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Default 2009 Honda Pilot: Interior

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The interior of the Honda Pilot is designed to provide a comfortable experience for all passengers in business class style. For 2009, the key areas of improvement concentrate on increasing spaciousness, knee room, general comfort and accessibility while maintaining the optimal mid-size SUV exterior. The design goal of the interior was to create best-in-class functionality that truly sets it apart from the competitive set. A 2.9-inch longer and 1.0-inch-wider exterior contributes to an additional 4.1 cubic feet of space inside (EX-L), with much of that space resulting in greater practicality for the 2nd row, 3rd row and cargo area. Some of the latest technology and features from Honda culminate in a new Touring edition that includes the newest generation of the Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System™, Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink™ mobile phone connectivity, available DVD entertainment system with DTS surround sound, a power tailgate and more. A rearview camera is standard on the Pilot EX-L and Pilot Touring models.

Styling-wise, a functional, strong and intelligent design theme emanates from a massive-looking, wide center stack using clean, crisp lines and a combination of richly textured surfaces. The instrument panel intelligently organizes switchgear into zones for audio, climate controls and navigation (if equipped). An interface dial, similar to the one used in the Honda Accord, is used to control the navigation system on the Pilot Touring.

Interior Summary

  • Eight-passenger seating with improved comfort and more practical cargo utilization

  • Enhanced appearance with high quality materials and well-organized storage areas

  • Total interior volume up by 4.1 cubic feet to 174.5 cubic feet

  • Leg room up by 1.1 inches in second row, 1.9 inches in third row

  • Third-row seating more spacious and can better accommodate adult-sized occupants

  • Cargo area behind third row holds larger items like medium-sized coolers and strollers

  • Available premium features include the latest Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System technology and DVD video playback with surround sound

Interior Key Dimensions, 2009 Pilot vs. 2008 Pilot

2009 Pilot 2008 Pilot Change from 2008
Passenger Volume

LX/EX-L (cu-ft.)
153.7 / 152.7 153.0 / 148.5 +0.7 / +4.2
Cargo Volume behind 1st/2nd/3rd rows (cu-ft.) 87.0 / 47.7 / 20.8* 87.6 / 47.6 / 17.4 -0.6 / +0.1 / +3.4
Headroom LX, EX

EX-L, Touring
40.0 / 39.8 / 38.2

39.3 / 39.8 / 38.2
41.9 / 40.1 / 38.6

39.5 / 39.1 / 38.6
-1.9 / -0.3 / -0.4

-0.2 / +0.7 / -0.4
Shoulder Room

61.5 / 62.2 / 58.9 61.6 / 61.4 / 59.7 -0.1 / +0.8 / -0.8
Hip Room 1st/2nd/3rd rows (in.) 58.6 / 56.9 / 48.4 57.5 / 56.6 / 49.0 +1.1 / +0.3 / -0.6
Legroom 1st/2nd/3rd (in.) 41.4 / 38.5 / 32.1 41.4 / 37.4 / 30.2 0.0 / +1.1 / +1.9
Center Console Storage (cu-ft.) 0.53 0.36 + 0.17

* Includes 2.8 cu-ft. inside the underfloor hidden storage well (2008 model =1.5 cu-ft.). The underfloor storage well can be fully combined with the above-floor storage by securing the cargo lid to the third row seatback.

New Interior Features

  • Instrument panel-mounted shifter

  • Tilt and telescopic steering wheel

  • Auxiliary audio input

  • Humidity control (as part of standard A/C)

  • Radio Data System (RDS)

  • Rearview camera (EX-L and Touring)

  • Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink® (Touring)

  • Driver's seat power lumbar support (EX, EX-L and Touring)

  • USB jack for iPod and MP3 playback (Touring)

  • Honda DVD Rear Entertainment System (RES) with DTS Surround Sound (available EX-L, Touring)

  • Standard 7-speaker audio system with subwoofer, available 10-speaker audio system (standard with RES)

