2009 Honda Pilot Touring Road Test Specs | Edmunds

2009 Honda Pilot - Road Test Specs

2009 Honda Pilot SUV

(3.5L V6 5-speed Automatic w/Nav)


Model year2009
StyleTouring 4dr SUV w/Nav and Rear Entertainment AWD (3.5L 6cyl 5A)
Base MSRP$40,665
Options on test vehicleNone.
As-tested MSRP$40,665


Drive typeAll-wheel drive
Engine typeV6
Displacement (cc/cu-in)3,471cc (212cu-in)
Block/head materialAluminum
ValvetrainSingle overhead camshaft
Compression ratio (x:1)10.5
Redline (rpm)6,300
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)250 @ 5,700
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)253 @ 4,800
Transmission type5-speed Automatic
Transmission and axle ratios (x:1)I: 2.697; II: 1.606; III: 1.071; IV: 0.766; V: 0.612; R: 1.889; Final: 4.312


Suspension, frontMacPherson strut
Suspension, rearMultilink
Steering typeSpeed-proportional power steering
Steering ratio (x:1)19.0:1
Tire brandMichelin
Tire modelLTX M/S
Tire typeAll season
Tire size, frontP245/65R17 T
Tire size, rearP245/65R17 T
Wheel size17 X 7.5 front - 17 X 7.5 rear
Wheel materialAlloy
Brakes, frontVentilated disc
Brakes, rearDisc

Track Test Results

0-45 mph (sec.)6.2
0-60 mph (sec.)9.7
0-75 mph (sec.)14.7
1/4-mile (sec. @ mph)17.2 @ 81.3
0-60 with 1 foot of rollout (sec.)9.3
Braking, 30-0 mph (ft.)38
60-0 mph (ft.)149
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph)59.4
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g)0.76
Sound level @ idle (dB)42.7
@ Full throttle (dB)74.8
@ 70 mph cruise (dB)68

Test Driver Ratings & Comments

Acceleration commentsDoesn't mind brake/throttle overlap, but it's still slow out of the box. Shifts are abrupt and the wheel tugs tight at wide-open throttle.
Braking ratingPoor
Braking commentsSome of the Pilot's poorly sorted brakes are due to the tires that offer little bite, but also they faded after only three stops. Moderate ABS noise and some dive. Pedal got squishy and pads began to stink.
Handling ratingGood
Handling commentsOn the skid pad, steering loads moderately as speed increases and the Pilot is prone to oversteer on the skid pad. The best technique was to slip the rear out slightly (controllably) all the way around. Playful and enthusiastic but the M+S tires limits hooliganistic behavior. In the slalom, again, it was prone to oversteer and it does ramp up through the slalom course, but the steering is quick and precise enough to "catch it." Ultimately the tires give up before the otherwise willing chassis does. What it gives up in tires, it makes up for in athleticism.

Testing Conditions

Elevation (ft.)1,121
Temperature (°F)89.62
Wind (mph, direction)3.1/264

Fuel Consumption

EPA fuel economy (mpg)16 City / 22 Highway
Fuel tank capacity (U.S. gal.)21

Dimensions & Capacities

Curb weight, mfr. claim (lbs.)4,608
Curb weight, as tested (lbs.)4,609
Weight distribution, as tested, f/r (%)54.4/45.6
Length (in.)190.9
Width (in.)78.5
Height (in.)72.7
Wheelbase (in.)109.2
Track, front (in.)67.7
Track, rear (in.)67.5
Turning circle (ft.)38.6
Legroom, front (in.)41.4
Legroom, rear (in.)38.5
Legroom, 3rd row (in.)32.1
Headroom, front (in.)39.3
Headroom, rear (in.)39.8
Headroom, 3rd row (in.)38.2
Shoulder room, front (in.)61.5
Shoulder room, rear (in.)62.2
Shoulder room, 3rd row (in.)58.9
Seating capacity8
Cargo volume (cu-ft)18
Max. cargo volume, seats folded (cu-ft)87


Bumper-to-bumper3 years/36,000 miles
Powertrain5 years/60,000 miles
Corrosion5 years/Unlimited miles
Free scheduled maintenanceNot available


Front airbagsStandard
Side airbagsStandard dual front
Head airbagsStandard front, rear and third row
Knee airbagsNot available
Antilock brakes4-wheel ABS
Electronic brake enhancementsBraking assist, electronic brakeforce distribution
Traction controlStandard
Stability controlStandard
Rollover protectionStandard
Tire-pressure monitoring systemTire-pressure monitoring
Emergency assistance systemNot available
NHTSA crash test, driver5 Stars
NHTSA crash test, passenger5 Stars
NHTSA crash test, side front5 Stars
NHTSA crash test, side rear5 Stars
NHTSA rollover resistance4 Stars

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