2015 Honda Pilot FWD LX

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The 2015 Honda Pilot is not the best crossover in this segment anymore, but it’s still a top-quality vehicle. It offers excellent performance, a comfortable cabin and quite a few high-tech features. Its downfall is an undeniable sense of cheapness inside its cabin that is not found in most of its competitors.

Full Review

The 2015 Honda Pilot is an all-around excellent crossover that gets so many things right that it’s hard not to shed a tear. It offers a superb performance, excellent interior comfort and plenty of features. As such, it’s really no surprise that the Pilot has been one of Honda’s best-sellers since the 1990s. The only problem with the newest model is its cheaply finished interior – because there are plenty of vehicles that offer more in this segment.

On the outside, the 2015 Pilot serves up a fairly long wheelbase and short overhangs. However, the main appeal of this crossover is that it was clearly build for function, which is easily apparent in its upright and boxy shape. What makes this design work is the fact that it has this feeling of timelessness, so don’t expect it to go out of fashion any time soon. The details that you’ll find on the exterior include turn signals integrated into the halogen headlights, 17-inch steel wheels on the LX trim, five-spoke, 18-inch alloy wheels on the EX and EX-L trim levels as well as six-spoke alloy wheels on the Touring models. To access the cargo area, it is possible flip up the rear glass.

On the inside, however, the Pilot is extremely restrained, both in terms of design and material quality. The controls are in their logical places and, on top of that, they are incredibly user-friendly. You won’t find anything that’s impressive-looking here though, which means that you should expect the most basic design possible – though it does work well. It’s also not exactly bland, and if you go for the EX-L trim, you’ll find that it’s luxuriously plush. This crossover features three rows of seats, all of which provide a lot of legroom, which is impressive, given that it’s only a midsize crossover. The cargo area the rearmost seat is as big as that of a large sedan, featuring a big storage bin below the rear floor as well as enough roof space for a carrier rack, should you need one.

Under the hood, the 2015 Pilot has a 3.5-litre V6 engine that can produce 250 horsepower and 253 pound-feet of torque. It’s a surprisingly well-performing and easy-to-drive vehicle. The engine is paired with a five-speed automatic transmission, which includes Grade Logic Control for ascending or descending with the most optimal gear necessary. There’s also something called Variable Cylinder Management, which allows the engine to operate in six-cylinder mode for maximum power. Not satisfied? There are four-cylinder and three-cylinder modes for enhanced efficiency as well. The rear-wheel-drive version of the Pilot provides the best fuel-economy ratings out of any eight-passenger vehicle available, while the four-wheel-drive Pilot has the best rating as far as four-wheel-drive SUVs are concerned.

So, is the 2015 Honda Pilot worth its $35,000 price tag? Well, we would argue that for the most part it is. Sure, its cabin is a bit cheap, but the rest of this vehicle is so good that the cheapness is hardly even noticeable. In other words, if you need a reliable crossover for your family or for some other reason, then give this vehicle a try.

2015 Honda Pilot
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Rating: 7.8 / 10

Trim / StyleMSRPEst. Monthly PaymentAverage PriceInvoice Price
FWD LX$35,400 Get Local Price Get Invoice Price
4WD LX$38,400 Get Local Price Get Invoice Price
4WD SE$42,800 Get Local Price Get Invoice Price
4WD EX-L with DVD Rear Entertainment System$44,800 Get Local Price Get Invoice Price
4WD Touring$49,150 Get Local Price Get Invoice Price

Latest Incentives

January 03, 2015 thru February 02, 2015
Trim / StyleMSRPCash Incentive before taxCash Incentive after tax
FWD LX$35,400$3,000$0
4WD LX$38,400$3,000$0
4WD SE$42,800$3,000$0
4WD EX-L with DVD Rear Entertainment System$44,800$3,000$0
4WD Touring$49,150$3,000$0
Trim / StyleRebate before taxRebate after tax24364860728496
FWD LX$0$00.99%0.99%1.49%1.99%2.99%2.99%N/A
4WD LX$0$00.99%0.99%1.49%1.99%2.99%2.99%N/A
4WD SE$0$00.99%0.99%1.49%1.99%2.99%2.99%N/A
4WD EX-L with DVD Rear Entertainment System$0$00.99%0.99%1.49%1.99%2.99%2.99%N/A
4WD Touring$0$00.99%0.99%1.49%1.99%2.99%2.99%N/A
Trim / StyleRebate before taxRebate after tax24364860728496
FWD LX$0$00.99%0.99%1.99%2.99%N/AN/AN/A
4WD LX$0$00.99%0.99%1.99%2.99%N/AN/AN/A
4WD SE$0$00.99%0.99%1.99%2.99%N/AN/AN/A
4WD EX-L with DVD Rear Entertainment System$0$00.99%0.99%1.99%2.99%N/AN/AN/A
4WD Touring$0$00.99%0.99%1.99%2.99%N/AN/AN/A