Interior Styling

Honda designers used the three-dimensionally beveled lines of an ultra-rugged laptop computer as inspiration for the active and intelligent design theme. The concept provided the basis for the Pilot's unique blend of sporty, functional and fun interior and exterior design elements. In keeping with conventional Honda design philosophy of "man maximum, machine minimum," Honda designers sought to provide Pilot owners with the largest possible interior space while optimizing the exterior size for improved driveability, garageability and efficiency. Like all Honda vehicles, the Pilot interior is designed with world-class levels of refinement, comfort and ease-of-use (ergonomics). Controls are designed to be simple and functional with minimal complexity. Gauges, switches and warning lights are carefully positioned and well labeled for intuitive use. Every aspect of the vehicle's interior is optimized to provide an enjoyable and relaxing driving experience.

Clever Storage and Packaging

Flexible SUV cargo carrying capability is highlighted by 60/40 split second and third row bench seats that fold flat into the floor. Clever and thoughtful storage areas throughout instrument panel, center console and doors provide convenient access for items as small as sunglasses and mobile phones to larger items like purses and beverage containers of varied sizes. The extra large center console, which is up to two times larger by volume than most consoles in the segment, provides generous space for personal items.

The Pilot provides four Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children (LATCH) positions - whereas most vehicles in the segment can attach only two. The cargo area behind the third row has 25 percent more space so large items like a medium-sized cooler or a collapsed baby stroller can easily fit inside without having to fold the seat.

Versatile and Accommodating Eight-Passenger Seating

For maximum versatility, the Pilot is equipped with three rows of seats - two front bucket seats and two rows of three-person bench seats. The second- and third-row seats are split 60/40 and can be individually folded flat in one simple motion to handle anywhere from one to eight occupants and a variety of cargo shapes. The Pilot's seats are designed to provide every occupant with a commanding outside view, comfortable seating position, and easy vehicle ingress and egress. The first and second-row seats are designed to fit occupants up to a 99th percentile adult male. The third row is optimized to accommodate a 95th percentile adult male.

First and second row outboard seats feature height adjustable seatbelt anchors. Second- and third-row seats utilize ceiling-mounted retractable shoulder belts in the center seating position. When in use, the shoulder belt attaches to a special receiver in the lap belt anchor. When not in use, the shoulder belt retracts snugly into a special ceiling fixture, providing for an open and unobstructed cargo space when the seats are not in use.

To ensure a high level of visibility and comfort for all passengers, the Pilot features theater-style second- and third-row seats and a large, glassy greenhouse with excellent outward visibility (273 degrees). Paying special attention to the comfort of third-row passengers, the third-row seats are approximately two inches higher than the first-row seats to allow for excellent forward visibility and a comfortable seating position. Second-row seats are raised about one-half inch over the front row for improved visibility.

First Row Seating

The first row seats are designed for optimal space and quality. The driver and front-seat passenger sit in bucket seats with six-way manual adjustments (LX), adjustable active head restraints and three-point seatbelts with adjustable B-pillar anchors. All seats are designed to provide long-distance driving comfort with an excellent balance of driver comfort and enveloping feeling while maintaining good vehicle ingress and egress. In keeping with the vehicle's stuff-able storage capabilities, the front seat backs feature cargo pockets.

Pilot EX, EX-L and Touring models add an eight-way power adjustable driver's seat with power lumbar support. Pilot EX-L and Touring models, which feature leather-trimmed first- and second-row seating surfaces, door panels and a matching vinyl third-row seat, also add a four-way power adjustable front passenger's seat. The Pilot Touring provides an additional sliding storage bin under the front passenger seat.

Second Row Seating

The second row seats are designed to be adaptable and comfortable. The three-person, second-row seat features two separate sections split 60/40 with individual fold-flat capability. Each section slides back and forth by approximately three inches to allow for more cargo space or more legroom. Three-point seatbelts with automatic tensioners, adjustable head restraints and three LATCH system child seat attachment points are provided for all three seating positions. Second-row seatbacks can recline via a lever on each seat's upper bolster.

