The 2014 Honda Pilot is an SUV to consider buying if you’re in the market for an 8-seater vehicle with decent cabin tech, pleasant driving experience and reasonable cargo space. But its V6 engine does not make it athletic on the road, which might lead you to V8-powered SUVs.
UNDER THE HOOD
What makes the 2014 Honda Pilot run is a 3.5-liter V6 engine that produces 250 horsepower and 253 pound-feet of torque. It comes with a 5-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel drive system. All-wheel drive is optional.
According to the EPA, the 2014 Pilot can manage 18 mpg city/25 mpg highway/21 mpg combined with front-wheel drive system and 17 mpg/24 mpg/20 mpg with all-wheel.
ON THE ROAD
The 250-hp V6 seems like a good engine to make the Pilot move. But it doesn’t really feel like it from behind the wheel. The SUV feels massive instead. Handling isn’t also impressive partly because of the 5-speed automatic transmission that shifts slowly. But despite average handling, the Pilot gives a pleasant driving experience. The suspension effectively smothers road imperfections and provides passengers smooth and quiet ride.
INSIDE THE 2014 PILOT
Many reviewers agree that the Pilot’s interior could be a lot better. It is obviously a few steps behind the other vehicles in the class. But one thing we like about the design is how neat the controls are laid out before the driver and the passengers.
And unlike many 8-seater SUVs, the third-row seat in the Pilot provides reasonable room for adult passengers. But the second- and first-row seats are not exactly comfortable because of their low cushions.
Cargo space is a good 87-cubic-foot with the second- and third-row seats down. And even though this is smaller than some of the Pilot’s rivals, its boxy shape makes up for that downside.
The 2014 Honda Pilot is available in four trim levels: LX, EX, EX-L and Touring.
The LX trim level comes standard with daytime running lights, stability assist with traction control, 6 airbags, acoustic windshield, rearview camera, hill start assist, 17-inch steel wheels, keyless entry, tri-zone automatic climate with humidity control and air filtration, i-MID system with 8-inch display screen, Bluetooth, cruise control, split flat-folding second- and third-row seats, cruise control, and 7-speaker AM/FM/CD/MP3 audio system with USB/iPod interface.
The EX has 18-inch alloy wheels, automatic headlights, compass, fog lights, security system, and 10-way power driver seat with lumbar support.
The Pilot EX-L adds navigation system, leather-wrapped steering wheel, auto-dimming rearview mirror, 4-way power front-passenger seat, leather interior trim, heated front seats, upgraded sound system with 15GB hard disk, power sunroof, and satellite radio.
The top trim level, the Touring, features roof rails, chrome exterior accent, parking sensors, Honda navigation system with voice recognition and rearview camera, DVD rear-seat entertainment system, and 10-speaker audio system.