2014 Honda Pilot: Car Seat Check

By Jennifer Geiger  on March 14, 2014

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2014 Honda Pilot; Cars.com photo by Evan Sears

Honda's largest vehicle is a true giant with loads of cargo space and three roomy rows with seating for eight passengers on second- and third-row benchs. The 2014 Honda Pilot excelled at our Car Seat Check thanks to its cavernous cabin and extra Latch anchors. It's one of the few SUVs that can comfortably fit three car seats across its second row.

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How many car seats fit in the second row? Three

How many car seats fit in the third row? Two

What We Like

  • The Pilot's second row easily accommodated three car seats: the booster, infant seat and forward-facing convertible fit well.
  • Extra Latch anchors came in handy and all were easy to use; the Pilot's second row has three sets of Latch anchors and the third row has one set. The third row also has three top tether anchors.
  • Both the rear-facing convertible and infant seat fit well in the second row; there was no need to move the front-passenger seat forward to accommodate them.
  • We installed the forward-facing convertible in the second and third rows, where it went in easily and fit well after removing the head restraints.

What We Don't

  • Getting to the third row is difficult; the seats slide forward but are very heavy, and the resulting opening is tiny.
  • The second-row buckles are on floppy bases, which make it hard for kids to buckle up independently.
  • We also installed the booster in the third row and had trouble with the buckles there, too. The stalks are so short that the buckles get pushed down into the seat cushion, causing the booster to slide on top of them.

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Grading Scale

A: Plenty of room for the car seat and the child; doesn't impact driver or front-passenger legroom. Easy to find and connect to Latch and tether anchors. No fit issues involving head restraint or seat contouring. Easy access to the third row.  

B: Plenty of room. One fit or connection issue. Some problems accessing third row when available.

C: Marginal room. Two fit or connection issues. Difficult to access third row when available.

D: Insufficient room. Two or more fit or connection issues.

F: Does not fit or is unsafe.

About Cars.com's Car Seat Checks

Editors Jennifer Geiger and Jennifer Newman are certified child safety seat installation technicians.

For the Car Seat Check, we use a Graco SnugRide 30 infant-safety seat, a Britax Roundabout convertible seat and Graco TurboBooster seat. The front seats are adjusted 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 and convertible seats are installed behind the front passenger seat.

We also install the forward-facing convertible in the second row's middle seat with the booster and infant seat in the outboard seats to see if three car seats will fit; a child sitting in the booster seat must be able to reach the seat belt buckle. If there's a third row, we install the booster seat and a forward-facing convertible. To learn more about how we conduct our Car Seat Checks, go here.

Parents should also remember that they can use the Latch system or a seat belt to install a car seat, and that Latch anchors have a weight limit of 65 pounds, including the weight of the child and the weight of the seat itself.

Cars.com photos by Evan Sears

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Assistant Managing Editor Jennifer Geiger is a reviewer, car-seat technician and mom of three. She wears a lot of hats, many of them while driving a minivan.  Email Jennifer