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2005 Honda Pilot

Midsize SUV
2003 Honda Pilot shown
2003 Honda Pilot shown
Crashworthiness
  • Moderate overlap front
    G
  • Head restraints & seats
    M

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Model year Front overlap Side Roof strength Head restraints & seats Front crash prevention
Small Moderate
2017
G
G
G
G
G
Crash avoidance rating
Superior
2016
G
G
G
G
G
Crash avoidance rating
Superior
2015
P
G
G
G
G
Crash avoidance rating
Not available
2014
P
G
G
G
G
Crash avoidance rating
Not available
2013
P
G
G
G
G
Crash avoidance rating
Not available
2012
P
G
G
G
G
Crash avoidance rating
2011
P
G
G
M
G
Crash avoidance rating
2010
P
G
G
M
G
Crash avoidance rating
2009
P
G
G
M
G
Crash avoidance rating
2008
G
G
G
Crash avoidance rating
2007
G
G
G
Crash avoidance rating
2006
G
G
G
Crash avoidance rating
2005
G
M
Crash avoidance rating
2004
G
M
Crash avoidance rating
2003
G
M
Crash avoidance rating

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 vehicle 2003 Honda Pilot EX 4-door 4wd
Weight 4,348 lbs.
Side airbags front seat-mounted torso airbags
Wheelbase 106 in.
Length 188 in.
Width 76 in.
Engine 3.5 L V6
EPA ratings 17 mpg city / 22 mpg highway

How this test is conducted

Measures of occcupant compartment intrusion on driver side

Test ID CEF0315 CEF0319
Footwell intrusion
Footrest (cm) 11 10
Left (cm) 21 22
Center (cm) 26 25
Right (cm) 18 16
Brake pedal (cm) 19 20
Instrument panel rearward movement
Left (cm) 2 2
Right (cm) 2 3
Steering column movement
Upward (cm) 7 7
Rearward (cm) 2 2
A-pillar rearward movement (cm) 1 1

Driver injury measures

Test ID CEF0319
Head
HIC-15 202
Peak gs at hard contact no 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 - left 0.31
Maximum tibia index - right 0.30
Tibia axial force - left (kN) 1.6
Tibia axial force - right (kN) 2.5
Foot acceleration (g)
Left 32
Right 50

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 type Leather seats
Geometry
Backset (mm) 90
Distance below top of head (mm) 35
Seat design parameters
Pass/fail Pass
Max T1 acceleration (g) 9.4
Head contact time (ms) 127
Force rating 3
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 type Cloth seats
Geometry
Backset (mm) 110
Distance below top of head (mm) 40
Seat design parameters
Pass/fail Fail
Max T1 acceleration (g) 0.0
Head contact time (ms)
Force rating 0
Neck forces
Max neck shear force (N)
Max neck tension (N)
1
Side airbags: front seat-mounted torso airbags
2
Antilock brakes
3
Electronic stability control (2005 models)

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