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2014 Honda Pilot Review

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2014 Honda Pilot Expert Review

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KBB Expert Rating: 7.8

For many buyers the 2014 Honda Pilot will be the perfect SUV. It's mid-size on the outside, with all the resultant benefits in maneuverability and parking ease, yet with the 8-passenger capacity of full-size models. Factor in proven Honda reliability and customer satisfaction, the pleasurable driving experience, good resale value, its comprehensive offering of features and that it's the most fuel-efficient 8-passenger SUV on the market, and it's very difficult not to like the 2014 Pilot. Its competitors include the Nissan Pathfinder, Chevrolet Traverse, Ford Explorer and Toyota Highlander, all having their own attributes and attractions, but seating only seven passengers and lacking the Pilot's appeal. The 2014 Pilot is a near-ideal choice for reliable and efficient transportation for families and their gear.

You'll Like This Car If...

Need room for eight people? Don't want a minivan? Don't want to mess with something bigger? Concerned about fuel economy? Looking for the peace of mind of proven reliability and customer satisfaction? Check out the 2014 Honda Pilot.

You May Not Like This Car If...

Maybe you really do need something bigger, or you tow a larger trailer than the 4,500-pound capacity the Pilot will handle. You probably ought to shop for something with a V8.

KBB Expert Ratings

  • 7.8
  • 8.0
  • 8.2
  • 7.0
  • 7.4
  • N/A
How It Ranks

#44

out of 64

Fuel Economy

#31

out of 63

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Consumer Rating

8.7 out of 10
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2014 Honda Pilot Low/wide front photo What's New for 2014

For 2014 the Honda Pilot continues without any significant changes.

Driving the Pilot
2014 Honda Pilot Front angle view photo

Driving Impressions The 2014 Honda Pilot's driving characteristics are not what you might expect from its upright and somewhat squared-off look but, from behind the wheel, it feels very much like a...

... good-handling sedan, and not a particularly big one, at that. It starts with unit construction, a fully independent suspension and responsive rack-and-pinion steering, and the result is a smooth and comfortable ride, excellent directional stability on the highway and precise, predictable handling in the curves. The 250-horsepower V6 is willing but certainly not the most powerful in the group, yet delivers more than ample performance for daily driving or merging with freeway traffic. The Pilot with 4-wheel drive (4WD) should be excellent on assorted slippery surfaces, including snow. This is probably not the vehicle for severe off-roading, but the "lock mode" of the VTM-4WD system delivers the maximum-possible transfer of torque to the rear wheels to help deal with extremely low-traction conditions.

AUTOMATIC 4-WHEEL DRIVE
The Pilot's available Variable Torque Management (VTM-4) system includes fully automatic 4-wheel-drive capability and a "lock mode" that can send the maximum-possible torque to the rear wheels to help with extremely low-traction situations, such as getting out of stuck conditions.

VERSATILE 2ND-ROW SEATING
The 2014 Honda Pilot's 60/40-split 2nd-row seats slide and recline to comfortably accommodate adult-sized passengers. In addition, each of the three seats incorporates the LATCH child-safety system.

2014 Honda Pilot Details
2014 Honda Pilot Dashboard, center console, gear shifter view photo Interior

The 2014 Honda Pilot's interior is a study in efficiency. All controls are logically placed and easy to operate; there's nothing eye-popping, just basic good design that works well. Still, the interior is not bare or bland, and in the EX-L trim level it is luxuriously plush. Each of the three rows of seats provides more-than-adequate legroom, welcome in the mid-size category. Cargo capacity behind the rear seat is roughly equivalent to the trunk of a large sedan, there's a generous storage bin below the rear floor and plenty of roof space for a carrier rack.

Exterior
2014 Honda Pilot photo

With a fairly long wheelbase, short overhangs and generous interior space, the exterior of the 2014 Honda Pilot is defined by function and thus tends to upright and somewhat boxy. But it's not unpleasant and will certainly not go out of style in the next model cycle. Details include turn signals integrated into the halogen headlights, 17-inch steel wheels on the LX trim, 5-spoke, 18-inch alloy wheels on the EX and EX-L trim levels, and 6-spoke alloys with machined surfaces on the Touring models. The rear glass flips up for access to the cargo area.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

The 2014 Honda Pilot LX includes 3-zone climate control, an 8-inch multi-information display with a rearview camera and a 7-speaker audio system with Bluetooth. EX models add a 10-way-power driver's seat, fog lights and automatic on/off headlights, while EX-L trims include a moonroof, leather seating with heated front seats and a power liftgate. Top-level Touring models include memory for the front seats, rear sonar proximity sensors and a premium sound system. Safety items include comprehensive electronic stability controls and driving aids and a full complement of occupant-protection features.

Optional Equipment

Options for the 2014 Honda Pilot are mostly linked to the various trim levels. Among the available features are Variable Torque Management 4-wheel drive (VTM-4), a ceiling-mounted rear-seat DVD entertainment system and voice-activated navigation with integrated FM traffic data.

Under the Hood
2014 Honda Pilot Engine photo

Admittedly not the strongest engine in the class, the 2014 Honda Pilot's 3.5-liter V6 makes 250 horsepower and is a willing and responsive performer for any reasonable driving situation the Pilot is likely to encounter. The 5-speed automatic transmission includes Grade Logic Control for maintaining the optimum gear selection when ascending or descending grades, thus minimizing annoying "hunting" between gears. With Variable Cylinder Management (VCM) the engine operates in 6-cylinder mode for maximum power or 4-cylinder or 3-cylinder mode for enhanced efficiency.

3.5-liter V6
250 horsepower @ 5,700 rpm
253 lb-ft of torque @ 4,800 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 18/25 mpg (front-wheel drive), 17/24 mpg (4WD)

The Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) for the base model 2014 Honda Pilot LX trim level with front-wheel drive is right around $30,000. The well-equipped EX-L model, with leather and 4-wheel drive, is near $37,000, while a fully loaded Touring with 4WD, navigation and Rear Entertainment System is well over $41,000. Generally speaking, aside from Toyota's base 4-cylinder Highlander, most of the Pilot's likely competition will be priced starting in the low-$30,000 range. Before heading off to the dealership, check KBB.com for the Kelley Blue Book Fair Purchase Price and an indication of what the Pilot is actually selling for in your area. Resale is also a plus with the 2014 Honda Pilot, as it is expected to maintain residual values that are roughly competitive with those of the Toyota Highlander and Nissan Pathfinder and higher than those for the Chevrolet Traverse and Ford Explorer.

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2014 Honda Pilot Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.7
Out of 10

Based on 311 Ratings for the 2009 - 2015 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    8.8/10
    Quality
    8.9/10
  • Reliability
    9.2/10
    Performance
    8.6/10
  • Comfort
    8.9/10
    Styling
    8.6/10

Great vehicle!

By on Monday, June 29, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 70,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Lots of room."

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

"This is my second Honda Pilot and I am very happy with it. The 2011 model offers lots of cargo and passenger room."

29 people out of 49 found this review helpful

LOVE my Pilot Touring. First car at this level

By on Monday, June 22, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 60,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Quality, roomy, fun to drive, bigger on the inside"

Cons: "gas pedal angle, sloping cargo floor,"

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

"Purchased my Honda Certified Pre-owned 2011 Pilot-Touring off a 2 yr lease that was turned in early, 17K mi. I had to replace front bushings in my 2nd year of ownership(about 49k mi) but Honda service replaced both for $200 when it was just out of warranty range. No other problems, drives like a dream. There is more road noise than should be at this luxury level of a car but far better than my old Odessey(which I also loved). The Pilot is bulkier than the Odessey Mainly because you can see the hood! However, it handles just as easily and you get used to it. The Pilot parks with ease but takes some getting used to if you are moving up from a smaller car. I really like sitting up higher and feel safe. Love the bumper impact warning sensors! Smooth luxurious ride. It has an excellent turning radius. I love the third row useable seat but a little hard to get to for many adults. Still has nice room behind 3rd row seats. Lots of room with all of seats folded down. Easy to transform to needed configuration. I would buy another certified Pre Owned Pilot Touring. Bad things: 1-Front passenger seat is beginning to show tiny cracks in the leather already. This shouldn't be happening. Cargo floor slopes a little when all seats are folded down. Flat would be nice but not critical. 2-The Pilot's Gas pedal is at an slightly odd angle. Both my husband and I noticed it right off. Hard to rest your foot. I got used to it. Noticeable on long trips. 3-Gas mileage is about 17 avg., as stated. 4-some road noise but not bad. I expected even less though, at this luxury level."

14 people out of 24 found this review helpful

Great vehicle. Terible mileage

By on Tuesday, June 02, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 31,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "All of the amenities"

Cons: "Terrible in town mileage."

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

"I love my Pilot. I do not like the mileage I get in town. Sticker said 17 to 24 mpg. I get as low as 12 in town and a reasonable 23 on the highway. I have had no issues with this vehicle and I would buy another if and when the time is right."

18 people out of 50 found this review helpful

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