For 2009, the second row "walk-thru" opening is between 2.6 inches longer (top) and 1.8 inches longer (bottom) to make ingress and egress even more convenient. The second row center armrest, positioned higher off the seat for better comfort, provides two beverage holders and a tray to hold small items. Second row legroom measures 38.5 inches, up 1.1 inches from 37.4 inches in the 2008 Pilot.

To fold the second row seat flat for cargo hauling, the user simply lifts up on a lever located on the upper portion of the outboard seat bolster. A linkage automatically cantilevers the bottom seat cushion both down and forward as the seat back is folded down to create a flat load floor for optimal cargo carrying utility. The head restraints do not have to be removed to fold the seats flat.

Third Row Seating

More spacious for 2009, the three-person, third-row bench seat features a 60/40 split with recline and fold-flat capabilities. Third row legroom measures 32.1 inches, up 1.9 inches compared to the 2008 Pilot. Knee room also increased by moving the seat's hip point higher by 0.6 inches and rearward by 2.0 inches. This additional space provides sufficient knee room for a 95th percentile adult male (an above-average-size person) to sit comfortably. Expanded cargo room behind the seats allows the third row to be used in greater variety of people and cargo situations, as opposed to the less desirable people or cargo situations.

The rear seats are also easier to enter and exit compared to the previous model with larger walk-thru openings (up to 2.6 inches wider than the 2008 Pilot) and newly added 3rd row grab handles located on the C-pillar. The increased walk-thru openings are made possible by the 2.9-inch longer wheelbase. Third row air vents have also been added for 2009, which can help reduce rear seat cool-down time by as much as 25 percent.

Levers on the seat bolster allow for simple, one-step, transformation of seats from the side doors or rear tailgate opening. Head restraints and three-point seatbelts are also provided in all seating positions. New for 2009, the head restraints do not need to be removed for the seat to be folded flat.

Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children (LATCH) System

Up to four child seats can be installed using the Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children LATCH system. The second-row seats (all three positions) and one outboard position in the third row (on the passenger side) feature the LATCH system with its easy-to-use tethers affixed between the seatback and seat bottom. The third row LATCH position is placed on the 40 percent side of the 60/40 seat so that the cargo area can be better utilized, if needed. The LATCH system, when used in conjunction with compatible child seats, eliminates the need to secure the seat using the vehicle's seatbelts. (See the safety section for additional LATCH information.)

Cargo Hauling Capabilities

The Pilot is designed to provide the most versatile cargo hauling capacity in its class with the unique capability to allow loading of four-foot wide items, like plywood sheets, between the wheel wells with no tilting of items or scraping of interior surfaces. With its two rows of 60/40 split fold-flat seats, the Pilot is easily reconfigured to handle anywhere from one to eight occupants and a wide variety of cargo. Longer items can be stored down either side of the vehicle while maintaining two to four occupant seating capability. In full cargo mode (all second and third row seats flat), the Pilot provides 87.0 cubic feet of storage capacity. The rear cargo floor has four separate tie-down points to secure loose items.

When the second-row seats are in use, there is still 47.7 cu-ft. of space available, more than three times that of a full size car's trunk. And if it's necessary to use all three rows of seats for passengers, the Pilot still provides up to 20.8 cubic feet of space behind the third-row seat (lid open to utilize the 2.8 cu-ft. underfloor storage zone). The floor of the rear cargo area has large enough dimensions for a medium-size cooler, or a collapsed baby stroller, or a full set of golf clubs.

A 2.8-cubic-foot underfloor storage area exists behind the third row (+1.3 cubic feet compared to the 2008 model). The lid of the underfloor storage area opens flush against the back of the third row seat and locks in place. The open lid creates an extra deep well and provides access to five grocery bag hooks. Once open, a cargo net (standard equipment) can then be attached across the upper portion of the lid to create a second tier of storage. Access to the rear cargo area is enhanced with lift-up glass hatch in the tailgate, a new feature for 2009. A power tailgate is standard on the Pilot Touring.

