2008 Honda Pilot Pricing, Specs & Reviews

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$27,595-$35,645
$25,011-$32,285
15 /CITY / 21 /HWY
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What Changed for 2008:

  • New Value Package (VP) model replaces entry-level LX

  • VP has more standard equipment than the 2007 LX model

  • New Special Edition (SE) model fits in between EX and EX-L
Overview
The Pilot is Honda's answer to the big SUV, a large vehicle using car-like unit body construction in place of its rivals' truck-like body-on-frame architecture. (Other big SUVs, including the GMC Acadia, Buick Enclave, Saturn Outlook and Mazda CX-9, are now starting to follow the Pilot's lead.) First introduced for the 2003 model year, the Pilot enters its sixth year in 2008 with two new trim models, the Pilot VP and the Pilot SE.

Model Lineup
The 2008 Honda Pilot is available in VP, EX, SE and EX-L models; the entry-level LX has been discontinued. The Pilot VP includes seating for 7; power windows, mirrors and locks; remote keyless entry; front and rear air conditioning with an air-filtration system; rear privacy glass; alloy wheels; 6-disc CD changer with 7 speakers (including a subwoofer) and steering-wheel-mounted controls; body-color mirrors, door handles and rear spoiler; roof rails; and cruise control. The EX adds synchronized automatic climate control, fog lights, power driver's seat and HomeLink remote system. The new SE model builds on the EX with the addition of a rear-seat DVD entertainment system, XM satellite radio, moonroof, 115-volt power outlet and ambient console lighting, while the EX-L adds leather-trimmed seats with heat for the driver and front passenger. EX-L buyers can add either a rear-seat DVD entertainment system or a GPS-linked navigation system, but not both; there are no options on VP, EX or SE models.

Powertrain
The 2008 Honda Pilot can be had with either front-wheel drive (FWD) or 4-wheel drive (4WD). Power comes from a 3.5-liter V-6 engine featuring VTEC variable valve timing; FWD models get Honda's Variable Cylinder Management (VCM) system. The engine produces 244 hp, which peaks at 5750 rpm for FWD models and 5600 rpm for 4WD models. Torque output is 240 lb.-ft. at 4500 rpm, and a 5-speed automatic transmission comes standard. EPA fuel economy estimates are 16 mpg city/22 mpg highway (FWD) and 15 mpg city/20 mpg highway (4WD).

Safety
The 2008 Honda Pilot's safety resume includes front air bags, front-seat-mounted side air bags, and side curtain air bags that protect all three rows of seating, as well as electronic stability control (which Honda calls Vehicle Stability Assist) and anti-lock brakes. The Pilot performed strongly in both National Highway Safety Traffic Administration (NHTSA) and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) crash tests. In the NHTSA tests, the Pilot scored a perfect 5 stars for front and side impacts and 4 stars in the rollover test. The IIHS named the Pilot a \"Top Safety Pick\" for 2008, thanks to its \"Good\" ratings (the top mark) in both front- and side-impact tests and by offering standard electronic stability control.

Technology
FWD Pilots feature Honda's Variable Cylinder Management (VCM) system, which deactivates three of the engine's six cylinders when power demands are light, such as cruising at moderate speeds, to save fuel. Operation of the system is completely automatic and transparent, according to Honda. However, a green \"ECO\" indicator light on the dashboard lets the driver know when the engine is running in 3-cylinder mode.

What Changed for 2008:

  • New Value Package (VP) model replaces entry-level LX

  • VP has more standard equipment than the 2007 LX model

  • New Special Edition (SE) model fits in between EX and EX-L
Overview
The Pilot is Honda's answer to the big SUV, a large vehicle using car-like unit body construction in place of its rivals' truck-like body-on-frame architecture. (Other big SUVs, including the GMC Acadia, Buick Enclave, Saturn Outlook and Mazda CX-9, are now starting to follow the Pilot's lead.) First introduced for the 2003 model year, the Pilot enters its sixth year in 2008 with two new trim models, the Pilot VP and the Pilot SE.

