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2007 Honda Pilot

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2007 Honda Pilot Review

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The Pilot is Honda's largest SUV offering and has earned a reputation for reliability, comfort and performance. Sharing a chassis with the Acura MDX has its benefits, and the Pilot sails into 2007 leading its class in just about every category. Although it offers seating for eight passengers, the Pilot is not nearly as bulky or cumbersome as most full-size SUVs and its silky-smooth V6 engine delivers strong performance coupled with superb fuel economy. The Pilot's uni-body construction permits the use of a sophisticated rear suspension that delivers an impressively smooth ride and agile handling. On the downside, this design limits the Pilot's tow rating to 4,500 pounds for boat trailers and 3,500 pounds for all others.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you need the seating capacity of a bigger SUV, but not the usually bulky body and so-so handling that comes with it, check out the Pilot. Interior room is as outstanding as the power output of the V6 engine. And if you desire four-wheel drive, Honda's innovative VTM-4 system offers automatic engagement when needed and a manual locking function for dealing with those tougher situations.

You May Not Like This Car If...

The Pilot's strong popularity makes it difficult to bargain on what is already a relatively steep price. Honda's "one package fits all" approach may turn off buyers who like to pick and choose their options. Those who need to tow more than 3,500 pounds will need to look elsewhere.

What's Significant About This Car?

No major changes for 2007.

Driving the Pilot

Driving Impressions In addition to its other attributes, the Pilot delivers an exceptional combination of road feel, steering feedback and ride comfort. Over practically any road surface, the Pilot maintains its composure...

with ease, riding quietly over smooth pavement with stability and poise. Performance is another Pilot strength, and the Pilot's V6 is capable of producing ample low-end torque along with impressive highway response.

Honda's VTM-4 four-wheel-drive system distributes power between the front and rear wheels as needed, but its lack of a two-speed transfer case could inhibit true off-road adventuring. The system does, however, feature a locking mechanism that can be manually engaged at low speeds, ideal for low-traction situations such as mud or deep snow.

Four-Wheel Drive
Honda's VTM-4 four-wheel drive lets the Pilot go where most big SUVs wouldn't dare.

Navigation
The Pilot's optional navigation unit features a rear back-up camera.

2007 Honda Pilot Details
2007 Honda Pilot photo Interior

The Pilot's interior may make you feel you're in an Acura, as the optional perforated leather seats, navigation system or DVD entertainment package and a host of other creature comforts are all wrapped in quality materials. The Pilot's third-row seat is a bit cramped for adults, but should suit the little ones just fine. With the third-row seat folded, the Pilot gains a huge amount of usable cargo room. The built-in rear back-up camera is a great safety feature, but is limited to upper-end models equipped with navigation. On the flip side, we applaud Honda for making front side-impact and three-row head-curtain airbags standard on every model.

Exterior
2007 Honda Pilot photo

In profile, the Honda Pilot mirrors much of the styling of the previous generation CR-V. A boxy greenhouse tempered by rounded corners, big side glass and a short hood create the Pilot's silhouette. The Pilot's front fenders, grille, headlamp and taillight treatment mimic the look established by Honda's other big truck, the Ridgeline. Big flush-mounted headlamps flank an equally large grille and you'll find the Pilot's overall fit and finish is flawless. Built-in crumple zones helped the Pilot perform extremely well in its crash tests.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

As with all Hondas, the Pilot offers its optional equipment packaged within each trim level. The base LX features a 244-horsepower 3.5-liter V6, five-speed automatic transmission, manual front and rear air conditioning, remote keyless entry, four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes, seven cup holders, dual power mirrors, AM/FM stereo with CD, front side-impact airbags, three-row side-curtain airbags, cruise control, tilt steering wheel, power windows, power locks, rear defroster, rear wiper/washer, Vehicle Stability Assist and 16-inch painted alloy wheels. The EX trim level adds automatic air conditioning, six-disc in-dash CD player, auto-off headlamps, eight-way power driver's seat, steering wheel-mounted controls and machine-finished alloy wheels.

Optional Equipment

Other than four-wheel drive, options are limited to the EX trim and are offered in a variety of packages. You can order the EX with leather, or with leather and rear-seat DVD player, or with leather and Navigation, but you can't order a model with navigation and the rear-seat DVD. Ordering the leather seat package brings heated front seats, a power moonroof, heated side mirrors and XM Satellite Radio.

Under the Hood

Honda's more-than-competent 3.5-liter V6 fits the Pilot like a well-tailored suit. Powerful enough to climb hills, dart across busy intersections and pass with confidence, yet fairly easy on fuel, this engine is all about efficiency and quiet operation. An excellent repair history adds piece of mind.

