This Car Seat Check was originally published in October 2011 on MotherProof.com.
Honda has softened the Pilot’s harsh corners for the 2012 model year. The three-row SUV’s exterior, interior and powertrain have been updated, and the front-wheel-drive Pilot gets an EPA-estimated 18/25 mpg city/highway. What impressed us most is the Pilot fit all three of our child-safety seats in the second row.
For the Car Seat Check, we use a Graco SnugRide 30 rear-facing infant-safety seat, a Britax Roundabout convertible child-safety seat and Graco high-back TurboBooster seat.
The front seats are adjusted to a comfortable position for a 6-foot driver and a 5-foot-8 passenger. The three child seats are installed in the second row. The booster seat sits behind the driver’s seat, and the infant seat and convertible seats are installed behind the passenger seat. We also install the infant seat in the second row’s middle seat with the booster and convertible in the outboard seats to see if three car seats will fit. If there’s a third row, we install the booster seat and a forward-facing convertible.
Here’s how the 2012 Pilot did in Cars.com’s Car Seat Check: