2015 Honda Pilot

MSRP $29,870 - $41,620

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7.5

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2015 Honda Pilot Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: July 28, 2021

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Sitting high up on the road, cruising at a decent pace, being at ease when the road gets rough are things a sedan or a hatchback cannot provide, and hence we have SUVs. Tall and rugged with all the creature comforts and the ability to glide through bad terrain, the 2015 Honda Pilot is Honda’s idea of the SUV. Yes, Honda, the one that gave us gems like the Civic Type-R, the Integra Type-R, and the beloved NSX.

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Pros

Spacious interiors

Commanding driving position

Great safety ratings

Cons

Hard plastics everywhere

No Bluetooth connectivity in the base model

What's New?

Addition of the SE or the Special Edition trim 


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$29870

bodystyle

4dr SUV

passenger capacity

8

top speed

112 mph

drivetrain

front wheel drive

engine type

displacement

212 cu.in.

horsepower

250 hp @ 5700 rpm

torque

253 lb.-ft. @ 4800 rpm

transmission

5 speed automatic w/OD

chassis

suspension front

Independent front strut suspension w/anti-roll bar

suspension rear

Independent rear multi-link suspension w/anti-roll bar

dimensions

wheelbase

109.2 in.

length

191.4 in.

width

78.5 in.

height

70.7 in.

curb weight

4299 lbs.

ground clearance

8 in.

capacity

passenger volume

153.7 cu ft.

cargo volume

87 cu ft.

towing capacity

2000 lbs.

payload capacity

1633 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

8.2 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

16.1 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

18/21/25 mpg

highway range

525 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

3 yr./ 36000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

5 yr./ 60000 mi.

powertrain warranty

5 yr./ 60,000 mi.

corrosion warranty

5 yr./ unlimited mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


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Trims

LX$29,870 onwards

EX$32,120 onwards

SE$33,120 onwards

EX-L$35,370 onwards

Touring$40,020 onwards

Colors and Styles

2015 Honda Pilot in Crystal Black Pearl color
Crystal Black Pearl

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Pricing and Feature

7.0

Features

8.5

Engine and Performance

6.0

Fuel Economy

9.0

Interior

7.0

Exterior

8.0

Safety

7.0

Competition

7.0

7.5

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

7.5

Overall Rating


The 2015 Honda Pilot is a people mover at its core with tons of space and a V6 that powers it to be the best in every situation, be it a trip to the minimart or to the great outdoors. It starts at an MSRP of $29,870. The Pilot can directly be compared to Chevrolet Traverse, Ford’ Explorer, and Mazda CX-9 which have similar specs but when taken side by side the differences become clear.


8.5/10
Features

6.0/10
Engine and Performance

9.0/10
Fuel Economy

7.0/10
Interior

8.0/10
Exterior

7.0/10
Safety


2015 Honda Pilot Features

8.5/10

The 2015 Honda Pilot has always been a reliable SUV that is smooth and spacious. It comes in five trim levels starting from LX for $29,870 to the Touring trim which is available for $40,020. All of the trims are offered in two variants, FWD and AWD. All variants come with a slew of standard features like ABS, traction control, dual-zone climate control, keyless entry, and an LCD display with AM/FM. The higher trims offer 18-inch aluminum wheels, lumbar support for the driver seat, fog lamps, etc. The top Touring variant offers luxury features like park assist, leather upholstery, and a navigation system that works conveniently.

Trim

LX

EX

SE

EX-L

Touring

MSRP (FWD)

$29,870

$32,120

$33,120

$35,370

$40,020

MSRP (AWD)

$31,470

$33,720

$34,720

$36,970

$41,620

Key Features

3.5L 250 hp V6 engine

LX trim plus;

EX trim plus;

SE trim plus;

EX-L trim plus;

 

Front, Rear, And Third Row Airbags

Tire Pressure Monitoring

Dusk Sensing Headlamps

Electrochromatic Inside Rearview Mirror

Front And Rear Parking Sensors

 

Speed-Sensitive Volume Control

7-speaker audio system with subwoofer

3 Months Of Paid Satellite Radio Service

DVD Player

10-speaker 650W audio system

 

Three Zone Climate Control

Rear View Camera

Universal Remote Transmitter

Leather Steering Wheel

Cargo Net

 

Heated Mirrors

18-inch wheels

Painted Alloy Wheels

Reclining Rear Seats

Leather upholstery

 

Cloth Upholstery

8-Way Power Driver Seat

Driver Seat With Power Adjustable Lumbar Support

Multi-Level Heating Front Seats

 

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The thing about the Pilot is that it offers all the necessities right from the base model. The top Touring variant pushes the car to a different segment and thus creates a wider competition list for it. Hence the best option to buy is the SE variant which slots above the LX variant with a lot of additional features but does not burn a hole in your wallet like the Touring variant which comes at a $10,000 additional cost. The option of AWD or FWD is more or less a personal choice but just a $1000 over the FWD makes AWD a really good deal. It makes the car a much more capable machine able to put the power down on all four wheels.

