2012 Honda Pilot Comfort & Quality

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Comfort & Quality

The Pilot's tall, boxy body really pays dividends with respect to interior space. With an upright theme that carries through to most of the interior, the cabin is roomy and functional, and it's one of few vehicles this size to have a third row that's spacious enough for adults

Front seats are generously sized and excellent for long road trips, while the second-row seats slide fore and aft for easy access to the third row or to get just the right balance of legroom between rows. Both the second and third rows fold forward and are split 60/40. About the only thing that keeps the third row from being able to accommodate all adults is headroom, which is tighter at the far back; also entry and exit to that third row involves a little bit of contortion.

The 2012 Honda Pilot offers three usable rows of seating, and pretty good comfort--though a cluttered instrument panel keeps it from being a delight for frenzied parents. .
From a practicality standpoint, the Honda Pilot interior excels; it brims with cubbies, holders, and bins for all sorts of small items. Oddly, the chunky, oversized, simplified aesthetic doesn't carry over to instrument-panel controls, which feel cluttered (although we prefer the sea of buttons to a touch-screen interface). The hard-plastic surfaces and trims used throughout the dash are disappointing, given the Pilots relatively soft, family-oriented purpose. However otherwise the Pilot feels very refined and quiet—and Honda has made further improvements in this area for 2012.

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