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Rankings & Research

The 2014 Honda Pilot ranking is based on its score within the 2014 Affordable Midsize SUVs category. Currently the Honda Pilot has a score of 7.9 out of 10 which is based on our evaluation of 71 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.

7.9

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 7.7
Performance: 6.8
Interior: 7.2
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.7
Safety: 8.5
Reliability:
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2014 Honda Pilot Review

The 2014 Honda Pilot has comfortable seating for eight, a smooth ride, and strong reliability. However, this SUV lacks the advanced safety features and engine power of class leaders.

Pros & Cons

 

  • Spacious seating in all rows
  • Smooth ride
  • Great reliability

 

 

  • Cheap cabin materials
  • Underpowered engine
  • Few advanced safety features

 

2014 Honda Pilot Overview

Is the 2014 Honda Pilot a Good Used SUV?

The 2014 Honda Pilot is a good option if you want a reliable midsize SUV that excels at hauling passengers and cargo. However, many 3-row competitors offer richer cabin materials and better safety and convenience features.

All 2014 Pilot models feature a 3.5-liter V6 engine that generates 250 horsepower. That may sound like plenty of power, but the V6 struggles to move the 2-ton Pilot. A five-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel drive are standard. All-wheel drive is available. Fuel economy ranges from 18 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway to 17 mpg in the city and 24 on the highway. The Pilot delivers a smooth and comfortable ride, though slow steering response creates ponderous handling.

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The Pilot seats eight and features cloth upholstery as standard. Leather comes in EX-L trim levels and above. The Pilot’s seats are comfortable and offer ample head- and legroom. Even its third row can seat three adults in reasonable comfort. The second-row seats slide and recline to better accommodate passengers. There are three full sets of LATCH child-seat connectors in the second row and one full set in the third row. Both rows fold flat to create 87 cubic feet of cargo space.

The Pilot’s dashboard has a large 8-inch infotainment screen and logically arranged buttons that manage all audio and climate control functions. The setup is easy to use. A rearview camera, USB input, and Bluetooth are standard. The EX-L and Touring trims have satellite navigation and a rear-seat DVD player with a 9-inch screen. The Pilot’s interior is quiet. Plastics and other materials throughout the cabin feel low-quality compared with class rivals.

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Used 2014 Honda Pilot Prices

The price of a used 2014 Honda Pilot ranges from about $22,500 for the base trim with front-wheel drive to almost $30,000 for the fully loaded four-wheel-drive Touring trim. The price varies depending on the vehicle's condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Reliable Is the 2014 Honda Pilot?

The 2014 Honda Pilot earned a reliability score of four out of five points from J.D. Power and Associates. This means it’s not only one of the most reliable vehicles in the midsize SUV class – it’s one of the most reliable vehicles on the road. Only the Toyota FJ Cruiser and Toyota Venza score higher.

How Safe Is the Pilot?

The 2014 Honda Pilot performed well in crash testing, but a number of its class rivals did better. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the Pilot four out of five stars overall and four stars for frontal and rollover crashes. The Pilot received a perfect five-star rating for side impact performance. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the Pilot a score of Good (the highest rating possible) in four areas tested, but a Poor rating for its performance in small overlap front crash testing. 

The Pilot lags the competition in advanced driver assistance features, offering just a rearview camera and parking sensors (front and rear). Many competing SUVs offer blind spot monitoring, lane departure warning, and forward collision warning.

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Should I Consider Another Used Pilot?

If you’re shopping for a used 2014 Honda Pilot, you’ll want to give the 2012 and 2013 models a look, too. There were few changes between these model years. Opting for a used 2012 or 2013 Pilot could save you thousands of dollars. The Pilot’s second generation runs from 2009 to 2015.

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Which Used Pilot Model Is Right for Me?

The 2014 Honda Pilot is available in four trim levels: LX, EX, EX-L, and Touring. The base LX features an 8-inch infotainment screen, a rearview camera, Bluetooth, keyless entry, seven speakers, a CD player, a USB input, and cruise control. The EX trim adds fog lights and a 10-way power-adjustable driver’s seat. The EX-L adds a moonroof, a power tailgate, leather upholstery, and heated front seats. Lastly, the Pilot Touring adds parking sensors, navigation, a rear-seat DVD player, sunshades, and roof rails.

The Pilot Touring model is the one to buy. Its parking sensors can take the hassle out of maneuvering the large SUV. Its satellite navigation system and DVD player can also come in handy on road trips.

You might consider a certified pre-owned Pilot. Honda extends its original new-car limited powertrain warranty to seven years or 100,000 miles for all certified pre-owned models, and it extends the new-car non-powertrain warranty to four years or 48,000 miles. If the CPO Honda you purchase is more than four years old or has more than 48,000 miles, you’ll receive a one-year/12,000-mile non-powertrain limited warranty. Honda CPO vehicles must pass a 182-point inspection. Additional benefits like towing and roadside assistance may be available, so read Honda’s warranty page carefully.

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We Did the Research for You: 71 Pieces of Data Analyzed

We’ve researched 71 data points to help you make the best buying decision possible. This data includes reliability scores, crash test results, expert reviews, and EPA fuel economy estimates.

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2014 Honda Pilot and Other SUVs to Consider

Which Is Better: 2014 Honda Pilot or 2014 Toyota Highlander?

Toyota redesigned the Highlander for 2014. Its interior is more upscale than the Pilot’s and it packs better family-friendly features, including more comfortable second-row captain’s chairs and an in-car intercom system known as Easy Speak. The Highlander offers substantially more active safety features than the Pilot, including forward collision warning with brake assist. The Highlander’s V6 provides robust performance, but the Pilot rates higher for reliability and is usually more affordable. Even so, the Highlander is the better option.

Which Is Better: 2014 Honda Pilot or 2014 Ford Explorer?

The 2014 seven-seat Ford Explorer and eight-seat Honda Pilot both deliver a comfortable ride, and used models are often in the same price range. The Explorer offers the more premium cabin. It also has stronger engine performance and better active safety features, like lane keep assist and blind spot monitoring. However, the Pilot is the better purchase for large families thanks to its higher reliability rating, greater seating capacity, and simpler infotainment system.

Which Is Better: 2014 Honda Pilot or 2014 Acura MDX?

Honda manufactures the Pilot and the Acura MDX, a luxury midsize SUV, at the same factory in Lincoln, Alabama. The 2014 MDX is certainly the pricier and more upscale SUV. It was fully redesigned for 2014 and offers richer interior materials, stronger V6 performance, higher fuel economy, and more convenience and safety features. Still, the Pilot is the smarter buy. Not only do used models cost thousands of dollars less, but the Pilot scores much higher in reliability and offers roomier third-row seating.

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