2003 Honda Pilot User Reviews

2003 Honda Pilot Review Ratings

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  • Performance:4.6 out of 5 stars4.6 out of 5 stars4.6 out of 5 stars4.6 out of 5 stars4.6 out of 5 stars 4.6 / 5
  • Appearance:4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars 4.2 / 5
  • Build Quality:4.7 out of 5 stars4.7 out of 5 stars4.7 out of 5 stars4.7 out of 5 stars4.7 out of 5 stars 4.7 / 5
  • Overall: 4.6 out of 5 stars4.6 out of 5 stars4.6 out of 5 stars4.6 out of 5 stars4.6 out of 5 stars 4.6 / 5

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PROS
"space" 7 reviews
"ride" 7 reviews
"power" 7 reviews
"reliable car" 6 reviews
"handling" 6 reviews
CONS
"fuel economy" 7 reviews
"power" 2 reviews
"noise" 2 reviews

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dbwester writes:
2003 Honda Pilot EX AWD Review
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Reliable.  Comfortable Ride.  Lots of Room.

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Not a sports car.

dbwester
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This Is A Great Family Vehicle. — Honda Pilots are well known as vehicles that are well built and perform better than most of their SUV competitors. Better acceleration and ride; better fuel economy. Better repair history. Consistent styling that allows an older model to retain its value. An SUV is NOT expected to be fun to drive - but this sure beats driving a mini-van!

Primary Use: Family transportation

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markreed67 writes:
2003 Honda Pilot EX-L AWD Review
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easy handling, easy loading, and plenty of room with third row seating.

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A/C is a little weak

markreed67
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Great Suv — I think this is a great vehicle. Very reliable and comfortable. Easy to maintain and drive. Navigation is very accurate and it is a very versital vehicle. It's at its best onThe highway. It really drive smooth on the highway.

Primary Use: Family transportation

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LLennert writes:
2003 Honda Pilot EX-L AWD Review
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Really great vehicle.  Good ride and lots of cargo space.  313,000 miles and still going strong.

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Fuel economy not the greatest.  Only 21 MPG on highway and about 17 in the city.

LLennert
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Would Buy It Again. — If you want an SUV for hauling stuff and still be comfortable on a 400 mile drive, the 2003 Honda Pilot was a good choice. I am sure newer Honda models are even better. How can an you argue with 313,000 miles and still humming along?

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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westfield writes:
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Great all-around family vehicle. Excellent repair history.

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Outdated navigation.

westfield
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Relaible Family Car For The Past 15 Years. — Th 2003 Honda Pilot EX-L is a great all around family vehicle. We used it for commuting, school pickup/drop off and family vacations. Very roomy with fold down seats for trips to the local home store. Not the most stylish vehicle, but definitely reliable.

Primary Use: Family transportation

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Kristin writes:
2003 Honda Pilot LX AWD Review
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Lots of interior room

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Harder on fuel that you would think

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Stylish Family Vehicle — Peformes well, brakes excellent. Quick start and stop. I feel very safe with children. Auto 4WD is awesome!! What else can I say? It's nice to have the back seat with their own controls, like the hauling space in the back, where the seats fold down.

Primary Use: Family transportation

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Justin writes:
2003 Honda Pilot LX AWD Review
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Its the Best thing for traveling!!!

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Nothing!!

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Its Amazing!!!! — This car is simply amazing!! Has great pickup on he road!! I havn't ever had any problems with this car, just the normal oil change and tires. It has great gas mileage! It pulls my trailer great, and my boat. The Dvd player in the back is nice on trips to orlando and tennessee, it keeps everyone quiet. the AWD is nice cause I don't have to be shy in the mud!! Its just all around a great vehicle!!

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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yellowjacket33 writes:
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This is a very nice, clean and Honda dependable SUV.  I just replaced the battery with an AC/Delco and replaced both headlight bulbs.  (The headlights are clear and bright).

