Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2017 Honda Pilot VS 2017 Lexus RX Near Scottsdale, AZ

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2017 Honda Pilot

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2017 Lexus RX

Safety Comparison

Both the Pilot and the RX Series have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front-wheel drive, height-adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available all-wheel drive, crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, rear parking sensors and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty Comparison

There are over 4 times as many Honda dealers as there are Lexus dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Pilot’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

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

Engine Comparison

As tested in Motor Trend the Honda Pilot is faster than the Lexus RX Series:

 

Pilot

RX 350

RX 450h

Zero to 60 MPH

6.5 sec

6.8 sec

7 sec

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Honda Pilot uses regular unleaded gasoline. The RX 450h requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

The Pilot has 2.3 gallons more fuel capacity than the RX Series Hybrid’s standard fuel tank (19.5 vs. 17.2 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

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 RX Series doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Pilot has larger tires than the RX Series (245/60R18 vs. 235/65R18).

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 RX Series’ standard 65 series tires. The Pilot Touring/Elite’s tires have a lower 50 series profile than the RX Series’ 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 RX Series 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 RX Series doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Pilot’s wheelbase is 1.2 inches longer than on the RX Series (111 inches vs. 109.8 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Pilot is 1.9 inches wider in the front and 2.3 inches wider in the rear than on the RX Series.

The Pilot Elite 4WD handles at .83 G’s, while the RX 450h AWD pulls only .78 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

Chassis Comparison

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

Passenger Space Comparison

The Pilot has standard seating for 8 passengers; the RX Series can only carry 5.

The Pilot has .7 inches more front headroom, 2.5 inches more front hip room, 4.2 inches more front shoulder room, 1.1 inches more rear headroom, .4 inches more rear legroom, 1.2 inches more rear hip room and 4.4 inches more rear shoulder room than the RX Series.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Pilot’s cargo area provides more volume than the RX Series.

 

Pilot

RX Series

Third Seat Folded

55.9 cubic feet

n/a

Third Seat Removed

n/a

18.4 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

109 cubic feet

56.3 cubic feet

Ergonomics Comparison

The Pilot’s standard speed-sensitive wipers speed up when the vehicle does, so that the driver doesn’t have to continually adjust the speed of the wipers. The RX Series’ standard manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

Economic Advantages Comparison

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Pilot is less expensive to operate than the RX Series because it costs $396 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Pilot than the RX Series, including $678 less for a water pump, $552 less for an alternator, $240 less for a starter, $169 less for fuel injection, $1481 less for a timing belt/chain and $341 less for a power steering pump.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Honda Pilot will be $3161 to $3472 less than for the Lexus RX Series.

Recommendations Comparison

The Car Book by Jack Gillis recommends the Honda Pilot, based on economy, maintenance, safety and complaint levels.

The Honda Pilot outsold the Lexus RX Series by 20% during the 2016 model year.

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