Honda Pilot vs. Competition for Sale in North Attleboro, MA
The Honda Pilot has always been a solid choice, giving its drivers an abundance of cargo space, the latest technology, advanced active safety features, and three rows of seating every model year. While it’s popular with outdoorsy singles and busy families, Honda’s largest vehicle is not without its competition. The Chevrolet Traverse, Ford Explorer, Toyota Highlander, Hyundai Palisade, Kia Telluride, Subaru Ascent, and Mazda CX-9 all have their noteworthy attributes, too. Let’s see how they stack up against the 2021 Pilot.
One of the Pilot’s most appealing attributes is its cargo space, since it delivers a generous 109 cubic feet when the second- and third-row seats are folded down. You won’t get as much maximum cargo area in the Traverse (98.2 cu. ft.), Explorer (87.8 cu. ft.), Highlander (84.3 cu. ft.), Palisade (86.4 cu. ft.), Telluride (87 cu. ft.), Ascent (86.5 cu. ft.), or CX-9 (71.2 cu. ft.). The Pilot is eligible for a hands-free liftgate that makes stowing goods in the cargo area easier if your hands are full, but you won’t find that feature in the Ascent. The ’21 Pilot can even carry up to eight passengers, while the maximum seating capacity in the Explorer and CX-9 is seven. Better still, the Pilot has a one-touch power-folding second row for easy access to the third row. Not only can the Highlander not make the same claim, but Toyota is often called out for not making that last row of seating large enough for comfort.
Road trippers know how handy a rear-seat entertainment system can be, and the 2021 Honda Pilot Touring gets one standard. The only other vehicle in this comparison to offer a rear-seat entertainment system is the Chevrolet Traverse, but it’s an option – not standard equipment – and the trims that are eligible cost considerably more than the top-of-the-line Pilot. And those who need to pull a trailer will like to know that the ’21 Pilot can pull up to 5,000 lb., which is on par with most of the other models in this competition (the CX-9 can only handle up to 3,500 lb.).
Although the ‘21 Pilot has a brawny 3.5-liter V6 engine, it still achieves great fuel economy. With front-wheel drive, it gets 20 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway. The FWD V6 Traverse (18 city/27 highway), Palisade (19 city/26 highway), and Telluride (20 city/26 highway) are slightly less efficient in comparison. The ’21 Pilot’s engine also has a Variable Cylinder Management system that can shut off half the cylinders in order to maximize fuel economy. The Explorer’s, Ascent’s, and CX-9’s engines don’t have a cylinder deactivation function. While the Highlander and Explorer edge out the ’21 Pilot in the fuel economy department, their fuel tanks are smaller. The ’21 Pilot’s is 19.5 gallons, while the Highlander’s is 17.1 gallons and the Explorer’s is 17.9 gallons in the XLT and Limited trims (20.2 gallons in the more costly ST and Platinum trims).
The ’21 Pilot comes with a full suite of active safety features through Honda Sensing. This includes collision mitigation braking, road departure mitigation, adaptive cruise control, lane keeping assist, forward collision warning, and lane departure warning. Most of the other models in this comparison offer a similar grouping of safety aids, but they’re not standard in the Traverse.
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