pilot’s engine is a revamped version of Honda’s direct-injected 3.5-liter V6. Wound up toward redline, it has a lovely engine note that underscores Honda’s legendary reputation as an engine builder. We estimate acceleration from zero to sixty in less than seven seconds.

The LX, EX and EX-L use a 6-speed automatic transmission, while the Touring and Elite get a new 9-speed automatic, which brings one more mile per gallon. We prefer the 6-speed. It has a narrower spread of gears (first gear is higher and sixth gear lower), making it a bet less quick from the start and a bit less relaxed on the freeway, but it shifts more cleanly. Only once or twice did we feel it wait too long to upshift; while with the 9-speed, it happened fairly often. It also surged when it unnecessarily shifted to a lower gear. If we had wanted that gear, and had shifted with the paddles, there wouldn’t have been an issue.

With the 6-speed, there’s a shift lever on the console. With the 9-speed, a bunch of buttons replaces that lever, as well as the paddles. The 9-speed also has a Sport mode and shift logic that anticipates downhill gear changes, and can hold gears when cornering. Clicking the left paddle twice does a double downshift to make the most of the engine’s energetic thrust and sound. When you use the paddles one time, the transmission goes into manual mode for 30 seconds, before reverting back to automatic in order to save fuel. If you put it in Sport mode, the transmission stays in manual.

The all-wheel-drive system has torque vectoring that lets it turn in more sharply to corners, which doesn’t necessarily work with the soft suspension. Pilots with the big 20-inch wheels are more softly damped, to counteract the harshness that big wheels can induce. The front-wheel-drive version is firmer, on its standard 18-inch wheels and tires, on the lower trim levels.

The AWD can send up to 70 percent of power to the rear wheels, and further split the power between them using electronic actuators and hydraulic clutches. It all happens quicker than you can think.

Finally, most versions of the Pilot come with a traction-management system like the one on the Land Rover Discovery Sport (and borrowed for the Ford Explorer). It lets drivers choose a mode (Normal, Snow, Mud, or Sand) and sets up the drivetrain for ideal traction, whether it means starting in second gear, speeding up throttle progression, or disabling traction control. It and the Pilot’s 7.3 inches of ground clearance give it serious all-weather capability, but it’s still limited, not designed for hardcore off-roading.

The Pilot rides on an independent suspension, struts in front and multiple links in the back for precise body control. Its dual-path shocks dampen the lighter bumps to a gentle audible thunk, while the secondary action in the shocks rounds off the edges of deep potholes. The Pilot also uses its brakes to help corner better, by applying an inside front brake in tighter corners. That’s torque vectoring.

The available road-departure mitigation uses sensors and cameras to determine if the Pilot is leaving the pavement, then tries to pull it back on the road with stability, braking, and steering inputs. The package comes standard on Pilot Touring and Pilot Elite trims. We don’t like it. Far too often, it thinks you’re headed off the road when you’re not.

Walk Around

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With soft corners and rounded fenders, the Honda Pilot balances its glass to metal better than any rival, for example the Chevy Traverse, and stays away from the rugged look of crossovers like the Dodge Durango.

Interior Overview

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The Pilot is very well finished, with a neatly organized cabin surrounded by lots of glass, from tall side windows to an available huge panoramic roof that floods the cabin in natural light.

We see design elements borrowed from the Accord sedan, as well as some utility touches from the CR-V. All the lines and materials are subdued, save for the big touchscreen on upper trim levels. Soft-touch surfaces give it enough luxury to compare well to crossovers like the Buick Enclave.

The front space and comfort is excellent. The seats are well bolstered, with good definition, on the EX-L models and higher. A high driving position gives a commanding view out of the vehicle even for short drivers.

The controls and storage in front are usefully placed and arranged. The steering wheel has round controls to operate the driver’s smartphone and the car’s audio system, needed because there’s no volume control on the touchscreen; the passenger is out of luck. A shallow bin in front of the deep cupholders holds a smartphone right next to a high-power USB port. There is no shift lever with the 9-speed transmission, giving space. A sliding lid covers the deep center console.

Second-row seating is a split-folding bench or a pair of captain’s chairs on upper trims; between those buckets is a floor-mounted tray with cupholders. On EX-L and above, a power button folds forward the second-row seats and slides them forward. The floor is low and there’s room to climb back to the third row, although it might be a tight climb for adults.

