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needlessly complex center stack
Car and Driver
center stack is littered with small buttons that take awhile to get used to
There's even a storage box integrated into the driver side of the cargo area, while another 2.8 cubic feet of storage has been created beneath the cargo floor.
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automatic cabin humidity control that prevents window fogging
There are four trims–LX, EX, EX-L and Touring–available on the 2014 Honda Pilot. You can have front- or four-wheel drive on each trim, but all of the most desirable features and options are reserved for the top two trims.
The EX-L and Touring models have offer leather, USB/iPod connectivity, Bluetooth, navigation and a power lift gate that you can't have on the LX and EX models. And, you have to opt for the navigation system if you want the option to plug in your USB stick, too. That's going to leave you with limited choices on the lot, all of which will be some of the most expensive Pilot models available.
If you can do without some of those extras, the base Honda Pilot LX models are well-enough equipped to make comfortable family vehicles for most; they include rear air conditioning, keyless entry, cruise control, and a seven-speaker sound system. At the top of the lineup, the Pilot Touring includes a host of tech features, such as a nav system, a rearview camera, a Bluetooth hands-free interface, a USB audio plug, backup sensors, and available rear DVD entertainment. There's 15 GB of media storage included with the navigation system.
In 2012, Honda brought to the Pilot the i-MID, which includes a color LCD screen at the top of the instrument panel, showing trip computer and audio functions. A set of enhanced steering-wheel controls were also included, and a rear-view camera system is also included, as of last year.
Honda puts some of the more desirable infotainment features on only its most expensive Pilots.