2016 Honda Pilot: Will the Luggage Fit?
by Mike Schmidt, Vehicle Testing Manager on September 13, 2016
Will the luggage fit? To answer this question, we loaded our 2016 Honda Pilot with suitcases in different configurations and took photos. For the sake of standardization, we use the same blue carry-on suitcases (21 x15x10 inches) and red checked suitcases (30x20x13 inches) every time we conduct this test.
Let's see how the Pilot fared.
Access to the cargo area
The Pilot's large, boxy design maximizes access to the cargo area. A load-floor height of 33 inches is a tad higher than some competitors but still manageable. You will need to reach 73 inches for the grab handle when the hatch is fully open, which is about the norm in this segment. The floor is 46 inches wide at the wheel wells.
The versatility of its seat configurations is what adds the most value.
Behind the 1st row
The second-row captain's chairs fold forward or flat depending upon your cargo needs. In either case, the nooks created between the seats and on either side of the headrests add a degree of protection for small or delicate items.
With all seats folded flat, the cargo capacity of the Pilot is 109.2 cubic feet. The load floor is 78 inches long from the front seatbacks to the rear door.
Behind the 2nd row
This area is configurable depending upon how you lower the third-row seats. Maximum capacity extends 47 inches from the back of the second row to the hatch opening.
Behind the 3rd row
Cargo volume behind the third row is 18.5 cubic feet and the load floor is 16.5 inches deep. It has a 60/40-split folding seatback.
You can find other cargo specs for the 2016 Honda Pilot here.
Mike Schmidt, Vehicle Testing Manager @ 18,915 miles