The Pilot is an extremely functional and pleasant midsized SUV as long as you don't expect excitement. Instead, it does a commendable minivan impression thanks to its flexible seating for eight; a roomy, versatile, and feature-filled interior; and easy access to all three rows of seats. It also provides a comfortable ride and that cabin is quiet.
When it comes to handling, this SUV has no connection with the nimble Hondas of the past. On open roads, the Pilot maneuvers like an apartment building on wheels. Its cumbersome cornering makes the Pilot feel reluctant to turn, and the vague steering chips away at your confidence. Nobody expects sports car handling from an SUV, but the Pilot falls short compared to more agile competitors. Plus, the Pilot's mediocre braking on wet pavement trails most peers as well.
The flip side to the Pilot's ungainly handling is a comfortable ride. This SUV's suspension smooths out bumps with composure. Some road imperfections will rock the Pilot from side to side, but overall a trip in the Pilot is uneventful. Honda loaded up on the sound-deadening materials, too, resulting in a quiet cabin.