2018 Honda Pilot

MSRP $30,900 - $47,470

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7.9

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2018 Honda Pilot Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: August 26, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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The 2018 Honda Pilot is a carryover model with a starting price of $30,900 which goes up to $47,470 for the top-end Elite AWD trim. For the price, you get a 3.5-liter V6 engine with a choice of two automatic gearboxes and FWD or AWD configuration options. The engine of the Pilot offers quick acceleration and a smooth drive. The ride quality of the Pilot also remains comfortable although the handling could have been slightly better. 

2018 Honda Pilot

The Pilot doesn't offer best in class towing capacity but what it does offers is good fuel economy figures and a spacious cabin. Both of which remain a priority for a buyer with a large family who loves to go on long drives. That said, the 'Top Safety Pick' award from the IIHS further reassures buyers' decision on the Pilot as everyone prefers a safe ride for themselves and their family.

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Pros

Powerful V6 engine

Spacious cabin and cargo

Plush ride quality

Usable third row seats

Cons

Driver-assist features are over sensitive

Infotainment is tricky to use

Handling isn't great

What's New?

The 2018 Honda Pilot is a carryover model.


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$39660

bodystyle

dr SUV

passenger capacity

8

top speed

130 mph

drivetrain

all wheel drive

engine type

displacement

212 cu.in.

horsepower

280 hp @ 6000 rpm

torque

262 lb.-ft. @ 4700 rpm

transmission

6 speed Automatic

capacity

passenger volume

151.7 cu ft.

cargo volume

83.8 cu ft.

towing capacity

5000 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

6.5 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

14.6 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

18/21/26 mpg

highway range

507.0 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

3 yr./ 36000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

5 yr./ 60000 mi.

corrosion warranty

5 yr./ unlimited mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


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Trims

LX$30,900 onwards

EX$33,330 onwards

EX-L$36,760 onwards

Touring$41,970 onwards

Elite$47,470 onwards

Colors and Styles

2018 Honda Pilot in Black Forest Pearl color
Black Forest 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

Features

8.0

Engine and Performance

7.5

Fuel Economy

7.1

Interior

9.0

Exterior

9.0

Safety

8.0

7.9

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

7.9

Overall Rating


With a price bump of under $200 the 2018 Honda Pilot comes with no change for this year. There are five trims on offer for the Pilot with a V6 engine doing duty on all the trims. The base and midlevel trims are the best value for money while those looking for a luxurious and feature-rich ride should look at the Touring and Elite trims. Depending on the trim level the Pilot can also tow between 3,500 to 5,000 lbs. which is decent for the segment.

2018 Honda Pilot Side View

Irrespective of the trim you choose the Pilot offers punchy performance, stellar gas numbers, a comfortable ride quality, and a spacious cabin. The cargo capacity with all the seats up is also decent but for putting luggage for a family on a long vacation you would need the roof rack. That said, slotting in the midsize SUV segment the Pilot rivals Ford Explorer, Toyota Highlander, and Nissan Pathfinder.


8.0/10
Features

7.5/10
Engine and Performance

7.1/10
Fuel Economy

9.0/10
Interior

9.0/10
Exterior

8.0/10
Safety


2018 Honda Pilot Features

8.0/10

The 2018 Honda Pilot a three-row crossover comes in five trims namely LX, EX, EX-L, Touring, and Elite. All the trims are powered by the same V6 engine while the LX, EX, EX-L get a six-speed automatic gearbox, the Touring and above trims get a nine-speed automatic gearbox. The base trim starts at $30,900 and comes with a decent list of standard features. 

2018 Honda Pilot Front Three-Quarter View

But for more features, you will need to move up to the EX trim starting at $33,330. The EX-L trim priced at $36,760 comes with all the features from the EX trim and adds a few more creature comfort features. The next in line is the Touring trim that starts at $41,970 available with all the optional and standard features of the EX-L. While the Elite trim with a price of $47,470 is the topmost trim. 

