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2014 Honda Pilot Comfort & Quality

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The Pilot looks big from the outside, and that translates inside, too. There seating for up to eight passengers, though getting in and out of the third row can be challenging if you're not as small or nimble as your kids.

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.

Controls could be laid out more simply, but the Honda Pilot has a nicely sized third-row seat.

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.

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.

Sound refinement in the Pilot is really top-notch, with engine and road noise well-damped and surprisingly little wind noise.

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