2018 Honda Pilot

Starting price: $31,875 | Price yours

Above Average: Quiet, versatile interior, comfortable ride, fantastic resale and reliability

Below Average: Infotainment interface

Consensus: Typical bulletproof Honda quality, and practical, smart choice that offers a rewarding driving experience

 

2018 Toyota 4Runner

Starting price: $35,605 | Price yours

Above Average: One of the last of the Mohicans for body on frame construction. 5- or 7-passenger layouts, off-road capability, towing capacity

Below Average: One fuel-thirsty engine option, ride quality, small third row

Consensus: Not as smooth or refined as the competition, but it will continue to take you far off-road, long after the competition has been forced to turn back

 

The Honda Pilot’s reputation for bulletproof engineering makes this 8-passenger crossover a family-friendly cruiser that still manages to retain amazing resale value. It offers excellent driving characteristics, and a stout V6 engine, which has fuel economy that nearly matches that of its competitor here (which for both remains average for the segment). The Pilot’s style, substance, family-friendly cabin, and features are why this Honda is KBB’s Midsize SUV Best Buy for 2018. The Toyota 4Runner, with its truck-based construction, does not have the same refinement as the Honda Pilot, and lacks some of that vehicle’s comfort and conveniences. But what it lacks in comfort, it makes up for in capabilities off-road or when the going just gets tough. Its older design somehow gets in the way of its ability to offer the latest in safety and driver assists such as collision mitigation and blind spot monitoring. Models above base level can take advantage of TRD options that help upgrade the overall look and performance, including a locking differential, 4-wheel drive, TRD multi-terrain select with crawl control and Kinetic Dynamic Suspension System that expands suspension travel by disconnecting the stabilizer bars.

Honda Pilot Advantages

More recently updated, with an improved navigation system. Honda Collision Sensing Suite with lane departure and collision warnings, active cruise control and lane keep assist.

Toyota 4Runner Advantages

Essentially a pickup truck with an enclosed bed, The Toyota 4Runner with its body-on-frame construction is more off-road capable than any other SUV in the segment.

Similarities

Available added traction (all-wheel drive in the Pilot, four-wheel drive in the 4Runner). Reputations for high reliability and resale values. Handsome looks.

Final Recommendation

If you value comfort and ride quality with reliability, choose the Honda Pilot. On the other hand, if off-road rock busting capability, and seating to carry five or seven passengers, then the Toyota 4Runner is your candidate.

  2018 Honda Pilot 2018 Toyota 4Runner
Popular Powertrains    
Engine 3.5-liter V6 4.0-liter V6
Horsepower 280 hp @ 6,000 rpm 270 hp @ 5,600 rpm
Torque 262 lb-ft @ 4,700 rpm 278 @ 4,400 rpm
Transmission Automatic, 9-spd Automatic, 5-spd
Fuel Economy 22 mpg (19 city, 27 hwy) 18 mpg (17 city, 20 hwy)
Also Available Automatic, 6-spd Optional third row
Specs    
Warranty 3 years or 36,000 miles 3 years or 36,000 miles
NHTSA Overall Safety Rating 5 Stars 4 Stars
Max Seating Capacity 8 5-7
Wheelbase 111.0 inches 109.8 inches
Overall Length 194.5 inches 190.7 inches
Width 78.6 inches 75.8 inches
Height 69.8 inches 71.5 inches
Turning Diameter 39.4 feet 38.9 feet
Headroom, Front 39.5 inches 38.6 inches
Headroom, 2nd row 40.2 inches 38.6 inches
Headroom, 3rd row 38.9 inches (34.3 inches)
Legroom, Front 40.9 inches 41.7  inches
Legroom, 2nd row 38.4 inches 32.9 inches
Legroom, 3rd row 31.9 inches (29.3 inches)
Shoulder Room, Front 62.0 inches 57.8 inches
Shoulder Room, 2nd row 62.0 inches 57.8 inches
Shoulder Room, 3rd row 57.6 inches (57.7 inches)
EPA Passenger Volume 151.7 cu. ft. 97.3 cu. ft.
EPA Cargo Volume 83.8 cu. ft. 89.7 cu. ft.
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