Honda Pilot 0-60 Times
|Trim||Engine||Drive Type||Trans.||0-60||1/4 Mile||Mpg EPA C/H/Observed||Source|
2016 Honda Pilot
|Elite||3.5L V6||AWD||9A||6.0 sec||14.6 sec @ 95 mph||19/26/21 mpg||Car and Driver|
|Elite||3.5L V6||AWD||9A||6.1 sec||14.8 sec @ 94 mph||19/26/18 mpg||Car and Driver|
|Elite||3.5L V6||AWD||9A||6.2 sec||14.8 sec @ 93.9 mph||19/26/21.7 mpg||Motor Trend|
|Elite||3.5L V6||AWD||9A||6.5 sec||15.1 sec @ 91.2 mph||19/26/---- mpg||Motor Trend|
|EX||3.5L V6||FWD||6A||6.2 sec||14.8 sec @ 96 mph||19/27/20 mpg||Car and Driver|
2011 Honda Pilot
|Touring||3.5L V6||AWD||5A||7.8 sec||16.2 sec @ 86 mph||16/22/---- mpg||Car and Driver|
|Touring||3.5L V6||AWD||5A||8.3 sec||16.5 sec @ 84.4 mph||16/22/15.1 mpg||Motor Trend|
|Touring||3.5L V6||AWD||5A||8.5 sec||16.6 sec @ 83.6 mph||16/22/---- mpg||Motor Trend|
2009 Honda Pilot
|EX-L||3.5L V6||AWD||5A||8.1 sec||16.4 sec @ 85 mph||16/22/20 mpg||Car and Driver|
|Touring||3.5L V6||AWD||5A||7.9 sec||16.3 sec @ 85 mph||16/22/18 mpg||Car and Driver|
2003 Honda Pilot
|EX||3.5L V6||AWD||5A||7.6 sec||15.9 sec @ 86 mph||15/21/18 mpg||Car and Driver|
|EX||3.5L V6||AWD||5A||8.1 sec||16.3 sec @ 85 mph||15/21/15 mpg||Car and Driver|
|EX||3.5L V6||AWD||5A||7.8 sec||16.1 sec @ 86 mph||15/21/---- mpg||Motor Week|
About Honda Pilot
Back in the old days right around the turn of the millennium, typical families found the standard SUV ideal for their needs while larger families had to make do with minivans. But minivans were becoming passé, and Honda decided to seize the moment with the 2003 Honda Pilot.
The Pilot defined the category that’s to be known as the midsize crossover SUV. It offered seating for 7 to 8 passengers, which is a relief for people who needed minivans. Yet it also came with a V6 engine that offered sufficient power with a fuel economy that’s actually better than average. It’s easy to drive and maneuver, while people inside were comfy.
It’s been more than a decade since then, and the Pilot has of course gone through numerous upgrades and even a couple of facelifts. It’s no longer alone in its category, of course, but it still holds up against current competitors.
There are 5 trims to choose from, and each one has 2WD and 4WD versions. Here’s a quick look at the base MSRPs for 2WD and 4WD.
- LX. $29,870 – $31,470
- EX. $32,120 – $33,720
- SE (new for 2015). $33,120 – $34,720
- EX-L. $35,370 – $36,970
- Touring. $40,020 – $41,620
Interiors and Features
When it comes to seating capacity in an SUV, there’s nothing out there that matches the Honda Pilot, and very few match it. If you really need a vehicle to fit in 8 people, then this is among the few choices you have. Its three rows of seats can accommodate 8 adults, unlike other 3-row crossover SUV which can fit 8 only if some of them are children.
The downside, however, is that the 2nd and 3rd row seats are a bit on the low side. So if you have passengers with longer legs, then the knees may have to stay up for the duration of the trip. This may be ok for short trips, but on longer road trips this may be an issue.
When you stow the rows of seats, you can fit in up to 87 cubic feet of cargo in the Pilot. While strictly speaking this may not match the capacity of its rivals, the boxy configuration of the Pilot works well in allowing you to haul bulky cargo. You can even fit in longer items like surfboards because you can lift up the glass of the liftgate. For smaller items, you also have these convenient pockets and storage bins distributed around inside. There’s even a bin under the floor along with a foldout net right behind the raised 3rd row. In other similar vehicles, you don’t get to use that space.
The number of buttons you have to deal with is nicely limited, because you’ve got an 8-inch information screen along with the 8-inch information screen. The instrumentation is clear and all the little details have proven handy. Still, some of the controls seem a bit plastic-y, and overall it seems like the interior has a cheap feel than the comparatively luxurious Accord.
There are a lot of standard features here which are you’d expect, even for the entry level LX. But there are some peculiar limitations. For example, you can get navigation or the rear-seat entertainment system for the EX-L, but you can’t get both. In the Touring, these two can be installed. But they have to be together, and you can’t get them separately.
All the trims come with the 3.5-liter V6 under the hood, which offers 250 horsepower and 253 pound-feet of torque. They all have a 5-speed automatic transmission, but 4WD is optional. With the 2WD, 0 to 60 mph takes 8.3 seconds, but with 4WD it becomes 8.9 seconds. It’s a bit slower than other comparable SUVs. It can also tow up to 2,000 tons, and with 4WD this capability increases to 4,500 pounds if you have the right equipment.
The fuel economy for the front-wheel drive as estimated by the EPA is 18 (city driving) / 25 (highway) mpg. With 4WD, it dips only a little to 17/24 mpg.
When you drive it though, it feels a bit heavy. But it’s a comfy and quiet ride.
All standard Pilots come with front side airbags, full-length side curtain airbags, and front seat active head restraints. You also have traction and stability control along with the antilock braking system. There’s even a standard rearview camera. When you get the Touring, you also get parking sensors as standard.
The Honda Pilot has received a solid 4/5 stars for overall crash protection in government crash tests. It earned 4 stars for total frontal-impact safety and 5 stars for total side-impact safety.
All in all, the Pilot is a solid choice for families that often carry lots of people or cargo around. Quite a few people are drawn to it because of the Honda tradition of reliability, the solid performance, the space capacity for passengers and cargo, and the nice fuel economy.
For more information about the Honda Pilot, visit the official Honda website.