Another new feature is an integrated storage box located in the driver's side wall of the cargo area. It's large enough to accommodate such items as a one gallon container of windshield washer fluid, an ice scraper or a roadside assistance kit.

Instrument Panel and Gauge Cluster

The instrument panel is divided into three specific regions - the driver's zone, the information center, and the utility zone. Frequently used systems like the audio and climate controls have switches conveniently positioned within logical zones near the steering wheel. For 2009, an instrument panel-mounted gear selector replaces the column-style gear selector. On the Pilot Touring, an Interface Dial operates the audio system and the navigation system.

Driver's Zone

To put the Pilot's various systems under the clear control of the driver, the gauge cluster provides analog instrumentation supplemented with digital and graphic displays. The analog speedometer, tachometer, fuel meter and engine temperature gauge are fashioned to provide a three-dimensional floating appearance. The gauges are front-lit with LED lights. The Maintenance Minder™ system also alerts the driver of upcoming maintenance needs via either the information display or multi information display.

Information Display (LX, EX, EX-L)

Pilot LX, EX and EX-L models receive an LCD information display below the speedometer, which includes the following features: odometer; dual trip meters; trip computer with instant fuel economy, average fuel economy A/B and range (miles to empty); glass-hatch open indicator, TPMS indicator and outside temperature display.

Programmable Multi Information Display (Touring)

The Pilot Touring has a dot matrix Multi Information Display (MID) that interfaces with that model's more advanced, programmable features. In addition to the trip computer, the MID includes: TPMS display with individual tire pressures, HandsFreeLink information, compass, keyless memory settings, parking sensor display and glass-hatch open indicator.

Information Zone

As the vehicle's information center, the center panel has been carefully designed for maximum visibility and ease of use. Its large central display is mounted at the top of the center stack for easier visibility, and the switches are mounted lower for easier reach. Most components are flush mounted with high-grade materials for an upscale appearance and feel.

The center display provides an important advancement in usability and convenience. Its easy-to-see location at the top of the instrument stack allows the driver to quickly see information. The three-line display shows clock, compass and audio system information (mode, track, time information for XM, RDS, CD and MP3). Temperature readouts for the tri-zone automatic climate control are included in the Pilot EX, EX-L and Touring.

Underneath the center display are two adjustable HVAC vents, the emergency flasher switch and a passenger-airbag off light. Below the vents are the HVAC controls. Audio-system controls are located in a separate row and feature larger switches that are easier to identify at a glance. Near the middle of the center panel, Pilot LX, EX and EX-L models have easily accessible volume knob and tuning knobs.

Utility Zone

The utility zone is located on the passenger side of the instrument panel. A large lighted and locking glove box measures 6.4 liters. Just above the glove box is a three-segment storage tray. The tray is an ideal space to store small items for convenient access while traveling.

Automatic Dimming Rear View Mirror with Backup Camera Display (EX-L)

As an enhancement to rear visibility, the Pilot EX-L is exclusively equipped with a 2.5-inch LCD display in the rearview mirror that shows live video from the rear of the vehicle when the gear selector is in reverse. (The video from rearview camera on the Pilot Touring is shown on the navigation display.)

Multi-Function Center Console

A truly innovative and useful interior design is highlighted by the Pilot's multi-function center console. For 2009, the 0.53 cubic foot storage bin has 47 percent more volume for enhanced functionality and a new level of connectivity. Whereas most vehicles in this segment have the gear shift lever located in the console, the Pilot's gear shift lever is intelligently located on the instrument panel to further enhance the capacity and function of the center console.

The console features a large, covered deep storage bin in the rear to hold large items including music CD or DVDs- it is even large enough to hold a conventional square box of tissues. The rear-hinged cover opens upward. Inside is a standard auxiliary input jack for the audio system and a 12-volt auxiliary outlet.

