The Honda Pilot was introduced to the U.S. market as a 2003 model, so you’ll see a variety of model years when you’re looking in Des Moines for a used Honda Pilot. One model you’re likely to find is the 2018 Honda Pilot. This model came in five trim levels: LX, EX, EX-L, Touring and Elite. The 2018 Pilot comes with the same engine that powers the current model: a 3.5-liter V6 that procuces 280 horsepower and 262 lb-ft of torque. Depending on the trim level, this engine will be paired to six- or nine-speed automatic transmission. The nine-speed gearbox includes paddle-shifters and a fuel-saving stop-start system.
Front-wheel drive is standard on most trim levels, and all-wheel drive was available, so you’ll find used 2018 Honda Pilot models equipped with either drive system. On all trims except the base LX, the all-wheel-drive models included a terrain management system.
Fuel economy for the 2018 Honda Pilot is rated up to an EPA-estimated 20 mpg city/27 mpg highway for front-wheel-drive models with the nine-speed automatic transmission.*
The 2018 Honda Pilot received good reviews from the automotive media. Kelley Blue Book wrote: “If you need room for a growing family in a vehicle as worry-free as possible, the 8-passenger 2018 Honda Pilot is as good a bet as any. With handsome styling, excellent driving characteristics and proven V6, the Pilot can tackle almost any challenge.”
On the inside, there’s enough room to seat up to eight passengers. In contrast to many of its key rivals, the Pilot’s third-row seat can accommodate adults. Interior quality is top-notch. Heated and ventilated front seats and heated second-row captain’s chairs give the top-of-the-line Elite model an extra degree of luxury. You’ll also find lots of cargo space in the back, which makes the Pilot an ideal vehicle for taking on family road trips.
Standard features will vary, depending on which model year and trim level you buy. The 2018 Honda Pilot’s base LX trim gets push-button start, a 5-inch display, a seven-speaker audio system, Bluetooth and a USB port.
The Honda Pilot has an excellent resale value, which means you’ll get a good price if you decide to sell your used Honda Pilot or trade it in at a dealership.
* All vehicle mileage based on 2018 EPA mileage estimates. Use for comparison purposes only. Do not compare to models before 2008. Your actual mileage will vary, depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle.