The 2011 Honda Pilot has a solid safety record, and includes all the expected safety features, but it's no longer at the top of its class with respect to crash-test ratings. The Pilot was formerly a five-star achiever in federal ratings, but redesigned 2011 test protocol gives it four stars, with four stars for frontal impact and five stars for the new side pole test. The Pilot has also lost its IIHS Top Safety Pick status because of a 'marginal' score in the agency's roof strength test, while it maintains 'good' ratings in other categories.
Safety gear in the 2011 Honda Pilot includes front side airbags, side-curtain bags that cover all three rows, and active head restraints, plus electronic stability control and anti-lock brakes.
The thick rear pillars could be in the way for some drivers when parking or changing lanes, so the backup camera, which comes standard on the 2011 Honda Pilot EX-L and Touring models with the nav system, could be useful.
The 2011 Honda Pilot is safe and secure, but it no longer wows with its safety credentials.