Roomy 2013 Pilot is award winner
It’s also appreciated that the display screen is inset a bit under a ‘‘brow’’ so sunshine doesn’t wash out the images from the rearview camera.
At 16 feet in length and 6.5 feet wide, the Pilot is nicely sized in between the competition. It’s nearly 10.5 inches shorter in length than the Flex but is a tad wider than the Pathfinder.
The Pilot doesn’t feel like an extremely long vehicle when it’s driven. The turning circle is an accommodating 37.9 feet.
Second-row passengers in the Pilot have a generous 38.5 inches of legroom, while the 32.1 inches for third-row riders can be expanded if second-row seats are moved forward a bit on their tracks.
Second- and third-row seats folded down easily in the tester, providing a maximum 87 cubic feet of cargo room, which is more cargo volume than the Pathfinder has.
All but the biggest road bumps were kept away from passengers in the tester, and the steering had a somewhat light feel.
Passengers could notice some weight shifting from one side of the vehicle to the other on curvy mountain roads.
The Pilot has a maximum towing capacity of 4,500 pounds and earned four out of five stars in government crash tests.
Consumer Reports puts the Pilot’s predicted reliability at above average.