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8.1

Overall

Scorecard

Overall: 8.1
Critics' Rating: 9.0
Performance: 8.5
Interior: 8.1
Total Cost of Ownership: 8.1
Safety: 9.3
Reliability:
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2018 Honda Pilot Review

The 2018 Honda Pilot finishes in the middle of the competitive midsize SUV class. It offers a smooth ride and abundant interior space, but its available infotainment system isn’t user-friendly.

Pros & Cons

  • Plenty of cargo space
  • Composed ride
  • Ample third-row space for most adults
  • Fussy optional touch screen

Is the 2018 Honda Pilot a Good Used SUV?

The 2018 Pilot is a good used midsize SUV that should appeal to shoppers who want lots of space, solid horsepower, and a comfortable ride. That said, it has noticeable body lean around corners, and the available infotainment system's lack of physical controls makes it frustrating to use.

The Pilot has several strengths:

  • Three rows of comfortable seats
  • More cargo space than most class rivals
  • Plenty of power from its lone V6 engine
  • A comfortable ride over most surfaces

It has few weaknesses:

  • Touch-sensitive infotainment controls are difficult-to-use
  • Noticeable body lean around corners
Why You Can Trust Us

We’ve analyzed 33 Honda Pilot reviews, as well as performance specs, interior dimensions, fuel economy ratings, and more, to give you all the information you need to make a smart car-buying decision.

U.S. News & World Report has been reviewing cars, trucks, and SUVs since 2007, and our Best Cars team has more than 75 years of combined automotive industry experience. To remain impartial, we do not accept extravagant gifts from automakers, and an outside source handles our advertising.

How Much Is the 2018 Honda Pilot?

There are about 290 listings for the 2018 Honda Pilot on our site, with an average list price of $34,900. That's above average for the class. Prices range from $27,900 to $42,000 and vary depending on the vehicle’s condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2018 Honda Pilot Cost to Own?

The 2018 Honda Pilot’s five-year costs for gas, insurance, repairs, and maintenance are projected to be about $27,830, or nearly $5,570 per year. That’s above average for a midsize SUV.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New Pilot?

The 2019 Pilot is a bit more expensive than a used 2018 model, but the extra expense may be worth it. The newer model has more standard safety features, like collision mitigation braking, lane keep assist, forward collision warning, lane departure warning, road departure mitigation, and adaptive cruise control. Honda also added a volume knob to the Pilot for 2019, which helps address the 2018 Pilot’s lack of physical infotainment controls.

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The 2018 Pilot is part of a generation that debuted for the 2016 model year. For 2017, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay became available. There were no notable changes for 2018. If you're going to buy used, and smartphone integration is not high on your priority list, consider a 2016 Pilot, which is less expensive but very similar to the 2018 Pilot. Models prior to 2016 will be less expensive but quite different from the redesigned Pilot.

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How Reliable Is the 2018 Honda Pilot?

J.D. Power gives the 2018 Honda Pilot a predicted reliability rating of three out of five, which is about average.

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2018 Honda Pilot Recalls

At the time of writing, one recall has been issued for the 2018 Honda Pilot:

  • Rivets that secure seats may fail

Before buying any used vehicle, make sure all recalls have been addressed.

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Which Used Honda Pilot Trim Is Right for Me?

The 2018 Honda Pilot comes in five trims: LX, EX, EX-L, Touring, and Elite. The EX-L's lengthy list of comfort and tech goodies should please most shoppers, but if you can afford to upgrade, we recommend the Touring trim for its excellent mix of safety and technology features.

  • Honda Pilot LX: The base LX trim comes standard with push-button start, a 5-inch display, Bluetooth, a USB port, and a seven-speaker audio system.
  • Honda Pilot EX: The EX trim includes an infotainment system with an 8-inch touch screen, satellite radio, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, and two additional USB ports in the front row. It also has a power-adjustable driver's seat, tri-zone automatic climate control, and fog lights.
  • Honda Pilot EX-L: The EX-L adds a leather-wrapped steering wheel, leather-trimmed seats, heated front seats, a moonroof, and a power liftgate.
  • Honda Pilot Touring: The Touring trim has the perfect mix of features. It comes with navigation, voice recognition, a 10-speaker premium audio system, a rear-seat entertainment system, and two additional USB ports in the second row. Its substantial list of advanced safety tech includes adaptive cruise control, collision mitigation braking, road departure mitigation, lane keep assist, front and rear parking sensors, forward collision warning, and lane departure warning.
  • Honda Pilot Elite: The Elite trim adds blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, rain-sensing windshield wipers, a panoramic roof, heated and ventilated front seats, heated second-row captain's chairs, a heated steering wheel, and HD Radio.

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

Honda offers a certified pre-owned program for vehicles six years old or less. Eligibility is determined by the vehicle’s initial sale’s date. 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 over 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.

Honda's CPO program is pretty good among non-luxury automakers. It is on par with Mazda's program and offers more than competitors like Nissan and Subaru, but it isn't as robust as Kia's and Chevrolet's.

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How Safe Is the Honda Pilot?

