Honda Pilot SUV South Bend IN

Honda Pilot SUV vs. The Competition

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The Honda Pilot vs the Acura MDX, Subaru Ascent, Toyota Highlander

The newest Honda Pilot recently arrived at Basney Honda in Mishawaka and currently resides among our new Honda inventory. This dependable midsize crossover SUV presents a popular choice for families and drivers in need of more from their next crossover.

Its powerful engine offers a robust towing capacity along with ample off-road capability and a spacious interior for all! While this three-row SUV might enjoy popularity among families, it hardly stands alone in its class of midsize SUVs. We compiled some research together on how the newest Honda Pilot stacks up against three well-known competitors for sale in the greater South Bend area: the Acura MDX, Subaru Ascent, and Toyota Highlander.

Honda Pilot vs Acura MDX

  • Interior: While the Acura MDX represents the luxury SUV segment well, it falls short in overall space, with a passenger volume of 132.7 and less legroom in between the three rows. The Honda Pilot offers a passenger volume of 152.9 cubic feet and seats eight over the seven-seat capacity of the Acura MDX.
  • Cargo: Drivers only need open up the trunk of the Honda Pilot to notice its spaciousness, with 16.5 cubic feet of cargo volume behind the third rows; with up to 83.8 cubic feet available behind the first row. The Acura MDX provides about 15 cubic feet of standard cargo volume, though its total volume behind the first row remains comparable.
  • Weight: All SUVs start with a curb weight, indicating how much they weigh before adding passengers and cargo. The Honda Pilot weighs in at around 4,217 lbs. more than 20 lbs. less than the curb weight of the Acura MDX. The more lightweight of the two SUVs will typically save more fuel in the long run.
  • Value: Not only does the Honda Pilot begin at a more flexible starting rate, this crossover retains up to 56 percent of its overall value after depreciation during a 36-month lease. As a luxury SUV, the Acura RDX begins at a steeper price and retains less than 45 percent of its overall value after depreciation.

Honda Pilot vs Subaru Ascent

  • Powertrain: The Honda Pilot runs on a standard 280-horsepower V6 engine, which might not outperform the engine of the Acura MDX, but presents a challenge to the Subaru Ascent. The Ascent's standard four-cylinder Subaru Boxer engine generates 260 horsepower in total.
  • Features: When you need to plug in one or multiple devices, the Honda Pilot delivers with three standard front power outlets over the two standard ones of the Subaru Ascent.
  • Towing: In addition to its horsepower, the engine of the Honda Pilot enables this crossover to tow p to 3,500 lbs. with front-wheel drive and up to 5,000 lbs. in total with all-wheel drive. The Subaru Ascent comes standard with all-wheel drive, but only offers a towing capacity of 2,000 pounds maximum.
  • Weight: The Honda Pilot weighs in at a total gross vehicle weight ratio (GVWR) of 5,842 lbs. over the 6,001 GVWR of the Subaru Ascent. The GVWR refers to its total capacity of how much weight the SUV may carry, but the more lightweight SUV will usually save more fuel in the long run.

Honda Pilot vs Toyota Highlander

  • Fuel Economy: As with the others, the Honda Pilot weighs the least at a curb weight considerably less than that of the Toyota Highlander. Likewise, the Honda Pilot can travel up to 507 miles on the highway before requiring fuel, over the 499-mile highway cruising range of the Highlander.
  • Warranty: While the warranties provided through Toyota and Honda tend to match up in time length, the Honda Pilot also offers more comprehensive roadside assistance for up to three years. The standard ToyotaCare roadside assistance coverage for the Highlander covers this SUV on the road for two years. The time difference proves beneficial to those with shorter commutes.
  • Passengers: Both of these midsize crossovers seat eight, but the Honda Pilot moves one step further with a spacious passenger volume of up to 153 cubic feet. The passenger volume of the Highlander measures around 144.9 cubic feet.
  • Cargo: As with the Acura MDX, the new Toyota Highlander falls short in cargo volume, with 13.8 cubic feet behind the third row and 83.7 total cubic feet behind the first row. Meanwhile, the Honda Pilot provides up to 16.5 cubic feet behind the rear seatbacks and up to 83.8 cubic feet of cargo volume all together!

Check Out the Pilot SUV For Sale at Basney Honda

As you will see, the Honda Pilot presents many advantages which some of these competitors will not match, including a few more standard features for less. If the new Honda Pilot sounds like your next SUV, then we encourage you to check one out for yourself today here at our Indiana Honda dealership. Schedule a test drive by contacting our sales team or come see us at 3820 N Grape Road in Mishawaka. Shop for new Honda Pilot SUV near South Bend, Elkhart, Goshen, and Granger, IN today!

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