2018 Honda Pilot vs. Its Competition

2018 Honda Pilot
Martin Padgett Martin Padgett Editorial Director

The Pilot now has a handsome shape to match its capable, relaxed road manners.

Its rivals are no slouches, either.

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.

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

The Chevrolet Traverse has a smart new look and a strong V-6 powertrain.

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 2018 Honda Pilot ranks among the very best three-row crossover SUVs; it’s all about the packaging.
A new powertrain and crisp (but conservative) styling mean the Traverse is once again a contender in the three-row crossover race.
The 2018 Ford Explorer has pulled off a graceful transition from clumsy off-roader to genteel family wagon.
The 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport still does what good crossover SUVs do best: it delivers flexible space, decent performance, and great value.
The 2018 Nissan Pathfinder should be on the list for shoppers looking for a large crossover. The Pathfinder is highly functional, but not entirely interesting.
The 2018 Toyota Highlander delivers much of what families want in a three-row crossover at a reasonable price; the Highlander Hybrid is icing on the cake.
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Gas Mileage     
18 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 27 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 2WDSport Utility VehiclesStandard SUV 2WDSmall SUV 2WDSmall SUV 2WDSmall SUV 2WD
Style Name     
LX 2WDFWD 4-Door L w/1L0Base 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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