2025 Honda Pilot Review: Prices, Specs, and Photos (2024)

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2025 Honda Pilot Review: Prices, Specs, and Photos (1)

Cherise Threewitt

Contributing Editor

March 25, 2024

Likes

  • Spacious cabin
  • Potent V-6
  • Smooth 10-speed transmission
  • Supportive seats
  • Ready and willing TrailSport

Dislikes

  • Poor fuel economy
  • Some odd styling
  • Base model’s small touchscreen
  • Awkward infotainment interface

Buying tip

Stick with the Pilot EX-L for a smart feature set at a reasonable price.

features & specs

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The 2025 Honda Pilot features a cleverly-organized cabin that’s perfect for hauling around a full crew.

What kind of vehicle is the 2025 Honda Pilot? What does it compare to?

With a spacious cabin and potent V-6 engine, the 2025 Honda Pilot is a practical three-row family vehicle. Competitors include the Kia Telluride, Hyundai Palisade, Toyota Highlander, and Ford Explorer.

Is the 2025 Honda Pilot a good SUV?

The 2025 Pilot provides compelling arguments for itself, with decent styling and plenty of space. Quirky tech and mediocre fuel economy keep it from going head-to-head with class leaders, however. It earns a TCC Rating of 6.8 on our 10-point scale. (Read more abouthow we rate cars.)

What's new for the 2025 Honda Pilot?

For 2025, Honda cuts the old base LX trim, making the Sport the new point of entry for the lineup. A new Black Edition trim, following crossover trends of the last several years, is a little too late to be truly noteworthy but still adds plenty of visual interest.

The Pilot’s front end is blunt yet modern, which combines fairly well with a side profile that pays homage to the SUVs of the ‘90s. In TrailSport trim, the Pilot sits higher, giving a glimpse of its underbody protection and recovery tow hook.

All but the base trim feature a dashboard-mounted 9.0-inch touchscreen.

The Pilot combines a 285-hp 3.5-liter V-6 and a 10-speed automatic transmission, with either front- or all-wheel drive. It’s smooth enough, but thirsty, rated for only 21 mpg combined in all-wheel drive models; the TrailSport is even thirstier by 1 mpg. Despite hybrid technology elsewhere in the Honda lineup, there’s none to be found here.

The ride is calm and comfortable on the standard 18-inch wheels, while both the available 20-inch wheels and the TrailSport’s knobby off-road tires can slightly harsh the mellow.

The cabin comfortably seats eight or seven passengers, depending on configuration. Honda’s Odyssey minivan is a better pick if cabin space and passenger comfort are a priority, but the Pilot holds its own here.

The Pilot earns an IIHS Top Safety Pick rating and a NHTSA five-star overall rating. Standard driver-assistance features include blind-spot monitors, active lane control, adaptive cruise control, and driver-attention monitoring.

How much does the 2025 Honda Pilot cost?

This year, Honda revises the trim lineup to get rid of the old base LX and adds the Black Edition on top. That means the base Pilot is now the Sport, which costs $41,295 including the $1,395 destination charge. That’s about $2,800 more than last year’s base model, but adds heated and power-adjustable front seats and blind-spot monitors. A 7.0-inch touchscreen also comes standard. The EX-L upgrades to a 9.0-inch touchscreen, leather upholstery, and power tailgate for $44,595. In Sport, EX-L, and Touring trim, all-wheel drive adds about $2,000. At $55,675, the new Black Edition crowns the lineup with a comprehensive list of safety features and exclusive interior and exterior styling, including perforated red-trimmed leather upholstery and gloss black 20-inch wheels.

Where is the 2025 Honda Pilot made?

Lincoln, Alabama is the home of the Honda Pilot.

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2025 Honda Pilot Styling

Retro styling cues lend the Pilot plenty of personality.

Is the Honda Pilot a good-looking car?

Yes. The exterior is bold and assertive, with its rugged stance and throwback styling elements, balanced out by its no-nonsense cabin. A point each is awarded outside and inside, for a 7.

Though related to the Acura MDX, the Pilot diverges from the norm with its wedge-shaped slim LED front lighting, C-shaped air intakes, and textured grille. The overall look is more SUV than modern crossover, a nice nod to the original Honda Passport, particularly in the angle of the rear pillars. The new Black Edition adds gloss black sheen to the 20-inch alloy wheels, grille bar, mirror housing, trim, and badging.

The cabin eschews the retro cues, but the simplicity works. While the base version gets a function-over-form 7.0-inch touchscreen, other trims get a 9.0-inch version as a statement piece, flanked by buttons and switches and complemented by a real lever for shifting duties. The high dash complements the expansive look and feel. The Black Edition goes bold with perforated leather upholstery and red accents throughout the cabin.