Model Lineup
The 2008 Honda Pilot is available in VP, EX, SE and EX-L models; the entry-level LX has been discontinued. The Pilot VP includes seating for 7; power windows, mirrors and locks; remote keyless entry; front and rear air conditioning with an air-filtration system; rear privacy glass; alloy wheels; 6-disc CD changer with 7 speakers (including a subwoofer) and steering-wheel-mounted controls; body-color mirrors, door handles and rear spoiler; roof rails; and cruise control. The EX adds synchronized automatic climate control, fog lights, power driver's seat and HomeLink remote system. The new SE model builds on the EX with the addition of a rear-seat DVD entertainment system, XM satellite radio, moonroof, 115-volt power outlet and ambient console lighting, while the EX-L adds leather-trimmed seats with heat for the driver and front passenger. EX-L buyers can add either a rear-seat DVD entertainment system or a GPS-linked navigation system, but not both; there are no options on VP, EX or SE models.

Powertrain
The 2008 Honda Pilot can be had with either front-wheel drive (FWD) or 4-wheel drive (4WD). Power comes from a 3.5-liter V-6 engine featuring VTEC variable valve timing; FWD models get Honda's Variable Cylinder Management (VCM) system. The engine produces 244 hp, which peaks at 5750 rpm for FWD models and 5600 rpm for 4WD models. Torque output is 240 lb.-ft. at 4500 rpm, and a 5-speed automatic transmission comes standard. EPA fuel economy estimates are 16 mpg city/22 mpg highway (FWD) and 15 mpg city/20 mpg highway (4WD).

Safety
The 2008 Honda Pilot's safety resume includes front air bags, front-seat-mounted side air bags, and side curtain air bags that protect all three rows of seating, as well as electronic stability control (which Honda calls Vehicle Stability Assist) and anti-lock brakes. The Pilot performed strongly in both National Highway Safety Traffic Administration (NHTSA) and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) crash tests. In the NHTSA tests, the Pilot scored a perfect 5 stars for front and side impacts and 4 stars in the rollover test. The IIHS named the Pilot a \"Top Safety Pick\" for 2008, thanks to its \"Good\" ratings (the top mark) in both front- and side-impact tests and by offering standard electronic stability control.

