Avg. Price Paid:$11,427 - $16,682
Original MSRP: $27,595 - $35,645
MPG: 16 City / 22 Hwy
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2008 Honda Pilot Interior

This interior review was written when the 2008 Honda Pilot was new.

As noted in our Interior Overview, the 2008 Honda Pilot's interior is a hit for its spacious, quiet cabin and for providing more standard features than its competitors.

  • "The Pilot's interior may make you feel you're in an Acura, as the optional perforated leather seats, navigation system or DVD entertainment package and a host of other creature comforts are all wrapped in quality materials." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The Pilot's need of updating is evident in its interior. Though respectable, the materials aren't as rich as those of some fresher competitors." -- Cars.com
  • "The interior of the solidly built Pilot is quiet and has a revised instrument panel with added ambient lighting and high-grade materials, although it still falls short of looking sharp." -- MSN
  • "Cabin has fine fit/finish, but hard plastic surfaces abound." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Given their cavernous interiors, it's not uncommon for SUVs to become booming echo chambers on rough roads. Even on Michigan's notoriously ragged freeways, the Pilot's interior remained quiet enough to carry on a normal conversation." -- Automotive.com


The 2008 Pilot has seating for eight in three rows, which gives it a leg up over its seven-seat competitor, the Acura MDX. Still, reviews have mixed opinion on the usefulness of its third row.

  • "Up front, the Pilot's bucket seats are spacious and comfortable." -- New Car Test Drive
  • "Take a seat in the Honda Pilot and you're instantly at home with a great driving position and an ergonomically excellent layout." -- Automobile Magazine
  • "Second-row bench affords good room and comfort for two adults, three in a pinch. Some competitors offer more usable legroom when a front seat is pushed far back. Third row is hard to access and sized mostly for kids, though even they have little leg space." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Five adults will ride in complete comfort, with three children able to squeeze in the third-row seat; since it rides lower to the ground than most truck-based SUVs, shorter motorists will have no problem climbing into or out of the cabin." -- Forbes
  • "The third-row seat is rather hard to reach unless you're nimble and is basically for kids, anyway. But it allows eight-passenger seating instead of seven for the MDX." -- MSN

Interior Features

The 2008 Honda Pilot offers plenty of standard features and an easy-to-use dashboard and controls.

  • "As is typical of Honda offerings, nearly everything comes standard. This includes air-conditioning, cruise control, full power accessories, keyless entry and a CD player. Going with the EX adds alloy wheels, an eight-way power driver seat, extra interior storage, automatic climate control, HomeLink, upgraded audio with a six-disc CD changer, and steering-wheel-mounted audio controls." -- Edmunds
  • "Honda's 'one package fits all' approach may turn off buyers who like to pick and choose their options." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The Pilot's cockpit is the most thoughtfully arranged in this test." -- Automobile Magazine, in a comparison to the Buick Rainier, Chevrolet Trailblazer, Ford Explorer, Jeep Grand Cherokee, Mitsubishi Endeavor, Nissan Pathfinder and Toyota 4Runner
  • "The navigation system is easier to learn and use than most, but its screen is small and the driver must stretch to reach the main toggle control." -- Consumer Guide
  • "The optional DVD-based navigation system is among the best available. Its picture-in-picture capability permits the simultaneous display of a large-scale map and detailed route instructions." -- Automotive.com
  • "Oddly, though, you can't buy the Pilot with both the navigation system and the rear-seat entertainment package. Most vehicles in this class offer both..." -- Seattle Post Intelligencer


The Honda Pilot is widely praised for its spacious cargo room and many interior storage spaces.

  • "In terms of cargo capacity, the Pilot is among the best in its class. With both rear rows folded flat, the Pilot offers 90.3 cubic feet of cargo space. That's more than the GMC Envoy or Chevy Trailblazer (80.1 cubic feet), Ford Explorer (81.3) or Toyota Highlander (80.6) or Nissan Murano (81.6)." -- New Car Test Drive
  • "Lack of opening liftgate glass disappoints. Ample interior storage includes a versatile front console, two-tier front-seatback pouches." -- Consumer Guide
  • "The center console, the epitome of fresh thinking, encompasses two cup holders and storage bins within storage bins that can seemingly store and compartmentalize your entire life." -- Automobile Magazine
  • "This SUV's wide cargo opening at the rear, fold-flat seats and spacious 90.3 cubic feet of cargo room can handle anything from groceries to vacation gear to a 4-foot-wide sheet of plywood." -- MSN
  • "If the second-row seats are in use, cargo capacity is 48.7 cubic feet. With the third row up, there's still enough room for grocery bags, baby paraphernalia or a set of golf clubs." -- Edmunds

Review Last Updated: 2/18/09

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