See How the 2018 Honda Pilot Fares Against Its Westport, CT Competition

If you're in search of a mid-size family SUV with designs on the full-size experience, look no further than our automaker's three-row crossover. It's comfortable for the commute, capable for a road trip, expertly equipped for the pleasure cruise, and exceedingly safe for any drive, whether down the wide-open highway or out of the way of city lights. Perhaps best of all, just as last model year, the new Honda Pilot continues to pull ahead of well-regarded rivals from Toyota Highlander and Mazda CX-9 to Nissan Pathfinder and Volkswagen Atlas. We've made it easy to check out where and how here at Honda of Westport!

Power and Performance

  • With a powerful 3.5-liter V6, the new Pilot offers an engine capacity higher than any of its Toyota, Mazda, or Volkswagen rivals, who provide 2.7, 2.5, and 2.0 liters respectively. Only Nissan Pathfinder and its 3.5 liters is comparable.
  • The 280 horsepower of Pilot excels these, too. Each competitor puts out 185, 227, and 235 horsepower respectively. The new Pathfinder offers a few extra horses, rated at 284.
  • You can even count on more torque in 2018 Pilot than in the new Highlander or Atlas, 262 pound-feet to 184 and 258 respectively. Plus, the ground lost to Nissan's SUV in horsepower, Honda quickly makes up in turning and pulling power: Pathfinder's a few pound-feet behind, at only 259 pound-feet.
  • Though Pathfinder's fuel capacity is comparable to Honda Pilot, Honda beats the other three, 19.5 gallons to a respective 19.2, 19.0, and 18.6. That's fewer stops for refueling up through Fairfield, CT to Bridgeport.
  • Pilot offers better highway fuel economy* than Highlander or Atlas, too -- an extra mile you can count on heading across the harbor through busy Norwalk and down the Connecticut coast to Stamford.


  • All five mid-size sport-utilities ger five stars from the NHTSA** for their overall abilities to withstand a crash.
  • The latest Pilot receives from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) a 2018 TOP SAFETY PICK*** designation, with Good ratings for its crash tests as well as a superior rating for front crash prevention and acceptable headlight and child seat anchor ratings. The same goes for Toyota Highlander and Mazda CX-9. However, Nissan Pathfinder falls short with Marginal headlights, and Volkswagen Atlas lags behind with Marginal headlights and seat anchors.

Interior and Technology

  • Pilot offers ample head, leg, and shoulder room thanks to a 152.9-cubic-foot cabin for passengers that dwarfs that of both Highlander and CX-9 and squares it up similarly in size to Pathfinder and Atlas.
  • It's well ahead of Highlander, CX-9, and Pathfinder in max cargo space, too, at a sprawling 83.9 cubic feet.
  • If you're looking to take a trailerful in tow, ours offers a better max towing capacity as well -- up to 3,500 pounds, on par with CX-9 and ahead of Highlander and Atlas.
  • It's well-appointed to keep control of your entertainment and connectivity within reach also, with a 5-inch color LCD that graduates to 8-inch Display Audio touchscreen infotainment in higher trims. 2018 Highlander offers 6.1- and 8-inch Entune systems, 2018 CX-9 provides 7- and 8-inch MAZDA CONNECT variants, there's an 8-inch iteration in 2018 Pathfinder, and 6.5- and 8-inch models show up in 2018 Atlas.

Explore More of the 2018 Honda Pilot

Eager to see how else the latest Honda SUV bests the rest? Stop by our showroom here in Westport, CT, conveniently located at 1372 Post Road East, and we'll take you on a tour of all to which you can look forward. Should you decide that purchasing or leasing a new Honda Pilot is right for you, our on-site auto financing center will be more than happy to help you acquire the car loan or Honda lease terms you need to suit your budget. We're looking forward to meeting you!

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*Based on 2018 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions and other factors.

**Government star ratings are part of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) New Car Assessment Program (

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