Technology
FWD Pilots feature Honda's Variable Cylinder Management (VCM) system, which deactivates three of the engine's six cylinders when power demands are light, such as cruising at moderate speeds, to save fuel. Operation of the system is completely automatic and transparent, according to Honda. However, a green \"ECO\" indicator light on the dashboard lets the driver know when the engine is running in 3-cylinder mode.
Available Trims for the 2008 Honda Pilot
Transmission MSRP Engine City/Hwy MPG
Name VP (2WD 4dr) Transmission Automatic w/OD MSRP 27595.00 Engine 3.5L/212 City/Hwy MPG 16/22
Name EX (2WD 4dr) Transmission Automatic w/OD MSRP 29745.00 Engine 3.5L/212 City/Hwy MPG 16/22
Name SE (2WD 4dr) Transmission Automatic w/OD MSRP 31595.00 Engine 3.5L/212 City/Hwy MPG 16/22
Name EX-L (2WD 4dr) Transmission Automatic w/OD MSRP 32045.00 Engine 3.5L/212 City/Hwy MPG 16/22
Name EX-L (2WD 4dr w/RES) Transmission Automatic w/OD MSRP 33645.00 Engine 3.5L/212 City/Hwy MPG 16/22
Name EX-L (2WD 4dr w/Navi) Transmission Automatic w/OD MSRP 34245.00 Engine 3.5L/212 City/Hwy MPG 16/22
Name VP (4WD 4dr) Transmission Automatic w/OD MSRP 28995.00 Engine 3.5L/212 City/Hwy MPG 15/20
Name EX (4WD 4dr) Transmission Automatic w/OD MSRP 31145.00 Engine 3.5L/212 City/Hwy MPG 15/20
Name SE (4WD 4dr) Transmission Automatic w/OD MSRP 32995.00 Engine 3.5L/212 City/Hwy MPG 15/20
Name EX-L (4WD 4dr) Transmission Automatic w/OD MSRP 33445.00 Engine 3.5L/212 City/Hwy MPG 15/20
Name EX-L (4WD 4dr w/RES) Transmission Automatic w/OD MSRP 35045.00 Engine 3.5L/212 City/Hwy MPG 15/20
Name EX-L (4WD 4dr w/Navi) Transmission Automatic w/OD MSRP 35645.00 Engine 3.5L/212 City/Hwy MPG 15/20
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INTERIOR
  • Front cloth bucket seats-inc: manual driver seat adjustment
  • 2nd & 3rd row 60/40 split flat-folding bench seats
  • Head restraints at all seating positions
  • Multifunctional center console w/storage, cell phone cradle
  • Floor mats
  • Steering wheel-mounted audio controls
  • Adjustable steering column
  • Indicator lights-inc: low-fuel, low-oil pressure, door/tailgate open, passenger airbags status, vehicle stability assist
  • Tire pressure monitoring system
  • Maintenance minder system
  • Pwr windows w/driver auto-up/down
  • Pwr door & tailgate locks
  • Remote keyless entry
  • Cruise control
  • Remote fuel filler door release
  • Immobilizer theft-deterrent system
  • Front/rear air conditioning w/air-filtration system
  • Rear seat heater ducts
  • Rear window defroster w/timer
  • AM/FM stereo w/6-disc in-dash CD changer-inc: (6) speakers, subwoofer
  • XM satellite radio w/90-day subscription
  • Integrated glass antenna
  • (4) 12V pwr outlets
  • (7) beverage holders
  • Sunglasses holder
  • Dual illuminated visor vanity mirrors
  • Sliding sunvisor extensions
  • 2nd & 3rd row grab rails w/integrated map lights
  • Courtesy door lights
  • Lower front row seatback pockets
  • Cargo area-inc: cargo light, (6) tie-down anchors, (9) bag hooks
  • Rear hidden storage compartment
  • Front cloth bucket seats-inc: 8-way pwr driver seat, driver adjustable lumbar support
  • HomeLink remote system
  • Security system
  • Synchronized automatic tri-zone climate control system
  • AM/FM stereo w/6-disc in-dash CD changer-inc: (6) speakers, subwoofer, XM satellite radio-ready
  • (9) beverage holders
  • 2nd row fold down activity tray
  • Upper/lower front row seatback pockets
  • Cargo area-inc: cargo net, cargo light, (6) tie-down anchors, (9) bag hooks
  • Rear DVD entertainment system (RES)
  • (3) 12V pwr outlets
  • 115V pwr outlet
  • Conversation mirror w/sunglasses holder
  • Ambient console lighting
  • Cargo area-inc: cargo net, cargo light, (6) tie-down anchors, (8) bag hooks
  • Leather-trimmed heated front bucket seats-inc: 8-way pwr driver seat, driver adjustable lumbar support
  • Perforated leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Rearview mirror w/compass
  • Leather-wrapped shift knob
  • Honda satellite-linked navigation system w/voice recognition, off-road tracking, rearview camera
EXTERIOR
  • Roof rails
  • Body-colored bumpers
  • Body-colored rear roofline spoiler
  • Body-colored body side moldings
  • Projector beam halogen headlamps
  • Side marker lights
  • Body-colored pwr mirrors
  • Rear privacy glass
  • Heat-rejecting glass
  • Variable intermittent windshield wipers
  • Intermittent rear window wiper/washer
  • Body-colored door handles
  • Projector beam halogen headlamps w/auto-off
  • Fog lights
  • Body-colored pwr heated mirrors
  • Pwr moonroof w/tilt feature
MECHANICAL
  • 3.5L SOHC MPFI 24-valve i-VTEC V6 engine
  • Variable cylinder management (VCM)
  • Active control engine mount system (ACM)
  • Active noise cancellation
  • Drive-by-wire throttle
  • 5-speed automatic transmission w/OD
  • Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) w/traction control
  • Front wheel drive
  • MacPherson strut front suspension
  • Multi-link rear suspension w/trailing arms
  • Front/rear stabilizer bars
  • P235/70SR16 all-season tires
  • 16" machine-finished alloy wheels
  • Variable pwr rack & pinion steering
  • Pwr ventilated front/solid rear disc brakes
  • 4-wheel anti-lock braking system (ABS) w/electronic brake distribution (EBD)
  • Brake assist
  • 3.5L SOHC MPFI 24-valve VTEC V6 engine
  • Variable Torque Management (VTM-4) 4-wheel drive system
PACKAGE
    SAFETY
    • 4-wheel anti-lock braking system (ABS) w/electronic brake distribution (EBD)
    • Brake assist
    • Dual-stage, dual-threshold front airbags
    • Dual front side-impact airbags w/passenger side occupant position detection system
    • Side curtain airbags on all rows w/rollover sensor
    • 3-point seat belts in all seating positions-inc: front automatic tensioning system, front adjustable seat belt anchors
    • 2nd row lower anchors & tethers for children (LATCH)
    • 3rd row child seat tether anchors
    • Child-proof rear door locks
    • Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) w/traction control
    • Side-impact door beams
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