The Pilot Touring adds a 115-volt outlet (100 Watts) and a USB connectivity port in this location for Apple iPod®* and iPhone®, or removable "memory stick" mass storage devices containing WMA or MP3 format music. The Touring's115-volt, 100-watt outlet is positioned inside the center console to provide power for a video game console, laptop computer or other small electronic device.

(*5th generation or later Apple iPod or 2nd generation or later iPod Nano®. The USB audio interface is used for direct connection to and control of some current digital audio players and other USB devices that contain MP3, WMA or AAC music files. Sume USB devices with security software and digital rights-protected files may not work. Please see a Honda dealer for details on compatibility.)

Just ahead of the rear bin is a smaller and dividable space for storing personal items like a wallet, mobile phones and PDAs. In front of the small personal item space is a beverage holder with room for two containers that can hold drinks as large as 44 ounces side-by-side. Built into the console is a toll way-friendly coin storage area that can hold up to 18 quarters. A large tambour door scrolls from the front of the console backward to conceal personal items, which also creates a convenient flat surface to rest a purse or backpack.

The console also incorporates separate temperature, fan and vent controls for the rear passengers along with upper air conditioning vents (fresh or cooled air) and lower heat vents for improved airflow and comfort for second- and third-row passengers.

Additional Storage Capacity

Occupants of second- and third-row seats also have their own special storage solutions. Front row seatbacks also have netted storage compartments for use by second-row passengers. Both rear doors feature large storage compartments and new mid pockets for personal storage modules. Each rear door provides two beverage holders.

Third-row passengers have access to four beverage holders. In addition, two outboard armrests have been added. The left armrest incorporates a hidden storage area with a lid, the right armrest provides a side storage area underneath the elbow pad. Two grab handles are located on the C-Pillar to support easier vehicle entry and exit.

The rear cargo area has a 12-volt power outlet and a spacious storage box on the left-hand side large enough to hold a 1 gallon jug of windshield washer fluid. The rear cargo floor also has tie-down anchors to secure loose items.

The Pilot features a 2.8-cubic foot covered cargo area built into the rear cargo floor behind the third-row seat. When open, the lid rests flush against the upright third row seats and creates a deep storage well. The inside of the lid has a strap that connects to the third row seat to secure it in the upright position. The inside of the lid also has five grocery bag hooks, plus a standard net system that creates a second level of storage in the cargo area. The third row seatback also has three grocery bag hooks on the seatback. When the cargo lid is raised, the third row seatback grocery bag hooks are not accessible. Pilot LX, EX and EX-L have additional hooks on each rear side panel; the Pilot Touring has an additional hook on the passenger side only.

Tilt and Telescope Steering Wheel with Integrated Controls

The steering wheel is designed to provide a confident, secure feel with its large diameter grip and ergonomically contoured surfaces. Standard features on every steering wheel include manual tilt and telescope capability which helps accommodate drivers of various heights more comfortably; cruise control buttons for set, resume, cancel and main; and Pilot EX and above models provide audio control buttons for volume, channel and mode. Pilot Touring models also provide buttons for voice activation of the Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System, multi-information display interface and Bluetooth HandsFreeLink telephone system. Turns lock-to-lock measure 3.69 rotations.

Air Conditioning with Air Filtration System

The primary heating, air conditioning and ventilation (HVAC) controls are located on one easy-to-use panel in the center instrument console and include individual controls for temperature, fan speed, vent selection (center, floor and defogger vents), rear electric defogger and fresh or recirculated air. Independent control of the rear HVAC unit is standard. To maximize passenger comfort, the Pilot LX features a front and rear air conditioning system with air filtration. The controls for the rear zone are conveniently located on the rear of the front console.

The Pilot EX, EX-L and Touring models add tri-zone automatic climate controls that maintain a user-selected temperature. The tri-zone automatic climate control allows the driver, front passenger and rear zone to be set to different temperatures. Rear zone controls on EX, EX-L and Touring models, conveniently positioned on the rear of the center console, provide an LCD display with automatic temperature mode and fan speed controls. The Pilot Touring climate control system benefits from GPS-linked, solar-sensing technology. Based on its continuously updated vehicle position information, the navigation system determines the position of the sun relative to the driver and passenger.

