2017 Honda Pilot vs. Its Competition

2017 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 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.

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

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
The 2017 Honda Pilot is a capable, refined crossover SUV with all the goodness of a minivan, save for the sliding doors.
The 2017 Chevrolet Traverse has aged gracefully; it's still one of GM's best minivan replacements.
The 2017 Ford Explorer adds a sport appearance package and Sync 3, both of which are important to today's SUV buyers.
The restyled 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport looks sharp, inside and out. We can't help but wonder what the model could do with a slightly improved powertrain lineup.
The 2017 Nissan Pathfinder offers good space for seven in a composed, quiet environment and it manages a some decent capability for off-road duty and towing.
The Toyota Highlander gets a stronger, more responsive powertrain for 2017, but the main strengths are the ride quality, the cabin refinement, and the space for eight.
MSRP From     
Gas Mileage     
18 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 22 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy
Regular Unleaded V-6Gas V6Regular Unleaded V-6Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded V-6Regular Unleaded I-4
EPA Class     
Small SUV 2WD2WD Sport Utility VehicleStandard SUV 2WDSmall SUV 2WDSmall SUV 2WDSmall SUV 2WD
Style Name     
LX 2WDFWD 4-Door LS w/1SMBase FWD2.4L AutomaticFWD SLE I4 FWD (Natl)
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
Passenger Doors     
Body Style     
Sport UtilitySport UtilitySport UtilitySport UtilitySport UtilitySport Utility
Automatic w/ODAutomaticAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODCVT w/ODAutomatic w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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