General Specs

EngineRegular Unleaded V-6
Horsepower @RPM250 @ 5700
Displacement3.5 L/212
Torque @RPM253 @ 4800
Fuel SystemSequential MPI
Fuel Economy (Hwy)9.3 (Est) L/100 km
Fuel Economy (City)13.3 (Est) L/100 km
Body typeSport Utility
Drive TrainFront Wheel Drive
Transmission5-Speed A/T
Power and Performance:

Front- and all-wheel drive are both offered with the 2015 Honda Pilot's only drivetrain: a 250-horsepower, 3.5-liter V-6 with a five-speed automatic transmission.

The Pilot does have quite a bit more durability built in than the typical car, though, and it is a good choice for those looking to get to a trailhead on the weekends. The four-wheel-drive system (actually all-wheel drive) does include a Lock mode for mud or deep snow. Structurally, the Pilot's structure borrows some of the benefits of a body-on-frame SUV but has a modern unibody design. And that contributes to its good ride quality and crisp response.

Read more on The Car Connection.

Interiors and Special Features:

The 2015 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 midsize 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.

Originally appeared on Kelley Blue Book.

Safety features:

Every 2015 Honda Pilot comes standard with antilock brakes, traction and stability control, front side airbags, full-length side curtain airbags and front seat active head restraints. A rearview camera is also standard, while parking sensors are included with the Touring. There are no advanced accident-prevention technologies available, nor any kind of emergency telematics.

Read more on Edmunds.


Brake ABS System 4-Wheel
Brake ABS System (Second Line) 4-Wheel
Brake Type N/A
Disc - Front (Yes or ) Yes
Disc - Rear (Yes or ) Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 13
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 13.1

Cargo Area Dimensions

Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 1 (in) N/A
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 2 (in) N/A
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 3 (in) N/A
Cargo Area Width @ Beltline (in) N/A
Cargo Box (Area) Height (in) N/A
Cargo Box Length @ Floor (in) N/A
Cargo Box Width @ Floor (in) N/A
Cargo Box Width @ Top, Rear (in) N/A
Cargo Box Width @ Wheelhousings (in) N/A
Cargo Volume (ft) N/A
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft) 87
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft) 47.7
Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft) 20.8
Ext'd Cab Cargo Volume (ft) N/A
Tailgate Width (in) N/A

Cooling System

Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) N/A


Cold Cranking Amps @ 0 F (2nd) 550
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0 F (3rd) N/A
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0 F (Primary) 550
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) 130


G/km Of CO2 Emissions 230 (Est)
Kg/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 20K km/year N/A


Displacement 3.5 L/212
Engine Oil Cooler None
Engine Type Regular Unleaded V-6
Fuel System Sequential MPI
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM 250 @ 5700
SAE Net Torque @ RPM 253 @ 4800

Exterior Dimensions

Body Length (ft) 0.00
Cab to Axle (in) N/A
Cab to Body (in) N/A
Cab to End of Frame (in) N/A
Frame Width, Rear (in) N/A
Front Bumper to Back of Cab (in) N/A
Ground Clearance, Front (in) N/A
Ground Clearance, Rear (in) N/A
Ground to Top of Frame (in) N/A
Ground to Top of Load Floor (in) N/A
Height, Overall (in) 70.7
Length, Overall (in) 191.4
Length, Overall w/o rear bumper (in) N/A
Liftover Height (in) N/A
Min Ground Clearance (in) 8
Overhang, Front (in) N/A
Overhang, Rear w/o bumper (in) N/A
Rear Door Opening Height (in) N/A
Rear Door Opening Width (in) N/A
Track Width, Front (in) 67.7
Track Width, Rear (in) 67.5
Wheelbase (in) 109.3
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 78.5


Frame RBM (N/A) N/A
Frame Strength (lbs) N/A
Frame Thickness (in) N/A
Frame Type N/A
Sect Modulus Rails Only (in) N/A

Fuel Tank

Aux Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (L) N/A
Aux Fuel Tank Location Midship
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (L) 79.5
Fuel Tank Location Midship

Interior Dimensions

Front Head Room (in) 40
Front Hip Room (in) 58.6
Front Leg Room (in) 41.4
Front Shoulder Room (in) 61.5
Passenger Capacity 8
Second Head Room (in) 39.8
Second Hip Room (in) 56.9
Second Leg Room (in) 38.5
Second Shoulder Room (in) 62.2
Third Head Room (in) 38.2
Third Hip Room (in) 48.4
Third Leg Room (in) 32.1
Third Shoulder Room (in) 58.9