3.5-liter V6
244 horsepower @ 5750 rpm (2WD), 244 horsepower @ 5600 rpm (4WD)
240 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4500 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 18/24 (2WD), 17/22 (4WD)

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2007 Honda Pilot Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
9.3
Out of 10

Based on 909 Ratings for the 2003 - 2008 models.

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  • Value
    9.3/10
    Quality
    9.4/10
  • Reliability
    9.6/10
    Performance
    9.3/10
  • Comfort
    9.3/10
    Styling
    9.0/10

Like Riding On Clouds, Roomy, Features Galore!

By on Thursday, December 31, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 99,000

10 10.0
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Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Smoothist Ride-Roomy-Tons of Features-Last Forever"

Cons: "Pilots are Expensive to Buy & Expensive to Repair"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I have the EX-L loaded model with all the bells and whistles except I didnt get 4WD. I love how smooth my Pilot drives! Its like riding on clouds. I have had NO problems with this vehicle AT ALL! My navigation system works great! I love all the extras Honda throws in like heated leather seats, garage dr opener, alarm, sunroof, numerous outlets to plug in chargers, steering wheel easy access buttons, VSA traction control, back up camera, cruise control, tinted windows, power everything, on & on etc., But above & beyond all the cool features Honda includes, there are a couple things I extra appreciate such as the windshield is tilted more than any other vehicle I have ever owned, which makes it more difficult for the windshield to get broken by a rock flying up from the car in front of you on the road, but I bought a black bug deflector for the front hood anyway bc it really looks great against my gold metalic paint. I looked at tons of other cars & suvs but I could not find any vehicle that compared to this Pilot for a smooth ride, plenty of room, all the extra's it has or the fact that its a good looking vehicle! As long as you keep this car serviced with oil changes etc, it will last treat you well. I love all the windows in the back bc it means less blind spots. Owning this Pilot makes you want to go on trips driving across the U.S., it makes driving a good experience! This Pilot is a little wide which you need to remember when driving bc the doors are not flat, they round out a few inches more than adverage. And these SUVs are top heavy, so you need to be extra careful when taking corners at increased speed so you dont roll over altho Honda does have a roll bar built into the frame of the vehicle. I have found not everyone knows how to work on Hondas and there are special fluids for the radiator(blue) and trans. Overall, regardless of the high price I paid, its worth having a vehicle that makes me happy when I drive it. I know I will have this vehicle for a long time because I enjoy everything about it, not to mention the fact they really do last 300,000 miles plus!"

3 people out of 4 found this review helpful

Awesome vehicle!

By on Saturday, December 12, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 219,134

10 10.0
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Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "8 person seating all wheel drive"

Cons: "nothing bad about it"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"This vehicle is awesome it's white has DVD player definately got some good use out of it hauling kids around all the time. Has a few dings not really noticeable. Has heated leather seats. Lots of space... easier to drive than most suv's"

6 people out of 8 found this review helpful

Love my 2003 Honda Pilot - 201k

By on Wednesday, December 02, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 201,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
7/10
Styling
6/10
Comfort
6/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"finally wearing down.... it probably could go another 100K if I invested more money but 201K is a pretty good deal!"

10 people out of 15 found this review helpful

Solid choice, do the recommended maint

By on Thursday, October 29, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 200,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "4wd is great, awesome for families"

Cons: "Mpg could be better, plastic wears easy"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"This has been a great sub for us, our first one was a 2006, it was totaled, I had a loan on it. The payoff check purchased our current 2003 Honda Pilot, it had 197k on it, we purchased for 3500, there were people calling the seller off the hook, but we were first to come with cash. He had all ain't receipts, and car was in good shape, it was 4wd. So the timing belt teeth broke off at 202,00 miles, it happened in my garage, so I don't believe the valves to be damaged. I replaced the belt myself, and will finish this week. I just really wanted to write in to everyone. Also when we bought it the tranny started acting up, a fluid exchange at the dealer for 225$ corrected all problems, and it drive the 5,000 miles to its current state with no issues on tranny. We will spend money to fix it if I cannot myself, there are 2 pilots on CL right now that are same year, lower miles, one is 2wd for 9995, the other 4wd for 11,995! A good suv if reg maint is done with Honda fluids only!"

6 people out of 7 found this review helpful

I love my Pilot, want to keep it forever.

By on Friday, October 23, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 148,634

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Love how it drives, like sitting up"

Cons: "Just the AC now"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"I do love my Pliot. I hate to trade it in but having problems with the AC, 2 weeks ago I put $588 and today they want another $930, all for the AC."

4 people out of 11 found this review helpful

Most well build vehicle I've ever owned.

By on Monday, October 19, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 138,300

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "Quality product"

Cons: "Road noise. No auxilary port."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"The engine on this vehicle is so very quiet. Transmission shifts so smoothly. It was comfortable to take road trips with my five children. Good gas mileage, etc."

8 people out of 12 found this review helpful

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