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2017 Honda Pilot Review

The 2017 Honda Pilot sits in the top half of our midsize SUV rankings. It offers generous cabin space, a refined interior, and loads of available safety technology, but its frustrating touch-screen infotainment system keeps it from reaching the top of the class.

Pros & Cons

  • Cushy, roomy seats
  • Adult-friendly third row
  • Expansive cargo bay
  • Great safety scores
  • Frustrating audio and climate controls

Rankings & Awards

The 2017 Honda Pilot's #4 ranking is based on its score within the 2017 Affordable Midsize SUVs category. It was the winner of our 2017 Best 3-Row SUV for Families award and a finalist for our 2017 Best 3-Row SUV for the Money award. Currently the Honda Pilot has a score of 8.2 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 26 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.




Critics' Rating: 8.8
Performance: 8.3
Interior: 7.5
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.3
Safety: 9.3
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2017 Honda Pilot Overview

Is the 2017 Honda Pilot a Good Used SUV?

Yes, the 2017 Honda Pilot is a good used midsize SUV. It has more cargo room than most competitors, its cabin is roomy in all three rows, and its list of standard and available driver assistance features is impressive. With the best combination of space, available family-friendly features, and positive feedback from automotive reviewers, the Pilot won our Best 3-Row SUV for Families award. However, that family-friendliness comes at a price; the Pilot is costlier than several class rivals. Its available touch-screen infotainment system also lacks physical control knobs and buttons, which can make it difficult to use at times.

Why You Can Trust Us

To give you a complete overview of the 2017 Pilot – and make your car-shopping experience easier – we analyzed 26 Honda Pilot reviews alongside reliability ratings, safety scores, and more.

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How Much Is the 2017 Honda Pilot?

Based on 650 listings for the 2017 Honda Pilot on our site, prices range from $29,000 to $43,000. The average list price of the Pilot is $36,700. How much you pay depends on the vehicle's condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2017 Honda Pilot Cost to Own?

As of this writing, five-year estimated costs for the 2017 Honda Pilot are roughly $27,660 – or $5,530 per year. Comparatively, five-year costs for the 2017 Toyota Highlander and the 2017 Chevrolet Traverse are around $25,330 and $27,650, respectively.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New Pilot?

There are no major differences between the 2018 Honda Pilot and the 2017 Pilot. Therefore, the 2017 model will get you a nearly identical SUV to the new version, but likely for less money.

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If you're still interested in a new SUV, you should consider the 2018 Kia Sorento. Not only does it fare better in the midsize SUV class than the 2017 Honda Pilot, it's also cheaper. You'll sacrifice a little passenger and cargo space in the Sorento, but you'll get a vehicle with a slightly higher predicted reliability rating, a more user-friendly infotainment system, and a longer warranty length.

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Which Model Year of the Honda Pilot Is Best?

The 2017 Honda Pilot is part of a generation that was introduced for the 2016 model year. The 2017 Pilot added Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Otherwise, there were no major changes between the 2016 and 2017 model years. If these available technology features aren't important to you, we recommend opting for the 2016 Pilot. You’ll get practically the same vehicle for less money.

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How Reliable Is the 2017 Honda Pilot?

The 2017 Honda Pilot has a predicted reliability rating of 3.5 out of five from J.D. Power, which is slightly above average for the class. A score of three is average across the industry.

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2017 Honda Pilot Recalls

At the time of this writing, the 2017 Honda Pilot has no safety recalls.

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Which Used Honda Pilot Model Is Right for Me?

The 2017 Honda Pilot comes in five trims: LX, EX, Touring, EX-L, and Elite. The LX and EX don't offer much, so we recommend the Touring trim. Not only does it come with standard features like push-button start and a multi-angle rearview camera, but it includes tech features like Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and Honda Sensing (a collection of advanced safety features). If you're looking for more comfort upgrades, you'll have to step up to the EX-L or Elite trim level. They add features like leather-trimmed upholstery and heated and ventilated front seats.

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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 2014 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 2018 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 Insurance Institute for Highway Safety awarded the 2017 Honda Pilot with the highest rating of Good in five crash tests, plus a Top Safety Pick+ designation. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the Pilot four out of five stars in its frontal and rollover crash tests and five stars in the side crash test, making for a five-star overall rating.

