The 2016 Honda Pilot: Your SUV with Third-Row Seating

  • 2016 Honda Pilot

    You would be amazed at the number of West Michigan drivers who have entered one of our dealerships looking for an SUV with a third row of seating. While Honda knows that many drivers appreciate five-passenger crossover SUVs like the CR-V and the HR-V, they’re also aware that many drivers want or need more space. Enter the 2016 Honda Pilot. We think that the spacious interior makes the Pilot one of the best family SUVs… read on to see for yourself.

Seating Capacity

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.

  • 2016 Honda Pilot: The Pilot offers eight-passenger seating as standard, with second-row captain’s chairs (reducing the seating to seven) found on the top-of-the-line Elite trim level.
  • 2016 Nissan Pathfinder: The Pathfinder maxes out at seven seats on its base S trim level.
  • 2016 Ford Escape: Ford’s SUV is on par with Nissan’s, seating just seven passengers.
  • 2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee: The base model of the Grand Cherokee might want to compete with the Pilot, but it only seats five. See more differences between these two SUVs in our 2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee review.

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.

Honda Pilot
Honda Pilot

Passenger Volume

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:

  • Headroom: 40.1 inches in the front, 40.2 inches in the second row, 38.9 inches in the third row
  • Hiproom: 59.1 inches in the front, 57.3 inches in the second row, 44.6 inches in the third row
  • Legroom: 40.9 inches in the front, 38.4 inches in the second row, 31.9 inches in the third row
  • Shoulder Room: 62.0 inches in the front, 62.0 inches in the second row, 57.6 inches in the third row

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.

Split-Folding Third Row

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:

  • Standard Cargo Area: The Pilot has 16.5 cubic feet of cargo space behind the third row.
  • Maximum Cargo Volume: In addition to folding down part or all of the third-row seating, the second row can be folded out of the way to expand the cargo hold to as much as 83.9 cubic feet.

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.

Honda Pilot

Test Drive a Pilot

We think the best way to see the comfort and spacious interior of the 2016 Honda Pilot is to get behind the wheel and experience it firsthand. Visit a West Michigan Honda Dealer near you today for a test drive of one of the Pilot’s five trim levels. Consider stepping up to the top-of-the-line Pilot Elite trim to experience an SUV that can go head-to-head with luxury models.

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