2017 Honda Pilot
- 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
- 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
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Which Pilot does Edmunds recommend?
Edmunds' Expert Review
Overall rating4 / 5
With lots of space, a versatile interior and even a bit of off-road capability, the 2017 Honda Pilot is appealing for all sorts of reasons. Capable of towing up to 5,000 pounds and comfortably carrying eight passengers, the Pilot is utilitarian by almost all standards. Getting the kids in and out is relatively easy, and options such as a Blu-ray rear entertainment system turn road trips into a breeze. And for daily commutes, the quiet cabin and smooth ride make the Pilot extremely livable.
Despite all its virtues, the Pilot isn't perfect. Our top complaints include oversensitive safety systems such as the adaptive cruise control, the finicky (but optional) nine-speed automatic transmission, and a not-so-user-friendly infotainment interface. They're small issues, however, and they're not enough to dampen our enthusiasm for this big Honda SUV. If you're in the market for a three-row crossover, we definitely recommend checking out the 2017 Honda Pilot.
Notably, we picked the 2018 Honda Pilot as one of Edmunds' Best Family SUVs for this year.
Trim levels & features
The Pilot is a three-row crossover SUV that poses as a good alternative for a minivan. It is offered in LX, EX, EX-L, Touring and the Elite trim levels. All seat eight people, with the exception of the Elite, which has second-row captain's chairs that reduce capacity to seven.
For basic family transportation, the standard LX Pilot makes a lot of sense. It may be the base trim, but it definitely isn't bare-bones. Standard features include a 3.5-liter V6 engine (280 horsepower, 262 pound-feet of torque), a six-speed automatic transmission, 18-inch alloy wheels, air-conditioning, cruise control, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel and a 60/40-split folding third-row seat. Electronic features include a 5-inch central display screen, a seven-speaker sound system, a rearview camera, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, an auxiliary audio jack and a USB port.
If you're looking for a few more tech and safety features, then you should probably step up to the EX. It adds automatic headlights, foglights, LED running lights, heated mirrors, remote engine start, the Honda LaneWatch blind-spot camera, dynamic guidelines for the rearview camera, three-zone automatic climate control, an eight-way power-adjustable driver seat (with two-way power lumbar adjustment), the 8-inch touchscreen interface, HondaLink smartphone-enabled features, and an upgraded seven-speaker sound system with two additional higher-powered USB ports, satellite radio, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, and Pandora internet radio control. Also included is the Intelligent Traction Management system that adds a Snow mode for the front-wheel-drive version and Snow/Sand/Mud modes with AWD.
Although much of its equipment is the same as in the EX, the EX-L gets several creature comforts that make it worth a closer look. It adds a sunroof, a power tailgate, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, leather upholstery, one-touch sliding second-row seats, a four-way power-adjustable front passenger seat, heated front seats and an auto-dimming rearview mirror. It also keeps the six-speed transmission, which is a big part of why we recommend this trim level.
For some added safety, the EX and EX-L trim levels both offer the Honda Sensing package. It adds adaptive cruise control, forward collision mitigation with automatic braking, a road departure intervention system, a forward collision warning system, and lane departure warning and intervention systems. The EX-L can also be equipped with a navigation system or a rear entertainment system that includes a Blu-ray player with a single overhead screen, HDMI and RCA ports, two additional USB ports for the second row, second-row sunshades and a 115-volt power outlet. Note that these EX-L options cannot be had in combination with each other.
Almost right at the top of the Pilot lineup is the Touring model, which has all of the EX-L's standard and optional equipment plus roof rails, 20-inch wheels, a nine-speed automatic transmission, automatic engine stop-start, additional noise-reducing acoustic glass for the windows, front and rear parking sensors, driver-seat memory settings, ambient interior lighting and a 10-speaker sound system. The Touring is appealing, sure, and much of the equipment is useful, but the nine-speed transmission isn't as easy to live with as the six-speed.
Swinging for the fences, the top-of-the-line Elite model adds LED headlights, automatic high-beam headlight control, blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert (replaces LaneWatch), automatic windshield wipers, a panoramic sunroof, heated and ventilated front seats, heated second-row captain's chairs (reduces maximum seating to seven people), a heated steering wheel and HD radio.
Noise & vibration4
Ease of use3
Getting in/getting out3.5
Most helpful consumer reviews
2017 Honda Pilot video
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.
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.
Features & Specs
Our experts’ favorite Pilot safety features:
- Honda LaneWatch
- Standard on all Pilots, this blind-spot camera on the passenger side helps with parking and merging maneuvers.
- Honda Sensing Package
- Optional on EX and EX-L trim levels, it includes items such as forward collision mitigation w/auto braking and road departure intervention.
- Front and Rear Parking Sensors
- Available only on the Touring and Elite trim levels, these sensors can be very helpful when parking such a big vehicle.
2017 Honda Pilot for Sale
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.
2017 Honda Pilot Overview
The 2017 Honda Pilot is offered in the following submodels: Pilot SUV. Available styles include EX-L 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 6A), EX-L 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 6A), Elite w/Navigation and Rear Entertainment System 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 9A), Touring w/Navigation and Rear Entertainment System 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 9A), EX 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 6A), Touring w/Navigation and Rear Entertainment System 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 9A), EX-L w/Navigation 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 6A), EX-L w/Rear Entertainment System 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 6A), EX-L w/Honda Sensing 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 6A), EX 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 6A), EX w/Honda Sensing 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 6A), LX 4dr SUV AWD (3.5L 6cyl 6A), EX-L w/Navigation 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 6A), LX 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 6A), EX-L w/Rear Entertainment System 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 6A), EX w/Honda Sensing 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 6A), and EX-L w/Honda Sensing 4dr SUV (3.5L 6cyl 6A).
What do people think of the 2017 Honda Pilot?
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Our Review Process
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