Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2016 Honda Pilot VS 2016 Toyota Sequoia Near Scottsdale, AZ

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2016 Honda Pilot

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2016 Toyota Sequoia

Safety Comparison

The Pilot (except LX) offers an optional Collision Mitigation Braking System, which uses forward mounted sensors to warn the driver of a possible collision ahead. If the driver doesn’t react and the system determines a collision is imminent, it automatically applies the brakes at full-force in order to reduce the force of the crash or avoid it altogether. The Sequoia doesn't offer collision warning or crash mitigation brakes.

Full-time four-wheel drive is optional on the Pilot. Full-time four-wheel drive gives added traction for safety in all conditions, not just off-road, like the only system available on the Sequoia.

The Pilot (except LX)’s optional lane departure warning system alerts a temporarily inattentive driver when the vehicle begins to leave its lane and gently nudges the vehicle back towards its lane. The Sequoia doesn’t offer a lane departure warning system.

To help make backing safer, the Pilot Elite’s cross-path warning system uses wide-angle radar in the rear bumper to alert the driver to vehicles approaching from the side, helping the driver avoid collisions. The Sequoia doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

For better protection of the passenger compartment, the Pilot uses safety cell construction with a three-dimensional high-strength frame that surrounds the passenger compartment. It provides extra impact protection and a sturdy mounting location for door hardware and side impact beams. The Sequoia uses a body-on-frame design, which has no frame members above the floor of the vehicle.

The Pilot EX/EX-L/Touring/Elite has standard HondaLink Assist, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to send emergency personnel to the scene if any airbags deploy. The Sequoia doesn’t offer a GPS response system, only a navigation computer with no live response for emergencies, so if you’re involved in an accident and you’re incapacitated help may not come as quickly.

Both the Pilot and the Sequoia have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, height-adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, front parking sensors, available blind spot warning systems and rear parking sensors.

For its top level performance in all IIHS frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, and with its optional front crash prevention system, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Pilot its highest rating: “Top Pick Plus” for 2015, a rating granted to only 64 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Sequoia has not been tested, yet.

Reliability Comparison

The engine in the Pilot has a single overhead cam for simplicity. The engine in the Sequoia has dual overhead cams, which add to the number of moving parts and the complexity of the cylinder heads.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Pilot gets better fuel mileage than the Sequoia:




3.5 V6/9-spd Auto

20 city/27 hwy

13 city/17 hwy

5.7 V8/Auto

3.5 V6/6-spd Auto

19 city/27 hwy



3.5 V6/9-spd Auto

19 city/26 hwy

13 city/17 hwy

5.7 V8/Auto

3.5 V6/6-spd Auto

18 city/26 hwy


An engine control system that can shut down half of the engine’s cylinders helps improve the Pilot’s fuel efficiency. The Sequoia doesn’t offer a system that can shut down part of the engine.

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the Pilot Touring/Elite’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The Sequoia doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

The Pilot has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The Sequoia doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Tires and Wheels Comparison

The Pilot LX/EX/EX-L’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 60 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Sequoia SR5’s standard 65 series tires. The Pilot Touring/Elite’s tires have a lower 50 series profile than the Sequoia’s optional 55 series tires.

The Pilot has a standard easy tire fill system. When inflating the tires, the vehicle’s integrated tire pressure sensors keep track of the pressure as the tires fill and tell the driver when the tires are inflated to the proper pressure. The Sequoia doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Pilot (except LX)’s optional drift compensation steering can automatically compensate for road conditions which would cause the vehicle to drift from side to side, helping the driver to keep the vehicle straight more easily. The Sequoia doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

Chassis Comparison

The Honda Pilot may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 1700 pounds less than the Toyota Sequoia.

The Pilot is 10.6 inches shorter than the Sequoia, making the Pilot easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

The Pilot is 7.2 inches shorter in height than the Sequoia, making the Pilot much easier to wash and garage and drive (lower center of gravity).

Unibody construction makes the Pilot’s chassis much stiffer, which contributes to better handling, and enables softer springs to be used for a better ride. Unibody construction’s stiffness also contributes to better durability and less body squeaks and rattles. The Sequoia doesn’t use unibody construction, but a body-on-frame design.

The Pilot uses computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The Sequoia doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

Passenger Space Comparison

The Pilot has 5.3 inches more front headroom, 5.3 inches more rear headroom and 4.4 inches more third row headroom than the Sequoia.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Pilot has a standard third row seat which folds flat into the floor. This completely clears a very large cargo area quickly. The Sequoia doesn’t offer seats that fold into the floor.

Ergonomics Comparison

Push Button Start standard on the Pilot LX allows you to start the engine without removing a key from pocket or purse (Pilot EX/EX-L/Touring/Elite’s Push Button Start and Smart Entry will also allow unlocking the driver’s door and cargo door without taking your keys out). The Toyota Sequoia doesn’t offer an advanced key system.

The Pilot has a standard locking fuel door with a remote release located convenient to the driver. A locking fuel door helps prevent vandalism, such as sugar in the tank and fuel theft. The Sequoia doesn’t offer a locking fuel door.

The Pilot Elite’s standard wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically according to the amount of rainfall on the windshield. The Sequoia’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors standard on the Pilot Elite detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The Sequoia doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

On extremely cold Winter days, the Pilot Elite’s standard heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the vehicle heater warms up. The Sequoia doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

Recommendations Comparison

The Honda Pilot outsold the Toyota Sequoia by over ten to one during the 2015 model year.

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