2015 Honda Pilot | new car review

Posted on Dec 22, 2014 by
2015 Honda Pilot
  • Editor Rating

  • Rated 2.5 stars
  • OK
AEDAED 129,900 - 159,900
  • 5/5 Avg. User Rating

  • Rated 5 stars
  • 1 Review

  • Pilot
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  • Last modified: December 22, 2014
  • Exterior
    Editor: 65%
    User: 50%
  • Interior
    Editor: 75%
    User: 100%
  • Quality
    Editor: 75%
    User: 85%
  • Features
    Editor: 70%
    User: 100%
  • Performance
    Editor: 70%
    User: 95%
  • Value for money
    Editor: 65%
    User: 90%

Review Summary:

The Pilot is Honda’s only mid-size crossover SUV, although the actual size of it leaves it not too far from the full-size bracket.

Pros

* Passenger and luggage space is spectacular.

Cons

* Exterior appearance leaves a lot to be desired.

Looks

Sometimes you have to wonder who gave the green light for a car to be produced. At Honda, the board must have sat down and all agreed that they liked the look of the Pilot, and that worries me. Aesthetically speaking, the Pilot is akin to a refrigerator rather than a car. The front has been marginally improved after a facelift, but overall it is void of any imagination, and style but the fevered dream of a mad man.

2015 Honda Pilot front

Feels

The 2015 ’s penchant for squares and edges continues inside, although the interior contains more creativity and functionality than the exterior would have you believe. But there are still some very dated elements. Without picking on anything specific, you get the impression that the designer liked cars from the 1980’s, and replicated his taste here. The space however is supreme, with rows two and three folding totally flat, resulting in a huge amount of storage space.

2014 Honda Pilot interior

Engineering

As stated, the space available for what is technically a mid-sized SUV is excellent. The Pilot easily sits eight people, and the flat-folding seats work very well, and in a variety of combinations.  A split tailgate comes as standard, and curtain airbags run along both sides of the entire car, offering maximum protection to all occupants.

2015 Honda Pilot side

What’s on offer?

The 2015 Honda Pilot comes in three trims: EX, EX-L, and Touring. All models come equipped with a 3.5 Litre V6 which boots out 253 horses and 347 Nm of torque. 0-100kp/h is dealt with in 8.8 seconds and 13 litres of fuel will give you 100 km up the road. The EX starts at AED 129,900, the EX-L at AED 149,900 and the top of the line Touring at AED 159,900. There is a long list of features, but I do find it hard to understand why the Touring model is so expensive.

2015 Honda Pilot front

Summing it…

The looks are bland at best, and it is more expensive than its rivals, namely the Nissan Pathfinder. If you’re only interested in space, then this is the car for you. But if you only care about looks, then you’ll have to look elsewhere.

2015 Honda Pilot rear

Specifications

Specifications2015 Honda Pilot
Engine/ Cylinders3.5 litre / V6
Max Power
(bhp/rpm)
253 hp @ 5,700 RPM
Max Torque
(Nm/rpm)
347 Nm @ 4,800 RPM
Tranmission5 speed automatic
DriveFour Wheel Drive
0-100 km/h8.8 secs
Top speed175 km/h
PriceAED 129,900 - 159,900

One Response to 2015 Honda Pilot | new car review

  1. Nazim Reply

    September 29, 2015 at 8:44 am

    • Exterior
      50%
    • Interior
      100%
    • Quality
      85%
    • Features
      100%
    • Performance
      95%
    • Value for money
      90%
    • Rated 5 stars

    Good SUV

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