2018 Honda Pilot

2018 Honda Pilot

The 2018 Honda Pilot is a practical, three-row SUV for the whole family--and looks better than ever doing it.

Why Buy the Honda Pilot?

The Honda Pilot is a midsize sport utility vehicle known for its spacious interior, abundant cargo space, powerful V6 engine, great safety ratings, and smooth ride. Smaller families might find this three-row vehicle too big for their needs. And those who want tech options galore might find it lacking. But if you want a good all-around SUV that seats seven at a decent price, the Honda Pilot just might be for you.

Which Honda Pilot is Best?

You have your choice of five different Honda Pilot models, everything from the base LX to the luxurious all-wheel drive Honda Pilot Elite. Unless you need leather seats and all the tech options, the Pilot EX, starting at $33,330, probably fits the bill. It has the complement of tech that most families want, such as 8-inch touchscreen with satellite radio, Pandora integration, and smartphone connectivity. There's also remote start and proximity key for hands-full loading and going, as well as tri-zone automatic climate control, a power-adjustable driver's seat, and Honda LaneWatch.

If safety is absolutely paramount, you can't do better than the Honda Pilot Touring, starting at $41,790. In addition to everything you get on the EX, you get additional tech like a rear-seat entertainment system and a vast suite of safety features, including forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, a road departure mitigation system, adaptive cruise control, and front and rear parking sensors. That makes this five-star, Top Safety Pick + vehicle a veritable fortress.

How Much Can the Pilot Tow?

The Pilot is actually one of the better midsize SUVs for towing. As you might expect, the exact towing capacity varies by powertrain. Front-wheel-drive models can tow up to 3,500 pounds. With all-wheel drive, that number jumps to 5,000 pounds, or enough for smaller recreational boats or a lightweight RV.

Does the Honda Pilot Have AWD?

The default is front-wheel drive but all-wheel drive is available as an option on every Honda Pilot model, except the Elite on which it comes standard. If you have bad weather for more than one season of the year or regularly drive on dirt roads, it's definitely worth considering.

*Any MPG listed is based on model year EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your actual mileage will vary, depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions, battery pack age/condition (hybrid only) and other factors. For additional information about EPA ratings, visit http://www.fueleconomy.gov/feg/label/learn-more-PHEV-label.shtml.

** Government 5-Star Safety Ratings are part of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's (NHTSA's) New Car Assessment Program. Model tested with standard side airbags (SABs). For additional information on the 5-Star Safety Ratings program, please visit www.safercar.gov.