- New Special Edition trim available for 2015
- Seating for up to eight passengers
- 250-hp, 3.5-liter V-6 under the hood
Back with a new Special Edition trim for the new model year, the 2015 Honda Pilot is a three-row crossover that offers ample space for both people and cargo.
The Special Edition, despite its name suggesting something to the contrary, is not the top trim level. That designation still belongs to the EX-L. The Special Edition does however come with a few unique modifiers, including pewter gray alloy wheels, special badging, a rear-seat entertainment system, and a power moonroof.
Though the Pilot is technically classified as a midsize crossover, it still fits up to eight people and still leaves 18 cubic feet of storage space behind the third-row, an impressive feat. From the outside, the Pilot won’t really turn heads. It has classic SUV style with a high stance and rough, squared off edges, but don’t let that fool you – the Pilot is more at home on the road than off of it. 17-inch steel wheels are standard, while 18-inch alloys are optional. The outside of the Pilot is very customizable, illustrative of the many different ways that people use their SUVs. Roof rails, a power liftgate, and fog lights are optional.
Under the hood, there’s only one engine option: a 250-horsepower, 3.5-liter V-6 that is mated to a five-speed automatic transmission. The engine utilizes Honda’s Variable Cylinder Management technology which shuts down parts of the engine when less power is needed (such as during highway cruising) in order to improve fuel economy. Front-wheel drive (FWD) is standard, while a Variable Torque Management four-wheel drive (4WD) system with a manually locking rear differential is optional. A heavy duty radiator and a Class III trailer hitch are standard. Towing capacity is 2,000 pounds with FWD, while 4WD models can tow up to 4,500 pounds. Fuel economy numbers check in at 18/25 mpg city/highway with FWD, 17/24 mpg with 4WD equipped.
Inside, both the second and third rows are 60/40-split so there are many creative ways to use the space to store cargo. Cargo room expands all the way to 87 cubic feet with both rows folded down. The second row also slides forward and back to make it more comfortable for occupants. Overall, the interior is conservatively styled (much like the exterior) with the center console highlighted by an eight-inch multi-information display mounted at the top. Standard features include air conditioning, cruise control, a tilt/telescoping steering wheel, and auxiliary audio input. Leather upholstery is optional, as are heated front seats, Bluetooth connectivity, navigation, and tri-zone automatic climate control.
As far as safety features go, all-disc antilock brakes, side curtain airbags across all three rows, active front head restraints, a rearview camera, and an electronic stability system all come standard.