When in AUTO mode, this information is combined with input from the solar sensor located on top of the instrument panel to automatically adjust the temperature from side to side as needed to compensate for asymmetrical solar heating.

To provide greater driving range while maintaining a comfortable interior climate, the Pilot has improved air conditioner efficiency. By partially mixing cool cabin air with fresh air in the blower, the amount of compressor operation can be reduced by up to 40-percent compared to operating exclusively on exterior air. Over the course of a tank of fuel, this partial recirculation mode can extend fuel economy by as much as 4-percent.

Humidity Control System

To help avoid window fogging situations, the Pilot's climate control system has a cabin humidity control system. This new control system provides greater passenger comfort and minimizes the time the air conditioning runs. When set to operate in AUTO mode, a temperature and humidity sensor located in the front of the passenger cabin monitors the interior climate. If the system determines that there is a low probability of window fogging, it maintains a comfortable humidity level of around 20-percent.

If the system determines that potential window fogging conditions exist, it changes the climate control parameters to help keep the windows clear. In these situations, the air conditioning system is set to MAX, the air outlet mode is switched to HEAT/DEF and the fan speed is gradually increased to reduce the chances of window fogging.


First row convenience lighting includes two ceiling-mounted map/reading lights, ambient overhead console lighting, a lighted glove box and two courtesy lights (puddle lights) mounted on the lower portion of the front doors. Driver and front seat passenger window controls are also illuminated for night use.

Four additional map/reading lights are integrated into the second- and third-row headliner and are activated by depressing the lenses themselves. This simple and easy-to-use design is exclusive to Pilot and has a patent pending. The grab handles are also designed to accommodate hangers for carrying clothing. A light in the rear liftgate provides downward illumination for the cargo area and ground at the rear of the vehicle when the liftgate is raised. The interior lights turn on automatically when the vehicle is unlocked or a door is opened. The lights will remain on for 30 seconds or until after the doors are closed, at which time they will fade gradually to full off. This feature is programmable on the Pilot Touring.

AM/FM/CD Audio System with Seven Speakers including Subwoofer (Pilot LX, EX and EX-L)

The Pilot LX comes with a 135 watt AM/FM stereo and in-dash, single-disc CD player with seven speakers including a subwoofer. An auxiliary audio input jack is standard equipment on all vehicles. Every system can play CD, CD-R/RW, CD-Text, and MP3/WMA discs. The Pilot EX and EX-L upgrade to a 155-watt amplifier and add an internal 6-disc changer.

All systems feature twelve FM and six AM presets; treble, bass, subwoofer fade and balance controls; and automatic search capabilities. To make a high-quality audio connection simple for owners who have personal music players, there is an easily accessible auxiliary input jack with a nearby 12-volt power outlet located in the center console.

The audio systems' displays are compatible with the Radio Data System (RDS) which provides supplemental programming information on the display (from participating radio stations) while also offering search-by-genre capabilities. Embedded text information on compatible CDs can also be displayed.

The audio system has large-format controls that make the audio system easy to operate. The audio system integrates with the vehicle's Active Noise Cancellation (ANC) system to minimize certain frequencies associated with cylinder deactivation.

The instrument panel has a 1.5-inch soft-dome tweeter positioned on each side. Mid/low-range 6.5-inch dual thickness polypropylene-cone speakers are positioned in each door, and an 8-inch subwoofer is located in a special tuned enclosure in the sidewall of the cargo compartment. Speed-sensitive Volume Control (SVC) automatically adjusts as road speed increases to maintain a clear and comfortable sound level. The amount of compensation can be set to three different levels or turned off completely. The Pilot's FM radio antenna is built into the rear side glass with an antenna amplifier. The XM antenna mounted onto the roof and has a low profile for a clean appearance.

