2015 Honda Pilot

$29,870 MSRP

KBB Ratings™
0
10
8.2

KBB® Expert Reviews

In the eyes of many, the 2015 Honda Pilot SUV is the perfect family caravan. Its tidy exterior proportions make it easy to maneuver through cramped parking lots and rush-hour traffic, yet with seating for up to eight passengers, it can hold as many people as most full-size SUVs. Add in Honda's reputation for reliability and strong resale, and the Pilot begins to look like a sure bet. However, due to its age, the Pilot does not offer many of the latest safety and infotainment advancements, such as the Nissan Pathfinder's Around View Monitor or the Adaptive Cruise Control with Collision Warning and Blind-Spot Information System offered on the Ford Explorer. Then again, neither of these competitors offer seating for eight people.

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Price
View Drivetrain Invoice MSRP
2WD $27,319 $29,870
4WD $28,778 $31,470
Transmission Options
Drive: 2WD
Transmission: Automatic, 5-Spd
MPG City: 18
MPG Highway: 25
Safety
Engine Immobilizer
Stability Control
Traction Control
Engine
Engine: V6, i-VTEC, 3.5 Liter
Horsepower: 250 @ 5700 RPM
Torque: 253 @ 4800 RPM
Recommended Fuel: Regular
Dimensions
Curb Weight 4299 Pounds
EPA Passenger 153.7 Cubic Feet
Head Room: Front 40.0 Inches
Head Room: Rear 38.2 Inches
Height 71.0 Inches
Leg Room: Front 41.4 Inches
Leg Room: Rear 32.1 Inches
Minimum Ground Clearance 8.0 Inches
Overall Length 191.4 Inches
Shoulder Room: Front 61.5 Inches
Shoulder Room: Rear 58.9 Inches
Trunk or Cargo Capacity 87.0 Cubic Feet
Turning Diameter 37.9 Feet
Wheel Base 109.2 Inches
Width with mirrors 78.5 Inches
Cargo behind second seat 47.7 Cubic Feet
Cargo behind last seat 18.0 Cubic Feet
Cargo with all seats down 87.0 Cubic Feet
Head Room: Center Row 39.8 Inches
Leg Room: Center Row 38.5 Inches
Shoulder Room: Center Row 62.2 Inches
Hip Room: Center Row 56.9 Inches
Hip Room: Front 58.6 Inches
Hip Room: Rear 48.4 Inches

KELLEY BLUE BOOK® EDITORS' NOTES

In the eyes of many, the 2015 Honda Pilot SUV is the perfect family caravan. Its tidy exterior proportions make it easy to maneuver through cramped parking lots and rush-hour traffic, yet with seating for up to eight passengers, it can hold as many people as most full-size SUVs. Add in Honda's reputation for reliability and strong resale, and the Pilot begins to look like a sure bet. However, due to its age, the Pilot does not offer many of the latest safety and infotainment advancements, such as the Nissan Pathfinder's Around View Monitor or the Adaptive Cruise Control with Collision Warning and Blind-Spot Information System offered on the Ford Explorer. Then again, neither of these competitors offer seating for eight people.

OVERVIEW SUMMARY

Despite its modest exterior dimensions, the 2015 Honda Pilot SUV is surprisingly accommodating inside, making it ideal for large families with limited garage space. Granted, the Pilot can't tow like a V8-powered Chevrolet Tahoe or Nissan Armada, but it offers more agile handling, better fuel economy and a lower sticker price, plus excellent resale value.

TEASER

With its proven reliability history and strong resale, the 2015 Honda Pilot continues to be the midsize SUV for value-conscious families.

WHAT'S NEW FOR

The 2015 Honda Pilot SUV gains a new Special Edition trim, slotting between the EX and EX-L. The SE includes pewter-gray aluminum-alloy wheels, a power moonroof, XM satellite radio, and a DVD rear-entertainment system.

YOU'LL LIKE THIS

If you need the maximum seating capacity offered in a midsize SUV, the 2015 Honda Pilot's 8-passenger cabin fits the bill nicely. The Pilot's excellent fuel economy, reliability and resale figures just serve to sweeten the deal.

YOU MAY NOT LIKE THIS

If you're looking for the latest safety and infotainment advances, Honda's 2015 Pilot SUV can't hold a candle to the Ford Explorer, Nissan Pathfinder or GMC Acadia Denali. Those who need to tow more than 4,500 pounds will have to look elsewhere.

EXTERIOR

With a fairly long wheelbase, short overhangs and generous interior space, the exterior of the 2015 Honda Pilot is defined by function and thus tends to upright and somewhat boxy. But it's not unpleasant and will certainly not go out of style in the next model cycle. Details include turn signals integrated into the halogen headlights, 17-inch steel wheels on the LX trim, 5-spoke, 18-inch alloy wheels on the EX and EX-L trim levels, and 6-spoke alloys with machined surfaces on the Touring models. The rear glass flips up for access to the cargo area.

