2020 Honda Pilot vs Competitors for Sale in West Warwick, RI
The three-row SUV segment is bustling right now, to say the least. Need to transport seven or eight passengers? Check. How about carry loads of cargo or haul a decently sized trailer? Done. The 2020 Honda Pilot has been a strong performer in this segment since its introduction in 2003. With its versatile nature, roomy interior, aggressive style, and exceptional fuel economy for its class, the Pilot’s popularity is no surprise. That said, it still must contend with the Ford Explorer, Chevrolet Traverse, Hyundai Palisade, Kia Telluride, Nissan Pathfinder, and Subaru Ascent. While it also competes with what is essentially its closest competitor, the Toyota Highlander, that model has yet to be released for 2020. Let’s take a detailed look at the exciting rivalry in this segment.
Even with the 2020 Pilot’s vigorous 3.5-liter V6 engine (which makes 280 horsepower and 262 pounds-feet of torque), it gets exceptional fuel efficiency. Pilots with front-wheel drive can achieve 20 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway. In contrast, the Traverse (18 mpg city/27 mpg highway), Palisade (19 city/26 highway), and Telluride (20 city/26 highway) each fall short of that mark. The Pilot’s engine also has a control system that can shut down half its cylinders to improve fuel efficiency. The engines in the Ascent, Explorer, and Pathfinder don’t have this fuel-saving element.
Cargo Space and Towing Capacity
One factor that many Pilot owners cite as a major draw is its substantial cargo space. Behind the first row, it yields 109 cubic feet of space compared to the Pathfinder (79.5 cu. ft.), Palisade (86.4 cu. ft.), Ascent (79.5 cu. ft.), Telluride (87 cu. ft.), Explorer (87.8 cu. ft.), and Traverse (98.2 cu. ft.). Towing capacity is similar across the group compared here, with properly equipped versions (including 2020 Pilots with AWD) of each capable of towing in the neighborhood of 5,000 pounds.
While these fierce competitors all offer their own nice slate of standard and available comfort and convenience features, the Pilot has some special ones, such as a neat function where the driver can remotely close any open windows via the keyless fob. Drivers of the Traverse, Telluride, and Ascent can only operate the windows from the inside, when the car is switched on. The Pilot also has standard speed-sensitive wipers, a convenience for drivers since they don’t constantly need to modify the wiper settings manually. The Ascent’s, Telluride’s, and Palisade’s standard wipers cannot do this. While the Pathfinder also offers wipers that adapt to velocity, they can’t turn on or off or alter their speed based on changing rainfall, which the Pilot’s Elite and Black Edition trims’ wipers can. To top it off, the Pilot’s Touring, Elite, and Black Edition trims’ rearview mirrors tilt from their original position when the vehicle is put in reverse, providing drivers with a better view as they’re parallel parking.
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