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2021 Honda Pilot Interior Review

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Interior: 8.4

The 2021 Honda Pilot has a sizeable, comfortable cabin with a wealth of advanced safety features. The Pilot's interior is fairly upscale, but reviewers note that its interior materials and design aren't as refined as those of some class rivals. Also, you'll have to opt for at least the EX trim to get a decent amount of infotainment technology.

  • "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 (2020)
  • "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)

Cargo

There's 16.5 to 18.5 cubic feet of cargo space behind the third row, depending on how the seats are positioned. Space varies behind the other row stoo, with between 46.8 and 55.9 cubic feet behind the second row, and between 83.9 and 109.2 behind the first row. At the high end, the Pilot has a larger cargo hold than just about every other midsize SUV. Additionally, there's a handy storage compartment under the cargo floor. The EX-L trim comes with a power liftgate, while a hands-free liftgate is standard in Special Edition, Touring, Elite, and Black Edition trims.

  • "The Pilot is a useful vehicle when you need to carry a lot of stuff. While cargo room is good … it trails segment leaders. Still, there's generous storage under the load floor, and the space is very usable." -- Edmunds (2020)
  • "As for the cabin, passenger and cargo space are better than most, with seating for up to eight passengers. Even adults can fit in the third row, which is rare. Really, only the Subaru Ascent and the Chevrolet Traverse are noticeably more spacious for people and stuff. Well, big stuff at least." -- Autotrader (2020)
  • "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 [that] most midsize sedans can't match that amount of space. But you'll 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." -- New York Daily News (2019)

Seating

This midsize three-row SUV has seating for up to eight people in its base setup and seating for up to seven in models with second-row captain's chairs. Cloth upholstery is standard. Available comfort features include leather-trimmed seats, heated and ventilated front seats, and heated second-row captain's chairs.

Though some class rivals provide more passenger room, the Pilot delivers adult-friendly seating in all three rows. Additionally, the seats are cushy and supportive.

For installing child safety seats, the Pilot has four complete sets of LATCH connectors. Three sets are for the second-row seats and one is for the passenger-side third-row seat. There are upper tether anchors for the other two third-row seats.

  • "The Pilot has a roomy cabin with more overall space than a Toyota Highlander, but slightly less than the Subaru Ascent and Volkswagen Atlas. Little details like the integrated front-seat armrests and 15 cup holders can make a big difference on longer trips." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The front seats have supportive backs and bottoms, providing hours of comfort. The second-row seats are similarly cushy and can recline and slide. There’s very little tire or wind noise insided the cabin, and the V6 sounds pretty good if you wind it out. Tri-zone climate control works well to keep everyone comfortable." -- Edmunds (2020)
  • "The cabin boasts massive space despite smaller exterior dimensions and a lower curb weight than many competitors." -- Autotrader (2020)

Interior Features

The Pilot is packed with standard safety features like forward collision warning, collision mitigation braking, lane keep assist, lane departure warning, road departure mitigation, adaptive cruise control, and automatic high-beam headlights.

However, it comes up short in terms of standard infotainment tech. The base infotainment system works fine, but shoppers will likely prefer the optional interface for its larger display, user-friendly touch and physical controls, and smartphone integration technology.

Standard tech features include only a 5-inch display, seven speakers, Bluetooth, two USB ports, and tri-zone automatic climate control. Available features include an 8-inch touch screen, the HondaLink telematics system, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, satellite radio, HD Radio, wireless device charging, navigation, a rear entertainment system, 10 speakers, and a Wi-Fi hot spot. Blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, front and rear parking sensors, and LED fog lights are also optional.

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  • "Standard in all versions of the 2021 Honda Pilot, this array of active safety and driver-assistance features is among the best in the mainstream class." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Overall, the Pilot's touchscreen system is easy to use. The navigation system responds quickly, and the 10-speaker audio system sounds great. A Wi-Fi hotspot is included on Touring and Elite models, and users with the Honda CabinControl app can connect to the in-car Wi-Fi and control certain things such as rear cabin temperature and music playlists." -- Edmunds (2020)
  • "In the 2019 model, Honda corrected one of the Pilot's biggest issues: technology. Gone is the frustrating old touchscreen and in its place Honda's latest unit with updated, more user-friendly software brought over from the Accord and the Odyssey." -- Autotrader (2020)
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