2015 Honda Pilot Engine and Performance

6.0/10

The performance of the Pilot is right on point thanks to its 3.5L V6 engine producing 250 horsepower at 5700 RPM. The power comes in early at the RPM range resulting in good power delivery and with its 253 lb.-ft of torque, it is a capable SUV. The car comes with a 5-speed automatic which compliments the engine decently and shifts smoothly at any RPM range.

The engine performance coupled with the tall stance and car-like drivability makes the Pilot a versatile choice for anyone looking for an SUV that is fun to drive in the city as well as a decent off-roader. It also has excellent real-world performance as can be observed from its 7.6 seconds 0-60 mph time and the 15.9-second quarter-mile time.

Models

2015 Honda Pilot

2015 Chevrolet Traverse

2015 Ford Explorer

2015 Mazda CX-9

MSRP

$29,870

$30,995

$30,700

$29,985

Engine

3.5L V6

3.6LV6

3.5L V6

3.7L V6

Drivetrain

FWD / AWD

FWD / AWD

FWD / AWD

FWD / AWD

Transmission

5-speed automatic

6-speed automatic

6-speed automatic

6-speed automatic

Power (HP @ RPM)

250 @ 5700

281 @ 6300

290 @ 6500

273 @ 6250

Torque (lb.-ft @ RPM)

253 @ 4800

266 @ 3400

255 @ 4000

270 @ 4250

0-60 MPH (seconds)

7.6

7.9

7.5

7.6

Quarter Mile (seconds)

15.9

16.3

14

15.9

Top Speed (MPH)

140

130

122

118

The Honda Pilot offers tough competition to its rivals, the 2015 Chevrolet Traverse, Ford Explorer, and the CX-9. Even though the performance specifications may seem lackluster than the three rival cars, the Pilots results in performance that goes head-to-head with its competition as can be seen from its 0-60 timings, its quarter-mile time, and its top speed. This puts it in a sweet spot between the Traverse and the Explorer while the CX-9 stands apart with its high torque which can be a good thing while going off-road.

2015 Honda Pilot Fuel Economy

9.0/10

The fuel economy of the Pilot is where it truly shines. It offers 18 MPG in the city and 25 MPG on the highway, which when compared to the other three SUVs with very similar fuel mileage of 17/24, the Pilot seems way ahead. This, coupled with the fact that it has a decent tank capacity of 21 gallons, easily beats its competition. 

Models

2015 Honda Pilot

2015 Chevrolet Traverse

2015 Ford Explorer

2015 Mazda CX-9

MPG (city)

18

17

17

17

MPG (highway)

25

24

24

24

MPG (combined)

20

19

18

19

Fuel Capacity (gallons)

21

22

18.6

20.1

Range (city/highway/combined)

378/525/420

374/528/418

316.2/446.4/334.8

341.7/482.4/381.9

The Traverse comes with a 22-gallon tank while the Explorer and the CX-9 come with 18.6 gallons and 20.1 gallons tank capacities respectively. As can be seen above, all the mileage specifications result in an increased range for the Pilot that is ahead of the competition. The Pilot hence can be deemed as much more economical than the other three by a big gap.

2015 Honda Pilot Interior

7.0/10

The interior of the Pilot is at best described as versatile. The dash and the cabin are laden with hard plastics. While this does give the cabin a cheaper look, it does what it is supposed to do and that is a practical space with a lot of cargo capacity. With so much space, comes a large number of storage options like cubby holes and bottle holders as well. Moreover, the tall stance gives it enough space for the headroom except for the third row which may seem cramped and is good for kids and not for full-sized adults. 

Both the second and the third-row seats are 60/40 split to give an option of even more cargo capacity. It can easily seat 8 people if needed and compares well with its rivals. The Pilot also has a lot of comfort options like dual-zone climate control and adjustable lumbar supports in the higher variants. Overall, the interiors are good.