Cruising Range - City (mi) 1405.23
Cruising Range - Hwy (mi) 2009.63
EnerGuide Estimate - City (L/100 km) 13.3 (Est)
EnerGuide Estimate - Hwy (L/100 km) 9.3 (Est)


Steering Ratio (:1), At Lock N/A
Steering Ratio (:1), On Centre N/A
Steering Type Rack-Pinion
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) 37.9
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft) N/A


Axle Capacity - Front (lbs) N/A
Axle Capacity - Rear (lbs) N/A
Axle Ratio (:1) - Front 4.31
Axle Ratio (:1) - Rear 4.31
Axle Type - Front Independent
Axle Type - Rear Independent
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm) N/A
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm) N/A
Spring Capacity - Front (lbs) N/A
Spring Capacity - Rear (lbs) N/A
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in) N/A
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in) N/A
Suspension Type - Front Strut
Suspension Type - Rear Multi-Link


Front Tire Capacity (lbs) N/A
Front Tire Size P235/60TR18
Rear Tire Capacity (lbs) N/A
Rear Tire Size P235/60TR18
Revolutions/Mile @ 45 mph - Front (Rev/Mile) N/A
Revolutions/Mile @ 45 mph - Rear (Rev/Mile) N/A
Revolutions/Mile @ 45 mph - Spare (Rev/Mile) N/A
Spare Tire Capacity (lbs) N/A
Spare Tire Size Compact


Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) 351
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) 3505
Maximum Trailering Capacity (N/A) 3505
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) 526
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) 3505


Clutch Size (in) N/A
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.61
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) N/A
First Gear Ratio (:1) 2.70
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.77
Reverse Ratio (:1) 1.89
Second Gear Ratio (:1) 1.61
Third Gear Ratio (:1) 1.07
Trans Description Cont. Automatic w/OD
Trans Power Take Off N/A
Trans Type 5
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), High N/A
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), Low N/A
Transfer Case Model N/A
Transfer Case Power Take Off No


EnerGuide Estimate City (UK-MPG) 21.24
EnerGuide Estimate Hwy (UK-MPG) 30.38

Weight Information

As Spec'd Curb Weight (lbs) N/A
As Spec'd Payload (lbs) N/A
Base Trim Weight - Front (lbs) N/A
Base Trim Weight - Rear (lbs) N/A
Curb Weight (lbs) N/A
Curb Weight - Front (lbs) N/A
Curb Weight - Rear (lbs) N/A
Gross Axle Weight Rating (lbs) 6118.00
Gross Axle Wt Rating - Front (lbs) 2921
Gross Axle Wt Rating - Rear (lbs) 3197
Gross Combined Wt Rating (lbs) 8466
Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (lbs) 5952.00
Maximum Payload Capacity (lbs) N/A
Option Weight - Front (lbs) 0.00
Option Weight - Rear (lbs) 0.00
Payload Weight Front (lbs) 0
Payload Weight Rear (lbs) 0
Reserve Axle Capacity (lbs) N/A
Reserve Axle Capacity - Front (lbs) N/A
Reserve Axle Capacity - Rear (lbs) N/A
Standard Weight - Front (lbs) 0
Standard Weight - Rear (lbs) 0
Total Option Weight (lbs) 0.00
Trim Curb Weight (lbs) N/A


Front Wheel Material Aluminum
Front Wheel Size (in) 18 X 7.5
Rear Wheel Material Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in) 18 X 7.5
Spare Wheel Material Steel
Spare Wheel Size (in) Compact


Engine: 3.5L V6 SOHC 24V i-VTEC -inc: Variable Cylinder Management (VCM)
Transmission: 5-Speed Automatic -inc: grade logic control
4.312 Axle Ratio
GVWR: 2,700 kgs (5,952 lbs)
Transmission w/Driver Selectable Mode
Front-Wheel Drive
60-Amp/Hr 550CCA Maintenance-Free Battery
130 Amp Alternator
Class III Towing w/Hitch
1 Skid Plate
1340# Maximum Payload
Gas-Pressurized Shock Absorbers
Front And Rear Anti-Roll Bars
Hydraulic Power-Assist Speed-Sensing Steering
79.5 L Fuel Tank
Quasi-Dual Stainless Steel Exhaust
Strut Front Suspension w/Coil Springs
Multi-Link Rear Suspension w/Coil Springs
4-Wheel Disc Brakes w/4-Wheel ABS, Front Vented Discs, Brake Assist and Hill Hold Control


