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2015 Honda Pilot Review

The 2015 Honda Pilot has comfortable seating in all three rows, a soft ride, and a good amount of cargo space. However, it ranks in the lower third of the midsize SUV class because it lacks advanced features and has a somewhat weak engine compared to the competition.  

Pros & Cons

  • Spacious seating in all three rows
  • Smooth ride
  • Low-rent cabin materials
  • Few advanced safety features
  • Underpowered engine

Rankings & Research

The 2015 Honda Pilot's #15 ranking is based on its score within the 2015 Affordable Midsize SUVs category. Currently the Honda Pilot has a score of 7.4 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 74 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.




Critics' Rating: 7.6
Performance: 6.8
Interior: 7.3
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.6
Safety: 8.4
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2015 Honda Pilot Overview

Is the 2015 Honda Pilot a Good Used SUV?

The 2015 Honda Pilot is a good SUV if you need a smooth-riding hauler of people and cargo. The Pilot is roomier than most rivals, and its third row is adult friendly, which is rare for the class. Its second row has sliding and reclining seats. That said, the Pilot has several faults. Unlike the upscale cabins of some rivals, the Pilot’s interior is covered in cheap plastics, and there are few technology or advanced safety features. It also suffers from clumsy handling and an underpowered engine, which is particularly burdensome when this hefty SUV is fully loaded with passengers and cargo.

Why You Can Trust Us

Our used car rankings and reviews are based on our analysis of professional automotive reviews, as well as data like crash test scores, reliability ratings, and ownership expenses. We researched 74 Honda Pilot reviews to help you decide if it’s the right used car for you.

The U.S. News Best Cars team has been ranking cars, trucks, and SUVs since 2007, and our staff has a combined 75 years of automotive industry experience. To ensure our impartiality, our staff never takes expensive gifts or trips from car companies, and an outside team handles the advertising on our site.

How Much Is the 2015 Honda Pilot?

There are nearly 580 listings for the 2015 Honda Pilot on our site, with an average list price of $23,600. Prices range from $18,000 to $28,800, and they vary depending on the vehicle’s trim, mileage, location, condition, and features.

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How Much Does the 2015 Honda Pilot Cost to Own?

The 2015 Honda Pilot’s five-year estimated costs for gas, insurance, maintenance, and repairs come to nearly $27,330, which is on par with class estimates.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New Honda Pilot?

The 2019 Honda Pilot starts at $31,450, and it’s substantially different from the 2015 model. The new Pilot garners all the benefits of the 2016 redesign and adds the Honda Sensing suite of advanced safety features, an updated nine-speed automatic transmission, and smartphone integration via Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. For adjusting audio volume, the 2019 model also has a physical control knob, which is easier to use than the haptic controls found in some older models. You can save several thousands of dollars with the 2015 model, but the 2019 model’s significant updates are worth the extra money if you can afford it.

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There are no new midsize SUVs with three rows that are comparable in price to the 2015 Pilot.

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Which Model Year of the Honda Pilot Is Best?

The 2015 Honda Pilot is the final model of a generation that launched for 2009. If your primary goal is saving money, the 2013-to-2015 models are decent choices for you. These models have few differences between them.

If you can extend your budget a bit more, we recommend starting with the fully redesigned 2016 Pilot. It offers several active safety features like adaptive cruise control and forward collision warning. To get Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, you’ll need to purchase a 2017-or-later Pilot. 

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How Reliable Is the 2015 Honda Pilot?

The 2015 Pilot earns a reliability rating of three out of five from J.D. Power. That is just below average for the class, but it’s about average for the industry.

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2015 Honda Pilot Recalls

As of this writing, the 2015 Honda Pilot has one reported recall for a passenger frontal air bag that may explode. Make sure that this issue has been addressed before purchasing a 2015 Pilot.  

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Which Used Honda Pilot Model Is Right for Me?

The 2015 Pilot comes in five trims: LX, EX, SE, EX-L, and Touring. The base Honda Pilot LX is decently equipped, and it’s the trim we recommend for most shoppers. It has a rearview camera, an 8-inch infotainment screen, Bluetooth, and a USB port.

The Honda Pilot EX trim adds a 10-way power-adjustable driver’s seat, while the Pilot SE trim includes a moonroof, satellite radio, and a rear-seat DVD player. The Pilot EX-L adds leather upholstery, heated front seats, and a power liftgate. The top-of-the-line Honda Pilot Touring trim adds only one active safety feature: rear parking sensors. It also comes with navigation and second-row sunshades.

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What Does Honda's Certified Pre-Owned Warranty Cover?

