If you thought that the 2003 Honda Pilot's earning of a
'Best Buy' status from Consumer Guide was some sort of a
misprint, you'd better think again. The Pilot again hammers
home its claim as one of the best midsize sport utility
vehicles on the road, as the 2004 model gets the very same
The 2004 Honda Pilot shares the same design with the MDX,
an SUV from Honda's premium division, Acura. The most noticeable
difference is in the price, not the build quality. The Pilot's
body is slightly shorter than MDX's, but it is taller and
wider. The two share the same chassis, V6 engine, 5-speed
automatic transmission and all-wheel-drive system.
The 2004 Honda Pilot is offered in three trim levels: LX,
EX and EX-L.
With its increase in height and width-compared to the MDX
the 2004 Honda Pilot is able to squeeze in an extra passenger.
But really, it isn't a squeeze at all. And if you need to
transport long, cumbersome items, the second- and third-row
seats are 60/40 split folding benches.
The midsize 2004 Honda Pilot fills up its interior with
a nice array of standard features. In the middle of the
pack, the EX trim offers automatic climate controls, remote
keyless entry, an AM/FM/cassette/CD player, steering-wheel
radio controls and a universal garage-door opener.
EX-L models add heated seats and leather upholstery to
the mix. They also make a DVD entertainment system and a
navigation system available from the options list.
The 2004 Honda Pilot EX and EX-L models come with standard
alloy wheels for a more upscale look. For functional loading
and unloading, all Pilot models have a one-piece rear liftgate,
but the glass does not open separately.
The 2004 Honda Pilot makes all-wheel drive the standard
configuration. The system Honda uses is called the Variable
Torque Management 4-wheel-drive system (VTM-4). The VTM-4
senses wheel slippage before it takes place, adjusting wheel
speed to give the Pilot increased 4-wheel traction in poor
The engine under the Pilot's hood for 2004 is one that
it shares with a few other Honda models, including the Odyssey
minivan. It is a 3.5-liter VTEC V6 model.
The advanced engine is known to maximize the production
rate depending on the driving situation. Mated to a 5-speed
automatic transaxle, it generates 240 horsepower at 5500
rpm and 242 lb-ft of torque at 4500 rpm.
Safety and Security
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration awarded
the Pilot its highest rating-five stars-in both frontal
and side-impact tests.
New for the 2004 Honda Pilot
EX models with leather interior (EX-L) add heated
seats and heated side mirrors as standard features
for 2004. Additionally, the Honda Satellite-Linked
Navigation System' receives an updated database with
48-state coverage and a new route guidance method
for unverified roads.
all trim levels on the 2004 Pilot, the second row
is now adjustable fore and aft, and the slide feature
has been improved for easier access to the third row.
Also standard on all 2004 Pilots are parking brake
and seat belt reminder systems - alerting the driver
when the parking brake is engaged, or when seat belts
are not properly fastened.