Plenty of Room for Passengers
The engineers at Honda have done an exceptional job of providing plenty of passenger space in the 2021 Pilot. There is a full 152.9 cubic feet of passenger volume in the LX and EX trims, with 151.7 cubic feet in all other Pilot trims. This is because the EX-L, Special Edition, Touring, Elite, and Black Edition have a moonroof, which takes away just a little headroom.
The LX and EX have 40.1 inches of headroom in the first row, 40.2 inches in the second row, and 38.9 inches in the third row. The other trims have 39.5 inches of headroom in the first row, 39.9 inches in the second row, and 38.9 inches in the third row. This is a slight difference and shouldn't be noticeable to your passengers. Otherwise, all trims of the Pilot offer the same amount of legroom, shoulder room, and hip room. This is plenty of space for you and your passengers, even on long road trips.
One thing to keep in mind is that the LX, EX, EX-L, and Special Edition seat up to 8 passengers, while the Touring, Elite, and Black Edition only seat up to 7 passengers. This is because the higher trims replace the 60/40-split-bench seat with two Captain's Chairs in the second row of seats. You are trading more comfort for your passengers in exchange for the ability to accommodate one additional passenger.
Available Cargo Space
Many three-row midsize SUVs represent a compromise between passenger capacity and the ability to carry cargo. Some have a good amount of cargo space in the trunk but end up with a third-row seat that is all but unusable except for small children. In contrast, others have a roomy cabin but provide little or no space in the trunk making the SUV impractical for a long road trip with six or more passengers since there is no place to store luggage. The 2021 Honda Pilot represents the happy medium, as it provides plenty of cargo space without cramping your passengers.
The trunk can hold up to 18.5 cubic feet of cargo. This expands to 55.9 cubic feet with the third row of seats folded down. To receive the maximum cargo capacity, you can easily fold down the second and third rows to get up to 109.2 cubic feet of cargo space. This is an astounding amount that is usually seen only in full-size SUVs.
Standard Safety Features
All trims of the 2021 Honda Pilot come equipped with a full suite of standard safety features called Honda Sensing Technologies. These include a collision mitigation braking system, road departure mitigation system, adaptive cruise control, lane keeping assist, forward collision warning, lane departure warning, auto high-beam headlights, and a multi-angle rearview camera. The only safety feature that is not standard on all trims of the Pilot is a blind spot information system with cross traffic monitoring. In order to get this on your Pilot, you will need to buy an EX trim level or higher.