2021 Honda Pilot  RealSafeCars88Safety Rating

#18 of 2021 SUVs

#26 of all 2021 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. The Honda Pilot has some real zest, surpassing typical horsepower for its class. Exceeding the average MPG (miles per gallon) for its class, it reduces fuel costs and the carbon footprint. It has technology that is now expected: Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. With optional all-wheel drive (AWD), it bypasses mud and snow with ease. Honda offers a 3-year, 36,000-mile basic warranty, and a 5-year, 60,000-mile powertrain warranty on its lineup.


The 2021 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 2021 Honda Pilot has a score of 88, implying a 0.031% chance of driver death (2.8% chance of injury).

We estimate that the 2021 Honda Pilot has a vehicle lifetime fatality chance of 0.0313% and a vehicle lifetime injury chance of 3.5801%, meaning the average driver has a 0.0313% chance of dying in an accident if they drive the car under regular conditions for fifteen years, and a 3.5801% chance of being injured.

Compared to the average vehicle, the 2021 Honda Pilot is 35% less likely to result in a fatal accident. Compared to other suvs, the 2021 Honda Pilot is 25% less likely to result in a fatal accident.

Active safety features with Honda's Honda Sensing greatly enhance occupant safety by reducing the likelihood of a crash. An active safety system that is standard on the 2021 Honda Pilot is Collision Mitigation Braking System (CMBS). Optional safety features on the 2021 Honda Pilot which we recommend include Road Departure Mitigation System (RDM) with Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS) and Blind Spot Information System.

A safety feature that may make a vehicle safer, even if not at the forefront of technological advances, should still be considered. Optional side mirror turn signals alert others of your intention to turn or switch lanes allowing them to react accordingly, which can prevent accidents caused by not seeing a vehicle in the blind spot.


But it is about as safe as many comparable models.

9776Chrysler PacificaNissan MuranoGMC AcadiaVolkswagen AtlasHyundai PalisadeMazda CX-9Toyota HighlanderHonda PassportFord ExplorerSubaru AscentHonda PilotKia TellurideComparison to similar models.  This plot compares the RSC rating of the 2021 Honda Pilot with its main competition. Models are plotted on a scale from 76 to 97. The 2021 Honda Pilot is safer than the 2021 Chrysler Pacifica, the 2021 Nissan Murano, and the 2021 GMC Acadia and less safe than the 2021 Mazda CX-9. It is about as safe as the 2021 Volkswagen Atlas, the 2021 Hyundai Palisade, the 2021 Kia Telluride, the 2021 Subaru Ascent, the 2021 Ford Explorer, and the 2021 Honda Passport.

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