All models come standard with a multi-angle rearview camera. If you can get your hands on the Touring trim, you'll also get the Honda Sensing safety suite, which includes features like adaptive cruise control, a collision mitigation braking system, lane keep assist, and road departure mitigation. Step up to the highest Elite trim, and you'll find blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, automatic high beam headlights, and rain-sensing windshield wipers.

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2017 Honda Pilot Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2017 Honda Pilot or 2017 Toyota Highlander?

The 2017 Honda Pilot and 2017 Toyota Highlander have similarly good standings in our midsize SUV rankings, so you can't go wrong with either vehicle. Both models feature great crash safety test scores, comfortable seats, and slightly above-average predicted reliability ratings. Choosing between the two will come down to your priorities: driving dynamics and more utility, or safety features. Unlike the Pilot, the Highlander comes standard with a suite of safety features (known as Toyota Safety Sense), including adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, and forward collision warning and braking. The Highlander also has easier audio and climate controls and a lower average list price than the Pilot. However, the Pilot features better driving dynamics and more passenger and cargo space.

Which Is Better: 2017 Honda Pilot or 2017 Chevrolet Traverse?

The 2017 Chevrolet Traverse has even more cargo space than the roomy Pilot, while also boasting carlike handling and excellent safety scores. Another card up the Chevy's sleeve is that it's roughly $10,000 less than the Honda. The Pilot is certainly a good SUV, but the Traverse is a better value.

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2017 Pilot Performance          

How Does the 2017 Honda Pilot Drive?

The Pilot's 280-horsepower V6 engine has excellent power output, and its standard six-speed automatic transmission is smooth and makes quick shifts. Some models feature a nine-speed automatic transmission that isn't as responsive or smooth as the six-speed automatic. In addition, the Pilot can maneuver around corners and tight spaces with ease, while maintaining a comfortable ride over uneven surfaces.   

Does the 2017 Honda Pilot Get Good Gas Mileage?

The 2017 Honda Pilot delivers 19 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway, which is an average rating in the class. By comparison, the 2017 Toyota Highlander and 2017 Chevrolet Traverse deliver 20/24 mpg city/highway and 15/22 mpg city/highway, respectively.

2017 Honda Pilot Towing Capacity

The 2017 Honda Pilot can tow up to 5,000 pounds with all-wheel drive. The regular front-wheel-drive Pilot has a towing capacity of 3,500 pounds. The 2017 Toyota Highlander and 2017 Chevrolet Traverse can tow up to 5,000 and 5,200 pounds, comparatively. 

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2017 Pilot Interior

How Many People Does the 2017 Pilot Seat?

The 2017 Pilot seats up to eight people in three comfortable, supportive rows. Not only is there a good amount of space in the first two rows, but there's enough space for adults in the third row. Cloth upholstery is standard, but some models may feature leather-trimmed upholstery, heated seats, and ventilated front seats.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2017 Honda Pilot?

There are three sets of LATCH car-seat connectors on the Pilot's second-row seats and one full set of LATCH car-seat connectors on the third-row passenger-side seat. The third-row middle and driver's side seats each feature an upper tether. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the Pilot's LATCH system the second-highest rating of Acceptable for ease of use. Some upper tethers may be hard to find and confused with other hardware, and some lower anchors may be difficult to maneuver around.

2017 Honda Pilot Features

The Pilot comes standard with a seven-speaker audio system, Bluetooth, a USB port, and push-button start. Some models may include available features like Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, satellite radio, navigation with voice recognition, an 8-inch touch screen, a 10-speaker premium audio system, and HD Radio.

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2017 Honda Pilot Dimensions

Honda Pilot Cargo Space

The 2017 Honda Pilot has 16.5 cubic feet of cargo space with the third row in use, 46.8 cubic feet of space with the third row folded down, and 83.9 cubic feet when both the second and third rows are folded. That's more space than most 3-row SUVs have.

2017 Pilot Length and Weight

The 2017 Pilot is roughly 16.2 feet long, and it weighs more than 4,050 pounds.

Where Was the 2017 Honda Pilot Built?

The 2017 Honda Pilot was built in Lincoln, Alabama.

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