2018 Honda Pilot Side View

That said, there is also a couple of optional packages available on the EX and EX-L trim. The ones worth noting are the Honda Sensing package that adds forward collision warning and mitigation with automatic braking, lane departure warning and intervention, adaptive cruise control, and road departure intervention. Another one is a rear entertainment package for the EX-L trim that adds an overhead screen with a Blu-ray player, navigation, etc.

Trims LX EX EX-L Touring Elite
MSRP (FWD) $30,900 $33,330 $36,760 $41,970 N/A
MSRP (AWD) $32,800 $35,230 $38,660 $43,870 $47,470
Features 280 hp, 3.5-liter V6 engine Adds or upgrades to 'LX' Adds or upgrades to 'EX' Adds or upgrades to 'EX-L' Adds or upgrades to 'Touring'
  18-inch alloy wheels Remote engine start Power liftgate 20-inch alloy wheels Automatic windshield wipers
  Tilt and telescoping steering wheel Automatic headlights Heated and powered front seats Nine-speed automatic gearbox Automatic high-beam
  5-inch display w/ seven-speaker sound system 8-inch touchscreen w/ Apple CarPlay and Android Auto Sunroof Roof rails Blind-spot monitor w/ rear cross-traffic alert
  Rearview camera Blind-spot camera Auto-dimming rearview mirror Automatic engine start-stop LED headlights
  Six-speed automatic gearbox Three-zone automatic climate control Leather upholstery Front and rear parking sensors Panoramic sunroof
    Power-adjustable driver's seat One-touch sliding second-row seats 10-speaker sound system Heated and ventilated front seats w/ heated second-row captain's chair

We Recommend:

We suggest spending six grand more over the base trim and picking the EX-L trim. It is the last trim that gets the sweet six-speed automatic while most of the advanced driver-assist and rear entertainment features are available on the EX-L trim. Thus giving you even more flexibility to equip your Pilot with features as per your requirement. 

2018 Honda Pilot Engine and Performance

7.5/10

"Pilot’s standard 3.5-liter V-6 is a strong performer, providing unexpectedly spry acceleration for such a large vehicle. Its fuel-economy numbers are at the top of its class, too" - Caranddriver.com

2018 Honda Pilot Engine and Transmission

The 2018 Honda Pilot is powered by a 3.5-liter naturally aspirated V6 engine which puts out 280 hp and 262 lb-ft of torque. 

3.5-liter V62018 Honda Pilot Engine

The V6 engine is mated to either a six-speed automatic gearbox or a nine-speed automatic gearbox depending upon the trim you chose.

Models 2018 Honda Pilot 2018 Toyota Highlander 2018 Ford Explorer 2018 Nissan Pathfinder
MSRP $30,900 $33,280 $32,140 $31,040
Engine 3.5-liter V6 3.5-liter V6 3.5-liter V6 3.5-liter V6
Transmission 6-speed automatic 8-speed automatic 6-speed automatic CVT
Power 280 hp @ 6000 rpm 295 hp @ 6600 rpm 290 hp @ 6500 rpm 284 hp @ 6400 rpm
Torque 262 ft.-lbs. @ 4700 rpm 263 ft.-lbs. @ 4700 rpm 255 ft.-lbs. @ 4000 rpm 259 ft.-lbs. @ 4800 rpm

Although the 2018 Honda Pilot doesn't get the most powerful V6 under its hood, it sure has the lowest price for a V6-powered crossover SUV among the competition here. 

2018 Honda Pilot Acceleration

The 2018 Honda Pilot can do 0-60 mph in 6.2 seconds and covers the quarter-mile in 14.8 seconds. These are some real quick numbers for a three-row crossover weighing over 4,000 lbs.

