2014 Honda Pilot Review

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Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Deputy Editor

Despite the 2014 Honda Pilot's truck-like exterior, it's one of more practical and family-friendly models on of the market today.

The 2014 Honda Pilot offers up great space, good handling, available all-wheel drive, and overall. Overall, it's a great multitasker for the family, and that's part of the reason it's been a best-seller for many years.

The current Pilot isn't quite our favorite three-row crossover. It still has a thoughtfully executed interior, an excellent drivetrain, and all-weather capability--but the trucklike look and cheaply finished interior are drawbacks to what used to be a leaner, more elegant package.

If you're a family who needs a minivan yet can't live with the idea of owning one, the the 2014 Pilot remains one of the best crossover choices available with a third row of seats. Its boxy design creates extra headroom and cargo space, yet its car-like driving dynamics–paired with a few SUV structural benefits–create a happy happy compromise that's good for most duties.

The Pilot has been rated as one of safest cars on the road for years now, and includes side-curtain airbags for all three rows, as well as the expected list of security features. A rearview camera is also standard, which is especially helpful in overcoming visibility issues in the tall, blocky crossover.

The Honda Pilot goes unchanged for 2014, and it's offered in four different trim levels: LX, EX, EX-L, and Touring. All four are offered in 2WD or 4WD, but beyond that you need to ante up to one of the top two trims in order to get a lot of the more desirable options and convenience features.

We think the LX and EX models offer more bang for the buck, as the more expensive EX-L, Touring and Limited trims begin to overlap with some of the true luxury crossovers on the market. They include rear air conditioning, keyless entry, cruise control, and a seven-speaker sound system. Leather upholstery, a Bluetooth hands-free interface, USB/iPod connectivity, a power tailgate, and a navigation system all remain only available on the EX-L and Touring--a serious impediment to broader sales success.

A five-speed automatic transmission is paired with the familiar 250-horsepower, 3.5-liter V-6 in the Pilot, and it altogether keeps with Honda's smooth, responsive, and sweet-sounding reputation for these powertrains. EPA highway ratings are now up to 25 mpg, making it one of the most fuel-efficient three-row vehicles.

Once you get past the initial surprise of the tall driving position, you'll find handling to be reasonably crisp, with good maneuverability. Ride quality is on the firm side, but the optional four-wheel-drive (actually an all-wheel-drive) system has a Lock mode and is a champ in deep snow or mud. Four-wheel-drive models can tow up to 4,500 pounds.

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June 9, 2015
2014 Honda Pilot 4WD 4-Door Touring w/RES & Navi

Really nice Pilot, that I'd tweak just a bit.

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Overall a very nice and solid vehicle for road trips, day to day driving, and family/gear hauling. Have always liked Honda's quality, reliability and smoothness of the controls, so there's a lot that we like... + More »
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April 15, 2015
For 2014 Honda Pilot

Solid SUV for the city and country drives!

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The Pilot is a super reliable and good overall SUV. Model I got was the EX-L w/ Navigation. Wished I got the 4WD option as the FWD leaves a lot to be desired when cornering & accelerating. Real time traffic... + More »
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November 26, 2016
2017 Honda Pilot Touring 2WD

Love My Honda Pilot

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I have had a few Honda's and each one I purchase surprises me that it could be even BETTER. I absolutely love my Pilot Touring with all the bells and whistles. Thank You Honda
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February 11, 2017
2016 Honda Pilot 2WD 4-Door LX

Water leaking into the care

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The worst mistake I ever made. I have a Honda pilot 2016 LX model, this is my second Honda car. The experience with this car is horrible. Recently, I noticed the water leaking into the car. During the rain in... + More »
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February 10, 2017
2016 Honda Pilot AWD 4-Door EX-L w/Honda Sensing

Nice SUV, The Infotainment System Sucks

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The 2016 Honda Pilot EX-L with Honda Sensing drives great and is a very quick, comfortable ride. The Honda Sensing works well and has prevented two accidents already. The infotainment system is very poorly... + More »
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December 7, 2016
For 2016 Honda Pilot

Good for family and travels

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Safe car and convenient. This car is not only recognized in US but in other Latin American countries.
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June 18, 2016
2016 Honda Pilot AWD 4-Door Touring w/RES & Navi

Love it, Love it ; my kind of SUV!!

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Excellent ride and equipment very complete. Compare to many others, lots of room inside. Gas millage is not so bad either .Remote engine start is standard, which we don't see in the majority of other makes.
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December 20, 2015
2016 Honda Pilot AWD 4-Door Elite w/RES & Navi

The Good, the Bad & the Ugly

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I purchased my 2016 Honda Pilot Elite in late October 2015 for $50,000+ out the door. The Good: I was very impress with the redesign and all the safety features that were standard on the Elite trim. I was also... + More »
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December 17, 2015
2016 Honda Pilot AWD 4-Door EX-L w/Navi

It is a mess.

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I went to the factory to buy only noise in the room the day after. It is a mess.
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December 1, 2015
2016 Honda Pilot AWD 4-Door Touring w/RES & Navi

Happy Elite owner.

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I have the 2016 Pilot in Sapphire Blue. Elite model. Previously I owned a minivan (a 2002 Mercury Villager, nearly identical to Nissan Quest) and the difference is night and day. The Honda is a much more... + More »
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