2017 Honda Pilot Pricing

SUV

pros & cons

pros

  • A versatile, roomy interior with spacious rear seats
  • Ride is smooth and compliant in most conditions
  • Better fuel economy than rivals
  • Multiple clever storage compartments

cons

  • Nine-speed automatic transmission lacks refinement
  • Collision warning and adaptive cruise control are overly sensitive
  • Third-row access is narrow
  • Touchscreen interface isn't very intuitive
Honda Pilot 2017 MSRP: $38,255
Based on the EX-L Auto AWD 8-passenger 4-dr 4dr SUV with typically equipped options.
EPA Est. MPG 21
Transmission Automatic
Drive Train All Wheel Drive
Engine Type V6
Displacement 3.5 L
Passenger Volume 170.2 cu ft
Wheelbase 111 in
Length 194 in
Width 78 in
Height 69 in
Curb Weight 4284 lbs

2017 Honda Pilot video

2017 Honda Pilot Expert Rundown

Looking for a great SUV with lots of space, a versatile interior and even a bit of off-road capability? The 2017 Honda Pilot might be a good match. Here's a quick rundown of what we like, what we don't and the bottom line from the Edmunds editors.

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MARK TAKAHASHI: I'm editor Mark Takahashi. And here's an Edmunds Expert Rundown of the 2017 Honda Pilot. The Honda Pilot exceeds expectations. Besides handling the typical space and comfort needs, it can also still more than [INAUDIBLE] and can handle some light off-road trails too. We're not fans of the unrefined optional nine-speed transmission, however. Thanks to the boxy shape, you can get a lot of gear in the back of the Pilot. And there's also a handy compartment underneath the floor. Passenger space is also generous in the second row. And unlike some rivals, the third row is even adequate for occasional adult use. The rest of the cabin features good materials with a pleasant modern design. We think Honda may have tried a little too hard with the push button gear selector though. And the lack of some physical buttons and a volume knob can be frustrating. The bottom line is the Honda Pilot strengths far outweigh its drawbacks. For these reasons, we think it's one of the better choices in a class that includes the Toyota Highlander, Ford Flex, and Hyundai Santa Fe.

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The 2017 Honda Pilot is a fully competitive large three-row crossover with many strengths and few weaknesses. Entering its second year of production for 2017, the current-generation Pilot has vaulted to a strong position among segment leaders, shedding the previous generation's also-ran status. Front- or all-wheel drive can be specified, with assertive V6 power standard across the lineup. If you're shopping for a three-row crossover in this class, the Honda Pilot is a must-drive.

The 2017 Pilot's cabin is an obvious strong point, highlighted by a sleek, modern dashboard and plenty of places to stash your stuff. An 8-inch touchscreen interface on all but the entry-level LX trim helps create a high-tech feel, although we're not huge fans of its functionality. There's plenty of room for passengers, too, whether you're in the spacious front row, the airy second row or the respectably accommodating third row, which can house adults better than most rivals.

Unprecedented luxury is offered in the Elite trim level, a new offering for this generation that takes the Pilot close to Acura levels of niceness. Highlights include a panoramic sunroof and second-row captain's chairs that are both heated and cooled. Happily, every Pilot except the LX is eligible for a suite of advanced safety features such as forward collision mitigation with automatic braking — another way in which the current Pilot stands out from earlier versions.

No matter which trim level you choose, you'll enjoy newfound isolation on the road because Honda has taken measures to suppress road and wind noise in the 2017 Pilot. We're not high on the available nine-speed automatic transmission, but if you stick with the base six-speed automatic, you'll be able to enjoy the strong 3.5-liter V6 engine without hiccups. That engine gets 30 additional horsepower for this generation, putting the Pilot among the segment leaders in terms of thrust. Handling is confidence-inspiring despite the Pilot's prodigious size, thanks to responsive steering and a palpable sense of stability at higher speeds.

The 2017 Honda Pilot's fuel economy depends on the model you choose, with the base LX achieving an EPA-rated 22 mpg combined (19 city/27 highway). All the trims range from 21 to 23 mpg combined.

Up and down the lineup, the 2017 Honda Pilot offers an impressive blend of features and value. Although the LX is quite basic, the EX leaps forward with a variety of desirable features. You can pile on more accoutrements by stepping up to the EX-L, Touring and Elite trims. Let Edmunds help find the perfect 2017 Honda Pilot for you.

Since its launch for the 2003 model year, the Honda Pilot has helped shape the market for crossover SUVs with three rows of seating. Offering V6 power, respectable fuel economy, a comfortable ride, plenty of interior space and seven-to-eight-passenger seating, the Pilot is exactly the kind of vehicle that appeals to growing families who are leery of traditional minivans. Other crossover SUVs might be sportier to drive or more stylish on the inside, but Honda's three-row crossover appeals to your practical side and packs in a lot of functionality.

Choosing a Pilot is straightforward, as Honda packages equipment in a few basic trim levels rather than offering countless options. Regardless of the year, all Honda Pilots give you three useful rows of seating and lots of storage slots, though early models are smaller and aren't quite as accommodating for teenagers in the third row. Cargo capacity has also increased over the years.