Models 2018 Honda Pilot 2018 Toyota Highlander 2018 Ford Explorer 2018 Nissan Pathfinder
0-60 MPH (sec) 6.2 sec 7.0 sec 7.7 sec 8.3 sec
Quarter-mile (sec) 14.8 sec 15.6 sec 16.0 sec 16.6 sec
Engine 3.5-liter V6 3.5-liter V6 3.5-liter V6 3.5-liter V6

In this comparison, none can beat the Honda Pilot's 0-60 mph or quarter-mile timing. Even the most powerful Toyota Highlander was behind the Pilot by 0.8 seconds in both the runs.

2018 Honda Pilot Ride and Handling

The ride quality of the 2018 Honda Pilot remains its main selling point. It is, without doubt, the most comfortable in the segment with not much filtering inside the cabin even while going over rough patches. Only major bumps and unpaved roads can really unsettle the Pilot.

2018 Honda Pilot Driving

As for the handling, the lighter curb weight makes it very nimble, and changing directions for the Pilot isn't an issue. That said, the steering wheel feels precise but lacks any feel and feedback thus robbing the fun-to-drive factor. Otherwise, the Pilot handles well for its size with a well-controlled body roll.

2018 Honda Pilot Braking

The 2018 Honda Pilot under panic braking comes to a stop from 60 mph in just 119 feet. The 12.6-inches brakes at the front and 13.0-inches brakes at the rear offer solid braking power. And for a vehicle with under seven seconds 0-60 mph time, a powerful braking system like in the Pilot is a must.

Model 2018 Honda Pilot 2018 Toyota Highlander 2018 Ford Explorer 2018 Nissan Pathfinder
Brake Front (in) 12.6 12.9 12.8 12.6
Brake Rear (in) 13.0 12.2 12.8 12.1
Curb weight (lbs.) 4,054 4,244 4,453 4,293
60-0 MPH (ft.) 119 124 120 125

In this comparison, the Ford Explorer with a slightly bigger brake setup but 400 lbs more weight took just 1 foot more than the Honda Pilot to stop from 60-0 mph.

2018 Honda Pilot Towing Capacity

The 2018 Honda Pilot in its base form can tow up to 3,500 lbs while a well-equipped Pilot with AWD can tow as much as 5,000 lbs.

Model 2018 Honda Pilot 2018 Toyota Highlander 2018 Ford Explorer 2018 Nissan Pathfinder
Towing Capacity (lbs.) 3,500 5,000 2,000 6,000

In this comparison, the Nissan Pathfinder has the highest towing capacity of 6,000 lbs which is 2,500 lbs more than the Pilot's towing capacity. 

2018 Honda Pilot Fuel Economy

7.1/10

As per EPA estimates the 2018 Honda Pilot can return 19 mpg in the city, 27 mpg on the highway, and 22 mpg combined. While the same engine and gearbox combo with AWD returns one mpg less across the three parameters. The higher trim with the 9-speed automatic gearbox is more fuel-efficient and returns 20 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway while the AWD variant returns one mpg less across both the parameters.

Model 2018 Honda Pilot 2018 Toyota Highlander 2018 Ford Explorer 2018 Nissan Pathfinder
MPG (city) 19 19 17 20
MPG (highway) 27 26 24 27
MPG (combined) 22 22 20 23
Fuel Capacity (gallons) 19.5 19.2 18.6 19.5

In this comparison, you will find the Nissan Pathfinder with the CVT gearbox returns the best city gas mileage of 20 mpg which is one mpg more than the Pilot. While on the highway both the Pathfinder and the Pilot return similar gas mileage.

2018 Honda Pilot Interior

9.0/10

"Though it's spacious and comfortable, the Pilot's cabin doesn't quite have the same modern, upscale feel as some class rivals. Overall though, this is a nice cabin." -cars.usnews.com

2018 Honda Pilot Seating and Comfort

Step inside the cabin of the 2018 Honda Pilot and you will witness a typical Honda layout seen in its sedans and smaller SUVs. The material quality used inside feels premium with a two-tone color scheme for the dash and a piano-black finish trim sitting in between. Overall the cabin feels big and airy with excellent all-round visibility.

