2014 Honda Pilot

Starting MSRP: $29,670 - $37,170

Estimated MPG: 18 city / 25 hwy

2014 Honda Pilot Review

The larger brother of the hot-selling CR-V, the 2014 Honda Pilot has no changes for the 2014 model year.

By Tim Esterdahl
Last Updated 05/03/2016

The 2014 Honda Pilot has been a good offering for the company with lots of storage options and comfort. However, it is starting to get a bit long in the tooth.

The 2014 Honda Pilot is offered in four trim levels: LX, EX, EX-L and Touring. 

Exterior

Exterior
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On the outside, the Honda Pilot is simply boxy. The front, side and rear design is an exercise in squares. It has round corners and a slightly sloping hood. This boxy design does come with one big benefit. The Honda Pilot has lots of useful interior storage space. For SUVs, the reality is when you start curving it, you lose space somewhere and normally this is on the inside.

Interior

Interior
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The 2014 Pilot seats eight and has some of the best leg- and headroom in its class. Plus, the third row is actually comfortable for adults.

The utility of this SUV is carried over into Honda’s selection of plastic interior materials. While there are two sides to this coin, those who hate plastic and those who appreciate its strength, the material seems to fit the Pilot well. 

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Peformance

Peformance
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Honda gives all Pilots a 3.5-liter V6 that's mated to a five-speed automatic transmission. This powertrain puts out 250 horsepower and 253 pound-feet of torque. Front-wheel drive is standard with all-wheel drive optional. The all-wheel drive system shifts upwards of 70 percent of its power to the rear wheels when the front slides. Also, there is a driver-selectable “lock” feature for maximum torque.

EPA estimates for fuel economy are 17/24/20 city/highway/combined. The 2014 Honda Pilot can tow up to 4,500 lbs for all-wheel-drive models and 2,000 lbs for front-wheel drive.

Driving the Pilot, it is apparent you are driving a large SUV. The powertrain is setup for fuel economy and lacks any punch. It doesn’t handle corners as well as its competitors and takes more time to adjust too.

Technology

Technology
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Honda gives the 2014 Pilot a small assortment of base technology features like an 8-inch center display screen, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, a rearview camera and a seven-speaker sound system with a USB interface.

Available features include satellite radio, a voice-activated navigation system and a rear-seat entertainment system.

Safety

Safety
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In government testing, the Pilot received an overall rating of four out of five stars. It received a five-star rating for side-impact crash tests and a four-star rating for frontal crash protection. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the Pilot a “Good” (highest) rating for its moderate-overlap frontal-offset, side-impact and roof strength tests. 

Cost-Effectiveness

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The Honda Pilot remains a good choice from a cost effectiveness point of view. Consistently, Honda products like the Pilot have a good reputation for being reliable vehicles that seldom break down. This is a big deal for those not wanting to go broke doing vehicle maintenance and is a big selling point for the Pilot.

While the fuel economy could be better, it isn’t that bad for an eight-passenger vehicle. Plus, the interior space rivals many compact trucks and, in that respect, its cost effectiveness rises thanks to its usefulness.

For used Honda Pilot buyers, it should hold its value for many years to come with Honda’s reputation. The reality for the Honda Pilot is that while it falls short in other areas, cost-effectiveness is still the one area it shines. 

Overall

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Even though the 2014 Honda Pilot is decidedly being surpassed by rivals with more stylish designs and interior materials, the blockish styling still provides plenty of the all-important interior space. It is also a good bet for having few long-term problems and a higher resale value than comparable rivals. If you can live with the look, the Honda Pilot is a good option for toting around the family without worrying about beating up the interior.