Trucks & SUVs

How Many Miles Will a Honda Pilot Last?

Getting the most mileage out of your vehicle is usually a priority, particularly when you are spending north of $30,000 for an SUV, such as the Honda Pilot. Generally, people aim to get 200,000 miles out of a car.

However, a few well taken care of, SUVs even make it to 300,000 miles. While Honda is definitely known for reliability and long-lasting cars, will the Honda Pilot last for 200k miles, or even 300k?

300,000 miles? Some Honda Pilots have lasted past this mileage

It can be difficult to imagine any car or SUV lasting for 200,000 miles, let alone 300,000 miles. According to the latest reliability report from iSeeCars’, only 1 percent of all vehicles reach 200k miles, 0.9 percent of SUVs hit this mark, and only 0.03 percent of all vehicles reach 300k. The Pilot ranked 11th on the list of long-lasting SUVs, but did not make the 300k list.

As with most things in life, there are exceptions and reports that defy the statistics. The website, Vehicle History, has a question/answer page where users can, you guessed it, ask questions and receive answers from any user, and they have one asking how long Honda Pilots last, and the 44 answers cover a range from the low 100,000s to the high 300,000s.

One user with a 2008 Pilot states they have 372,000 miles and are still driving it daily, and another used stated their 2004 Pilot has 346,000+ miles and is also still being driven daily.

In fact, the majority of posters who had less than 200k miles had only recently purchased their Pilot, and all said they were still going strong.

Honda is (generally) known for reliability

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Honda is usually a brand that is lauded for reliability, with Consumer Reports even stating “overall, with a few exceptions, Honda ranks among the most reliable automakers.”

The Honda Civic is a great example of Honda’s reliability and long-lasting cars. Is the Pilot just as reliable or is it one of the exceptions? That depends.

Reliability ratings for the Honda Pilot from Consumer Reports vary depending on the model year. For example, the 2018 was the only year to get a 5/5 reliability rating.

Several years fell into the 4/5 rating, including the 2015, 2014, 2012, 2011, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, and 2004 models. Only two years received a dreaded 1/5, the 2020 and the 2016. Except for the 2018, the trend seems to be that the older models, 2015 and older, are the most reliable.

Ultimately how much you get out of your Pilot is up to you

A Honda Pilot displayed at an auto show
A Honda Pilot at an auto show | Jonathan Lurie/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Like most things, you get out what you put in. The majority of people who commented on the “how long the Honda Pilot lasts” page, emphasized how well they took care of their Pilot.

Interestingly it generally was not anything more than regular maintenance, with only a few mentions of needing to replace parts such as the alternator or timing belt. The consensus seems to be that as long as you take care of it, your Pilot can last a long time.

None of the posters mentioned taking it off-roading or really abusing it, but my guess is that those activities do not really fall under the umbrella of taking good care of your Pilot.

Having a reliable car is important for many reasons, including safety and financial reasons. Nobody wants to continuously dump money into a car or buy a new one every few years. And having a car that will last you until you can sell it to your children is every parent’s dream.

So can you get 200,000 miles, or even 300,000, from your Honda Pilot? Probably, as long as you take care of it.