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2014 Honda Pilot Safety

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The 2014 Honda Pilot is one of the safer choices in the segment, following in the footsteps of past Pilot models. It doesn't quite have straight-A grades with all of the crash test agencies, though.

Despite its boxy body, tall seating, and rather low beltline, the Honda Pilot doesn't offer great outward visibility--mainly because of the thick rear pillars, which may make it hard for some shorter drivers to see when changing lanes or backing up.

The Pilot earns good crash-test scores, but some cutting-edge safety options are missing.

A rearview camera is standard on all trims in 2014. Front side airbags, side-curtain bags that cover all three rows, and active head restraints all remain included, plus electronic stability control and anti-lock brakes.

Last year's version of the Pilot was given top 'good' ratings by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety in all categories--even in the crucial (for tall utility vehicles) roof-strength category--and it was named a Top Safety Pick. But in the tighter federal NCAP crash-test program, the Pilot earns a four-star score (out of five) overall, with four stars for frontal impact and five stars for the new side pole test. 

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