Wheels: 18" 5-Spoke Design Alloy
Tires: P235/60R18 AS
Wheels w/Machined Accents
Steel Spare Wheel
Compact Spare Tire Stored Underbody w/Crankdown
Clearcoat Paint
Body-Coloured Front Bumper w/Black Rub Strip/Fascia Accent
Body-Coloured Rear Step Bumper w/Black Rub Strip/Fascia Accent
Body-Coloured Bodyside Mouldings
Black Side Windows Trim and Black Front Windshield Trim
Body-Coloured Door Handles
Black Power Heated Side Mirrors w/Manual Folding
Flip-Up Rear Window w/Fixed Interval Wiper and Defroster
Deep Tinted Glass
Speed Sensitive Variable Intermittent Wipers
Front Windshield -inc: Sun Visor Strip
Galvanized Steel/Aluminum Panels
Splash Guards
Chrome Grille
Front License Plate Bracket
Liftgate Rear Cargo Access
Tailgate/Rear Door Lock Included w/Power Door Locks
Auto Off Aero-Composite Halogen Daytime Running Headlamps w/Delay-Off


Radio: AM/FM/MP3/WMA/CD Library Audio System -inc: 229-watts, 2GB memory, 7 speakers (including subwoofer), 8" i-MID (intelligent Multi-Information Display), Bluetooth streaming audio, MP3/auxiliary input jack and USB audio interface
Radio w/Seek-Scan, Clock, Speed Compensated Volume Control, Steering Wheel Controls and Radio Data System
Window Grid Antenna
Bluetooth Handsfreelink Wireless Phone Connectivity


Front Bucket Seats -inc: driver's 6-way manual adjustment and passenger 4-way adjustment
Cloth Front Seats
60-40 Folding Split-Bench Front Facing Manual Reclining Fold Forward Seatback Cloth Rear Seat w/Manual Fore/Aft
Manual Tilt/Telescoping Steering Column
Gauges -inc: Speedometer, Odometer, Engine Coolant Temp, Tachometer, Trip Odometer and Trip Computer
Power Rear Windows and Fixed 3rd Row Windows
8 Person Seating Capacity
Fixed 60-40 Split-Bench Cloth 3rd Row Seat Front, Manual Fold Into Floor, 3 Manual and Adjustable Head Restraints
Front Cupholder
Rear Cupholder
Valet Function
Remote Keyless Entry w/Integrated Key Transmitter, 4 Door Curb/Courtesy, Illuminated Entry and Panic Button
Remote Releases -Inc: Mechanical Fuel and Keyfob Rear Window
Cruise Control w/Steering Wheel Controls
Dual Zone Front Automatic Air Conditioning
Rear HVAC w/Separate Controls
HVAC -inc: Underseat Ducts, Headliner/Pillar Ducts and Console Ducts
Illuminated Locking Glove Box
Driver Foot Rest
Interior Trim -inc: Metal-Look Instrument Panel Insert, Chrome And Metal-Look Interior Accents
Full Cloth Headliner
Cloth Door Trim Insert
Urethane Gear Shift Knob
Day-Night Rearview Mirror
Driver And Passenger Visor Vanity Mirrors w/Driver And Passenger Illumination
Full Floor Console w/Covered Storage, Mini Overhead Console w/Storage and 4 12V DC Power Outlets
Front And Rear Map Lights
Fade-To-Off Interior Lighting
Full Carpet Floor Covering -inc: Carpet Front And Rear Floor Mats
Carpet Floor Trim
Cargo Area Concealed Storage
Cargo Space Lights
FOB Controls -inc: Windows
Instrument Panel Bin, Interior Concealed Storage, Driver / Passenger And Rear Door Bins
Power 1st Row Windows w/Driver And Passenger 1-Touch Up/Down
Delayed Accessory Power
Power Door Locks w/Autolock Feature
Trip Computer
Outside Temp Gauge
Analog Display
Manual Anti-Whiplash Adjustable Front Head Restraints and Manual Adjustable Rear Head Restraints
Front Centre Armrest
2 Seatback Storage Pockets
Engine Immobilizer
4 12V DC Power Outlets
Air Filtration


VSA Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
ABS And Driveline Traction Control
Side Impact Beams
Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Seat-Mounted Side Airbags
Tire Specific Low Tire Pressure Warning
Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Front Airbags
Curtain 1st, 2nd And 3rd Row Airbags
Airbag Occupancy Sensor
Rear Child Safety Locks
Outboard Front Lap And Shoulder Safety Belts -inc: Rear Centre 3 Point, Height Adjusters and Pretensioners
Rear Camera