“There’s no illusion about the interior as it’s more minivan than SUV. The Pilot’s mission is to take six passengers from coast to coast or anywhere in between. High seats greet a wide two-tone dashboard dominated by a glassy touch screen, arching swaths of piano black trim, and an instrument cluster that puts a digital speedometer high and center. A deep console rivals a YMCA locker with large cup holders, USB inputs, 115-volt power port and a sliding rubberized cover that keeps phones, keys and wallets from sliding about. In the back, the third-row seats can actually fit two adults comfortably, unlike most of its three-row SUV competitors.
It’s a light show inside too. Pressing the starter button turns it from white to red. Drive ecologically, and green halos encircle the instruments. The Pilot’s start/stop technology helps keep fuel economy in the top five for nonhybrid SUVs of this size, netting 19 mpg city, 26 mpg highway. Start/stop pauses the engine when you’re stopped at traffic lights or idling at school pickup, and Eco mode makes the throttle less sensitive. Put your foot down and the halos turn to blue ‘horns’ as a reprimand for not controlling your big toe. Gears are selected by buttons on the console and illuminate green when selected. It was a little confusing at first but became intuitive after a couple of drives.”