Steering wheel-mounted control buttons located on the left side of the steering wheel provide volume, mode and channel control (EX, EX-L and Touring models). The driver can change volume and toggle through radio channel presets or CD tracks.

EX models equipped with a Honda DVD Entertainment System incorporate additional controls that allow for the selection of separate front and rear audio channels (see DVD Entertainment System below).

10-Speaker Premium Sound System with 6-CD Changer

The Pilot EX-L equipped with the available DVD Rear Entertainment System and Touring models also include an enhanced audio system with 512 watts and 10 speakers. Like the Pilot's standard sound system, the Premium Sound System is remarkably versatile. The 6-disc in-dash changer can play CD, CD-R/RW, CD-Text, and MP3/WMA discs. The system also includes AM, FM and XM® Satellite Radio. It's easy to connect a personal music player to the system via an auxiliary input jack. The auxiliary input jack, along with nearby 12-volt power outlet, is located inside the rear portion of the center console. For optimum sound regardless of vehicle speed, the system includes user-selectable automatic speed-sensitive volume control.

Honda DVD Rear Entertainment System (Available Pilot EX-L and Touring)

Available on Pilot EX-L and Touring models, the Honda DVD Rear Entertainment System (RES) that features a rear display screen for on-the-road entertainment for the second- and third-row passengers. With a large 9-inch (diagonal) flip-down Thin Film Transistor (TFT) screen mounted in an overhead console, the system provides Audio plays through the speakers in Dolby Digital surround sound via two wireless Personal Surround headphones and through three audio jacks. In DVD playback mode, the system provides a total of six discrete audio channels. Large-format controls make the system simple and intuitive to operate. A prominent display below the center instrument panel vents shows the current audio system status at all times.

The system also includes a separate LCD control screen that makes operation clear and intuitive. An AUX input jack in rear of the center console is provided for video game play or other inputs. A 115-volt, 100-watt outlet is positioned inside the center console to provide power for a video game console, laptop computer or other small electronic device. Besides video programming, the system also plays the full range of audio content available from the audio system, complete with on-screen information. The RES can also operate independently, in most cases allowing the rear passengers to enjoy one type of programming using headphones, while the front passengers listen to another through the vehicle's front speakers.

The Rear Entertainment System main controls and DVD player are built into the center section of the instrument panel, just below the audio system. An illuminated and removable, wireless remote control is also positioned in the overhead console for easy operation by second- and third-row passengers.

XM Satellite Radio

The Pilot EX, EX-L and Touring audio systems include XM® Satellite Radio, which provides more than 170 channels of digital program material and near-CD quality sound. Informational text on the programming appears on the audio system display. XM® Satellite Radio offers virtually uninterrupted coverage of the 48 contiguous states and coast-to-coast signal coverage to the densely populated regions of Canada; service for Alaska and Hawaii is not available at this time. Three months of complimentary XM® Satellite Radio service is provided starting on the purchase date of a new vehicle. After the complimentary period, XM® Satellite Radio requires a monthly subscription.

Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System with Voice Activation, Off-Road Tracking and Rear View Camera

The Pilot Touring is equipped with the latest generation Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System with Voice Recognition™ Off-Road Tracking and Rear View Camera. This highly capable system is similar to the available unit in the Accord, and is designed for intuitive and quick operation.

Feature Summary

  • 8-inch screen for clear viewing

  • Interface Dial is centrally located to provide simple control of system and is accessible to driver and front seat passenger

  • Voice recognition function with 832 commands allows control of most audio, climate and navigation features

  • Voice recognition system recognizes city and street names as spoken words

  • Seven million points of interest are stored on an updatable DVD

  • Business and recreation phone directory for the continental United States

  • Audio system automatically mutes for turn-by-turn voice guidance in either male or female voice (which can be turned off at any time)

  • Destination memory includes current trip addresses, previous destinations, a stored "home" location, selecting locations on the map and user address books

