The SAE J1100 definition does not explain for the massive difference between the cargo volumes behind the 2nd and 1st rows, in the case of behind the 1st row, about 25 cu ft, they must be counting all the nooks and cranny in the car including cup holders and under the seats!I haven't got a chance to test drive pilot yet but I don't think I would be able to compare spaces visually that are visually close. From what I found
Cargo Volume (SAE): behind 1st row / behind 2nd row / behind 3rd row
87/46/21 cu. ft.
Cargo Volume (behind 1st-row) 87.0 cu ft2023 Honda Pilot – SUV | Honda / 111.8 cu ft2023 Honda Pilot – SUV | Honda2023 Honda Pilot – SUV | Honda
Cargo Volume (behind 2nd-row) 48.5 cu ft* / 59.5 cu ft*
Cargo Volume (behind 3rd-row) 18.6 cu ft* / 21.8 cu ft*
Cargo Volume (behind 1st-row) 87.0 cu ft* / 112.4 cu ft*
Cargo Volume (behind 2nd-row) 48.5 cu ft2023 Honda Pilot – SUV | Honda / 60.1 cu ft2023 Honda Pilot – SUV | Honda2023 Honda Pilot – SUV | Honda
Cargo Volume (behind 3rd-row) 18.6 cu ft2023 Honda Pilot – SUV | Honda / 22.4 cu ft2023 Honda Pilot – SUV | Honda2023 Honda Pilot – SUV | Honda
Seems like SAE J1100 standard plus measures volume under the lid of storage well which just SAE doesn't. Based on the number didn't change between sport and touring trim for former but did for later. So I think Pilot might have advantage if you want to use that space.
From numbers it seems like combined leg space is 1 inch lesser in Pilot than Telluride. I think Pilot is making up for space difference in interior height.
Embargo is lifting tomorrow, watching review from journalist might be helpful or taking measuring tape to dealership.
At the end of the day, the Pilot realistically increased about 2.0 Cu Ft in cargo volume behind the 3rd row seat (to 18.6 cu ft), the numbers are the same for the 1st row and second row as in the 2022 model., it still lags the segment leaders Telluride/Atlas/Traverse.