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.
In terms of handling, the Pilot doesn’t have any connection with the nimble Hondas of the past. The Pilot's cumbersome cornering makes it feel reluctant to turn, and the vague steering chips away at drivers' confidence. Nobody expects sports car handling from an SUV, but the Pilot falls short compared to more agile competitors such as the Ford Explorer and Mazda CX-9. 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.