I don't use them, I just step around them. We got ours for our small children to use. They work out great for them. If it's just adults or have older kids, the sidesteps or running boards aren't that useful as a step but look great and help to keep the sides free of road grime.4603pba said:Are the side steps just to look good? I tried a set out on a demo at the dealer and I found that after you step up on them, you have to bend down to get in the Pilot. Has anyone found this to be the case?