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2019 Honda Pilot Interior Review

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Interior: 8.1

The 2019 Honda Pilot is spacious and comfortable inside, and the materials are generally high quality. However, a few critics think the cabin design is beginning to look dated compared to rivals' interiors, and outside noise is a bit louder than you might like. The Pilot features three rows of adult-friendly seating, and Honda adds plenty of new standard driver assistance features for 2019. The Pilot also has more cargo space than many competitors.

  • "Three things impressed me as soon as I climbed into the cabin of the 2019 Honda Pilot Elite: The seats are extremely comfortable, the interface in general is excellent (a volume knob is back!) and the dashboard is a really beautiful digital display." -- Jalopnik
  • "Inside, the more modern-looking touchscreen, as well as the TFT driver's display and updated steering wheel complement a high-quality cabin that was already well-built, comfortable and spacious, offering 150-plus cubic feet of space for up to eight passengers." -- CNET
  • 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

Seating

There are three rows of seats in the Pilot. Most models seat eight, but top-level Elite models have heated second-row captain’s chairs that decrease capacity to seven. Cloth upholstery comes standard. Leather upholstery, power-adjustable front seats, heated and ventilated front seats, and one-touch second-row folding seats are available.

The first two rows of seats provide plenty of space and all-day comfort and support, particularly the second-row captain's chairs. Visibility for the driver is excellent as well. Additionally, the Pilot’s third-row seats are adult-friendly, which is a rarity for a 3-row SUV that’s not an absolute behemoth.

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

  • "Otherwise, the Pilot is the same comfortable family crossover it has always been, with plenty of room in all three rows for adults, teens, and kids." -- Truck Trend
  • "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
  • "… 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

Interior Features

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

Available features include a moonroof, tri-zone automatic climate control, remote start, a 115-volt power outlet, 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, mobile hot spot capability, and navigation are also available.

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

The Pilot's base infotainment system is fairly bare-bones, but the upgraded touch-screen version provides much more functionality. There are physical controls for some climate functions and – mercifully – a volume knob has been added for 2019. There are more-intuitive systems out there, but this one won't drive you crazy.

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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
  • "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
  • "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

Cargo

The Pilot gives you 16.5 cubic feet of cargo space with all seats in use. Folding down the third-row seats gives you 46.8 cubic feet of space. With the second and third rows folded, you have 83.9 cubic feet. Those are good totals for the class. A power liftgate is standard in the EX-L trim and above, and the top two trims come with a hands-free power liftgate. While that sounds convenient, it doesn't always work smoothly – the liftgate sometimes seems to have a mind of its own and won't open when you want it to or open as quickly as you might like.

In-cabin storage is impressive. There are small cubbies throughout the cabin and a sizable bin in the center console. The Pilot has a compartment underneath the cargo floor for larger items that you want to keep hidden.

  • "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
  • "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)
  • "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)
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