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2003 Honda Pilot SUV

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Honda Pilot Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 3.5 L V 6-cylinder
  • Drivetrain All Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 5-speed Automatic
  • Horse Power 240 hp @ 5400 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 15/21 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats No

Review of the 2003 Honda Pilot

  • The 2003 Honda Pilot is one of the best crossover SUVs in just its first year out. An excellent choice for active families in need of versatility.

  • Safety
  • Pros

    Eight-passenger seating, stable on-road demeanor, versatile storage and cargo-hauling abilities, many standard features, Honda's reputation for reliability and high resale value.

  • Cons

    Mediocre towing capacity, smallish V6 can't match torque of domestic competitors' bigger engines, high demand means little chance of price negotiation.

  • What's New for 2003

    The 2003 Honda Pilot is an all-new crossover SUV from Honda. It features eight-passenger seating, standard all-wheel drive, a 240-horsepower V6 and optional DVD-based navigation and entertainment systems.

What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews


1 of 1 people found this review helpful

This car performed better than

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Vehicle: 2003 Honda Pilot EX AWD 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 5A)

My wife always liked her pilot better than my RX300. Both are 2003. I traded my lexus after 10 years ln 2013 for a Camry Hybrid, as we no longer need 2 SUV's in the family, and she didn't want to give up her Pilot. We have spent little or no additional money on the car and it now has 111,000 miles and going strong. I have to say, this car is a good buy. She still doesn't want to trade it, but we've been looking for new car that has an automatic lift gate for her. Maybe now?



3 of 3 people found this review helpful

Mine was a very reliable

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Vehicle: 2003 Honda Pilot EX AWD 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 5A)

I live in the mountains of NC. The roads are very dangerous here, esp. in the winter. I test drove my Pilot in a snow storm, and bought it for its size and great gas mileage. i Never got stuck in the snow. and i drove this past winter for an hour from boone to beech mountain Everyday. nothing, and i mean nothing ever went wrong in the car. the only things i spent money on were literally break pads and a few oil changes. it was at 125k when i recently hit a deer going 70mph and its now totaled and im now heartbroken. there seems to be something seriously wrong with every SUV i consider to replace my pilot with. i loved luxury cars but now im feeling more sensible... and a grille guard is ness



1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Just love it!

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Vehicle: 2003 Honda Pilot EX AWD 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 5A)

I just bought mine this weekend and I love it. It has 139,000 miles on it but the guy took care of it and has all the paper work down to every oil change. It rides very well.




Seven years

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Vehicle: 2003 Honda Pilot EX AWD 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 5A)

Overall performance is very good. AWD is excellent in wet and snow covered roads. After installing a K & N air filter highway mileage is as high as 25 mpg. What I do not like is the quality. Chromed door handles started peeling at 50,000 miles. Exterior paint marks up easily. Many little things continue to go wrong. My next SUV will not be a Honda.




Incredible impressed!

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Vehicle: 2003 Honda Pilot EX AWD 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 5A)

We bought our 2003 Honda new and have close to 200,000 miles on the car. It is still going strong and we've had no problems. We have done all of the recommended maintenance as outlined in the Honda owners manual (oil changes, brakes, engine tune ups, etc.) The car has been great in the snow and with good tire tread(all season radials), we have had NO problems thus far. Reliability has been exceptional. The interior has held up fairly well after the wear and tear of three kids. Our oldest child is now driving and this car will probably be driven "into the ground" by her. Our experience has been so good that we are looking at the 2010 Pilot! Overall, we're happy with our Honda Pilot!




Luv it

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Vehicle: 2003 Honda Pilot EX AWD 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 5A)

Bought it used in 03 with 77k and have never looked back. It's the only car I have ever owned that I can actually drive all day and not have back and leg fatigue. It has performed flawlessly. After hearing others who owned Honda's, rant and rave about their reliability, I now have to agree with them. Two years later and 35000 miles, no issues! Our last car was a Sable wagon which by the same mileage was on it's second tranny and numerous other issues. Thanks Honda for providing such wonderful vehicles with such outstanding value!



Full 2003 Honda Pilot Review

What's New for 2003

The 2003 Honda Pilot is an all-new crossover SUV from Honda. It features eight-passenger seating, standard all-wheel drive, a 240-horsepower V6 and optional DVD-based navigation and entertainment systems.

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Gas Mileage

EPA-Rated MPG

  • 15
  • cty
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  • 21
  • highway
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