But once they’re back there, there’s an amazing amount of space. Head and leg room are as good as we’ve ever seen, although the seat cushion sits on the floor.

Behind the third row there’s a huge 18.5 cubic feet, as much as the trunk in a full-size sedan, and there’s a reversible cargo panel for messy or muddy things. Behind the second row, there’s 55.9 cubic feet, as much as many SUVs have behind the first row; and behind the first row, there’s a vast 109 cubic feet. It holds nearly as much as a Honda Odyssey minivan. All it lacks are sliding side doors.

On the EX-L trim level, an acoustic windshield absorbs some noise. Touring and Elite models get acoustic glass on the front doors, so passengers can talk with ease.

Honda’s audio and infotainment systems aren’t the best, but the Apple CarPlay and Android Auto interfaces are easier than before.

The SiriusXM audio system has time-shifting capability. You can create a custom channel that blends several stations into one, while it buffers songs so that repeat playback is possible. The system can also drop in alerts on the display for scores and weather.

Apple’s Siri Eyes Free is also included in the Pilot’s Display Audio system: just hold down the steering-wheel “talk” button and you’ll be able to ask Apple devices for all sorts of information.

The Pilot’s navigation system is Garmin-based, and includes live traffic reports, 3-D map views, and on-the-go rerouting.

Summary

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The Honda Pilot offers a huge amount of value and quality for its price. If you need to seat eight, it’s impossible to go wrong. It might not be number-one in any mechanical or cosmetic category, but it’s up there in all of them.

Sam Moses contributed to this review, with staff reports.

Model Lineup

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The 2018 Honda Pilot comes in LX, EX, EX-L, Touring, and Elite models. Pilot LX ($29,995) comes standard with cloth upholstery, air conditioning, cruise control, seven-speaker 200-watt sound system with 5.0-inch color touchscreen, USB port, 17-inch wheels, Bluetooth with audio streaming, and CarPlay and Android Auto. As with most models Pilot LX is available with all-wheel drive ($31,795).

Pilot EX ($32,430) upgrades with three-zone climate control; a power driver seat; a LaneWatch right-side camera; satellite radio; remote start; two more USB ports; and Pandora audio streaming and texting capability. EX and EX-L trims get a larger 8.0-inch display and the Android-based Display Audio interface, with its big tiles and icons and generally friendly operation.

Pilot EX-L ($35,905) sports leather; a power tailgate; a power moonroof; heated front seats; and the one-touch second-row seat.

Pilot Touring ($41,020) and Pilot Elite AWD ($46,420) come with a 10-speaker, 540-watt premium audio system. Pilot Touring models adopt Honda Sensing safety system, Blu-ray DVD entertainment; a navigation system; 20-inch wheels; memory seats; parking sensors; two more USB ports, for a total of five; ambient lighting; Stop/Start; and a 115-volt outlet.

Pilot Elite upgrades with LED headlights; a second panoramic roof panel over the rear seats; rear heated seats; front ventilated seats; a heated steering wheel; automatic high beams; HD radio; and second-row captain’s chairs. (All prices are MSRP and do not include destination charge.)

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**Based on 2014 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on driving conditions, how you drive and maintain your vehicle, battery-pack age/condition and other factors. For Fit EV Models, 132 city/105 highway/118 combined miles per gallon of gasoline-equivalent (MPGe) rating; 82 mile combined (city/highway) driving range rating (adjusted). Ratings determined by EPA. Use for comparison purposes only. Your MPGe and range will vary depending on driving conditions, how you drive and maintain your vehicle, lithium-ion battery age/condition, and other factors. For additional information about EPA ratings, visit //www.fueleconomy.gov/feg/label/learn-more-electric-label.shtml.

For 2014 Honda Accord Plug-In Hybrid, 115 combined miles per gallon of gasoline-equivalent (MPGe) electric rating; 47 city/46 highway/46 combined MPG gasoline only rating. 13 mile maximum EV mode driving range rating. 570 mile combined gas-electric driving range rating. Based on 2014 EPA mileage and driving range ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your MPGe/MPG and driving range will vary depending on driving conditions, how you drive and maintain your vehicle, lithium-ion battery age/condition, and other factors. For additional information about EPA ratings, visit //www.fueleconomy.gov/feg/label/learn-more-PHEV-label.shtml.