2016 Honda Pilot Wins Best Three-Row SUV Award

December 6th, 2016 by

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Families love their SUVs, and SUVs with three rows are among the most popular rides for consumers. Offering a ton of features and gadgets for both parents and kids alike, these SUVs seat six to eight passengers and come with the latest tech features for entertainment, driving, and safety. In a Cars.com test for the best three-row SUV, the 2016 Honda Pilot had what the judges were looking for to take home the top spot.

The Criteria for the Test

For Cars.com SUV test had to have a minimum EPA combined city/highway mileage rating of 19 mpg1. Contenders for the best three-row SUV included the 2017 Dodge Durango, 2017 Ford Explorer, 2017 GMC Acadia, 2016 Honda Pilot, 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe, 2017 Kia Sorento, 2016 CX-9, and the 2017 Nissan Pathfinder.

2016 Honda Pilot Wins

According to the Cars.com judges, the verdict on the 2016 Honda Pilot was: “If you really need a minivan for hauling the family around but just can’t pull the trigger, the Pilot is for you,” said Jennifer Newman, Car.com managing editor. “It offers minivan practicality in an SUV body.”

What the Judges Liked

Feature Packed:

The 2016 Honda Pilot leads the pack with smartly designed family features and attention to details,” Fred Meier, Cars.com Washington D.C. bureau chief said, “including two levels of storage built into to the front doors, the big roll-top console bins, child seat Latch anchors even in the third row, a conversation mirror and height-adjustable armrests for multiple drivers.”

Space Galore:

“All kinds of room for cargo, people, small stuff,” Brian Robinson, producer from the PBS show “MotorWeek” said. “Whatever you need space for, it’s here.” “With a huge center console bin and plenty of nooks for loose items, the Pilot is a storage-space champ,” Hanley said.

Winning Seats:

To fold and slide forward the Pilot’s second-row seats, all you need is a push of a button. Thus, “kids will be able to get into and out of the third row by themselves.” Newman also noted that the 2016 Pilot was the only SUV in their challenge that could fit three car seats across the second row.

Quality You Can See:

The 2016 Honda Pilot also offered the best visibility as compared to its competitors. As Newman put it, “the Pilot schools its competitors with its large windows that allows the driver to see everything, including out the back.”

Stay Connected:

The 2016 Pilot has enough ports and plugs to keep all of your family’s portable devices connected and powered up. Also, at the price point that it was tested at, the Pilot offers a rear-seat entertainment system.

As you can see, the 2016 Honda Pilot is the best three-row SUV out on the market right now for you and your family. Feel free to check out our available inventory, or stop by the dealership to learn more about the 2016 Honda Pilot.


19 city/27 highway/22 combined MPG rating for 2WD 6T models. 18 city/26 highway/21 combined MPG rating for AWD 6T models. 20 city/27 highway/23 combined MPG rating for 9AT models. Based on 2016 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your actual mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions, and other factors.

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