The 2015 Honda Pilot is one of the most practical and family-friendly vehicles in its segment. The Pilots exterior is boxy and brash in a way that other crossovers aren’t–leaving it as a refreshing alternative to everything else in the segment. The engine is a strong and smooth 3.5-liter V-6, with 250-horsepower and good ride and handling. The Pilot does have quite a bit more durability built in than the typical SUV, and it is a good choice for those looking to get to a trailhead on the weekends. The four-wheel-drive system includes a Lock mode for mud or deep snow. Structurally, the Pilot’s structure borrows some of the benefits of a body-on-frame SUV but has a modern unibody design. And that contributes to its good ride quality and crisp response. With an upright theme that carries through to most of the interior, the cabin is roomy and functional, and it’s one of few vehicles this size to have a third row that’s spacious enough for adults.
When we received the Pilot, it went through our safety and maintenance inspection, and passed with flying colors. The Summer Tires are all at 10/32nds. The front brakes are at 60% and the rear brakes are still quite new with 80% left.