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2018 Honda Pilot KBB Expert Review

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KBB Expert Rating 9.4 / 10
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By Joe Tralongo, Contributing Editor

The 2018 Honda Pilot remains a formidable 3-row crossover SUV, but competition both domestically and abroad is giving Honda’s full-size family hauler a run for its money. The Pilot’s recent restyling already looks a bit tame when compared to the Nissan Pathfinder and Mazda CX-9, and those more concerned with maximum interior room will find more to like in a Chevrolet Traverse. The 8-passenger Pilot has remained current with the latest driver-safety-assist features including adaptive cruise control and crash-detection and -mitigation systems, but its infotainment system isn’t as user-friendly as those found on GM, Ford and Dodge brands. The Pilot is also primarily an on-road SUV, with a comfortable ride, agile handling and respectable highway fuel economy, but no off-road chops.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you need room for a growing family in a vehicle as worry-free as possible, the 8-passenger 2018 Honda Pilot is as good a bet as any. With handsome styling, excellent driving characteristics and proven V6, the Pilot can tackle almost any challenge.

You May Not Like This Car If...

If you’re looking for a 3-row SUV with massive cargo space, a tow rating greater than 5,000 pounds or hybrid fuel economy, there are better choices than the Pilot. Budget-conscious buyers will note Toyota’s base Highlander LE comes standard with advanced driver-safety systems unavailable on the entry-level Pilot LX.

What's New for 2018

There are no major changes to the 2018 Honda Pilot.

Driving It Driving Impressions

It only takes a few minutes behind the Pilot’s wheel to understand just how good this big SUV has become. From its comfortable ride to its responsive steering to its ability to run through tight curves with surprising agility, the Pilot never falters. Despite its size, the 2018 Honda Pilot feels nimble and easily maneuverable, the latter trait amplified by the Pilot’s tight turning radius. Sure, the Mazda CX-9 is probably a better-handling SUV, but it seats only seven and offers only a turbocharged 4-cylinder engine. For our tastes, the ample low-end torque and powerful pulling power of the Pilot’s 280-horsepower V6 is more fitting for this type of vehicle. Inside, the Pilot features wide, comfortable front seats, logically arranged switchgear and instrumentation and commendably low levels of wind and tire noise. The cabin’s styling is a bit austere compared to new competitors, but it’s not unattractive by any measure.

Favorite Features

Honda’s suite of driver-safety assists includes lane-keeping assist, rear cross-traffic alert, adaptive cruise control, collision-mitigation and braking and road-departure mitigation. They’re all part of the Honda Sensing system that is optional on EX trims and standard on Touring and Elite.

Storage space is always at a premium in an SUV filled with kids, pets and luggage, which is why we think you’ll appreciate the hidden cargo hold behind the Pilot’s 3rd-row seat. Adding about three cubic feet of storage with the seat up, the space includes a reversible carpeted cargo cover that can be stored at the bottom of the well when not in use.

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