2018 Honda Pilot Dashboard

As standard, the Honda Pilot offers seating for eight but higher trims with second-row captain's chair can seat only seven passengers. The ergonomics and seat comfort are spot-on with the third row being spacious enough to accommodate medium-sized adults comfortably. Although the access to the third-row seat is a bit of a task. 

Model 2018 Honda Pilot 2018 Toyota Highlander 2018 Ford Explorer 2018 Nissan Pathfinder
Passenger capacity 8 8 7 7
Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.) 40.1/ 62.0/ 40.9 40.7/ 59.3/ 44.2 41.4/ 61.5/ 42.9 42.2/ 60.9/ 42.2
Second (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.) 40.2/ 62.0/ 38.4 39.9/ 59.6/ 38.4 40.6/ 61.0/ 39.5 39.4/ 60.4/ 41.7
Third (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.) 38.9/ 57.6/ 31.9 35.9/ 55.0/ 27.7 37.8/ 50.8/ 32.0 37.8/ 57.1/ 30.7

In this comparison without doubt the Ford Explorer being bigger in dimension and wheelbase offers the best cabin space in all three rows. While the Honda Pilot remains a close second in terms of overall cabin space. That being said, if you have to consider only the first two rows then Toyota Highlander followed by Ford Explorer and Nissan Pathfinder offers the best space in that order.

Interior Features:

  • 60/40-split folding second-row seats
  • Tilt and telescoping steering wheel
  • Available power-adjustable front seats
  • Available heated and ventilated front seats
  • Available heated second-row seats
  • Available three-zone automatic climate control

2018 Honda Pilot Infotainment System

As standard, the 2018 Honda Pilot gets a 5-inch display screen with a seven-speaker sound system, Bluetooth, USB ports, AM/FM, etc. Higher trims like EX and above offer an 8-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone connectivity. 

2018 Honda Pilot Infotainment

The EX trim also gets an upgraded seven-speaker sound system while the Touring trim comes with a ten-speaker sound system. Optional on the EX-L trim is the rear entertainment package that adds an overhead screen with a Blu-ray player, navigation, additional USB ports, HDMI and RCA ports, etc.

2018 Honda Pilot Cargo Capacity

The 2018 Honda Pilot offers 16.5 cubic feet of cargo space with all the seats up. The second-row bench and third-row seats offer 60/40-split folding for hauling in more luggage.

2018 Honda Pilot Cargo

Flip down the third-row seats and the cargo capacity goes up to 46.8 cubic feet while with the second and third-row folded the maximum cargo space expands to 83.8 cubic feet. 

Model 2018 Honda Pilot 2018 Toyota Highlander 2018 Ford Explorer 2018 Nissan Pathfinder
Cargo Capacity Behind 3rd Row (ft3) 16.5 13.8 21.0 16.2
Cargo Capacity Behind 2nd Row (ft3) 46.8 42.3 43.8 47.4
Cargo Capacity Behind 1st Row (ft3) 83.8 83.7 83.7 79.5

The Ford Explorer due to its longer length offers higher cargo capacity than the Pilot with all the seats up but the maixmum cargo capacity offered on both the crossover SUVs is almost similar.

2018 Honda Pilot Exterior

9.0/10

"The Pilot is no extrovert; it doesn’t offer any eye-popping colors or snazzy trim. The 20-inch wheels on the Touring and Elite models spice things up compared with the standard 18-inchers, and those upper-end models also come with extra chrome trim"- Caranddriver.com

2018 Honda Pilot Dimensions and Weight

Until 2015 the Honda Pilot had a boxy exterior design but with the redesign in 2016 the exterior looks of the Honda Pilot are now more in line with its smaller siblings like the CR-V and HR-V. The front sports the characteristic Honda grill with the upper chrome line running all the way over the headlights.

2018 Honda Pilot Front View

While from the sides you get to see a smooth profile and a 111.0-inches of wheelbase between the wheels. The 194.5-inches of length ensures the Pilot has a sufficient overhang towards the end of the side profile. At the rear, the lower part of the bumper has been blacked out to reduce the visual bulk while the tilted L-shaped brake lights go well with the overall rear profile. 

