2016 Honda Pilot vs. Its Competition

2016 Honda Pilot
Martin Padgett Martin Padgett Editorial Director

The Pilot now has a beautiful body to match its capable, relaxed road manners.

Its rivals are no slouches, either.

The Ford Explorer hits the same crossover-SUV moving target, though its interior and third-row space are inferior.

The Chevrolet Traverse is the big boy in the category here, with a well-appointed interior and good seating position, but the understyled body looks dated, and fuel economy is below average.

The Toyota Highlander is comfortable, but not much fun to drive, especially in Hybrid trim.

The Nissan Pathfinder has good space and seating flexibility, but the CVT and V-6 drone at highway speeds, and it feels as big as it looks.

Finally, the slightly smaller Hyundai Santa Fe has a more compact third-row seat and more anonymous looks, but it's fairly nimble, quick, and has a great touchscreen infotainment interface.

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Quick Specs
8.8
The 2016 Honda Pilot has axed its hard edges: it's once again a smooth, capable family wagon, one that raises the bar for refinement.
7.8
The 2016 Chevy Traverse is a smooth and comfortable alternative to the minivan or full-size SUV.
8.4
The 2016 Ford Explorer doesn't need to rely on hardcore off-road tools--not with its firm road manners, plush interiors, and choice of turbocharged power.
8.0
The 2016 Hyundai Santa Fe is geared toward big families with a strong V-6 and loads of features, but third-row seat space is slim, and safety scores are absent.
8.0
The 2016 Nissan Pathfinder lacks sporty or off-road intentions, instead offering space for seven in a composed, quiet environment.
8.2
The 2016 Toyota Highlander isn't all that exciting to look at or to drive, but it's very versatile and handsome enough to be a great minivan alternative.
MSRP From     
$30,345$28,700$31,050$24,950$29,830$30,490
Gas Mileage     
18 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 22 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy
Engine     
Regular Unleaded V-6Gas V6Regular Unleaded V-6Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded V-6Regular Unleaded I-4
EPA Class     
Small Sport Utility Vehicles 2WD2WD Sport Utility VehicleStandard Sport Utility Vehicles 2WDSmall Sport Utility Vehicles 2WDSmall Sport Utility Vehicles 2WDSmall Sport Utility Vehicles 2WD
Style Name     
2WD 4-Door LXFWD 4-Door LS w/1SMFWD 4-Door BaseFWD 4-Door 2.42WD 4-Door SFWD 4-Door I4 LE (GS)
Drivetrain     
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
887578
Passenger Doors     
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style     
Sport UtilitySport UtilitySport UtilitySport UtilitySport UtilitySport Utility
Transmission     
Automatic w/ODAutomaticAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODCVT w/ODAutomatic w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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