Crossover & Midsize

The 2015 Honda Pilot Is the Most Reliable According to Consumer Reports

The 2015 Honda Pilot could be the ideal SUV for your family. Many critics still hail this particular model because of its affordability and comfort. And in regards to reliability, the 2015 Honda Pilot stands out the most. 

The 2015 Honda Pilot hits the sweet spot  

A gray 2015 Honda Pilot parked at a dealership.
2015 Honda Pilot | Honda

Based on its member survey data, Consumer Reports identified the most reliable five-year-old midsize SUVs, and the 2015 Pilot made it on the list. As CR notes, the Pilot is usually pretty average when it comes to reliability ratings. However, CR gave the 2015 model a perfect predicted reliability rating, its highest ranking since 2005. 

CR also recognizes the 2015 Pilot for its functionality. It’s not the most thrilling midsize SUV you can get, but it is practical, especially for larger families. The Pilot can seat up to eight people, and it provides adequate cargo space too. 

While the Pilot has proved to be reliable, it’s important to note that there are three previous NHTSA safety recalls on the 2015 model. Each of the three recalls had to do with potential issues with its airbags. Before you buy, make sure the auto dealer properly addressed these actions.

What it’s like to drive the 2015 Pilot

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The 2015 Pilot was the last model year before its complete redesign for 2016. It came with a robust 3.5-liter V6 engine that generates 250-horsepower. This V6 returns a combined 18 mpg, which is just below average for the class.

When it was new, experts at CR especially liked the Pilot’s five-speed automatic, which shifts smoothly and responsively. Overall, the Pilot is a secure ride, but like other vehicles its size, the Pilot can feel clumsy. On a brighter note, the Pilot can handle road imperfections well, and it remains relatively quiet, even at higher speeds. 

On the inside

The Honda Pilot has a comfortable and welcoming interior.
2015 Honda Pilot interior | Honda

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As CR notes, the caveat to the 2015 Pilot is that it doesn’t offer many of the in-car electronics we’ve come to expect today. The standard Pilot came new with a backup camera, Bluetooth connection, and a seven-speaker stereo. Some models will have additional features such as satellite radio, navigation, and a rear-seat entertainment system. Front and rear parking sensors will be available on some models too. 

Overall, passengers will appreciate the Pilot for its accommodating seats and generous legroom. Its cabin looks handsome enough, but the Pilot is heavy on the plastic. This three-row SUV is standard with cloth upholstery, but you can shop for models with leather seats if you’d like. 

What owners like about their Pilot the most 

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The 2015 Pilot may not have all of the latest features, but it’s a worthy choice for a practical family car if you can do without the frills. The Pilot is a Honda that can last 200,000 miles or more, and it’s affordable to own. Owners are most satisfied with the value the Pilot presents and its driving experience. According to CR, 64 percent of Pilot owners would repurchase the vehicle.