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2017 Honda Pilot: Car Seat Check

CARS.COM — Editor’s note: This Car Seat Check was written in November 2016 about the 2016 Honda Pilot. Little of substance has changed with this year’s model. To see what’s new for 2017, click here, or check out a side-by-side comparison of the two model years.

When Honda redesigned its three-row Pilot SUV for 2016, the automaker added more family-friendly features, including second-row captain’s chairs. That model did well in our Car Seat Check, but we’ve been waiting to see how a Pilot with a second-row bench seat performs. The answer? Very well. The bench seat increases the Pilot’s capacity to eight passengers and its accessible anchors ease installation. Even better: Three car seats can fit on the wide, flat second row.

How many car seats fit in the second row? Three, but we used a seat belt to install the middle car seat because the middle position’s Latch anchor placement pushed the seat too far to one side.

How many car seats fit in the third row? Two

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2017 Honda Pilot EX-L
77,000 mi.
2017 Honda Pilot EX-L
89,058 mi.

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’s Car Seat Checks

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

For the Car Seat Check, we use a Graco SnugRide Classic Connect 30 infant-safety seat, a Britax Marathon convertible seat and Graco TurboBooster seat. The front seats are adjusted for a 6-foot driver and a shorter 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. Learn more about how we conduct our Car Seat Checks.

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.

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News Editor Jennifer Geiger joined the automotive industry in 2003, much to the delight of her Corvette-obsessed dad. Jennifer is an expert reviewer, certified car-seat technician and mom of three. She wears a lot of hats — many of them while driving a minivan. Email Jennifer Geiger

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