The Honda Pilot is a longtime safety leader among mid-size crossovers and SUVs, and while its crash-test ratings are respectable, they're not altogether the best in the class today.According to the revised federal NCAP crash-test program that was phased in last model year, the Pilot earns four stars (out fo five) overall, with four stars for frontal impact and five stars for the new side pole test. The Pilot has also been recently retested by the IIHS and has improved its ratings in the roof strength category--so that it now achieves a top 'good' result in every category and regains Top Safety Pick status.
Standard safety equipment in the 2012 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.
While boxy vehicles like the Pilot tend to be a bit better for outward visibility, the thick rear pillars in the Pilot, combined with its ride height, conspire to make it challenging for shorter drivers especially. Check for yourself, and you might want to opt for the backup camera--which, unfortunately, comes only in Pilot EX-L and Touring models with the nav system.