Honda offers two levels of certification for its certified pre-owned vehicles: HondaTrue Certified and HondaTrue Certified+. Both levels come with a seven-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty, roadside assistance, up to two oil changes within the first year of ownership, and a 90-day SiriusXM satellite radio trial subscription.

The vehicle’s model year determines which program and repair coverage it qualifies for. HondaTrue Certified covers vehicles from the 2015 through 2020 model years. For vehicles still under the new-car warranty, Honda extends coverage to four years from the original sale date or 48,000 miles. For vehicles outside the new-car warranty, Honda offers a one-year/12,000-mile limited warranty. HondaTrue Certified+ is for 2019 to 2020 Hondas still under the new-car warranty. Honda extends these warranties to five years from the original sale date or 86,000 miles. Additional benefits may be available, so read Honda’s warranty page carefully.

According to our analysis, Honda’s CPO program is better than that offered by many other affordable carmakers. Still, Chevrolet, Kia, and Hyundai have better programs.

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How Safe Is the Pilot?

The 2015 Pilot has below-average safety scores for the class. It earned the highest rating of Good in four out of five crash tests conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. It received the lowest rating of Poor in the driver-side small overlap front evaluation.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the 2015 Pilot an overall rating of four out of five stars, with four stars in the rollover and frontal crash tests and five stars in the side crash tests.

A rearview camera comes standard in the 2015 Pilot. Front and rear parking sensors are available only in the top trim. Many rivals offer more standard and optional safety features in lower trim levels.

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2015 Honda Pilot Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2015 Honda Pilot or 2015 Ford Explorer?

The 2015 Ford Explorer has a stronger base V6 engine than the Pilot, as well as two powerful available engines. The Explorer also has several more active safety features than the Pilot, such as forward collision warning, blind spot monitoring, and parallel park assist. Still, the Pilot’s roomier seats, larger cargo capacity, simpler infotainment system, and better reliability rating make it the better option.  

Which Is Better: 2015 Honda Pilot or 2015 Toyota Highlander?

The 2015 Toyota Highlander is by far the better midsize SUV compared to the Pilot. It comes with a nicer cabin than the Honda and family-friendly features like an in-car intercom. However, the Highlander’s third row is cramped, while the Pilot’s can comfortably carry adults. That said, the Highlander has more available technology and safety features than the Pilot. Add in better safety scores, and it’s easy to understand why the Toyota Highlander ranks near the top of the class.

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2015 Honda Pilot Performance

How Does the 2015 Honda Pilot Drive?

Powering the 2015 Honda Pilot is a 250-horsepower V6 engine mated to a five-speed automatic transmission. The engine can occasionally feel taxed under the SUV’s heft, and the transmission can be slow to downshift. Front-wheel drive is standard; all-wheel drive is available. The Pilot’s soft suspension makes for a cushioned ride, but it also contributes to its awkward handling. Steering is slow as well.

Does the 2015 Honda Pilot Get Good Gas Mileage?

The front-wheel-drive Pilot gets impressive gas mileage for the class: an EPA-estimated 18 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway. With all-wheel drive, fuel economy dips slightly to 17/24 mpg city/highway.

2015 Honda Pilot Towing Capacity

The Pilot has a towing capacity of 4,500 pounds when properly equipped.

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2015 Honda Pilot Interior

How Many People Does the 2015 Honda Pilot Seat?

The 2015 Honda Pilot has seating for eight in three rows, with plenty of head- and legroom for each occupant. Even the third row is reasonably comfortable for adults, which is unusual for an SUV. Additionally, the second-row seats conveniently recline and slide for easy access to the third row or for better second-row positioning. Not only are the seats roomy, but they’re also soft and comfortable enough for long trips. However, cabin materials are subpar for the class, with lots of hard plastics throughout the cabin.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2015 Honda Pilot?

The Pilot has four full sets of LATCH connectors for securing child car seats. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave this system the second-highest rating of Acceptable for ease of use.

2015 Honda Pilot Features

Standard features include a rearview camera, an 8-inch infotainment screen, Bluetooth, and a USB port. Available upgrades include navigation, satellite radio, and a 9-inch rear-seat DVD entertainment system.

The infotainment system has user-friendly menus and a straightforward interface. Its buttons are large and easily accessible on the dashboard and steering wheel.

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2015 Honda Pilot Dimensions

Honda Pilot Cargo Space

The 2015 Pilot has a good amount of cargo space for the midsize SUV class, with 18 cubic feet behind the third row, 47.7 cubic feet with the third row folded, and 87 cubic feet with both rows folded.

2015 Pilot Length and Weight

The 2015 Honda Pilot measures nearly 16 feet long. Its curb weight ranges from 4,295 to 4,564 pounds.

Where Was the 2015 Honda Pilot Built?

Honda assembled the 2015 Pilot in Alabama.

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