Honda Pilot 2010 review: Specs, interior & prices in Nigeria!

May 07, 2019

Posted by: Joshua-Philip Okeafor

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1. Honda Pilot 2010 overview - a classic that ages well

How well do you know the 2010 Honda Pilot? Just so you know, the 2010 Honda Pilot is a mid-size SUV. Produced in the second generation of Honda Pilot, the 2010 Honda Pilot is one of the many Honda automobiles that have served users well in Nigeria and across the world. 2010 was a good year for many automakers, and for Honda motor company as well. It was the year well received autos such as the 2010 Honda CrossTour and the 2010 Honda Pilot shipped to buyers. This car may not have the greatest exterior look like the Toyota Highlander, or interior décor like the Kia Sorento, but it does possess other great qualities that make it a winner every day, despite its age. Read on as explores this rugged SUV with you by this in-depth 2010 Honda Pilot review.


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2. Honda Pilot 2010 trims - Get Honda quality from the entry-level

The 2010 Honda Pilot comes in four trims with slightly varying specifications and features to satisfy as wide a user range as possible. Options include having a front-wheel drive or four wheel drive (4WD), however this SUV carries a V6 engine as standard across trims, matched with a five-speed automatic transmission. Whatever trim you are going for, you get Honda quality even at the base trim. The 2010 Honda Pilot trims include:

2010 Honda Pilot LX

  • LX 4dr Front-wheel Drive
  • LX 4dr 4x4

2010 Honda Pilot EX

  • EX 4dr Front-wheel Drive
  • EX 4dr 4x4

2010 Honda Pilot EX-L

  • EX-L 4dr Front-wheel Drive
  • EX-L 4dr 4x4

2010 Honda Pilot Touring

  • Touring w/Navi 4dr Front-wheel Drive
  • Touring w/Navi 4dr 4x4


Four trims form the complete 2010 Honda Pilot family

3. Honda Pilot 2010 exterior - a 90s inspired, boxy look

Compared to elegant SUVs such as the 2010 Acura ZDX, the exterior of the 2010 Honda Pilot doesn’t really have that exciting or stylish look that many mid-sized SUVs in that range carry so effortlessly. Truth be told, the Pilot looks a little squat or boxy. This gives it the retro -90s look that many SUVs carried 30 years ago. The grille is widely displayed just beneath the bonnet and it’s quite difficult to go unnoticed.


Some users have defined the 2010 Honda Pilot look as "boring"

2010 Honda Pilot has basic features like day time running lights and large automatic headlamps. The side has curves which trace towards the tail lamps and all trims have 17 inches alloy wheels.

4. Honda Pilot 2010 interior - spacious and comfortable for family use

Honda upgraded the Honda Pilot 2010 interior and introduced a larger spaced cabin. The cabin is made of hard plastic, which is a good point as most cars come with the opposite. The cockpit has displays and function buttons that are well displayed and easy to reach and use.


Cockpit of the 2010 Honda Pilot

Though its interior may not have that stylish look, it’s comfy and has good space. There are other visible features like the six cup holders in the second row alone and there is a moon roof, which is available in Pilot EX-L to the premium trim. Depending on trims, you can get different features such as:

  • AM/FM stereo, seek-scan Radio
  • Trip computer(available for Touring)
  • Exterior temperature indicator (available for EX and above grades)
  • AM/FM/Satellite-prep, seek-scan Radio
  • Front air conditioning, dual zone automatic
  • Front air conditioning, manual
  • Rear-seat DVD entertainment system (available for EX-L and Touring trim)
  • A premium stereo system with six-disc CD player
  • Seven-speaker system with 6CD changer and MP3
  • Navigation system (exclusive for the Touring the trim)
  • voice-recognition navigation with rear camera/Bluetooth/interface jog-dial control (for the Touring trim) and many more


The 2010 Honda Pilot is a 4-doors, 8-seating vehicle. The seats of the SUV has fabric upholstery for the LX and the EX grades, while well-trimmed fitted leather is the case for EX-L and Touring trims. There is a firm bucket seat for the second row. Honda said that adults will be equally comfortable in the second row and the third row as they have added 1.1 inches to the legroom on the second row, and 1.9 inches to the legroom on the third row. However many passengers have complained that the third row is not really comfortable for adults of taller than average height. 


8 seats mean this SUV can haul a crowd

Fortunately, young kids can sit comfortably in both the second row seats and the third row seats. The legroom, headroom, hip room and shoulder room for the front row measure 41.4 inches, 40.0 inches, 58.6 inches and 61.5 inches respectively while the spaces on the rear row are 38.5 inches, 39.8 inches, 56.9 inches and 62.2 inches.