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This Pilot has a third row seat that would be a little tight for taller individuals.

yellowjacket33
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Clean Title With No Accidents — The only thing that I do not like are the front seat headrests as they do not adjust. The drivers side has a power seat and the passenger side is manual. The second row of seats have a slight recline that is nice. There is good leg room in the middle row and not so much in the third row. The V6-240 horse power has adequate acceleration and I was very pleased with the gas mileage. It is a midsized SUV that you feel that you are in control of.

Primary Use: Family transportation

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Honda1fan writes:
2003 Honda Pilot EX AWD Review
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Plenty of cargo space for family hauling...sports equipment, Christmas trees, groceries, baby stuff.  Easy to handle and decent gas mileage for its size and power.  I found I got better mileage, particularly on the highway, than estimated.  The best thing about this SUV is that the back deck window is flat so you can actually see out of it.  Those SUVs with curved windows are almost impossible to see out of.

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No real negatives except that I wish manufacturers would do a better job of sound proofing all makes and models!

Honda1fan
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I Loved This Car! I Just Don't Need A Third Car Anymore. — There is nothing to dislike about this car. It looks great, it is a great family car for hauling the kids with all their equipment and the rear fold down seating (3rd row) is a bonus we have used many times. It may be a little cramped for adults for a long trip, but not bad for short ones. The second row of seats is plenty roomy. Good driving in all weather. Extremely reliable car.

Primary Use: Family transportation

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Tommy writes:
2003 Honda Pilot LX AWD Review
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mmmmm, how 'bout everything!

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kinda underpowered

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Just My Take On It — Well, when i first saw it at the dealership, i wanted it terribly. I just fell in love with it. Everything about it, the shiny black, chrome trim, leather interior, not to mention, its a honda, which comes with honda quality and reliability. I couldnt wait to test drive it, and when i did, i was happier than a pig in shiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii, uhh, mud. one thing dissappointed me though, which still haunts me to today, is the lack of power. Its not bad at all really, your not going to be beating the carlos and the 'stangs at the stop lights, but its bearable. Annoying at times, considering that i live out in the sticks, which means daily scaling steep hills to get to and fro, which in turn means watching the tach jumping from a cozy 1500 to 2800. Its painful but we all bear our crosses.lol. That being said, i just love it!! The braking is the tightest and smoothest of any vehicle i ever drove, the response timing is delightful, and steering is all the above and then some! The Pilot is the best handling truck in the wind i ever seen. Seriously, with the radio blasting, i would never know i was in a tornado until i landed in kansas. Now i have the lx so maybe this is cheating, but the stock sound system is great sounding and the only changes im making to that is adding another sub or 2 for bass, but other than that, everything is just fine! The interior is very plush and surprisingly handy,and i never cease to hear compliments when i give someone a ride.For those with no boose in the house, or whose dealer wont text back cuz you still owe him $25 from last time and so you have nothing else to do but read this, i live right in the heart, or more like the large intestine of wisconsin, so our winters are'nt the worst, but they're nasty. And since im a maintenance guy at a hotel and a church, i always have to drive in these storms, and when the roads are always at they're worst. Never missed a day of work, or was even late because of 6in of unplowed snow on the roads. The pilot plowed through some of the worst storms and even high snow drifts i have ever seen, with ease.I still cant get over how smoothly it handled and easy to control the steering was on the daunting roads. Find yourself an empy parking lot, and some drifting is also easy and very fun! My honda is also one of the lowest maintenance cars ive seen. Gas mileage, well, that varies from person to person, but i got no complaints.

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tjsteinauer writes:
2003 Honda Pilot EX-L AWD Review
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5

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8 passenger, off-roadability, reliable.

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Fuel economy

tjsteinauer
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Great Vehicle — Had this pilot for 8 years and it's been great for us. We use it camping, long trips, around town, and for some off-road. We bought it with 95k miles and it has 183k now. Very little maintenance costs or problems.

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2007 Honda Pilot Reviews

Our Family Car By Donte

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