Honda carries the Pilot over into 2015, adds new Special Edition trim

Honda will be continuing to produce the Pilot as the Japanese automaker recently launched a 2015 model complete with a new trim level. And to make sure the Pilot remains relatively fresh, despite being in production since 2008, Honda added a new Special Edition trim that sits in between the EX and EX-L models as a sort of mid-range model in the lineup.

The Pilot remains to be unchanged for the eight-passenger Honda Accord-on-stilts crossover both visually and mechanically otherwise. The new trim includes new Pewter Gray aluminum wheels, a power moonroof, rear-seat entertainment, and Sirius XM radio. The Special Edition model is available in either front- or all-wheel drive guise while motivation is still provided by the same 3.5L J-Series V6 good for 250hp.

Prices start at $33,950 for the two-wheel drive model while all-wheel drive requires $35,550, including the $830 destination charge.

Check out the full details after the jump.

The Go-Anywhere, Do-Anything 2015 Honda Pilot Adds Even More Value with New Special Edition Trim Level

06/03/2014 – TORRANCE, Calif.
New-for-2015 Pilot Special Edition (SE) includes styling, technology and convenience upgrades

Pilot remains the uniquely capable eight-passenger “Ultimate Family Adventure Vehicle” and is now available in five feature-rich trim levels

TORRANCE, Calif., With the new Special Edition (SE) trim level, class-leading fuel efficiency and a go-anywhere, do-anything capability that fits the lifestyles of active families, the 2015 Honda Pilot goes on sale today with a manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) starting at $29,8701.

Honda’s renowned engineering excellence and quality combine to produce a practical and versatile three-row, eight-passenger family SUV with a class-leading EPA highway fuel economy rating2 of 25 mpg (2WD models) and towing capacity3 of a 4,500 pounds (4WD models). Add a low cost of ownership and five feature-rich trim levels and the 2015 Pilot is the “Ultimate Family Adventure Vehicle.”

New for 2015, the Pilot Special Edition (SE) is positioned between the EX and EX-L trim levels and includes sporty pewter gray aluminum alloy wheels, special SE badging, a one-touch-open power moonroof with tilt feature, Sirus XM radio and a Honda DVD Rear Entertainment System. Standard features on all 2015 Pilots include remote entry, rearview camera and an integrated Class III trailer hitch.

All 2015 Pilots are powered by a refined and fuel-efficient 250-horsepower4 3.5-liter i-VTEC V-6 engine with Variable Cylinder Management™ (VCM™). The engine is paired with a five-speed automatic transmission with Grade Logic Control to help maintain the most appropriate gear when climbing or descending steep grades. All trims are available with 2-wheel drive or with Honda’s Variable Torque Management® 4-wheel-drive system (VTM-4®) that adds fully automatic 4-wheel-drive capability and features a “lock mode” that can deliver the maximum-possible torque transfer to the rear wheels to aid extraction from extremely low traction or stuck conditions.

The Pilot’s powertrain is complemented by a rigid body structure and fully independent suspension – with MacPherson strut front and multi-link with trailing arm rear – that provides the foundation for its responsive handling and comfortable ride. These traits are complemented by chassis geometry producing impressive cornering capability and easy maneuverability in tight parking situations.

The Honda Pilot was designed and engineered at Honda’s R&D facilities in California and Ohio, and is built exclusively by Honda Manufacturing of Alabama5. View, build and price a 2015 Honda Pilot at



EPA Fuel EconomyRating2


Pilot LX 2WD



Pilot EX 2WD



Pilot SE 2WD



Pilot EX-L 2WD with RES



Pilot EX-L 2WD with Navi



Pilot Touring 2WD with RES and Navi



Pilot LX 4WD



Pilot EX 4WD



Pilot SE 4WD



Pilot EX-L 4WD



Pilot EX-L 4WD with RES



Pilot EX-L 4WD with Navi



Pilot Touring 4WD with RES and Navi



For More Information
Consumer information is available at To join the Pilot community on Facebook, visit Additional media information including detailed pricing features and high-resolution photography of the 2015 Honda Pilot is available at

1 MSRP excluding tax, license, registration, $830.00 destination charge and options. Dealer prices may vary.
2 Based on 2015 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your actual mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle.
3 Maximum towing capacity for 4WD models is 4,500 lbs. Premium unleaded fuel is recommended when towing above 3,500 lbs. Maximum towing capacity for 2WD models is 2,000 lbs. Towing requires the addition of the Honda accessory towing kit, trailer harness and hitch ball. Trailer harness is standard on Touring models. Please see your Honda dealer for details.
4 250 horsepower @ 5,700 rpm (SAE net).
5 Using domestically and globally sourced parts.

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Chris Chin

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