Crossover & Midsize

The Honda Pilot Is The Worst SUV With Three Rows

The Honda Pilot has been officially deemed as the worst SUV with three rows. This is surprising, even though the Honda Pilot has a lot of competition to face with the Kia Telluride and Chevy Tahoe. But does the Honda Pilot really deserve to be in last place? 

Why Is The Honda Pilot The Worst SUV? 

To get started in the Honda Pilot, which looks more like a minivan than an SUV, you will need to spend about $31k. 

2019 Honda Pilot Elite
2019 Honda Pilot Elite | Honda

This price seems pretty fair for an SUV with three rows, but the Kia Sorento only starts around $26k. 

Along with being on the pricier side, the Honda Pilot doesn’t have the best fuel economy. It only gets up to 20 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway. However, this is common among SUVs, and not far behind competitors. 

Honda Pilot Performance 

The Honda Pilot starts at a higher price because the base model is equipped with a more powerful engine. 

Under the hood, you will find a 3.5-liter V6 engine that pumps out 280 horsepower and 262 lb-ft of torque.

It can tow up to 3,500 lb, which is both impressive and lacking. For example, the Kia Sorento can tow up to 5,000 lb. 

But the Honda Pilot does have a significant acceleration. It can go from 0 to 60 mph in only 6.3 seconds. 

The Kia Sorento that we keep using for comparison purposes takes 7.2 seconds to reach 60 mph.

2019 Honda Pilot
2019 Honda Pilot

The Honda Pilot is offered in the all-wheel-drive so that you can drive through snow and other slippery conditions.

 You should also be able to make it down trails to your campsite as well. However, we wouldn’t put too much confidence in the Pilot for off-roading. 

Although, the intelligent terrain management system does help adjust the torque to enhance control in the snow, mud, and sand. 

Honda Pilot Features 

The Honda Pilot has received negative reviews for having a narrow third row of seats that are difficult to access. 

However, once the seats are folded down, you can access up to 109 cubic feet of cargo space. The Kia Sorento only has a measly 73 cubic feet of cargo space. 

2020 Honda Pilot | Honda-0
2020 Honda Pilot | Honda-0

Plus, the second-row seats are powered with the touch of one button to automatically lean forward, making it easier to get in and out of the back. 

The touchscreen infotainment center can connect to Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, but other than that, the Pilot is underwhelming when it comes to tech. 

There is no Wi-fi hotspot, and there is no mention of USB ports or plugs in the back for charging devices. 

2020 Honda Pilot Elite interior layout
2020 Honda Pilot Elite interior layout | Honda

The interior is also average. The cloth seats don’t seem too comfortable, but not uncomfortable either. Plus, the dashboard is bland and made with cheap, plastic materials. 

However, the Honda Pilot is safe. It’s equipped with forward collision prevention, rear cross-traffic alerts, blind-spot monitoring, and more. However, these safety features are standard across its competitors. 

The Honda Pilot may be in last place because it’s nothing special. There is no wow factor, and it even lags behind the competition in terms of tech and comfort. However, it does have a fun V6 engine to zoom around in.