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How Do Car Seats Fit in a 2020 Honda Pilot?

Editor’s note: This Car Seat Check was written in February 2019 about the 2019 Honda Pilot. Little of substance has changed with this year’s model. See what’s new for 2020 or check out a side-by-side comparison of the two model years.

The verdict:  Honda has two capable family haulers in its lineup, and both are car seat champs. The Odyssey minivan scored well in our Car Seat Check, and the redesigned-for-2019 Pilot also earned high marks. The three-row SUV has ample room and easy-to-access Latch anchors, though we ran into a fit issue in the third row with our high-back booster. We tested a seven-seat model with second-row captain’s chairs; a bench seat is standard.

Does it fit three car seats? No

Take a look at how the Latch system and each car seat scored below in our Car Seat Check of the 2020 Honda Pilot.

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A Grade

  • Latch: In the second row, the two sets of anchors in the captain’s seats are exposed and easy to use. The two top tether anchors sit at the base of the seatbacks; they sit so far down that they will likely be easy to overlook.
  • Infant: This seat was easy to install, and our 5-foot-6-inch-tall front passenger had loads of legroom.
  • Rear-facing convertible: Again, this seat was easy to install, and the front passenger had plenty of room.

B Grade

  • Forward-facing convertible: In the second row, this seat was easy to install and fit well once we raised the head restraint. The top tether anchor sits very far down the seatback, making it easy to overlook, so it lost a grade.
  • Booster: In the second row, the booster fit well after we raised the head restraint. The buckles are on floppy bases, however, which will likely make them tougher for kids to grasp and use.
  • Third-row access: The second-row captain’s chairs have a one-touch button that easily slides the seat forward; the opening could be a bit larger, but there’s also a large pass-through between the seats to get to the third row.
  • Third-row Latch: There’s one set of lower anchors on the passenger side; they are buried in the seat bight and require a bit of muscle to access them. There are two top tether anchors that are clearly marked.

C Grade

  • Third-row forward-facing convertible: Installation required some muscle to access the Latch anchors. The fixed head restraint pushes the convertible’s back off the seat a bit; it should sit flush. The top tether anchor is clearly marked and easy to use.
  • Booster: Again, the fixed head restraint pushes the booster off of the seat a bit. The third row also has floppy buckles, which might make it tough for kids to buckle up independently.

About Cars.com’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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