2021 Honda Pilot vs. Its Competition

2021 Honda Pilot
Martin Padgett Martin Padgett Editorial Director

The Ford Explorer is new for 2020.

It’s bigger compared to rivals, but so is its price tag.

The Telluride and Palisade are mechanically related upstarts from Kia and Hyundai that are newcomers to the class.

Top trims pile on the features and comforts and are a must-see for any shopper.

The Ascent trades on its standard all-wheel-drive system and Subaru looks, but relies on turbo-4 power exclusively.

The Chevy Traverse is a stalwart in the class and offers up confident power.

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Quick Specs
The 2021 Honda Pilot does a solid impression of a minivan, minus the cultural baggage.
The 2020 Chevy Traverse is a three-row family mainstay with plentiful interior space.
The 2020 Ford Explorer rediscovers its capable, outdoorsy side without becoming trucklike in any other respect.
The 2020 Hyundai Palisade is a value-packed three-row crossover coming to a garage near you.
There’s substance to the 2020 Kia Telluride’s style.
The 2020 Subaru Ascent is nearly as rational a family hauler as a minivan.
MSRP From     
Gas Mileage     
19 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy
Regular Unleaded V-6Gas V6Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded V-6Regular Unleaded V-6Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded H-4
EPA Class     
Small SUV 2WDSport Utility VehiclesStandard SUV 2WDStandard SUV 2WDSmall SUV 2WDStandard SUV 4WD
Style Name     
LX 2WDFWD 4-Door LBase RWDSE FWDLX FWD8-Passenger
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveAll Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
Passenger Doors     
Body Style     
Sport UtilitySport UtilitySport UtilitySport UtilitySport UtilitySport Utility
Automatic w/ODAutomaticAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODCVT w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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