2018 Honda Pilot  RealSafeCars89Safety Rating

#15 of 2018 SUVs

#18 of all 2018 vehicles


Pictured: 2016 Honda Pilot
The Pilot, a mainstay of Honda's lineup since 2003, is a three-row midsize SUV with seating up to 8. Having more than average horsepower for its class, the Pilot packs some oomph. Exceeding the average MPG (miles per gallon) for its class, it reduces fuel costs and the carbon footprint. Strong on technology, it has offered Android Auto and Apple CarPlay since 2017. It handles mud, snow, and sand with ease with optional all-wheel drive (AWD). Honda offers a 3-year, 36,000-mile basic warranty, and a 5-year, 60,000-mile powertrain warranty on its lineup.


The 2018 Honda Pilot is safe compared to all vehicles.

Comparison to all vehicles.  This plot shows RSC safety scores on the horizontal axis vs. the number of vehicles with each safety score (depicted by bar height and percentages at the bottom). Colors reflect vehicle safety, ranging from red (not that safe) to green (safer). For reference, a score of 0 implies a 0.15% chance of driver death (13% chance of driver injury) over 15 years, and a score of 100 reflects a 0.016% chance (1.4% chance of driver injury). The 2018 Honda Pilot has a score of 89, implying a 0.031% chance of driver death (2.8% chance of injury). If equipped with optional advanced driver safety features, the chance of death falls to 0.029%, and the chance of injury falls to 2.6%.

We estimate that the 2018 Honda Pilot has a vehicle lifetime fatality chance of 0.0309% and a vehicle lifetime injury chance of 3.5251%, meaning the average driver has a 0.0309% chance of dying in an accident if they drive the car under regular conditions for fifteen years, and a 3.5251% chance of being injured.

Compared to the average vehicle, the 2018 Honda Pilot is 36% less likely to result in a fatal accident. Compared to other suvs, the 2018 Honda Pilot is 26% less likely to result in a fatal accident.

2018 Honda Pilot offers AEB optionally. With AEB, the vehicle lifetime fatality chance drops by 7%.


But it is about as safe as many comparable models.

9670Nissan MuranoChrysler PacificaNissan PathfinderFord ExplorerGMC AcadiaJeep Grand CherokeeMazda CX-9Toyota HighlanderHonda PilotVolkswagen AtlasToyota SiennaHonda OdysseyComparison to similar models.  This plot compares the RSC rating of the 2018 Honda Pilot with its main competition. Models are plotted on a scale from 70 to 96. The 2018 Honda Pilot is safer than the 2018 Nissan Murano, the 2018 Chrysler Pacifica, the 2018 Nissan Pathfinder, the 2018 Ford Explorer, and the 2018 GMC Acadia. It is about as safe as the 2018 Honda Odyssey, the 2018 Toyota Sienna, the 2018 Volkswagen Atlas, the 2018 Toyota Highlander, and the 2018 Mazda CX-9.

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