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2014 Honda Pilot

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2014 Honda Pilot 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.

What's New for 2014

For 2014 the Honda Pilot continues without any significant changes.

Driving the Pilot

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
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

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

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)

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2014 Honda Pilot Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.7
Out of 10

Based on 324 Ratings for the 2009 - 2015 models.

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

3rd Honda: Up to the Odyssey?

By on Saturday, January 30, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 50,000

10 7.0
overall rating 7 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Ride, leather, room, storage."

Cons: "Paint, rotors"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 7

"Drove my Odyssey 122,000 without a repair or replacing brake pads(did it just because at 110K)but alas if I expired tomorrow,I felt too advanced to be remembered as the mini-van mom. The 2013 Pilot has good leg room in rows 1,2 compared to others. Leather seats and mats good quality. The engine has sufficient pick up to maneuver around less aware drivers. Auto open feature for the rear door and console storage a plus. Tires have good traction and great ride. CONS: The phone quality poor for the call receiver. My issues are paint, rotors, dealership. Rotors turned twice now(remember I never even did brake pads last vehicle). Everything scratches the paint! My steering column noisy when it rains:" Mam its your seat" LOL"

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

Purchased new-excessive dash noise and rattles

By on Sunday, January 10, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 25,000

10 5.0
overall rating 5 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
5/10
Value
5/10
Reliability
7/10
Quality
2/10
Performance
5/10
Styling
5/10
Comfort
5/10

Pros: "Stereo system"

Cons: "Rattles, squeaks, interior noises"

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

"2012 4wd Touring model purchased new and likely will be my last Honda vehicle purchase. The dash has excessive rattles, vibrations, and noise. Multiple warranty service calls resulting in the entire dash being removed. Dealer discovered numerous loose nuts and washers had not been tightened during assemble to secure the dash which were corrected. Now the dash squeaks excessively but not a metallic vibration but that of rubbing plastic. Horrible ongoing experience. Driver seat heater would turn on by itself and then unable to turn off and failed on several occasions. Finally fixed after several service calls. Rear seat belts don't fully retract and metal buckle rattles against plastic side panel. Poor engineering and poor quality control. My diesel Ford truck is dead silent in the cab compared to the Pilot."

2 people out of 2 found this review helpful

Avoid This Car!! Too Many Issues

By on Tuesday, December 29, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 22,000

10 2.0
overall rating 2 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
2/10
Value
6/10
Reliability
1/10
Quality
1/10
Performance
3/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "Hate it"

Cons: "Hate it"

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

"I own a 2012 Honda Pilot with approximately 22,000 miles on it. I've had more issues with this care than my previous 9 cars combined. We have a squeaking that occurs every 30-60 seconds when the AC is on, 5 trips to the dealer and it's still not fixed. When shifting from park into drive, the transmission jolts frequently - 4 visits to the dealer, still not fixed. Now a new "special feature" when at a stop light, the car will randomly lunge into oncoming traffic. For your own safety, avoid Honda as their quality is lacking and the dealer can't seem to figure out how to keep this unit running."

3 people out of 3 found this review helpful

Great car with one problem

By on Tuesday, December 15, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 67,000

10 6.0
overall rating 6 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
6/10
Value
6/10
Reliability
6/10
Quality
6/10
Performance
4/10
Styling
5/10
Comfort
6/10

Pros: "Great car"

Cons: "Sudden accelleration"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 5

"Car had sudden acceleration with no damage or injury. Car went fron stop to full speed. Honda found nothing wrong but I didn't expect otherwise. Perhaps my last Honda because. I don't trust them anymore."

4 people out of 5 found this review helpful

overrated

By on Friday, December 11, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 15,000

10 7.0
overall rating 7 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
7/10
Value
7/10
Reliability
8/10
Quality
8/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
5/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "rear cup holders,tow hitch,latch system"

Cons: "poor braking,really bad blind spot,mileage"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 4

"I originally bought a factory brand new(at the time)2012 Honda Odyssey thinking it would be great for all the road trips we'll be taking. After 3 years and not so many road trips(just one), got tired of having the Mommy Van and wanted something more Colorado winter-weather friendly. So we traded it in for a brand new 2015 Pilot and thought, 'This is the one'. pros: Its bigger, sits higher. If you have kids, there is the car seat latch-system in all seats for middle and back row. DVD fold down for the kiddos during long road trips. Not so many buttons on the key remote like the Odyssey to have to double check what you're pressing. Has towing capabilities or for those of you who want to just put a hitch on it to protect your bumper from someone backing into you in a parking lot. Middle seat is pretty roomy for an adult sitting between a car seat and a booster seat-legroom-wise was like I was sitting in the front seat, comfortable. Hidden storage is nice- minus the glove box(small). Can hold a full-sized spare. The kids viewing mirror is in a better position that is closer to the rear view mirror. Several ways to open/close the rear lift gate with button on drivers door, lift gate and button on the key. The rear cargo area also has access from the glass section if you don't want to open the entire lift gate. cons: The alloy rims stick out outward rather than in, unlike most make/models. Something you take for granted until you need to get as close as you can and there's a high curb. Not enough cup holders in the front(2), so if you have a water bottle while you and your passenger have soda cups, chances are its going to end up rolling on the floor every time you turn. Front seat flooring has no separator from the seat behind(middle row). So if you have a water bottle, baby bottle, toy ball rolling around and you don't know(from kids) chances are it could possibly make it way under your brake/accelerator pedal. I've found a large bouncing ball from a vending machine tucked behind my (Husky- for snow)mat once. Bad blind spot rear passenger corner. Poor braking, takes A LOT, A LOT of getting used to, my husband hates driving the Pilot because of this. The drivers seat adjuster raises the leg portion higher than the butt part of the chair and I'm 5'5, so I cant sit as high to view the front portion of the car as I'd like to(good for really tall people I suppose).If you're not limber, getting in the third row might be a challenge if you have grand parents riding with you and car seats in the middle row. Legroom in third row is a bit cramped on the legs for adults. Lastly, the gas mileage is no joke. In the summer I can get 23 mpg, winter 20/21 mpg"

6 people out of 6 found this review helpful

Very Dependable

By on Sunday, November 29, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 35,000

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
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "roomy, dependable, seats comfortably, looks good."

Cons: "MPG is not accurately advertized."

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

"I've owned this vehicle for a year now and enjoy driving it as a driver and passenger in all seats including passenger front and rear seats. It has a good smooth ride for a Honda. Overall, it is a very dependable vehicle and looks greats. My Biggest upset/con is the fact that the MPG is completely off of what the sticker says. I am at the point of getting 14MPG in the city and 19-20 on the highway, this has been my biggest upset as I was hoping to get the 17/24 as advertised. Would buy again if I needed to though."

3 people out of 6 found this review helpful

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