The 2009 Honda Pilot is fitted with a long list of standard safety equipment. To date, the Pilot has not been tested by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) or the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).
The 2009 Honda Pilot’s standard safety gear includes “antilock brakes, an electronic stability system, side-impact airbags for the front seats, three-row side curtain airbags, and active head restraints for the front seats,” Cars.com says. It also offers Brake Assist, which the Detroit News says “uses a computer to determine if the driver is slamming on the brakes and then increases brake pressure electronically to help provide maximum stopping power.”
A backup camera is standard on the 2009 Honda Pilot EX-L and Touring models, Cars.com adds. On models without navigation, the available rearview camera projects an image into “a small screen on the inside rearview mirror,” USAToday says. “Never did seem as intuitive as the big-screen backup image…Better than no rearview display, but inferior to the big fella.”
Visibility is a bigger issue with the larger 2009 Honda Pilot. “Thick rear roof pillars block the driver's view to the rear corners,” ConsumerGuide observes, “but large windows and typically tall SUV driving stance mean good visibility otherwise.” USAToday adds that “the high hood line that accommodates the big grille makes it hard to see where the path goes when cresting an off-pavement hill.”