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2005 Honda Pilot

Midsize SUV
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  • Moderate overlap front
    G
  • Head restraints & seats
    M
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Side airbags: front seat-mounted torso airbags
2
Antilock brakes
3
Electronic stability control (2005 models)
Model yearFront small overlapFront moderate overlapSideRoof strengthHead restraints & seats
2014
P
G
G
G
G
2013
P
G
G
G
G
2012
P
G
G
G
G
2011
P
G
G
M
G
2010
P
G
G
M
G
2009
P
G
G
M
G
2008
G
G
G
2007
G
G
G
2006
G
G
G
2005
G
M
2004
G
M
2003
G
M

Applies to 2003-05 models

Overall evaluation
G
Structure and safety cage
A
Injury measures
Head/neck
G
Chest
G
Leg/foot, left
G
Leg/foot, right
G
Restraints and dummy kinematics
G
Important: Frontal crash test ratings should be compared only among vehicles of similar weight.

The Honda Pilot was introduced in the 2003 model year.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has evaluated the crashworthiness of the Pilot in two 40 mph frontal offset crash tests into deformable barriers. In the first test, the frontal airbags deployed late, with the result that high forces were recorded on the dummy's head, indicating the likelihood of head injuries. This led Honda to modify the frontal airbag deployment characteristics on models produced after August 18, 2003. Also, Honda initiated a safety improvement campaign to modify at its cost vehicles produced earlier.

The Institute tested a second Pilot with the modified airbags, and the airbags inflated much earlier. Ratings of the Pilot are based on the results of the second test, except structural performance is based on both tests.

Honda has told the Institute that the 2006 models are sufficiently re-engineered that the the ratings for 2003-05 models will not carry over.

Injury measures

In the second test, measures taken from the dummy indicate a low risk of any significant injuries in a crash of this severity.

Restraints and dummy kinematics

Dummy movement was well controlled in the second test. After the dummy moved forward into the airbag, it rebounded into the seat without its head hitting any stiff structure that could cause injury.

Tested vehicle specifications

Tested vehicle2003 Honda Pilot EX 4wd
Weight 4,351 lbs.
Side airbagsfront seat-mounted torso airbags
Wheelbase106 in.
Length188 in.
Width76 in.
Engine3.5 L V6
EPA ratings17 mpg city / 22 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occcupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test IDCEF0315CEF0319
Footwell intrusion
Footrest (cm)1110
Left (cm)2122
Center (cm)2625
Right (cm)1816
Brake pedal (cm)1920
Instrument panel rearward movement
Left (cm)22
Right (cm)23
Steering column movement
Upward (cm)77
Rearward (cm)-2-2
A-pillar rearward movement (cm)11

Driver injury measures

Test IDCEF0319
Head
HIC-15202
Peak gs at hard contactno contact
Neck
Tension (kN)1.2
Extension bending moment (Nm)26
Maximum Nij 0.24
Chest maximum compression (mm)31
Legs
Femur force - left (kN)1.0
Femur force - right (kN)0.9
Knee displacement - left (mm)0
Knee displacement - right (mm)1
Maximum tibia index - left0.31
Maximum tibia index - right0.30
Tibia axial force - left (kN)1.6
Tibia axial force - right (kN)2.5
Foot acceleration (g)
Left32
Right50

Applies to 2003-05 models

Overall evaluation
M
Dynamic rating
M
Seat/head restraint geometry
A
Important: Ratings for head restraints & seats should be compared only among vehicles of similar weight.

Seat type

Leather seats

How this test is conducted

Seat typeLeather seats
Geometry
Backset (mm)90
Distance below top of head (mm)35
Seat design parameters
Pass/failPass
Max T1 acceleration (g)9.4
Head contact time (ms)127
Force ratingHigh
Neck forces
Max neck shear force (N)262
Max neck tension (N)1,067

Applies to 2003-05 models

Overall evaluation
P
Dynamic rating
Seat/head restraint geometry
M
Important: Ratings for head restraints & seats should be compared only among vehicles of similar weight.

Seat type

Cloth seats

How this test is conducted

Seat typeCloth seats
Geometry
Backset (mm)110
Distance below top of head (mm)40
Seat design parameters
Pass/failFail
Max T1 acceleration (g)
Head contact time (ms)
Force rating
Neck forces
Max neck shear force (N)
Max neck tension (N)

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