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2017 Honda Pilot Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2017 Honda Pilot was new.

Scorecard

Interior: 7.5

Materials on the 2017 Honda Pilot's dashboard and door panels are soft to the touch. The cabin is quiet and also has refined styling. Though the Honda Pilot's infotainment system is easy to operate, physical buttons for audio and climate controls would be welcome to help the driver avoid using the touch screen while on the road. The Pilot's front seats are some of the most pleasant and cozy in the class, and there's plenty of space for adults in all three rows, which is rare for the class. The Pilot has one of the highest cargo capacities among 3-row SUVs, and there is plenty of storage space for smaller items inside.

  • "The 2017 Honda Pilot interior boasts soft-touch surfaces on the dash and doors, which combine with on-road quiet and comfortable seats for a sophisticated feel." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "While the last Pilot was plagued by hard plastic surfaces, the 2016 model has quality, soft-touch materials on the dash, door panels and armrests. The result is an ambiance that would be expected in the MDX from Honda's upscale division, Acura." -- Autotrader (2016)
  • "Numerous padded surfaces and available two-tone color schemes give the interior an upscale appearance." -- Consumer Guide (2016)

Seating

The base Honda Pilot has seating for eight in three rows. The top-of-the-line Elite trim seats seven, as it replaces the standard second-row bench seat with two heated captain's chairs. Leather upholstery, heated front seats, a heated steering wheel, and ventilated front seats are available.

The 2017 Pilot's roomy front seats are some of the most comfortable and cushioned in the class, even more so with the available high-quality leather upholstery. The second-row seats also have plenty of room, and you can tilt them, as well as slide them forward and back. With the available power-folding second-row seats, accessing the third row is as simple as pressing a button.

Critics often complain that the third row in most SUVs doesn’t offer adequate space for adults, but that isn't the case with the Pilot. Its third row has good room for a couple of adults, though taller riders should be mindful that the low-mounted seats may force your knees upward.

The Honda Pilot's LATCH system consists of a full set of upper tether anchors and lower anchors in all three second-row seats (or in the two captain's chairs), and a complete set in the passenger-side third-row seat. The middle and driver's side third-row seats have only upper tether anchors. The IIHS gives the Pilot’s LATCH system the second-highest grade of Acceptable for its ease of use. Some upper tether anchors are difficult to find, and you may confuse some of the Pilot's other seating hardware with its lower anchors.

  • "The 2nd-row seats are comfortable, and the one-touch folding mechanism borrowed from the Acura MDX eases 3rd-row access." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "As would be expected of a vehicle this size, there's plenty of adult room in the 1st and 2nd seating rows. More surprising is the amount of room in the 3rd row. The 2nd-row seats slide fore and aft to adjust available 3rd-row legroom, and a low 3rd-row seat cushion allows for plenty of headroom, albeit with a knees-up seating position." -- Consumer Guide (2016)
  • "Front seats are pillowy soft and easily among the most comfortable in the segment. … A human being with average proportions can actually sit in the way-back without needing to first cut off their head and legs. As long as they're not claustrophobic, two six-footers could ride around in the back of the Pilot without issue." -- Left Lane News (2016)

Interior Features

Standard features in the 2017 Honda Pilot include push-button start, a seven-speaker audio system, Bluetooth, a USB port, and a multi-angle rearview camera.

Available features include forward collision warning, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, Honda's LaneWatch passenger-side blind spot camera, adaptive cruise control, a moonroof, tri-zone automatic climate control, a rear-seat entertainment system, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, satellite radio, a 10-speaker audio system, and an 8-inch touch-screen infotainment display.

While the Pilot's current navigation system is an improvement over the previous system, its bright colors may look amateur to some. The touch-screen infotainment system is fairly easy to use, and it supports tabletlike gestures, such as pinching and swiping. However, the lack of physical knobs for climate and audio controls makes it hard to adjust those settings when you're driving.

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  • Thankfully, Honda has upgraded its navigation system for one from Garmin, although not everyone will like the cartoonish colors." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • This [infotainment] system works pretty well, but Honda should add separate knobs for volume and tuning." -- Autotrader (2016)
  • You'll either love or hate this recent emphasis on the touchscreen. We're more or less used to it at this point, though we do once again wish there was a traditional volume-adjustment knob. The ability to zoom in on the fast-acting Garmin-based navigation screen with a simple two-finger pinch (as on, say, an iPad) is slick, though." -- Autoweek (2016)

Cargo

The 2017 Honda Pilot has 16.5 cubic feet of cargo space behind the third row, 46.8 cubic feet behind the second row, and 83.9 cubic feet with the second and third rows folded. That's better than average for a 3-row SUV. 

The Pilot has plenty of storage space inside as well. There is a large storage bin in the center console that can accommodate a handbag or tablet, and there's space under the center stack to store and charge a small electronic device. There's also a storage compartment beneath the cargo floor that can help you keep your items hidden.

  • "The comfort combines with practicality with a generous cargo area, and a huge center console bin with plenty of storage space." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "A large storage area resides just behind the shift lever. In addition to being large enough to hold a moderately sized purse, the cover is also rigid enough to support additional items. Smaller items can be stashed in a small cubby-hole that includes power outlets just under the center stack." -- Left Lane News (2016)
  • "The Pilot can swallow just about anything you can toss inside, be it small stuff - like mobile devices, snacks or purses - or bigger cargo, like coolers and strollers." -- Cars.com (2016)

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