Changes for the 2014 Honda Pilot:
Now in its final year before a complete redesign, the 2014 Honda Pilot is unchanged.
Honda sells the 2014 Pilot in LX, EX, EX-L, and Touring trim levels. If you’re interested in a 10-way power driver’s seat, remote keyless entry, and snazzy 18-inch aluminum wheels, then choose the Pilot EX.
The Pilot EX-L model adds leather seats, heated front seats, a power sunroof, a power tailgate, and more. It can also be upgraded with a choice between a rear-seat DVD entertainment system and a navigation system with a hard-drive music server and a wide-angle reversing camera.
Both of these extras are standard for the Pilot Touring, which is also fitted with a premium sound system and memory for the driver’s preferred seat and mirror settings.
Engines and Transmissions:
Every 2014 Honda Pilot is equipped with a 250-horsepower, 3.5-liter V-6 engine equipped with Variable Cylinder Management (VCM) technology, which allows the engine to operate on fewer cylinders when cruising or coasting in order to conserve fuel. As a result, Honda claims that the Pilot gets better fuel economy than any other 8-passenger SUV.
A 5-speed automatic transmission is standard, delivering engine power to the Pilot’s front wheels. The transmission is equipped with Grade Logic Control, which detects when the Pilot is climbing or descending a hill and automatically holds a lower gear to improve hill-climbing capability and to increase engine braking when going down a hill.
A Variable Torque Management 4-wheel-drive (VTM-4) system is optional for the 2014 Pilot. When the front wheels slip, power automatically transfers to the rear wheels to add traction. The VTM-4 system also provides the ability to lock the power split to 50:50 at speeds up to 18 mph to ensure the best traction.
Fuel Economy Ratings:
In combined driving, and according to the EPA, the 2014 Honda Pilot returns between 20 mpg and 21 mpg, depending on whether or not it is equipped with VTM-4.
Based on evaluations conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the 2014 Pilot receives an overall crash-test rating of 4 stars. Note, though, that the Pilot does not score lower than 4 stars in any individual test.
According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), the Honda Pilot receives a “Good” rating for moderate overlap frontal-impact, side-impact, rear-impact injury prevention, and roof crush strength tests. The Pilot had not been assessed for performance in the tough new small overlap frontal-impact test as this summary was written.
The Honda Pilot is not a high-tech vehicle. Aside from the navigation system, reversing camera, hard-drive music server, and rear-seat entertainment system that are options for the EX-L and standard for the Touring, the only technology worth noting is a Hill Start Assist system, a triple-zone automatic climate control system with a humidity sensor, and a Bluetooth connection with music streaming capability.