INTERIOR

The 2015 Honda Pilot's interior is a study in efficiency. All controls are logically placed and easy to operate. There's nothing eye-popping, just basic good design that works well. Still, the interior is not bare or bland, and in the EX-L trim level it is luxuriously plush. Each of the three rows of seats provides more-than-adequate legroom, welcome in the midsize category. Cargo capacity behind the rear seat is roughly equivalent to the trunk of a large sedan, there's a generous storage bin below the rear floor and plenty of roof space for a carrier rack.

NOTABLE STANDARD EQUIPMENT

The Honda Pilot LX includes 3-zone climate control, an 8-inch multi-information display with a rearview camera and a 7-speaker audio system with Bluetooth. EX models add a 10-way-power driver's seat, fog lights and automatic on/off headlights. The SE adds unique wheels and badging, plus a power moonroof and rear-seat DVD entertainment. The EX-L trims add leather seating with heated front seats and a power liftgate. Top-level Touring models include memory for the front seats, rear sonar proximity sensors and a premium sound system. Safety items include comprehensive electronic stability controls and driving aids and a full complement of occupant-protection features.

NOTABLE OPTIONS

Options for the 2015 Honda Pilot SUV are mostly linked to the various trim levels. Among the available features are Variable Torque Management 4-wheel drive (VTM-4), a ceiling-mounted rear-seat DVD entertainment system and voice-activated navigation with integrated FM traffic data.

PRICING NOTES

The Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) for the base model 2015 Honda Pilot LX trim level with front-wheel drive is right around $31,000. The well-equipped EX-L model, with leather and 4-wheel drive, is near $38,000, while a fully loaded Touring with 4WD, navigation and Rear Entertainment System is well over $42,000. For comparison, the Ford Explorer runs from around $31,000 to a high of $53,000, the Nissan Pathfinder slots between $ 30,500 and $46,000, and the Toyota Highlander prices from around $31,000 to nearly $46,000. Before heading off to the dealership, check KBB.com for the Kelley Blue Book Fair Purchase Price and an indication of what the Pilot is actually selling for in your area. Resale is also a plus with the Pilot, as it is expected to maintain residual values that are roughly competitive with those of the Toyota Highlander and Nissan Pathfinder and higher than those for the Chevrolet Traverse and Ford Explorer.

DRIVING IMPRESSIONS

At first glance, the 2015 Honda Pilot's boxy SUV appearance might have you thinking it drives like, well, a boxy upright SUV. Nothing could be further from the truth. The Pilot's high center of gravity prevents it from carving up curves like a sports car, but one gets the feeling if it were lower to the ground, it might give some family sedans a run for their money. A fully-independent suspension and tight unit-body construction deliver a smooth and controlled ride, while the rack-and-pinion steering creates a sense of stability and precise, predictable handling. Under the hood, the 250-horsepower V6 delivers good performance, although it lags behind some competitors' engines. An available 4-wheel drive (4WD) system helps maintain traction on slippery surfaces and although not intended for serious off-roading, Honda equips 4WD versions with a "lock mode" delivering maximum torque to the rear wheels to compensate for extreme low-traction conditions.

OUR FAVORITE FEATURES

AUTOMATIC 4-WHEEL DRIVE
The Honda Pilot offers a variable torque management system (VTM-4) for maximum traction on slick roads or when snow blankets the path ahead. The system includes a locking mode for use at speeds up to 6 mph, ensuring maximum traction at the rear wheels.

VERSATILE 2ND-ROW SEATING
The Pilot's 2nd-row 60/40-split bench seats not only recline for added comfort, they slide fore and aft to better accommodate passengers in the third row.

UNDER THE HOOD

Admittedly not the strongest engine in the class, the 2015 Honda Pilot SUV's 3.5-liter V6 makes 250 horsepower and is a willing and responsive performer for any reasonable driving situation the Pilot is likely to encounter. The 5-speed automatic transmission includes Grade Logic Control for maintaining the optimum gear selection when ascending or descending grades, thus minimizing annoying "hunting" between gears. With Variable Cylinder Management (VCM) the engine operates in 6-cylinder mode for maximum power or 4-cylinder or 3-cylinder mode for enhanced efficiency.

3.5-liter V6
250 horsepower @ 5,700 rpm
253 lb-ft of torque @ 4,800 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 18/25 mpg (front-wheel drive), 17/24 mpg (4WD)

OVERALL RATING
8.2
DRIVING DYNAMICS
8.0
COMFORT & CONVENIENCE
7.6
DESIGN/INTERIOR & EXTERIOR
7.4
SAFETY
7.7
VALUE
7.6
WRITTEN BY
Joe Tralongo, Contributing Editor
RELEASE DATE
6/20/2014
From the Editors of Kelley Blue Blook
©2017 Kelley Blue Book Co., Inc. All rights reserved

Tri-Zone Automatic

Integrated Glass

4.31

60-Amp

Standard

Standard

Power F&R Disc

Anti-Lock

Digital

Standard

HD Power Steering

(12)

