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QUALITY | 8 out of 10
we were unimpressed with the quality and fit and finish of the new Pilot’s interior
Car and Driver
some interior plastics look shiny and cheap
the interior environment of the Pilot is downright serene
Honda has also managed to carve out an adult-size space [in the third row] by raising the hip point of the seat itself
Edmunds' Inside Line
blocky shape that enables the rear cargo hold to accept four-foot-wide sheets of plywood
Car and Driver
Size the 2013 Pilot up on the outside, and you'd expect it to be exceptionally roomy and cargo-friendly inside. As such, you won't be disappointed in any way; the Pilot has seating for up to eight, split among three rows of seating that's quite comfortable--although getting in and out of the Pilot's third-row seats might be best left to those young and limber.
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. About the only thing that keeps the third row from being able to accommodate all adults--getting in and out aside--is headroom, which is tighter at the far back.
The Pilot's front seats are generously sized and supportive for long highway hauls, and the second-row seats do slide fore and aft to help get the right balance of legroom between the second and third rows; they also aid access to the rearmost row--a bit. Both the second and third rows fold forward and are split 60/40.
Practicality remains one of the standpoints from which the Pilot excels; it's brimming with cubbies, holders, and bins for smaller items. The only issue we have is that the hard-plastic surfaces and trims that you'll find throughout the dash and door trim and center console, while they might be easy for families to wipe clean, also can feel a bit low-rent.
Refinement in the Pilot is really top-notch, with engine and road noise well-damped and surprisingly little wind noise.
The 2013 Honda Pilot has a usable third-row seat and is quite comfortable, but its control layout should be simpler.