The 2017 Honda Pilot

Safety Ratings That You'll

Want To Know About

by Bill Flitter

My family is currently looking to buy a new SUV. But which one? Our minds are completely open to any make or model, as long as it holds up to the rigors of family life in the suburbs.

Oh, and we want to get the best deal possible. We became interested in the 2017 Honda Pilot safety ratings because of all our research.

After much consideration, we narrowed our search down to the Honda Pilot, Honda CRV, and the Toyota 4Runner. In this post, I’ll cover the safety aspects of the Honda Pilot. I’ve reviewed the safety aspects of the 4Runner and CRV in separate posts.

Additional posts will cover the best features, technology, and maintenance issues for each of the Toyota 4Runner, Honda Pilot, and the Honda CRV.

Here’s a breakdown of the features of the 2017 Honda Pilot safety ratings.

2017 Honda Pilot Safety Ratings

The 2017 Honda Pilot Safety Ratings

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2017 Honda Pilot Safety Ratings

Honda Pilot Safety Ratings and Features 2017

The 2017 Honda Pilot safety ratings scored 5 out of 5 Stars according to the NHTSA, but there are so many individual parts that play such a vital role in keeping you and your family safe.

Here’s a breakdown of all the safety features of the Honda Pilot.

Adaptive Cruise Control

Cruise control is something I absolutely love while driving down the highway. Now Honda has made it even better.

Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) allows you to set a desired speed, but also gives you the option of maintaining a set interval from a vehicle detected directly in front of you.

It allows the convenience of cruise control to be used even when there is light traffic around you.”

This is perfect for when someone cuts you off and then slows down. Now you don’t have to readjust your cruise control!

2017 Honda Pilot Safety Ratings


The 2017 Honda Pilot has the following airbags: driver, passenger, rear, side head, rear head, side air, and rear body. It has a lot of air bags!

The 2017 Toyota 4Runner has the same airbags.

2017 Honda Pilot Safety Ratings

Antilock Brakes

The 2017 Honda Pilot has ABS, 4-wheel disc and drum brakes, and brake assist; same as the Toyota 4Runner.

2017 Honda Pilot Safety Ratings

Child Safety Locks

The Honda Pilot, CRV, and Toyota 4Runner all offer Child Safety Locks. This means the driver of the car can push a button to stop any passengers from unlocking their door.

This is helpful for 4 year olds in the backseat.

2017 Honda Pilot Safety Ratings


Auto On Headlights is a useful safety feature in that the car will automatically turn on the headlights when you start the engine. When you turn the engine off, the lights turn off.

There are times though during periods of light rain or fog that the lights will not turn on. In that case, you can turn them on manually.

Auto Leveling Headlights are useful for when you drive over large bumps in the road. As the car tilts forward or backward, the lights adjust their level.

The Honda Pilot and the Toyota 4Runner has both of these headlight features.

2017 Honda Pilot Safety Ratings

Blind Spot

The blind spot monitor is a vehicle-based sensor device that detects other vehicles located to the driver’s side and rear. The 2017 model of the Honda Pilot and Toyota 4Runner both have this feature.

2017 Honda Pilot Safety Ratings

Crash Rating

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) and Highway Loss Data Institute have a rating system of Good, Acceptable, Marginal, and Poor.

Both the 2017 Honda Pilot and CRV scored Good in all categories with a Superior rating for front crash prevention. The headlights and Child Seat Anchors received scores of Acceptable.

As compared to the 4Runners score of Marginal in that respective category.

2017 Honda Pilot Safety Ratings

Lane Departure Warning

If it’s getting late and you’re getting tired, you might start to swerve a bit and leave your lane. The will camera detect that you’re about to pass the lane markers with no turn signal. You will hear and see warning signals when it senses you moving.

The 2017 model of the Honda Pilot and Toyota 4Runner both have this feature. However, the Honda Pilot also has available Road Departure and Forward Collision Warning.

These two features come standard on the Touring and Elite models.

Traction Control

Traction Control does exactly as it sounds, it helps prevent the vehicle from losing traction with the road.

This is a secondary function of the electronic stability control.

2017 Honda Pilot Safety Ratings

Rearview Camera

The 2017 Honda Pilot has a multi-angle, rearview camera, which comes standard on all models. This camera comes in very useful for parallel parking or when backing up.

The camera comes with Dynamic Guidelines for the EX, EX-L, Touring, and Elite models.

2017 Honda Pilot Safety Ratings

Vehicle Stability Control

Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) helps prevent side skids and stabilizes the vehicle while turning on a curve, while Traction Control is a secondary function of the VSC.

The Honda Pilot has both of these safety features as does the Toyota 4Runner.

2017 Honda Pilot Safety Ratings

Final Thoughts

The Honda Pilot does not have active headrests like the Toyota 4Runner, but it does have the rearview camera, adaptive cruise control, and a slightly better overall crash test rating.

Standard Safety Features

  • Tire Pressure Monitor System (TPMS)
  • Daytime Running Lights
  • 3-point seatbelts
  • Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren (LATCH)
  • Security system comes standard on all models

Over To You

The 2017 Honda Pilot safety ratings are good numbers to know if you’re buying soon. Are any of these safety features a must-have for you? Check out the safety ratings fro the Toyota 4Runner and the Honda CRV.


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