Honda Pilot Interior
Test drivers say the 2014 Honda Pilot's cabin is highly functional, with easy-to-use controls and spacious seating. However, critics dislike that the Pilot is constructed with materials that they say both look and feel cheap.
- "The 2014 Honda Pilot's interior is a study in efficiency." -- Kelley Blue Book
- "In terms of design, the cabin is straightforward in its layout, with simple, easy-to-use controls. Some materials feel thin and cheap, however." -- Left Lane News
- "Fit and finish are generally up to class standards, though Pilot's interior is awash in cheap-looking hard-plastic trim. … One test model suffered from several interior squeaks and rattles." -- Consumer Guide (2013)
- "My other major gripe is with the interior. I'm sure families will find much to like about the packaging and roominess, but sitting in the driver's seat, it's very difficult to get beyond the dime-store materials quality." -- Automobile Magazine (2012)
The Honda Pilot seats eight. Features like power-adjustable, heated front seats and leather upholstery are optional. Reviewers say the seats in all three rows are comfortable and spacious, noting that the third row is more comfortable than that of some rivals. They also appreciate that the second row slides forward to make it easier to get to the third row. One critic mentions that rearward visibility is compromised by thick roof pillars.
- "With more than 152.7 cu ft of passenger space spread across three rows of seats, the Pilot feels spacious and versatile. The front row offers excellent visibility, and the 3-passenger second row has a 60/40 split-folding seat that slides forward for better third-row access." -- AutoTrader
- "Each of the three rows of seats provides more-than-adequate legroom, welcome in the mid-size category." -- Kelley Blue Book
- "If carrying passengers rather than cargo is the task, the spacious second row slides forward for increased ease of access to the third row, which supplies enough knee room for an above-average-sized adult male to fit comfortably." -- Left Lane News
- "Supportive seats and generous room all around. Thick rear roof pillars block the driver's view to the rear corners. Blind-spot alert would help, but regrettably, this feature is not available." -- Consumer Guide (2013)
The 2014 Honda Pilot comes standard with tri-zone automatic climate control, Bluetooth, a backup camera, a USB port, a seven-speaker stereo system and an 8-inch display screen that shows fuel economy information, stereo settings and the backup camera display. Options include a 10-speaker stereo system, navigation, satellite radio, a rear-seat entertainment system and a power sunroof.
Reviewers say the Pilot's center stack climate and stereo controls are intuitively arranged and easy to use, and appreciate that the Pilot's display keeps the dashboard uncluttered, which makes it easier to pick out controls not operated through the screen. One test driver appreciates that features like Bluetooth and a backup camera are standard.
- "All Pilots feature an eight-inch touchscreen that helps reduce button clutter by integrating controls for the stereo and navigation system (when equipped), and hands-free Bluetooth integration and a rearview camera are other useful standard features." -- Left Lane News
- "All controls are logically placed and easy to operate; there's nothing eye-popping, just basic good design that works well." -- Kelley Blue Book
- "The Pilot's instrument panel has a wide center stack design that intelligently groups controls for the audio system, climate controls and, on Pilots so equipped, the navigation and DVD entertainment systems." -- AutoTrader
Behind the third row, the Pilot offers 18 cubic feet of cargo space. With the third row folded, there is 47.7 cubic feet, and with both the middle and rear row folded, there is 87 cubic feet of cargo capacity. Overall cargo space is competitive with other class rivals’, though the Chevrolet Traverse offers up to 116 cubic feet of cargo space, which is among the most total cargo space offered in the class. However, some reviewers are impressed with the available cargo space behind the Pilot's third row, comparing it to that of a large car. Test drivers also say that the Pilot offers plenty of storage areas in the cabin for smaller items.
- "Cargo capacity behind the rear seat is roughly equivalent to the trunk of a large sedan, there's a generous storage bin below the rear floor and plenty of roof space for a carrier rack." -- Kelley Blue Book
- "It may not be as eye-catching as other crossovers, but the Pilot's boxlike shape makes for a supremely practical interior with loads of real estate. A generous 18 cubic feet of cargo space are available behind the third row of seats, a figure that swells to 47.7 with the third row folded and 87 cubic feet if the second row gets folded, too." -- Left Lane News
- "Ample small-items storage includes a versatile front console, two-tier front-seat-back pouches, and plenty of compartments and cubbies." -- Consumer Guide (2013)
- "Pilot has a lot less cargo space than the bigger Chevrolet Traverse and Ford Explorer and other full-sizers. If you need to use all three rows of seats and still need a big cargo hold, Pilot might not be for you." -- USA Today (2012)
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