Few families are large enough to need seating for eight passengers unless inviting the cousins or the grandparents along, but a four- or five-person family will want to have room for friends. When it’s time to go out for ice cream after the last little league game or friends are coming over to study after school, you’ll want all of the seating you can get.
There’s more to an SUV than just how many passengers it can seat, however. It’s important for those passengers to have room to get comfortable and spread out.
Don’t be fooled by automakers that require you to upgrade for an SUV with a third row of seating—oftentimes that third row is put in the cargo space of the crossover and just has room for the kids. The 2016 Honda Pilot LX has a cabin volume of 152.9 cubic feet and has room for adults in all three rows:
We hope those specs sound impressive on their own, but to get an idea of just what they mean in the SUV class, consider that the 2016 Ford Explorer only has 151.7 cubic feet of passenger space and the 2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee only manages 105.4 cubic feet.
Drivers in the market for an SUV with third-row seating are not always going to fill all three rows of the Pilot, a fact which Honda prepared for. That third row of seating is designed to fold down in pieces or as one whole seat to expand the rear cargo area.
Here’s how the cargo specs break down:
To put things in perspective, that’s more maximum cargo space than the Nissan Pathfinder, Ford Explorer, and Jeep Grand Cherokee, none of which seat more than seven passengers.