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See How the 2017 Honda Pilot EX-L Stacks Up To Competitors

Looking for a full-size SUV that's both multi-terrain capable and replete with top-tier features at an affordable bottom line? If so, look no further than the Honda Pilot EX-L from us here at Honda of Westport. Among our new Pilot inventory, you'll find a model ready to cruise on the highway during the daily commute or head off the beaten path. And though competition may be steep from upstarts like the rugged Toyota Highlander LE, athletic Mazda CX-9 Sport, hard-charging Nissan Pathfinder S, and well-appointed Volkswagen Atlas SE, we at Honda of Westport think you'll find 2017 Pilot very appealing. Here's why:

Power and Performance

  • When it comes to a highly efficient powerplant, Honda Pilot EX-L delivers. Its 3.5-liter i-VTEC V6 engine excels against Toyota Highlander LE and Mazda CX-9 Sport, each with a lower-capacity 2.7-liter four-cylinder and 2.5-liter four-cylinder SKYACTIV®-G Turbo respectively.
  • As far as horsepower is concerned, the engine in the new Honda Pilot EX-L puts out 280 horsepower, helping it pull ahead of the Toyota Highlander LE and Mazda CX-9 Sport, each of which offer only 185 and 227 horsepower ratings, respectively.
  • Even against VW Atlas, sporting a 3.6-liter V6, 2017 Pilot EX-L gains, 280 horsepower to 276.
  • Though Nissan Pathfinder S might offer a comparable 3.5-liter V6 with a few extra horses under the hood than 2017 Pilot, the Honda makes up for it with the surpassing pulling power of 262 pound-feet of torque to the Nissan 259. That can make all the difference when it comes to lugging sizable payloads and traversing diverse landscapes.
  • Though Volkswagen Atlas SE might have a few more pound-feet of torque, 266 to that of 2017 Pilot, Atlas pays for it with lower fuel economy than that of the Honda Pilot crossover SUV.


The 2017 Honda Pilot receives a laudable five-star overall crash test rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)*, in tandem with Highlander, Pathfinder, and Atlas.
  • From the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), 2017 Honda Pilot likewise receives a noteworthy rating of Good. It receives excellent marks for front crash prevention**, alongside its Toyota, Mazda, Nissan, and Volkswagen contenders. But the Acceptable rating for the 2017 Pilot headlights, on par with Highlander and CX-9, gives the SUV an edge on Nissan Pathfinder S and VW Atlas SE. This new Honda model is also rated a 2017 Top Safety Pick +**.
  • Traveling with youngsters? If you're thinking about the Pilot, chances are, you probably are. If that's the case, then you'll love the LATCH child seat anchors in the 2017 Honda Pilot, which come rated more highly than Volkswagen Atlas, delivering peace of mind for you and your young travelers.
  • Interior and Technology

  • Behind the sleek design lines of 2017 Honda Pilot EX-L, you'll find plenty of head, leg, and shoulder room, with a 152.9-cubic-foot passenger capacity surmounting that of Toyota Highlander LE and Mazda CX-9 Sport and near neck-and-neck with Nissan Pathfinder and VW Atlas.
  • What's more, 83.9 cubic feet of cargo space takes 2017 Pilot just past Toyota Highlander and sprints it well beyond Mazda CX-9 and Nissan Pathfinder.
  • As the latest in technological accouterments go, you'll find several in 2017 Honda Pilot EX-L. The SUV's 8-inch color LCD system with pinch and swipe gestures. Also included is a seven-speaker, 200-watt audio system complete with a subwoofer to make your road mix take off, whether you're listening to the radio or streaming from a smartphone via standard Bluetooth or Apple CarPlay™ or Android Auto™.
  • The Toyota Highlander LE features a six-speaker, 6.1-inch touchscreen-equipped Entune™ Audio system. The Mazda CX-9 MAZDA CONNECT 7-inch full-color touchscreen-equipped system inches closer to the system in the Pilot. Both the Nissan Pathfinder and Volkswagen Atlas features 8-inch screens in their infotainment systems. Still, the user-friendly infotainment system in the new Honda Pilot is, arguably, miles ahead of the competition. That's especially true when you factor in all the other technology in this new Honda model!
  • The Honda Pilot EX-L, which starts at just $36,455, has leather-trimmed upholstery, a moonroof, power liftgate, and more. To get similar features on a Highlander, you have to upgrade to the XLE, which starts at $38,520!

  • Learn More About the 2017 Honda Pilot EX-L

    The Honda Pilot is a comfortable, roomy, capable new SUV that delivers where safety, technology, performance, and convenience are concerned. This Honda has plenty of niceties like tri-zone automatic climate control, Honda LaneWatch, a multi-angle rearview camera, a 3,500 pound towing capacity, and so much more! Ready to find out more about this new Honda? Visit our 1372 Post Road East Honda showroom. There, you'll find an extensive array of 2017 Honda Pilot models in a variety of trims, ready and revving for a Westport test drive. When it's time for a spin, feel free to stop by and see us!

    *Government 5-Star Safety Ratings are part of the U.S. Department of Transportation's New Car Assessment Program ( Model tested with standard side airbags (SAB).


    **IIHS ratings are given as part of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety assessment program when vehicles are properly equipped.



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