Models

2015 Honda Pilot

2015 Chevrolet Traverse

2015 Ford Explorer

2015 Mazda CX-9

Seating Capacity

8

8

7

7

Front Row

(Headroom/Shoulder Room/Leg Room, in inches)

40/61.5/41.4

40.4/61.5/41.3

41.4/61.3/40.6

39.6/59.4/40.9

Rear Row (Headroom/Shoulder

Room/Leg Room, in inches)

39.8/62.2/38.5

39.4/61/36.8

40.5/61/39.8

39/58.739.8

Trunk Capacity (cubic feet)

18

24.4

21

17

The Pilot has a similar interior space as compared to its rivals but lacks cargo space, especially when compared to the Traverse which may be a downside. However, folding the third row can solve that issue by liberating more cargo volume. The Pilot still performs better than the Mazda in terms of interior space and capacity. Some of the key interior features are:

  • Sliding glass sunroof (SE trim and above)
  • Heated front seats (EX-L trim and above) 
  • Leather seats (EX-L trim and above)
  • Dual-zone air conditioning (Standard)
  • Driver seat lumbar support (EX trim and above) 
  • Cloth Seats (Standard)
  • Keyless Entry (Standard)

How intuitive is the 2015 Honda Pilot's infotainment unit?

The infotainment features of the 2015 Honda Pilot come with a lot of options but are reserved for the top trims. These include a SatNav system with 15 Gb of data storage, a Bluetooth hands-free interface, Sirius XM radio, and a lot more. The lower variants still come with AM/FM radio, a rearview parking camera, and a 7-speaker audio system. This leaves a lot of connectivity features only to the top trim variants which are priced much higher. Some of the highlights of the infotainment system on the Pilot are:

  • 7 speaker audio system
  • AM/FM
  • Satnav in higher trims
  • 7-inch LCD display
  • Standard rear-view camera

2015 Honda Pilot Exterior

8.0/10

The big and bulky body keeps true to traditional SUV design even though it's based on a unibody construction with an independent rear suspension. The curb weight is also kept less than its competitors even with dimensions taller than others. This gives it a sure-shot SUV look especially when compared to the Traverse and the CX-9 which are more road-oriented vehicles and have longer wheelbase because of the same. The added chrome bits on the grille and the rear give it a premium appeal and the boxy design makes sure that it still looks the part of an off-roader.

Models

2015 Honda Pilot

2015 Chevrolet Traverse

2015 Ford Explorer

2015 Mazda CX-9

Curb Weight (lb.)

4299

4647

4432

4323

Length (inches)

191.4

203.7

197.1

200.6

Width (inches)

78.5

78.5

78.9

76.2

Height (inches)

70.7

69.9

70.4

68

Ground Clearance

(inches)

8

7.2

7.6

7.8

Wheelbase (inches)

109.2

118.9

112.6

113.2

It is not just the dimensions but the boxy design of the Pilot that gives it a taller appearance. The ground clearance is also a plus point with 8 inches while the Chevrolet Traverse, Explorer, and the CX-9 come with 7.2, 7.6, and 7.8 inches of ground clearance respectively. Some features of the exterior are given below:

  • 17-inch steel wheels (Standard)
  • 18-inch aluminum wheels (EX trim and above)
  • Fog lamps (EX trim and above)
  • Chrome exterior trim

2015 Honda Pilot Safety

7.0/10

The Honda Pilot is laudable when it comes to safety. It scores a four-star rating out of five in crash tests conducted by the NHTSA. It scores a ‘Good’ rating in nearly all parameters in the IIHS test as well. All variants come with front airbags as well as side curtain airbags for all three rows. All variants also come standard with a rear-view parking camera which is a nice safety feature for such a big vehicle. Some key safety features are:

  • Traction Control
  • Anti-Lock Braking System
  • Rear View Parking Camera
  • Side curtain airbags

2015 Honda Pilot Final Verdict

The Honda Pilot is an excellent choice for a wide range of buyers. It is an SUV that can transition from dropping your kids to school to heading off-road on some nasty trails all while you sit comfortably in a spacious and roomy cabin with a lot of creature comforts. The design may seem old, and the plastic bits may seem a bit below category standards, but the SUV packs a punch in an all-in-one package that caters to all the needs you want from a vehicle.

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