Certified Pre-Owned 2008 HondaPilot SE 3.5 SUV

  • VIN: 5FNYF18308B051761
  • Stock: 11648NG
Honda Pilot
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Odometer
123,760 miles
Fuel Economy
15.0/20.0 mpg City/Hwy
Exterior Color
Black
Interior Color
Black
Body/Seating
SUV/8 seats
Transmission
5 speed automatic
Drivetrain
four-wheel
Engine
3.5L V6 F SOHC 24V / ALL WHEEL DRIVE
Honda Pilot
  • Carfax Free

Highlighted Features

  • Entertainment system
  • Automatic temperature control
  • Power moonroof
  • Speed sensitive wipers
  • 3rd row seats
  • Split folding rear seat
  • 2nd row LCD monitors
  • Remote keyless entry

Included Packages & Options

Included Options
  • XM Satellite Radio$171
Odometer
123,760 miles
Fuel Economy
15.0/20.0 mpg City/Hwy
Exterior Color
Black
Interior Color
Black
Body/Seating
SUV/8 seats
Transmission
5 speed automatic
Drivetrain
four-wheel
Engine
3.5L V6 F SOHC 24V / ALL WHEEL DRIVE

Dealer Notes

RAMSEY CORP IS HOME OF GUARANTEED CREDIT APPROVAL! THIS VEHICLE COMES WITH A FREE 3 MONTH WARRANTY; EXTENDED WARRANTIES AVAILABLE. FAMILY OWNED, NO COMMISSION SALES, NATIONWIDE SHIPPING RATES

3RD Row Seating 
Sunroof 
2008 HONDA PILOT SE
5FNYF18308B051761
4 DOOR SPORT UTILITY
3.5L V6 F SOHC 24V
ALL WHEEL DRIVE

2008 Honda Pilot
They say the only things you can really count on are death and taxes. Well, I'd like to add a few things to that list: Levis, ice cream, diet Dr. Pepper and my tragically frizzy hair. The first three have never let me down, and the last never fails to appear. After driving the 2008 Honda Pilot, I've determined it too is worthy of being added to that list.

I'm not just talking about Honda's legendary maintenance records or the way so many people put countless miles and years onto their Hondas. The Pilot reliably hauled my crew and all our stuff wherever we needed to go comfortably. It manages to straddle the line between truck and passenger car without any sacrifice in utility. The ride is smooth and comfortable, and the handling gives a feeling of security. With a powerful V-6 engine under the hood, merging onto the freeway and charging up hills are no problem.

Honda redesigned the Pilot this year, and the new, 2009 version is already out. We'll have a review of that one up soon, but if you're interested in getting a deal on an '08, you should know that the very face of this Pilot is reassuring. It says, "No worries. I can handle it." While there are no sharp, boxy edges, it's not all soft and curvy, either. It looks competent and useful, which is how a car should be. The exterior has a simple, clean look that, on my test car, was helped by metallic silver paint that seemed to magically hide dirt. The inside does a pretty good job of that, too, especially considering the messy monsters I haul around town. (Dirt - there's one more thing I can count on.)

There are tons of bins and pockets for containing and hiding all our stuff. In front, the center console is amazingly flexible. The cupholders lift out and fit into three different locations. A sliding panel hides them and neighboring bins from prying eyes, but it's the huge armrest box that became the central headquarters of the vehicle (and my life). Not only does it open from the top, but it opens from the front as well so that, while driving, its contents can be accessed while I keep my arm resting on the cushion and my eyes on the road. A built-in sleeve holds my phone securely while the cords and charger are kept out of the way inside the compartment.

There are tons of helpful features to make life easier in the Pilot. The EX-L comes with leather (a must) and eight-way adjustable, heated seats. The steering wheel tilts and telescopes and has audio controls. The great sound system package includes a six-disc, in-dash CD changer and XM Satellite Radio. Sadly - and inexcusably - there is no auxiliary port for an iPod. One nifty feature is the sunglasses holder, which not only actually holds my D&G knockoffs, but also holds a conversation mirror, making the "he's touching me!" cries a thing of the past. A clean, clear instrument panel puts all the vital info right up front. A huge color touch-screen manages all the systems: climate control, audio systems and navigation. It also houses the indispensible rearview camera image. We've all heard the horror stories of backover accidents, so a camera like this can be a true lifesaver - just another thing to count on in this Honda.

