2018 Honda Pilot

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Honda Pilot highlights

Customer rating


  • Plenty of cargo space
  • Smooth and composed ride
  • Spacious third-row seating for most adults


  • Complex optional touchscreen screen
  • Audio and climate controls can get frustrating
  • Overly sensitive collision warning and adaptive cruise control

Mileage (EPA estimate)

18 city, 26 highway, 21 combined

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What is new for the 2018 Honda Pilot?

  • Pilot trims have been upgraded with Leatherette Seats as standard equipment this year.

2018 Honda Pilot trims

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  • 280-hp, 262-lb-ft of torque 3.5L
  • Cloth Seats
  • Cruise Control
  • Fold-Away Third Row
  • Overhead Airbags
  • Power Mirrors
  • Rear Defroster
  • Rear View Camera
  • Side Airbags


  • Includes all features available on the LX
  • Rear Air Conditioning
  • Power Seats
  • Remote Start
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Android Auto
  • Satellite Radio Ready
  • Apple CarPlay
  • View our Honda Pilot EX inventory



  • Includes all features available on the EX-L
  • Automated Cruise Control
  • Memory Seats
  • Rear Sunshade
  • Parking Sensors
  • 20 Inch Plus Wheels
  • Navigation System
  • DVD Video System
  • Blu-ray Video System
  • View our Honda Pilot Touring inventory


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5 reasons to buy the 2018 Honda Pilot

1. Strong V6

If you're looking for a family hauler with good acceleration and gas mileage, the 2018 Honda Pilot is a smart choice. This three-row SUV comes with a 280-horsepower 3.5L V6 that pairs with a standard six-speed automatic transmission or an available nine-speed automatic with paddle shifters for a more engaging ride. For the most robust fuel economy, consider the front-wheel drive 3.5L V6 with the optional nine-speed automatic transmission to achieve an EPA-estimated 20 mpg city and 27 mpg highway.

Touring models also come standard with automatic engine stop-start to help conserve fuel in urban settings.

2. Capability

The 2018 Pilot comes standard with FWD, but all-wheel drive versions are available for greater traction and control in slippery conditions. EX and higher trims also include Honda's Intelligent Traction Management system, which consists of a Snow mode in FWD models and Snow, Sand, and Mud modes for AWD. Whether tackling treacherous routes or enjoying light off-roading, the 2018 Pilot rises to the occasion. When properly equipped, this SUV's 3.5L V6 boasts an estimated 5,000-lb towing capacity to haul your boat or camper behind it.

3. Roomy interior

Big families love the 2018 Honda Pilot for its standard eight-passenger seating and an easy-access third row that's spacious enough for adults to ride comfortably. With all rows in place, the 2018 Pilot provides 16.5 cu-ft of space behind the third row for groceries and sporting equipment and 46.8 cu-ft with the 60/40-split folding third-row seat folded. With all rows folded, there is 83.9 cu-ft of volume to haul large cargo, and the flat load floor makes it easy to fill the SUV to the brim with the power liftgate (standard on EX-L and higher).

4. Family-friendly infotainment

The 2018 Honda Pilot is excellent for families who enjoy road trips. EX and higher models come standard with an infotainment system with an eight-inch touchscreen, Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto capabilities, and three USB ports for on-the-go device charging. In addition, a rear entertainment system with a Blu-ray player, a single overhead screen, HDMI and RCA ports, and two additional USB ports for the second row sure come in handy on longer trips (optional in EX-L and standard in Touring and higher trims). 2018 Pilot Touring and Elite models also include a 115-volt power outlet and a navigation system as standard equipment.

5. Helpful driver aids

If having the most driver assistance features is important to you, consider the 2018 Honda Pilot Touring. This trim has several standard features to increase your behind-the-wheel confidence and peace of mind. With the Touring, you can maintain a desired following distance with adaptive cruise control, while forward collision warning and collision mitigation braking help you avoid potential accidents. In addition, the Touring includes road departure mitigation, lane keep assist, and lane departure warning to stay on course. Front and rear parking sensors are also standard in the 2018 Pilot Touring, making stressful parking situations easier.

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Ratings & reliability

Customer ratings

Above Average

RepairPal gave the Honda Pilot an overall reliability rating of 3.5 out of 5 stars, which RepairPal describes as Above Average. This rating ranks Honda Pilot 15th out of 32 among Midsize SUVs.

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Honda Pilot features and specs

Touring 2WD 4D Sport Utility

Standard Features

  • 20 Inch Plus Wheels
  • ABS Brakes
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alloy Wheels
  • AM/FM Stereo
  • Android Auto
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Automated Cruise Control
  • Automatic Transmission
  • Auxiliary Audio Input
  • Bluetooth Technology
  • Cruise Control
  • Fold-Away Third Row
  • Front Seat Heaters
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Leather Seats
  • Leatherette Seats
  • Memory Seat(s)
  • Navigation System
  • Overhead Airbags
  • Parking Sensors
  • Power Hatch/Deck Lid
  • Power Locks
  • Power Mirrors
  • Power Seat(s)
  • Power Windows
  • Rear Air Conditioning
  • Rear Defroster
  • Rear Entertainment System
  • Rear Sunshade
  • Rear View Camera
  • Remote Start
  • Satellite Radio Ready
  • Side Airbags
  • Smart Key
  • Sunroof(s)
  • Third Row Seat
  • Traction Control
  • Full Roof Rack
  • Heated Steering Wheel
  • Leather Seats
  • Parking Sensors
  • Running Boards
  • Tow Hitch

Drive Wheels

Front Wheel Drive (2WD)

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Leg room

F 40.9"/M 38.4"/R 31.9"

Head room

F 39.5"/M 39.9"/R 38.9"

Front tires


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Seating capacity


Max towing capacity

350/3500 lbs.



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