2016 Honda Pilot: from hate to love

Here's my review on the 2016 Honda Pilot. It started out as a weekend away but ended up with me buying a car and getting a Christmas card.

As some of you may know, I love my Honda CRV. If I won the lottery I would probably buy some kind of fast sports car for my husband and another CRV myself – it’s how I roll, son.

So the gang at Honda asked me if I’d like to have a family weekend at a cottage resort highlighting all the new Honda products called “Camp Honda.” They also said they would loan me a new 2016 Pilot to drive me and my family up in. Er, okay, I think I can swing that. (High kick, yes!)

So they drop the car off and it’s lovely. Of course they loan me the model with all the bells and whistles so my 2004 CRV that smells of stale french fries and spilled coffee looks extra tired next to this ‘new girl with big tits’ at school.

Now, we need a new car and my plan was to get an Odyssey (here’s my review on it). All that kid stuff is taking up waaay more space than I currently have – hockey gear, bigger clothes, bikes, eight million dollars in Lego, not to mention that the boys are in booster seats so if a fifth person needs to be in the car (like my mom or one of the boys’ friends) they have to squish in between them and it’s way too tight.

At first I discounted the Pilot because I didn’t think it would have enough room in the way back, but taking a look at it with the third row of seats down, it was way bigger than my CRV. Plus, I would only be using that third row occasionally so I could always leave them stowed if I needed the space.

So I jump in the car to pick the boys up from school. Everything in it is really nice. This is when most people would tell you about horsepower and crap. I have no idea. When I hit the gas it went fast – that’s the extent of my feedback there. However, I just felt very small in it which made the ride really awful for me. I drove around like this for three days thinking, “everything in this car is so fucking amazing, I just which it didn’t make me feel like a garden gnome. If only I could raise the seat up or something. Wait a minute. What does this button do?” Wahhaaaaaaaa! I can see! I feel like a grown up again! Perfect car!!! Why did I doubt you?!

And the true love affair began.


  • It’s bigger than my CRV and can therefore fit us plus crap.
  • I personally like the new look because it’s less boxy (some people hate it).
  • It has seating for 7 (I think the other models are even seating for 8 so you could have a row of three car seats AND fit people in the way back without driving a bus.)
  • The model I had has the entertainment system so I can listen to my music with all the foul lyrics while the boys watch Despicable Me.
  • It warns you if someone is in your blind spot when you go to change lanes.
  • It has something called Collision Mitigation Braking System which should have just been called “Bitch, brake!!!” because it warns you if you are going to slam into the back of someone and brakes for you if you’re still being clueless.
  • It also has Lane Departure Warning. So if you’re driving along and start to drift out of your lane the steering wheel trembles a bit to say “hey, wake up, Bud.” It also made me aware that I drive a bit like Ernest Hemingway on a bad day.
  • It will be awesome in the snow.
  • If you’re a minivan hater you’ll like the sporty look with the space.


  • If you’re short you need to raise the seat up (I know, you’re welcome).
  • If you have three or more kids, don’t get a model that has captain’s seats because you’ll have to put one kid in the way back which will suck up ALL your trunk space.
  • The side doors open instead of slide like a minivan. I LOVED this feature when I drove the Odyssey because I never had to worry about the boys dinging cars next to us when they got out.
  • It’s pretty expensive. Honda’s aren’t cheap and this one add up quickly when you start start adding features. I’m not sure what would be in the same camp as these though so maybe you’re getting a lot of bang for your buck compared to cars in the same category.

All that said, I loved it so much that I’m getting one instead of the minivan that I’ve coveted for so many years. Of course I don’t have it yet because the model I want with the colour and interior has to be whittled by pixies somewhere but I’m still excited!

As for the weekend, it really was amazing and nothing makes me happier than a brand I love inviting me to something kick ass because I don’t feel like a whore if I decide to write about it.

Here are all the pictures. And feel free to ask me questions about anything (except fuel economy, torque, fuel injection and other crap I don’t understand.)

P.S. There are captions on all the photos but for some reason they don’t show up on my phone (only my desktop) so sorry if you’re missing out.

Honda Canada loaned me a Pilot to drive for the week and had me and my family up to the Windermere Resort in Muskoka for Dorito consumption. All my opinions are my own especially because I had to give the car back.

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  • If you had littles in rear facing car seats, would you still pick the Pilot over the Odyssey? I am thisclose to convincing my husband that we need the Odyssey so I’m going to have to make sure he doesn’t see the Pilot!

  • If I wasn’t interested in getting this car at some point, I wouldn’t read the rest of this article. I got to this sentence and it completed my day. Yes, at 10:30am. You win the internet today! "new girl with big tits at school."

  • I am clearly doing something wrong, as companies keep not calling me for these kinds of things. Looks like it was lovely all around!

  • Amy, I’ve been loving this Pilot since the moment it was first revealed! I got the chance to really sit and inspect one a couple of weeks ago and saw the second rear view mirror to see the back seat with. Did yours have that, and was it as useful as I feel it would be??

  • Hi Amy – I too am a CRV ‘lover’. I currently have a 2014 model and just love it … it would take a lot for me to switch to ANYTHING other than my CRV. I don’t have kids, or dogs, or cats to haul around … maybe the odd luggage, grocery bags or crap I take to dump off at Dollywood. The Honda Pilot looks really stylish and sure trumps a mini-van. I think if Wifi was added the kids would really enjoy long trips. Anything ‘Honda’ you know is reliable! Leanne

  • Ok, 1) you are so amazing and loved that Honda called you! Awesome!
    2) I thought the firs tpic of you on the boat was the inside of the Pilot, and I was like, oh, she is not kidding about storage space!
    3) Use that as a Christmad card pic. Not all of your family follows your blog, right? I feel like blog is a terrible word to describe this… world? Universe? The Magical Amy Morrison Land?
    I really like the new Pilot. Sucks that it came out after I chose another car and said "the pilot is too boxy!" They must’ve heard me 🙂

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