2016 Honda Pilot: Fits a 4x8 Sheet of Plywood and Coffee Table — Sort Of
by Travis Langness, Automotive Editor on March 25, 2016
The last time I drove our long-term 2016 Honda Pilot, I took the three-row SUV on a 1,000-mile road trip and it did an admirable job carrying five people and all our gear. Last weekend when I signed out the Pilot for the second time, I had a very different task in mind.
My plan was to build a coffee table for my apartment and both of the Edmunds long-term pickup trucks were spoken for. So I went for the next best thing I could think of: a 16-foot-long crossover SUV. According to vehicle manager Mike Schmidt, the interior dimensions of the Pilot were perfect for this sort of task and I was happy to test his theory.
It turned out that the back of the Pilot was certainly wide enough for a 4-by-8 sheet of plywood, but from front to back, there was some overhang. I don't like tying down the hatch with a bungee chord, so we pushed the seats forward and perched the birch on top of the front headrests. Only then could we close the hatch. This wasn't ideal, but the trip was less than two miles and it was a much better option than strapping the wood to the roof (which has roof-rails but no tie-down points).
After a few days of cutting, gluing, nailing and staining, the table was ready to come home from the workshop. This required a few seats to be folded, but luckily the second row goes completely flat, so loading the table in wasn't a problem.
Basically, the Pilot showed off a bit of versatility and took the place of a pickup truck for the weekend, all while keeping our tools locked up in the cabin at night.
Travis Langness, Automotive Editor @ 9,960 miles