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2013 Honda Pilot Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2013 Honda Pilot was new.


Interior: 7.2

Reviewers can’t agree on the 2013 Pilot’s fit and finish. Some say that the Pilot has too many subpar materials in the cabin, while others say it is up to class standards. Auto critics do agree that the Pilot is spacious and has a comfortable first and second row, but differ on the seating comfort in the third row. According to test drivers, the Pilot’s audio and climate controls are easy to use and logically placed. Cargo space is slightly above average for the class.

  • "In keeping with Honda's simple but functional design philosophy, the 2013 Pilot SUV's interior is a study in efficiency." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "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
  • "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 car company rearranged some controls, upgraded some trim and generally improved the interior enough that, while it isn't a reason to buy, it's no longer a reason not to." -- USA Today (2012)
  • "The Pilot's interior could seal the deal for prospective car shoppers looking to find functionality and comfort in a vehicle." -- Cars.com (2012)


The 2013 Honda Pilot can seat up to eight in three rows. Reviewers think the Pilot’s first- and second-row seats are comfortable, spacious and supportive. Test drivers are split on the third row. Some critics say it’s comfortable for adults, while others say adults will feel cramped. Reviewers note that the sliding second row can increase legroom or cargo space depending on your needs. One test driver is disappointed in rear visibility and the lack of a blind spot monitor. Power-adjustable and heated front seats are available on higher trims.

  • "Legroom is more than adequate in all three rows, an unusual and welcome attribute in this class." -- 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
  • "The second row's tilt-and-slide motion is just easier than some competing models' fold-and-tumble routine. That being said, the Pilot's third row isn't the easiest to get into overall. Though headroom is workable for adults, the floor is relatively high, so even if the second row is scooted forward enough for those adults to fit, their knees will be raised." -- Cars.com (2012)

Interior Features

For 2013, the Honda Pilot receives a number of new standard features on its base trim, including a backup camera, Bluetooth, an 8-inch touch-screen infotainment system and tri-zone automatic climate control. The base Pilot also includes a seven-speaker audio system and a USB port. Optional features include navigation, a power liftgate, a rear-seat DVD entertainment system and an upgraded stereo with satellite radio.

One reviewer appreciates the Pilot’s straightforward dashboard instead of a flashy design that isn’t as functional. Buttons and gauges are logically placed and audio and climate controls are easy to use, even with the optional navigation system, according to test drivers.

See the full list of 2013 Honda Pilot features and specs »

  • "The dash and instruments are easy to operate and logically placed. There are no fancy light shows here, no radical designs that look neat but don't work well in the real world, just the basics." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Revisions for … give the current Honda Pilot a center stack that's less button-heavy than that of its predecessor. The buttons and knobs are also more logically clustered, which makes this Pilot's controls more user-friendly than those seen in last year's model." -- Edmunds (2012)
  • "Higher end models of the Pilot also come with Honda's new satellite navigation system, which is easy to use." -- The Detroit News (2012)


The 2013 Honda Pilot offers 87 cubic feet of total cargo space behind the first row, which is slightly above average for the class. Behind the second-row seats there is 47.7 cubic feet and with all seats in use, there is 18 cubic feet of storage room. While the Pilot can’t match class leaders like the GMC Acadia in cargo space, reviewers say that it has plenty of interior storage and a useful floor compartment behind the third row.

  • "Rear cargo space with the third-row seat in place, however, is not so abundant. Luckily, there is a large storage bin below the rear cargo floor for random items, as well as ample roof space for a carrier rack." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Ample small-items storage includes a versatile front console, two-tier front-seat-back pouches, and plenty of compartments and cubbies." -- Consumer Guide
  • "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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