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There’s Another Great Reason To Buy A 2025 Honda Pilot

Key Takeaways

  • The 2025 Honda Pilot has been awarded the IIHS Top Safety Pick+ rating.
  • Improved rear seatbelts contribute to an upgraded safety rating.
  • Honda Sensing driver assistance package is standard on all new models.


The 2025 Honda Pilot SUV has been awarded the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s (IIHS) most prestigious 2024 Top Safety Pick+ rating. The three-row SUV achieved this despite the new and more stringent crash test standards, which have seen several cars lose the coveted TSP+ rating.


2025 Honda Pilot

Base MSRP
$39,900

Engine
3.5L V6 Gas

Horsepower
285 hp

Fuel Economy
19/27/22 mpg (FWD) | 18/25/21 mpg (AWD)

The 2025 Pilot earned the best ratings in the crashworthiness, pedestrian front crash prevention, and headlight performance evaluations. The Pilot received the best rating of Good in all categories except the moderate overlap front updated test, where it gained an Acceptable rating.


Rear Seat Belt Upgrade Clinched The TSP+ Rating

Last year, the 2024 Pilot only received a Top Safety Pick rating, so what has changed? For MY2025, Honda improved the rear seatbelts for greater second-row passenger protection in the updated moderate overlap front crash test. It may be a mainstream SUV, but the 2025 Pilot ships with various standard safety features.


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This includes the Honda Sensing safety suite, which comprises adaptive cruise control, lane-keep assist, lane departure warning, forward collision warning, Road Departure Mitigation, and a Collision Mitigation Braking System with Pedestrian Detection. This comprehensive system is standard for all new Hondas and can be found in eight million Honda vehicles on American roads.

Other recent Honda IIHS award recipients include:

2025 Honda Pilot Black Edition 3/4 rear view
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Excellent Overall Performance By The 2025 Pilot

Per the IIHS test, the rear dummy’s lap belt in the 2025 Pilot moved “from the ideal position on the pelvis onto the abdomen, which increases the risk of abdominal injuries.” Thankfully, the shoulder belt didn’t place excessive force on the dummy’s chest. IIHS measurements show no “elevated risk of injury” to the rear dummy, while the protection for the driver was described as “excellent.”

Related

Every Honda SUV On Sale Ranked By Reliability

Honda has a reputation for reliability, and its SUV range justifies that reputation exceedingly well.

The midsize SUV proves again that size doesn’t always matter when it comes to safety. The 2025 Honda Pilot performed better than the Jeep Wagoneer, Chevrolet Tahoe, and Ford Expedition. Only the Jeep received a Top Safety Pick rating, while the Chevy and Ford received middling crash test ratings. But Honda’s improvements to the Pilot show that manufacturers can (and do) make safer cars based on recommendations from the IIHS and other safety organizations, so stringent regulations are all the more important.

Honda Pilot interior
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