A good balance of function and comfort is what the 2015 Honda Pilot excels in. It’s one of the industry leaders among midsize SUVs and for good reason. Everything you need in a family-friendly vehicle is here: performance, space, convenience, durability and safety. The first thing that will strike you is the Pilot’s understated refined looks. The Pilot retains its boxy cut exterior but the lines and angles design certainly reflects its steady, robust character. It may not be trendy but it will look classic and ageless over the years. Another thing to note is that although it’s not really the acme of comfort, it is certainly practical.
The features are primarily a 3.5L V-6 engine running on regular unleaded fuel and five speed automatic transmission, producing 250 horsepower at 5,700 rpm. Drivetrain options are a front wheel or all wheel drive. As for fuel economy, the Pilot consumes 19 miles per gallon in the city and 27 miles per gallon on the highway. Other basic features include automatic climate control, Bluetooth capability, USB port and keyless entry. Seating a maximum of eight passengers, the Pilot retails at approximately $31,000 for standard models and costs more than $42,000 when fully decked out with advanced features.
The 2015 Honda Pilot has a lot to offer. Its interior is designed to be flexible and can be adjusted. The cabin is relatively quiet and blocks out most of the noise. With its generous interior space, there’s plenty of room for ease of movement, most notably in the third row. Up in front, the controls are designed with a minimalist perspective but strategically located for easy access. You’ll also find convenient storage compartments all around. Cargo capacity is adequate as well and expands to accommodate more when the second and third row seats are folded down.
The Pilot received top marks in safety and includes features like the vehicle stability control, rearview camera, six airbags, and anti-lock braking system. It meets the standard for fuel economy, which means it has done well compared to other similar but less fuel efficient models.
You’ll also appreciate that for all its size, the Pilot feels like a car when driving. Its engine performs well enough; however it’s not as strong as some of its rivals. When navigating the Pilot down city streets, you’re assured of a smooth, pleasant ride. The vehicle’s suspension system carries you blithely over bumps in the road. It will need to improve its performance though when driving on the highway and off-road would not be ideal.
One of the concerns facing the Honda Pilot is that though the cabin is spacious, it’s attired in a lot of hard plastic detracting from its appeal. These plastic surfaces are an eyesore and seem flimsy. Another issue is that opting for more features or an upgraded model would place your Pilot on the upper end of the price spectrum when compared side by side with its competitors. The engine as we mentioned is plenty strong enough to convey a large family together with their luggage. It is not meant, however, to tow more than 4,500 pounds. Some users have also remarked on feeling a slight sluggishness when driving the Pilot. Lastly, this vehicle does not carry as much advanced technology or entertainment features as other vehicles. What infotainment features it does have like the seven speaker audio system, are simple and easy to use, but could be improved on. The 8-inch touch screen and ten-speaker audio system only come as additional features.
Looking at its closest rivals, the Ford Explorer and Toyota Highlander, the Explorer’s standard model is less fuel-efficient than the Pilot but shares many similar features. If the Pilot wants to beat the Highlander, though, they will need to update their design, enhance their safety features and add more components aimed at convenience.
All things considered, the 2015 Honda Pilot is an ideal car for those needing more functionality than technology. While it doesn’t come across as stellar, it does its job without a lot of fuss which is why it’s still one of the best and most convenient transport for families.