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2020 Honda Pilot Interior


MSRP
$31,650
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2020 Honda Pilot Interior Review

Scorecard

Interior: 8.0

The 2020 Honda Pilot has a quiet interior. It's roomy and comfortable, though the same can be said about many midsize SUVs. The Pilot features many soft-touch materials (at least in higher trims; the base trim feels a tad austere). The cabin, however, isn't noticeably more upscale than what rivals offer. Some reviewers find that the Pilot feels a little antiquated from a style standpoint.

The first two rows of seats are comfortable and supportive, and adults can sit in the third row on shorter trips with no issues. Cargo space is great for the class. The standard infotainment features list is short, but Honda offers many optional connectivity and entertainment tech.

  • "The entry-level LX trim is indeed pretty basic, coming with cloth-covered seats and just a 5-inch infotainment display. Leather upholstery in the most popular EX-L trim brings a more upscale feel." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Materials and assembly quality are high for a non-luxury vehicle, but are not substantially better than rivals. The soft-touch plastics on the dash combined with high-gloss trim and matte-finish secondary controls look and feel good." -- Edmunds
  • "Overall the Pilot's interior remains a nice place to spend a roadtrip, but it's starting to show its age in some places. The design could be more modern and we'd like to see better materials in upper-end trims that can hit nearly $50,000." -- Left Lane News (2019)

Seating

The Pilot seats eight and comes standard with cloth upholstery. Leather upholstery, power-adjustable front seats, heated and ventilated front seats, second-row captain's chairs (which drop seating capacity to seven), heated second-row seats, and one-touch second-row folding seats are available.

Inside, the Pilot provides a decent amount of passenger space, though some rivals have larger cabins. The first two rows of seats are roomy and comfortable, and they remain supportive on long drives. Drivers also enjoy good forward visibility. The third-row seats aren't as spacious as the first two rows, but there's enough room for adults to ride back there on shorter trips. Also, it's easy to get in and out of the third row thanks to the tilting second-row seats.

For installing child safety seats, the Pilot provides four full sets of LATCH connections. Some of the hardware can be difficult to find and work with, but the system is mostly easy to use.

  • "The Pilot exhibits typical Honda efficiency with smart use of space and practical features. The first and second rows are roomy. The third row is OK, but it's not as spacious as what you'll find in a few other rival SUVs. Still, a single button press tilts and slides the second row forward, making it easy to get into the third row. Most drivers will be able to find a suitable seating position, though tall drivers might want a little more steering wheel adjustment. The upright seating position gives the driver a more commanding view out than it does in the Honda Odyssey minivan." -- Edmunds
  • "Even with the second-row seat moved all the way back, I could still fit into the third-row seat. My stint in this location was short – no more than 15 minutes – and I wouldn't want to remain back there for much longer than that. But, for shorter trips it is fine, and pre-teen kids won't complain." -- New York Daily News (2019)
  • "… the Pilot offers a level of cabin comfort, solitude and sophistication that's above average in a class populated with rivals such as the Chevrolet Traverse, Ford Explorer, Nissan Pathfinder and Toyota Highlander." -- CNET (2019)

Interior Features

Standard features in the Pilot include push-button start and an infotainment system with a 5-inch display, Bluetooth, two USB ports, and a seven-speaker audio system.

Standard active safety features include a rearview camera, automatic high-beam headlights, forward collision warning, collision mitigation braking, lane keep assist, lane departure warning, road departure mitigation, and adaptive cruise control. Some of these features are part of the Honda Sensing suite of active safety technology.

Available features include a moonroof, tri-zone automatic climate control, remote start, wireless phone charging, a rear-seat entertainment system, and the HondaLink infotainment system with an 8-inch touch screen, a 10-speaker audio system, satellite radio, HD Radio, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and an additional USB port. An HDMI port, a Wi-Fi hot spot, navigation, and CabinTalk, which is an in-vehicle voice-amplification system, are also available.

Available driver assistance features include blind spot monitoring, front and rear parking sensors, and rear cross traffic alert.

The Pilot doesn't come with a lot of standard infotainment tech, so you'll want to opt for the upgraded system. It features a large touch screen and an intuitive interface, making it generally easy to use.

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  • "As on some other recently updated models, Honda has given the Pilot a physical volume knob for the first time in this generation, part of an infotainment and gauge-cluster package ported over from the Odyssey minivan. It's still not the most intuitive of infotainment systems, but it is less confounding and not as painfully slow to respond as the previous unit. … Wireless phone charging and a 4G LTE Wi-Fi connection are newly available, too." -- Car and Driver (2019)
  • "Perhaps the biggest development — and the one most important to families who can't bring themselves to pull the minivan trigger — is the standardization of Honda Sensing on all trims, from the entry-level LX to the top-of-the-line Elite. The suite of electronic safety features — adaptive cruise control, pre-collision braking, road departure mitigation, and lane-centering assistance — brings the Pilot in line with competitors like the Subaru Ascent and Toyota Highlander, and one-ups models like the Ford Explorer, Mazda CX-9 and Volkswagen Atlas, on which these features are either only available on higher trim levels or as optional extras." -- Autoblog (2019)
  • "A new infotainment system arrives for 2019, with added features and functionality. It has a volume knob, too, a simple but meaningful improvement." -- New York Daily News (2019)

Cargo

The Pilot gives you 16.5 or 18.5 cubic feet of cargo space with all seats in use, depending on how the first two rows are positioned. Folding down the third-row seats gives you between 46.8 and 55.9 cubic feet. With the second and third rows folded, you have between 83.9 and 109.2 cubic feet.

Those are good totals for a midsize SUV. There's plenty of small-item storage space in the cabin, and there's a compartment under the cargo floor where you can stow valuables out of sight. A power liftgate is standard in EX-L and higher trims, and the top three trims come with a hands-free power liftgate.

  • "The Pilot is a useful vehicle when you need to carry a lot of stuff. While cargo room is good – 16 cubic feet behind the third row and a maximum volume of 84 cubes with the second- and third-row seats folded – it trails segment leaders. Still, there's generous storage under the load floor, and the space is very usable." -- Edmunds
  • "You're likely going to keep the third-row seat folded down most of the time, anyway, because the Pilot supplies just 16.5 cu.-ft. of cargo space behind it. That sounds like plenty, given than (sic) most midsize sedans can't match that amount of space. But you'd need to stack things to the ceiling and flush against the glass in order to use it, and then, when you open the liftgate, everything would fall out. Realistically, unless you fold that third-row and keep it that way, you've got no more than a shelf for hauling home groceries." -- New York Daily News (2019)
  • "The cargo area offers a ton of versatility and volume. With all of the rear seats folded, the cargo area can easily swallow bicycles, kayaks, and that over-the-top weekend trip to the hardware store." -- Consumer Reports (2018)
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