Model 2018 Honda Pilot 2018 Toyota Highlander 2018 Ford Explorer 2018 Nissan Pathfinder
Curb Weight (lbs.) 4,054 4,244 4,453 4,293
Length (in) 194.5 192.5 198.7 198.5
Width (in) 78.6 75.8 78.9 77.3
Height (in) 69.8 68.1 70.0 70.6
Ground clearance (in) 7.3 8.0 7.8 7.0
Wheelbase (in) 111.0 109.8 112.8 114.2

Dimension wise both the Ford Explorer and the Nissan Pathfinder dominate this comparison with the Explorer having the best length and width. While the Pathfinder having the longest wheelbase and best height among all. The Toyota Highlander has the highest ground clearance which is 0.7-inches more than the Pilot's.

2018 Honda Pilot Rear View

Exterior Features:

  • 18-inch alloy wheels
  • Available foglights
  • Available power liftgate
  • Available automatic wipers and headlights
  • Available 20-inch alloy wheels
  • Available sunroof
  • Available front and rear parking sensors

2018 Honda Pilot Safety

8.0/10

The 2018 Honda Pilot bagged the top honors of 'Top Safety Pick' from IIHS and scored the highest rating of 'Good' in five out of size parameters of IIHS. In the NHTSA crash test, the Pilot again scored a perfect score for overall safety ratings with a perfect score in the side crash test. The front crash and rollover mitigation test of the Pilot was rated four out of five stars.  

2018 Honda Pilot IIHS Crash Test

Safety Features:

  • Rearview camera
  • Available Forward collision warning w/ automatic emergency braking
  • Available Road departure mitigation system
  • Available Lane departure warning w/ lane keep assist
  • Available Adaptive cruise control
  • Available Front and rear parking sensors
  • Available Blind-spot monitoring w/ rear cross-traffic alert
  • Available Automatic high beams

2018 Honda Pilot Competition

2018 Honda Pilot vs 2018 Toyota Highlander

The biggest flex of the Honda Pilot is its aggressive pricing and the V6 engine. The Highlander for thirty grands come with an inline-4 engine which is mediocre in terms of performance and gas mileage. While the V6-powered Highlander commands an almost three grand premium over the Honda Pilot base trim. Although the Highlander's V6 engine puts out more power and torque, it is neither as fuel-efficient nor as quick as the Pilot's V6 engine.

2018 Toyota Highlander

On the inside, the Pilot offers better cabin and cargo space compared to the Highlander. While the cabin quality of the Pilot is also better compared to what you get in the latter. The safety ratings of both the SUVs are almost similar but the Highlander offers more standard safety features compared to the Pilot. Both the SUVs have above-average reliability but choosing one over the other remains a tough call.

2018 Honda Pilot vs 2018 Nissan Pathfinder

The Nissan Pathfinder was the reply to Honda's three-row crossover SUV Pilot. Nissan has given the Pathfinder a V6 engine similar to the Pilot but with a CVT gearbox which does rob its chance of putting quicker 0-60 mph and quarter-mile timings. Although the CVT gearbox does deliver slightly better gas mileage than the Pilot. 

2018 Nissan Pathfinder

The major highlight for the Pathfinder remains its 6,000 lbs towing capacity and spacious first and second-row seats. On both fronts, the Pilot does seem lacking. So if you keep these two factors aside then the Pilot is a clear-cut winner while if these two things matter to you then you need to look at the Pathfinder before putting your money on the Pilot.

2018 Honda Pilot Final Verdict

The 2018 Honda Pilot in the three-row crossover SUV segment is a solid product with all the basics covered. It has an ample amount of space, is highly practical with usable cargo space with all the seats up, punchy performance, good gas mileage, and a high safety score. For a big family, these things comprise the major part of their checklist while buying a car, and Pilot seems to tick all the right boxes. So if you are in the market for a spacious three-row SUV then you won't go wrong with the Pilot.

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