Rear Window

Power

Standard

Keyless Remote Control

Standard

Remote Control

21.0 Gal Cap

Privacy

Automatic-Off

Standard

Cargo Comp't, Console, Daytime Running & Reading

Dual Illuminated Visor Vanity, Dual Power

Body Side

F&R

Standard

Standard

(3) 12V

Standard

HD

AM/FM Stereo w/CD & MP3

Auxiliary Input, Subwoofer, USB Audio Interface, Bluetooth Streaming Audio, (7) Speakers, 229-Watt Amplifier, 2 GB CD Library

Dual Front, F&R Head Curtain & Front Side Impact Air Bag

Cloth

Front Bucket, Split Folding Center & Rear

Standard

Standard

F&R

Variable Assist Power

Tilt & Telescoping

Illuminated

Under Floor

Standard

Limited Use Spare

Standard

2000-lb Max (When Properly Equipped)

Standard

Standard

Class III

Variable Intermittent

Steel

Power

Intermittent Rear Window


Interior Features
AM/FM Radio
Standard
Cup Holder
Standard
Folding Rear Seat
Standard
Front & Rear Air Conditioning
Standard
Front Air Conditioning
Standard
MP3 Player
Standard
Power Locks
Standard
Remote Keyless Entry
Standard
Tachometer
Standard
Third Row Seat
Standard
12V Power Outlet
Standard
Automatic Air Conditioning
Standard
Auxiliary Input Jack
Standard
Bluetooth Streaming Audio
Standard
CD Player
Standard
Cloth Seats
Standard
Power Outlet
Standard
Steering Wheel Controls
Standard
Subwoofer
Standard
Tilt Steering Wheel
Standard
Tilt/Telescoping Steering Wheel
Standard
Tri-Zone Automatic Air Conditioning
Standard
USB Port
Standard
Leather-Wrapped Steering Wheel
Optional
Auto-Dimming Interior Mirror
Optional
Exterior Features
Power Windows
Standard
Privacy Glass
Standard
Rear Window Defroster
Standard
Trailer Hitch Receiver
Standard
Roof Rails
Optional
Side Steps
Optional

Power Train
Drivetrain
2WD
Transmission Type
Automatic
# of Speeds
5 Speed
Transmission Code
ATT
Engine Type
Gas
Cylinders
6 Cylinders
Displacement
3.5 Liter
Bore
3.50 Inches
Compression Ratio
10.5
Fuel Induction
Multi-Port Fuel Injection
Horsepower
250 HP
Horsepower RPM
5700 RPM
Stroke
3.66 Inches
Torque
253 Foot Pounds
Torque RPM
4800 RPM
Total no. valves
24 Valves
Valve Train
Single Overhead Cam
Engine Branding
VTEC (Honda/Acura only)
Engine Configuration
V
Max Engine Speed
6300 RPM
CID
212 Cubic Inches
Recommended Fuel
Regular
Dimensions & Capacity
Curb Weight
4299 Pounds
EPA Passenger
153.7 Cubic Feet
Head Room: Front
40.0 Inches
Head Room: Rear
38.2 Inches
Height
71.0 Inches
Leg Room: Front
41.4 Inches
Leg Room: Rear
32.1 Inches
Minimum Ground Clearance
8.0 Inches
Overall Length
191.4 Inches
Shoulder Room: Front
61.5 Inches
Shoulder Room: Rear
58.9 Inches
Trunk or Cargo Capacity
87.0 Cubic Feet
Turning Diameter
37.9 Feet
Wheel Base
109.2 Inches
Width with mirrors
78.5 Inches
Cargo behind second seat
47.7 Cubic Feet
Cargo behind last seat
18.0 Cubic Feet
Cargo with all seats down
87.0 Cubic Feet
Head Room: Center Row
39.8 Inches
Leg Room: Center Row
38.5 Inches
Shoulder Room: Center Row
62.2 Inches
Hip Room: Center Row
56.9 Inches
Hip Room: Front
58.6 Inches
Hip Room: Rear
48.4 Inches

Safety Features
Engine Immobilizer
Standard
Stability Control
Standard
Traction Control
Standard
Crash Test Ratings
Combined Side Barrier and Pole Rating-Front Seat
5 Star Rating
Combined Side Barrier and Pole Rating-Rear Seat
4 Star Rating
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating-Driver (Male)
5 Star Rating
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating-Passenger (Female)
4 Star Rating
Frontal Crash Rating-Overall
4 Star Rating
Overall Rating
4 Star Rating
Rollover Rating-Overall
4 Star Rating
Side Barrier Rating-Driver Front Seat (Male)
5 Star Rating
Side Barrier Rating-Overall
5 Star Rating
Side Barrier Rating-Passenger Rear Seat (Female)
4 Star Rating
Side Crash Rating-Overall
5 Star Rating
Side Pole Rating-Driver Front Seat (Female)
5 Star Rating

Warranty
Basic Miles
36000 Miles
Basic Years
3 Years
Corrosion/Rust Through Miles
Unlimited Miles
Corrosion/Rust Through Years
5 Years
Powertrain Miles
60000 Miles
Powertrain Years
5 Years
Roadside Assistance Miles
36000 Miles
Roadside Assistance Years
3 Years