  • Directory categories include restaurants (searchable by type of cuisine), lodging, shopping, airports, hospitals, recreation areas and more

  • Zagat Survey® restaurant guide provides detailed information and reviews on select restaurants in database, which can be read on-screen or spoken over the audio system by a synthesized voice

  • Split-screen mode features a simultaneous "map view" and selective "3-D" route visualization showing details of your next turn

  • Make calls to on-screen points of interest with Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink®

  • User selectable day/night screen or display off modes and automatic screen brightness control

  • Trip routing can include up to five user-chosen way points

  • Trip routing can avoid user-selected areas

  • Exit list shows which businesses are available at a given highway exit

  • On-screen picture of highway interchanges indicates lanes to use to stay on route

System Operation

Based on positioning data from up to 12 orbiting Global Positioning Satellites (GPS), the Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System locates the vehicle's position. If the GPS antenna is blocked by a tunnel, tall building or parking garage, an internal gyroscopic system and a speed sensor track the location of the vehicle to help keep the mapping information current and reliable until satellite reception is restored. A DVD database is located in the system's ECU. Updated DVD data discs are available on an annual basis on-line or by calling a toll-free number. The navigation system can be controlled by voice, or by the multifunctional Interface Dial. For voice operation, the driver simply presses the "Talk" button on the steering wheel and says any of a number of preset command phrases. The system responds to 832 command phrases, as well as to spoken city and street names. Sophisticated voice recognition technology allows the driver to simply speak city and street names aloud, and the system responds by displaying matches from the available database.

When the "Talk" button is pressed, the audio system is automatically muted, and an overhead microphone receives the command from the driver. Commands can be given in plain English, like "Display gas stations," "Find nearest hospital," or "Find nearest Chinese restaurant." You can choose to display points of interest on the map (like restaurants, or ATMs, for example), or have the system provide turn-by-turn navigation - all by voice. The extensive point-of-interest database includes phone numbers that can be dialed by using the Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink® system and the driver's compatible Bluetooth® cell phone.

The navigation system can also be controlled via the multifunctional Interface Dial by choosing menu options or spelling out a word (e.g., an address, business name or place) using the multifunctional Interface Dial much like a computer mouse to select characters from an on-screen keypad. The Pilot navigation system also has the ability to track vehicle position in areas not covered by DVD map data by means of dots on the screen - especially helpful when driving off-road.

Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink® Wireless Mobile Telephone Interface

The Pilot Touring includes the Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink® wireless telephone interface for use with compatible phones. Designed to work with many Bluetooth®-enabled mobile phones (sold separately), Bluetooth is a radio frequency-based cable replacement technology that lets portable devices like mobile phones, laptops, PDAs, and other devices communicate wirelessly. Bluetooth®-enabled cell phones that have the Hands Free Profile (HFP) are compatible with the system. After a one-time "pairing" process, the vehicle can communicate wirelessly and securely with the driver's cell phone when it is within approximately 10 feet of the vehicle. The phone must be on, but can be stored anywhere inside the cabin - even in a pocket, briefcase or purse.

Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink® boosts convenience by allowing the driver to send or answer calls without taking hands from the steering wheel. The number of the incoming caller is displayed on the Multi-Information Display (MID) located in the instrument cluster and a ring tone is played over the audio system. A press of the steering wheel-mounted "Pick up" button mutes the audio system and the incoming caller can be heard over the audio system speakers. A microphone in the overhead console picks up the driver's voice and algorithms built into the system cancel "echo effect" to reduce background noise and improve the transmission quality of the driver's speech. Using fingertip controls mounted on the steering wheel to activate the system, phone calls can be sent hands-free by dialing the number by voice.

Up to 50 names with one number per name can be stored with voice tags in the system's Voice Tag Phonebook. For users with large phonebooks in their mobile phone memory, the available navigation system, working in conjunction with Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink®, can import up to 1000 names with 10 phone numbers per name. Up to six different compatible mobile phones can be paired with the Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink® system at one time. Additional information can be found at or

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