for what it’s worth we didn’t test fit our car seats in either the Pilot or Atlas when we test drove them but obviously that’s a good thing to do. we don’t plan on towing anything but I did install a tow hitch for a future bike rack. for what it’s worth, the V6 Pilot did really well climbing the Sierras with with 7 people and a full roof box. compared to my ‘96 Pathfinder I had for years, the Pilot is much more powerful. we weren’t in the market for anything bigger such as a Tahoe or Sequoia. our goal was a 3-row, V6, AWD with a realistically usable 3rd row below $40k.