Everything fits inside the Pilot. My kids had no problem opening doors or climbing in. Of course, they used the seatback pockets (of which there are two on BOTH seats) to pull themselves up, but they could do it without my help. They also managed the seat belts themselves, which is a great thing to be able to rely on, given I'm usually buckled in and in gear before they start yelling that ubiquitous, "I can't do it!" That means I have to put the car back in Park, unbuckle, get out and go around to their door, only to find that in the ensuing moments the child has found that he can, indeed, "do it." In the Pilot, I knew I could stay put in my seat while giving my little ones nothing more than a "Yes, you can. Just try." And they did. Valuable time saved? Priceless.

Be warned, however, that the middle seating position in both the second and third rows have seat belts that extend down from the ceiling (a pet peeve of ours here at MotherProof.com, as they obstruct rear visibility and don't fit children well).

Everyone always asks about the third row: Is it big enough? Can you fit a grown-up in it? Is it easy to fold? In a word: Yes. You can count on it. I'm not exactly petite, and I fit in the back row. I can even get in and out with a minimum of unattractive grunting and struggling, since I'm not exactly graceful, either. My complaint about the third row is that in order to fold it, the headrests must be removed first. I do appreciate, however, that there's a handy-dandy storage bin under the cargo floor made to house the headrests when not in use so they don't end up sliding around in the car or lost in the garage. Pulling the seats back up into position isn't quite as easy, and I sometimes ended up climbing into the cargo area to manage it, which doesn't help with the gracefulness issue I mentioned.

Minor grumbles aside, the 2008 Honda Pilot proved to be something I could always count on. Like ice cream or a Dr. P, it was always there when I needed it. Well, at least until they made me give it back.

*For more information on the 2008 Honda Pilot and its safety features, visit Cars.com. With questions or comments regarding this review, write to editor@motherproof.com.

LET'S TALK NUMBERS

Latch Connectors: 2

Seating Capacity (includes driver): 8

IT'S THE LITTLE THINGS THAT COUNT

Storage Compartments (Puny, Fair, Ample, Galore): Galore

Cargo/Trunk Space (Puny, Fair, Ample, Galore): Galore

SENSE AND STYLE

Family Friendly (Not Really, Fair, Great, Excellent): Excellent

Fun Factor (None, Some, Good Times, Groove On): Groove On

Specs

2008 Honda Pilot 4WD EX-L

Base price: $33,445

Price as tested: $36,280

Engine: 244-hp, 3.5-liter V-6

Fuel: 15/20 mpg

Length:

188.0"

Width:

77.5"

Ground Clearance: 8.0"

Turning Radius: 19.0'

Cargo space: 15.9/87.6 cu. ft.

NHTSA Crash-Test Ratings

Frontal Impact

Driver's side: 5 Stars

Passenger's side: 5 Stars

Side Impact

Front occupant: 5 Stars

Rear occupant: 5 Stars

Rollover resistance: 4 Stars 

Detailed Specifications

KBB.com Consumer Reviews

Kelley Blue Book - KBB.com
Overall4.7Out of 5
  • The best purchase I've ever made in my life!!!

    By Paly Girl on Monday, December 29, 2014

    5.0
    I currently have 199,800 miles (and counting) on my 4WD 2005 Pilot. I purchased it in '08 with 29k miles on it. When I drove it home my neighbor said I'd NEVER have a problem with it. He was telling the truth!!!! The only way this SUV is leaving my possession is when I purchase its smaller counterpart (the CR-V) at which point I'll gift my Pilot to one of my (now grown) children. It's safe, durable, uber reliable and strong enough to uproot a tree (I did in the 1st month that I owned it). I have the EX-L and I love the front seat warmers, sunroof and leather seats. Matter of-fact, those will have to be a must in my CR-V. This car is so durable, I even love how the paint has held up. I really do believe this engine will last another 200K miles. I look forward to many more oil changes and life memories with grandchildren learning to drive this vehicle. Thanks Honda! Due to this purchase you've got a family of customers for life!
  • 2008 Honda Pilot EXL

    By MAS on Monday, February 04, 2008

    5.0
    Having 6 SUV's since 1985, I can honestly say this is the best one to date. The pilot is very confortable, and I do not feel tired after a long drive. Mileage on the road is a little better then my past SUV's. I am glad I bought this one, even though I know that the Honda Pilot is having a design changie in 2009.
  • love my honda.

    By christeen on Thursday, July 03, 2014

    5.0
    I am disabled, and most vehicles I can get in and out of with some discomfort, and effort. I can do so in my pilot, with ease. I can drive without being uncomfortable, even long distances. There are minimal blind spots, and spacial orientation is comfortable...not many vehicles I can say this of. My grandsons and daughters all fit, 8 seats! I love it. Overall, it is most efficient, and gets good mileage.
 

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