Top Safety Pick

2013 Honda Pilot

midsize SUV / 4-door SUV

2013 Honda Pilot 4-door SUV
2012 Honda Pilot shown

Crashworthiness

Rating overview
Small overlap front: driver-side
Moderate overlap front
Side
Roof strength
Head restraints & seats

Crash avoidance & mitigation

Front crash prevention
Not available

Other available safety features

  • Standard daytime running lights

Key

  • G
    Good
  • A
    Acceptable
  • M
    Marginal
  • P
    Poor
  • Superior
  • Advanced
  • Basic

Some ratings use a scale of Poor to Good. Others range from Basic to Superior.

Small overlap front: driver-side

Rating applies to 2009-15 models

Tested vehicle: 2014 Honda Pilot EX 4-door 4wd

The Honda Pilot was redesigned for the 2009 model year.

Overall evaluation
Structure and safety cage
Injury measures
Head/neck
Chest
Hip/thigh
Lower leg/foot
Restraints and dummy kinematics
The dummy’s head barely contacted the frontal airbag before sliding off the left side as the steering column moved 14 cm to the right, leaving the head vulnerable to contact with forward side structure. The side curtain airbag deployed but does not have sufficient forward coverage to protect the head from contact with forward side structure and outside objects. The side torso airbag deployed.

Action shot taken during the small overlap frontal crash test.

The dummy's position in relation to the door frame, steering wheel, and instrument panel after the crash test indicates that the driver's survival space was not maintained well.

During the crash, the dummy's head and torso barely contacted the airbag before sliding off to the left as the steering column moved to the right. The side curtain airbag did not extend quite far enough forward toward the A-pillar.

Intrusion of the parking brake pedal (not visible in photo), door hinge pillar, and instrument panel was extensive and contributed to a high risk of injury to the left hip, a significant risk to the left knee and right lower leg, and a possible risk of injury to the left lower leg.

Moderate overlap front

Rating applies to 2009-15 models

Tested vehicle: 2009 Honda Pilot EX 4-door 4wd

The Honda Pilot was redesigned for the 2009 model year. Frontal ratings are assigned by the Institute based on a test conducted by Honda as part of frontal crash test verification.

Overall evaluation
Structure and safety cage
Injury measures
Head/neck
Chest
Leg/foot, left
Leg/foot, right
Restraints and dummy kinematics

Side

Rating applies to 2009-15 models

Tested vehicle: 2009 Honda Pilot EX-L 4-door 4wd with standard head curtain airbags for all three rows of seats and standard front seat-mounted torso airbags

The Honda Pilot was redesigned for the 2009 model year.

Overall evaluation
Structure and safety cage
Driver injury measures
Head/neck
Torso
Pelvis/leg
Head protection
Rear passenger injury measures
Head/neck
Torso
Pelvis/leg
Head protection

View of the vehicle and barrier just after the crash test.

View of the vehicle after the crash with doors removed, showing the side airbags and damage to the occupant compartment.

Smeared greasepaint shows where the driver dummy's head was protected from being hit by hard structures by the side curtain airbag.

Smeared greasepaint shows where the rear passenger dummy’s head was protected by the side airbag.

Roof strength

Rating applies to 2012-15 models

Tested vehicle: 2012 Honda Pilot EX 4-door 4wd

Overall evaluation
Curb weight 4,475 lbs
Peak force 20,702 lbs
Strength-to-weight ratio 4.63

Head restraints & seats

Rating applies to 2009-15 models

Seat type: Power seats AHR

Overall evaluation
Dynamic rating
Seat/head restraint geometry