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Cargo space and towing           

The cargo of the 2010 Honda Pilot is quite adequate and it can contain a considerable amount of luggage, both when the seats are in use and when it’s folded. When the seats are in use the cargo volumes measures 18.0 cubic feet but when the seats are folded in a 60/40 split the space can reach 47.7 cubic feet to a maximum of 87.0 cubic feet.

You have the privilege of using your 2010 Honda Pilot to tow as the car has a standard Class III trailer hitch and a heavy-duty radiator with twin fans and a power steering cooler. Front-wheel-drive Pilots are rated to being capable of towing up to 3,500 pounds, while the all-wheel-drive version has a 4,500-pound towing rating.


Large cargohold too, with foldable seats for more space

Safety technology

The 2010 Honda Pilot has a good amount of safety technology provided it and the good thing this is that most drivers find it easy to use. These include:

  • A parking assist
  • Low-tire-pressure warning
  • Occupant sensor and airbags which are all available for the driver and the passengers
  • Hill Start Assist
  • Halogen headlight type
  • An exterior light control
  • A delay-Off headlights
  • Flip-up hatch glass
  • Cruise control
  • Traction control
  • Height-adjustable safety Belts for all seat row
  • Seatbelt pre-tensioners
  • Vehicle Stability Assist (electronic stability control),
  • Four child-seat LATCH positions
  • Headlight washer
  • Daytime running lights
  • Illuminated entry

>>> See Reasons why Honda vehicles are among the safest


Your 2010 Pilot is protected from car theft through some anti-theft features such as ignition disable, key fob Remote Keyless Entry (all doors), content theft-deterrent alarm system, panic alarm, and door locks. The security features also include a rear child safety doors lock to help protect your kids while driving with less adult supervision.

5. Honda Pilot 2010 engine specification

With a transmission of 5-speed auto w/OD, all trims of 2010 Honda Pilot comes with a V6 engine of 3.5Liters which can produce a power of 250hp @ 5,700 rpm while maintaining a 253 @ 4,800 rpm Torque.  The vehicle is adept at running about 17 mpg in city, 23 mpg on highway, 19 mpg when combined.


The v6 engine across trims can tow thousands of pounds

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6. Prices of Honda Pilot 2010 in Nigeria (tokunbo and Nigerian used)

If you are thinking of buying a Honda Pilot 2010 here is the range of prices. It is possible for price to change according to dealerships, so it’s best to have a price negotiation with your dealer after you made your choice of trim. If you are buying one from abroad, the cost of clearing at Nigerian port is about ₦2.2 - ₦2.3 million.

  Honda Pilot 2010 prices in Nigeria
Model Price in Nigerian Naira
Tokunbo Honda Pilot 2010 LX  ₦2,900,000 - ₦8,000,000
Tokunbo Honda Pilot 2010 EX  ₦2,900,000 - ₦8,000,000
Tokunbo Honda Pilot 2010 EX-L  ₦2,900,000 - ₦8,000,000
Tokunbo Honda Pilot 2010 Touring  ₦2,900,000 - ₦8,000,000
 Nigerian used Honda Pilot 2020 (all trims)  ₦1,900,000 - ₦4,200,000

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7. Honda Pilot 2010 pros and cons

Though the 2010 Honda Pilot is a good ride, here are the pros and cons you should know before you head to your dealer.


  • Fuel economy.
  • Cargo space.
  • Easy to use features.
  • Good for a large family.
  • Comfortable ride


  • Average design.
  • Good features only available for higher trims.
  • Third row is confined.

8. Where to buy Honda Pilot in Nigeria

You can visit accredited Honda dealerships across Nigeria to purchase a brand new one: Honda dealers in Nigeria: Accredited auto shops to buy brand-new Honda vehicles and parts.

If you live in Lagos, you can check out our list of top car dealers in Lagos with brief reviews. These are well-known dealers with positive reviews from buyers.

Otherwise, take a look at our best deals of used Honda Pilot:

During purchase, make sure to pocket tips on buying a used Honda Pilot.

9. Alternatives for Honda Pilot

Top rivals of Honda Pilot are the Toyota Highlander and Ford Edge. See our expert comparison reviews:

The more luxury option for Honda Pilot are Acura MDX and Acura ZDX, see: 

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10.  Conclusion

While the 2010 Honda Pilot is not flashy or very stylish, the indices are reliability, safety, performance and utility however, you could not be in better hands.

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Joshua, or KK as friends call him, is a Filmmaker, Writer and Director. A Christian, Joshua is a product of Nigeria’s foremost film school, the National Film Institute, Jos, where he majored in Writing/Directing. Joshua began his writing career at age 18 when an older brother gave him a four page outline of a children novel. Joshua intends to keep writing and directing. His screen name is sometimes Joshua Kalu Ephraim (Writing), and sometimes Joshua KK (directing).

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