Honda doesn't have any exciting new mechanical or aesthetic changes for the 2015 Pilot eight-passenger crossover, but it is adding a new trim level to give families a compromise between the EX and EX-L models.

The new Special Edition trim is available on either the front-wheel or all-wheel drive versions of the Pilot, and it adds Pewter Gray aluminum wheels, a power moonroof, a rear seat entertainment DVD system and Sirius XM radio. Prices come to $33,950 for the two-wheel drive version, after the $830 destination charge, or $35,550 for all-wheel drive after destination.

Prices for the rest of the trims are up $200 over last year, and they all still come standard with remote entry, a rearview camera and Class III trailer hitch. Power is still provided by a 3.5-liter V6 with 250 horsepower and 253 pound-feet of torque with a five-speed automatic. Fuel economy is unchanged as expected with front-wheel drive models rated at 18 miles per gallon city, 25 mpg highway and 21 mpg combined, and four-wheel drive models make 1 mpg less at 17 mpg city, 24 mpg highway and 20 mpg combined. Scroll down to read the official release.
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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



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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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      • 6 Months Ago
      I usually appreciate the end of cycle SE models from Honda. But you'd think they'd pick a color other than silver. Seriously, 8 out of 10 Pilots I see on the road are silver. How about San Marino red from the 1997 Accord Coupe SE? THAT was an SE. Aren't there usually two SE color choices? Oddly, the press release doesn't offer up the paint choices, if any. I used to love Honda and have owned several, but they just SUCK SO BAD these days. My favorite was a complete beater of a 1990 2wd Civic Wagon w/ an automatic transmission, automatic seat belts, and double wishbone suspension! That car would just take whatever you gave it and was an absolute blast to drive around town! Which reminds me, where is the new Fit??? Wasn't that supposed to be out by now?
      • 6 Months Ago
      Amazing how long 3 Row CUVs go before being updated. The Pilot is not alone though. The GM Lambdas are virtually unchanged since they were introduced for the 2006 MY. The Mazda CX-9 is is essentially the same as it was in 2008 and just an engine upgrade from the 2007 version. The Volvo XC90 has to be one of the oldest cars still appearing on dealer lots. I guess companies can get away with these long lifecycles because everyone's doing it and there really haven't been any breakthrough vehicles in the class. What's interesting about the Pilot though is that the new MDX is out there on the road. Not sure why it hasn't been morphed into a new Pilot yet.
      • 6 Months Ago
      Honda, want to make this brickmobile more interesting? Easy, just add a huge tailfin antenna on the roof and a second steering wheel like, you know, in a jetliner. Then you can call it the Honda Pilot with a co-pilot option. After all you make airplanes now.
      • 6 Months Ago
      This gen was new for MY 2009, so its about due for replacement.
      • 6 Months Ago
      • 6 Months Ago
      The most conventional car in the universe. Looks like straight out of the 90s.
      owen brown
      • 6 Months Ago
      Special? What's so special about this cinder block on wheels?
      Master Austin
      • 6 Months Ago
      Not much effort has been placed into this vehicle, so much better options around, this is one of those vehicles where I see someone buy new and i'm like "Uh really? You hate driving and didnt want to do any research huh?" kinda vehicle.
      • 6 Months Ago
      You know a company is aware of a product's age when they start bringing out the "special editions".
        Jim Pease
        • 6 Months Ago
        I read somewhere a long time ago that Honda does the "Special Editions" to get rid of unused parts for a line. Don't know if it's true but I did read it once.
      • 6 Months Ago
      The dealer has been telling me all year that a completely redesigned Pilot would be out in 2015, and this is all we get?
        • 6 Months Ago
        as a 2016 model year I'm sure.
          • 6 Months Ago
          By then Honda will be far behind Toyota Highlander. I have decided to go Toyota way. I hated it when all these Honda's Idiot salesmen lied about the re design and made me wait for 2015 model which still have same 5 speed garbage auto transmission and cheaper interior and same ugly outdated exterior.
      • 6 Months Ago
      • 6 Months Ago
      Special edition usually means a new one is on the way. Can't come fast enough. Good thing I dont see too many of these around!
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