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named the 2018 Pilot a Top Safety Pick. It earned the highest rating of Good in five crash safety tests and the second-highest rating of Acceptable in the passenger-side small overlap front test. In all but the top trim, its headlights received the worst rating of Poor for how well they illuminate the road ahead. Properly equipped Pilots earned a Superior rating from the IIHS for front crash prevention.

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

Standard advanced safety features:

  • rearview camera

Available advanced safety features:

  • adaptive cruise control
  • collision mitigation braking
  • road departure mitigation
  • lane keep assist
  • front and rear parking sensors
  • forward collision warning
  • lane departure warning
  • blind spot monitoring
  • rear cross traffic alert

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2018 Honda Pilot Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2018 Honda Pilot or 2018 Mazda CX-9?

The 2018 Mazda CX-9 is a slightly more well-rounded vehicle than the Pilot. It has a marginally higher predicted reliability rating, more stable handling, better fuel economy, and a substantially lower average list price than the Honda. That said, if you're more interested in passenger and cargo space, the Pilot is a better option.

Which Is Better: 2018 Honda Pilot or 2018 Chevrolet Traverse?

The 2018 Chevrolet Traverse is one of the only vehicles that rival the Pilot in terms of passenger and cargo space. In fact, its massive cargo capacity exceeds the Pilot's by more than 14 cubic feet. Additionally, the Traverse comes with a more user-friendly infotainment system, and it has a better predicted reliability rating. The Pilot has nicer cabin materials, but the Traverse is a better choice.

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2018 Honda Pilot Performance

How Does the 2018 Honda Pilot Drive?

The Pilot's suspension system does a good job smoothing out road bumps to create a comfortable, relaxed ride. The Pilot also has fairly composed handling, but you'll notice body lean around sharp turns. The lone available engine is a powerful V6 that is paired with either a standard six-speed automatic transmission or an available nine-speed automatic. Both transmissions pair well with the V6 to deliver quick acceleration, but the nine-speed comes with paddle shifters to create a more engaging ride and stop-start technology to provide better fuel efficiency.

  • Base engine: 280-horsepower 3.5-liter V6
  • Drivetrain: standard front-wheel drive; available all-wheel drive
  • Transmission: standard six-speed automatic; available nine-speed automatic
Does the 2018 Honda Pilot Get Good Gas Mileage?

The Pilot has average fuel economy ratings for the class.

  • Six-speed automatic, FWD: 19/27 mpg city/highway
  • Six-speed automatic, AWD: 18/26 mpg
  • Nine-speed automatic, FWD: 20/27 mpg
  • Nine-speed automatic, AWD: 19/26 mpg
2018 Honda Pilot Towing Capacity

The Honda Pilot can tow up to 5,000 pounds when properly equipped.

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2018 Pilot Interior

How Many People Does the 2018 Honda Pilot Seat?

The 2018 Honda Pilot seats up to eight people in three rows. The seats are comfortable and spacious, especially in the first two rows. The third row is adult-friendly, though taller passengers may have to sit with their knees upright because of the low seating height. The available one-touch power-folding second-row seats make it easy to access the third row.

Standard seating features:

  • cloth upholstery
  • manually adjustable seats

Available seating features:

  • power-adjustable driver's seat
  • leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • leather-trimmed seats
  • heated front seats
  • ventilated front seats
  • heated second-row captain's chairs
  • heated steering wheel
How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2018 Honda Pilot?

The 2018 Honda Pilot has three complete sets of LATCH car-seat connectors on the second-row seats and a complete set of connectors on the passenger-side third-row seat. The middle third-row seat and the driver’s side third-row seat each have a single upper tether.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the Pilot's LATCH system the second-highest rating of Acceptable for ease of use. The upper tethers can be hard to find and confused for other hardware, while lower anchors on the second-row middle seat can be difficult to maneuver around.

2018 Honda Pilot Features

All but the base Pilot come with an infotainment system that features touch-sensitive controls. Many reviewers lament the lack of physical controls. Fortunately, this system features Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, making it a little easier to use.

  • Standard infotainment features: a 5-inch display, a seven-speaker audio system, Bluetooth, and a USB port
  • Available infotainment features: an 8-inch touch screen, satellite radio, four additional USB ports, navigation, voice recognition, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, a 10-speaker premium audio system, a rear-seat entertainment system, and HD Radio
  • Additional standard features: push-button start
  • Other available features: tri-zone automatic climate control, a moonroof, and a power liftgate

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2018 Honda Pilot Dimensions

Honda Pilot Cargo Space

The Pilot offers more cargo room that most midsize SUVs. It has 16.5 cubic feet of space behind the third row, 46.8 cubic feet behind the second row, and 83.9 cubic feet with both rows folded. A power liftgate is available.

These cargo dimensions are for comparative purposes. There is no substitute for visually examining the storage area in any car you’re considering.

2018 Honda Pilot Length and Weight
  • Length: 16 feet, 2 inches
  • Curb weight: 4,050 to 4,320 pounds

Where Was the 2018 Honda Pilot Built?

Honda built the Pilot in Alabama.

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