You don’t hear much about the Honda Pilot these days, and that’s because this SUV is dull. For an SUV that has three rows of seats to be left on the back burner, it must be incredibly lackluster. Check out why your money could be better spent on a different option.
Why The Honda Pilot Is Being Ignored
First of all, the Honda Pilot starts with a base price around $31k, giving people the idea that it comes with a little luxury.
But in reality, it lacks in that department, and you can save with the Kia Sorrento, which starts around $26k.
However, it’s a Honda, so it will have an excellent fuel economy, right? Eh, it’s just average. The Honda Pilot only gets an average of 20 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway, putting it slightly behind its competitors.
Honda Pilot Performance
To our surprise, the Honda Pilot comes equipped with a powerful 3.5-liter V6 engine. This single-engine option produces 280 horsepower and 262 lb-ft of torque, which isn’t bad.
However, the Honda Pilot can only tow up to 3,500 pounds, making it weak against the competition. The Kia Sorento and GMC Acadia can both tow up to 5,000 lb.
But, on a positive note, the V6 engine does give the Pilot some pep. It’s able to go from 0 to 60 mph in 6.3 seconds.
The Honda Pilot is offered in all-wheel drive, which is better than just front-wheel drive. However, we would like to see true 4×4 capabilities for enhanced capabilities in slippery conditions.
Also, 4×4 would increase our confidence in taking this SUV off-roading. That being said, the Honda Pilot does incorporate driving modes such as Sand and Snow to help you navigate through various conditions.
We’ve heard reports of the Honda having a smooth, comfortable ride, with poor handling. It’s not easy to maneuver into tight spots and can be frustrating to park.
Honda Pilot Features
The Honda Pilot Cabin isn’t the best or the worst. It’s a little boring with beige seats and plastic materials.
However, drivers and passengers report that there is enough space for seven-passengers to be seated comfortably.
There are 16.5 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seat and up to 83.9 cubic feet of cargo space to utilize.
The base model has a 5” infotainment center, which is shockingly small. However, higher trim options do offer a bigger screen.
In terms of tech, the Honda Pilot is also average. The infotainment center can connect to Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, but that’s standard. Plus, there is a navigation system.
However, there are only two USB ports for charging devices. That means in a car with seven people; there might be an intense battle to determine who gets to charge their phone.
And of course, the Honda Pilot is safe. But only by average means, again. It is equipped with standard safety features such as forward collision prevention and blind-spot detection. These features are also found across the board.
The one advantage the Honda Pilot has is its rear camera with multiple angles to help you back out easier. Otherwise, we suggest looking at the Ford Explorer, Kia Sorento, and other midsize SUV options instead.