2008 Honda Pilot

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2008 Honda Pilot Review

Note: This review was created when the 2008 Honda Pilot was new.

The Pilot offers an excellent combination of quality performance, a roomy interior, and a reputation for safety and reliability.

9.3

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 9.6
Performance: 8.1
Interior: 7.9
Safety: 9.8
Reliability:
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Pros & Cons

  • Refined V6 engine and car-like ride
  • Spacious interior
  • Loaded with standard features
  • Excellent safety ratings
  • Bland exterior design
  • Buyers can select the navigation system or the rear entertainment system options, but not both

2008 Honda Pilot Overview

The 2008 Honda Pilot is a favorite among reviewers for its solid performance, spacious interior and versatile storage capabilities compared with its class. Car and Driver has named the Pilot one of its "5 Best Trucks" every year since its debut, and explains that it "still offers a combination of practicality, value, and efficiency that has eluded its numerous mainstream-SUV competitors." IntelliChoice names the 2008 Pilot "Best Overall Value of the Year" in its segment, as well as a winner for "Lowest Ownership Costs." It's also classified as a "Best Buy" and has won several awards in the past. A redesign is expected for 2009. Since the Pilot has not been redesigned since its 2003 introduction and not much has changed, this review uses some older research.

For 2008, the base VP (Value Package) replaces the previous base LX model, and a Special Edition trim adds several special features. The Pilot is also available in EX, SE and a top-of-the-line EX-L model.  

  • "The midsize Honda Pilot is a well-equipped, well-mannered and practical SUV..." -- Forbes
  • "In a world where many SUVs take up far more space than their utility justifies, and drink far more gas than their performance merits, the Pilot is a breath of fresh air." -- New Car Test Drive
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