Honda Pilot Interior
The 2007 Honda Pilot's interior is a hit with auto writers for its roominess as well as for providing standard features that its competitors do not. Car and Driver is just one of the reviews to praise the eight-seater for "plenty of space for people and cargo."
However, reviews also find the third-row room disappointing, and although the Pilot is designed for eight, many recommend using the last row for children or cargo. "While the five occupying the two captain's chairs in the front and the second row of bench seats can be of normal size, the three on the rear bench should be either very short of stature (and slim of girth) or under 12 years of age," About.com: Autos suggests.
Reviews find "good lateral support" from the front bucket seats, MSN Autos says. Automobile Magazine's reviewer describes the full effect: "Take a seat in the Honda Pilot and you're instantly at home with a great driving position and an ergonomically excellent layout." The reviewer goes on to call the center console "the epitome of fresh thinking," with "storage bins within storage bins that can seemingly store and compartmentalize your entire life."
The 2007 Honda Pilot has theater-type seating, with the second row elevated and providing a better view for the rear occupants, something Cars.com especially appreciates. Car and Driver also enjoys the room in the back. "Within its tidy 188.0-inch length, the Pilot offers three rows of seats that will accommodate fully grown adults," the review reads.
"As is typical of Honda offerings, nearly everything comes standard," Edmunds writes, echoing the sentiment of many other reviewers. However, there were a few reviewers who find this to be an annoyance. As Kelley Blue Book remarks, "Honda's 'one package fits all' approach may turn off buyers" who enjoy making decisions. Standard options are divided by trims and include 12-volt power outlets, synchronized automatic climate control, and a HomeLink remote system. The EX-L model also has ambient console lighting and leather-trimmed seats.
Stereo and Entertainment
The 2007 Honda Pilot LX base model comes standard with an AM/FM/CD audio system with four speakers. The EX model has an AM/FM/six-disc in-dash CD changer with cassette audio system and seven speakers, including a rear subwoofer. The EX-L has the same audio system as the EX models but is also XM satellite-radio capable. EX-L drivers also have the option of a rear entertainment system. Other electronic options include a cassette player, MP3 player and eight-disc CD changer. Reviews don't mention the quality of the standard sound systems on the Pilots, except to suggest that the optional audio packages are not necessary. "Know what? You don't need any of those options. Hey, you probably won't even use most of them," About.com: Autos writes.
Honda Pilot EX-L buyers can choose a Honda Satellite Linked Navigation system with voice recognition, off-road tracking and rearview camera. However, drivers should note that if they opt for the navigation system, they cannot also purchase Honda's rear entertainment system, something that bothers auto writers. "Most vehicles in this class offer both, and upscale buyers often choose to add both to their SUVs -- the kids can watch their movies in the back while Dad monitors the navigation system on trips," thewrites.
Praise for the seating stops once reviewers reach the Pilot's third row, and most reviewers suggest folding the seats for cargo. "With the third row up, there's still enough room for grocery bags, baby paraphernalia or a set of golf clubs," Edmunds finds. About.com: Autos' reviewer, on the other hand, is not so lucky when storing his and hers mountain bikes: "There was no problem whatsoever folding the seats; Honda's got all those details wired. However, it was a chore wrestling the two heavy bikes up over the high rear bumper."
With few exceptions, auto writers consider the Pilot's interior cargo space plentiful. The Pilot provides 87.6 cubic feet of free space when all seats are folded, 47.6 cubic feet with the third row down, and 15.9 cubic feet in the rear cargo area with all the seats up. "That's more than the GMC Envoy or Chevy Trailblazer, Ford Explorer, or Toyota Highlander, or Nissan Murano," Auto Mall USA writes. Cars.com tested Honda's claim that the Pilot can hold a 4-foot-wide sheet of plywood flat on its floor, and found that it is indeed true.