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2025 Honda Pilot Performance

The Pilot’s six cylinders and ten speeds are a throwback to a less-efficient time for crossovers.

The Pilot racks up points for its potent and smooth V-6 engine as well as its overall composure. It’s a 7.

Is the Honda Pilot 4WD?

The Pilot comes standard with front-wheel drive in the bottom half of the trim ladder, though all are available with all-wheel drive for about $2,000. AWD comes standard on TrailSport, Elite, and Black Edition models.

Honda’s AWD system is somewhat more complicated than rivals’ systems, sending up to 70% of available torque back to the rear axle, where it splits based on the rear wheels’ grip. The Pilot gets this system largely to support the TrailSport model’s off-road-ready claims, and that trim also gets all-terrain tires and hill descent control.

How fast is the Honda Pilot?

The Honda Pilot hasn’t gotten any faster over the years. Its V-6 engine, with 285 hp and 262 lb-ft of torque, plus the 10-speed automatic transmission, is steadfast and steady. However, selectable drive modes, up to seven depending on trim, add interest to the driving dynamics by tweaking traction settings. The overall potency of the powertrain, particularly the 10-speed’s programming, is good enough for a point.

Paddle shifters on a V-6 crossover are generally of limited usefulness, but the Pilot’s drive modes enhance the experience by altering throttle response, steering weight, and shift timing. Sport mode amplifies the engine sounds, which does nothing for us, but Trail mode makes up for it, by feathering inputs at very low speed for smoother crawling. Off-road capability is only moderate, but a standard front skid plate and hitch add confidence.

The paddle shift controls might seem like overkill, but the drive modes make them more useful—while they also tailor the shift timing, throttle response, and steering weight. We could do without the Sport mode’s amplified engine sounds. But the Trail mode isn’t a gimmick: it feathers the controls at very low speeds to enable smoother rock crawling. It’s a moderately capable off-roader, so keep that in mind when trail-sporting—and in case it should need it, the Trail mode’s backed up by a standard hitch and a front skid plate.

Despite minivan-like passenger capacity, the Pilot handles nothing like one. Its firm feedback is useful when taking advantage of its 5,000-pound towing capacity. Yet the cabin remains serene, even on its 20-inch or all-terrain 18-inch tires.

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2025 Honda Pilot Comfort & Quality

Honda combines minivan practicality with SUV styling in the Pilot.

With minivan-like passenger capacity along with plenty of cargo space, Honda racks up 9 points for the Pilot on our scale.

The Pilot treats front passengers to near-luxury quality with heated and power-adjustable seats, impressive legroom and headroom, and plenty of small-item storage in the console and various cubbies. Smartphones tuck away in a convenient niche that can be outfitted with a wireless charger, and the cabin features 14 cupholders. Most versions add leather upholstery and cooled front seats.

In models equipped with the second-row bench, the middle segment folds to convert to an armrest complete with cupholders. A swap to captain’s chairs is available on the EX-L and standard on higher trims; that cuts passenger capacity by one, but improves overall comfort and spaciousness. The top two trims include a middle seat that weighs only 25 pounds, can be removed in under a minute, and stows away in the cargo area. Regardless of configuration, second-row passengers get legroom of 40.8 inches.

With a pushbutton, the second row slides to give easy access to the third row, which can reasonably accommodate two 6-footers. That row folds to expand the cargo area’s 22.4 cubic feet to 60.1 cubes, or more than 112 cubic feet with the second row also folded.

Despite the Pilot’s fit and finish and good material quality, it still has the wash-and-wear charm of a minivan, which works for us.

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2025 Honda Pilot Safety

Good safety tech bolsters the Pilot’s good but not great crash-test scores.

How safe is the Honda Pilot?

It’s safe. Honda supplies plenty of tech, and it fares well in crash evaluations. Those factors add up to an 8.

The IIHS awards a Top Safety Pick rating, because after the recent update to the front-impact test, the Pilot’s score there dropped to Marginal from Good. In NHTSA testing, the Pilot earns a five-star overall rating, with four-star ratings in front impact and rollover tests.

The Pilot comes standard with active lane control, automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control to a stop, blind-spot monitors, driver attention monitoring, and automatic high-beam headlights. Front and rear parking sensors come on the EX-L and up, and present a strong argument for upgrading to that trim because of the Pilot’s obstructed rear view. Consider the optional surround-view camera system for the same reason.

2025 Honda Pilot Review: Prices, Specs, and Photos (2024)

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