Cargo & Towing

With the third row up, the Pilot has 18 cubic feet of cargo room, not counting the 2.8-cubic-foot underfloor storage area. That's more than the rearmost cargo room in the Mazda CX-9 (17.2 cubic feet) and Toyota Highlander (10.3 cubic feet) but less than the Acadia's 25.5-cubic-foot space. The sizable well beneath the cargo floor is part of a cargo management system that's standard on the Pilot. The system consists of a net that can be stretched between the walls of the cargo area about halfway up from the floor. With the net in place, there's room below it for luggage or a cooler, and the net itself can hold small items. The back of the third-row seat also has a number of grocery-bag hooks.

The third row's backrest folds forward into the floor, and when it's down total cargo room measures 47.7 cubic feet. Folding the second row down brings the total amount of cargo space to 87 cubic feet. There's a slight incline in the cargo floor with both the second and third row folded, but there are no ledges between the sections — it's a flat floor.

Towing fans will be happy to know that the Pilot comes with a standard Class III trailer hitch, a heavy-duty radiator with twin fans, and transmission and power-steering coolers. Front-wheel-drive Pilots are rated to tow up to 3,500 pounds, while the all-wheel-drive version gets a 4,500-pound rating. The Pilot normally runs on regular gas, but Honda recommends premium fuel when towing more than 3,500 pounds.

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