Safety

A number of standard safety features are offered, including antilock brakes, an electronic stability system, side-impact airbags for the front seats, three-row side curtain airbags, and active head restraints for the front seats. EX-L and Touring trim levels have backup cameras; in the EX-L the image is displayed in a small section of the rearview mirror, while Touring models use the navigation system screen in the middle of the dash to show what's behind the SUV.

The Pilot also uses Honda's Advanced Compatibility Engineering technology, which consists of structural elements in the front of the SUV that are designed to meet the frames of both smaller and larger vehicles during a collision and send crash forces away from occupants riding in the Pilot.

The 2009 Pilot received Good overall ratings in the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's frontal-offset, side-impact and rear crash tests. Those scores combine with the Pilot's standard stability system to make the crossover an IIHS Top Safety Pick for 2009.

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    Gross AxleWeight Rating (GAWR):
    The maximum allowable weight at the vehicle axles is: U.S. models LX: 2,337 lbs (1,060 kg) on the front axle 2,006 lbs (910 kg) on the rear axle EX and EX-L: 2,414 lbs (1,095 kg) on the fro ...

    Rear Differential Fluid
    4WD model only The rear differential should be drained and refilled with new fluid according to the maintenance messages shown on the information display. Have your dealer replace the rear ...

    Close and Lock the Doors
    After everyone has entered the vehicle, be sure the doors are closed and locked. Your vehicle has a door and trunk open indicator on the instrument panel to indicate when a specific door ...