2017 Honda Pilot vs 2017 Honda HR-V

2016 Honda HR-V

2017 Honda HR-V

2016 Honda Pilot

2017 Honda Pilot

 

 

If you want to combine the space of a minivan with the style, drive, and performance of a sedan, all while gaining extra capability to boot, an SUV or crossover should tick those boxes. Honda is well-known for producing family-friendly models that look great, run smoothly, and offer first-rate technology, so drivers frequently find themselves choosing between the 2017 Honda Pilot and the 2017 Honda HR-V.

The bad news is that there’s no one right answer; the good news is that each model has been tailored around a certain set of needs, so you’ll be able to drive home in a Honda SUV that suits you. Just read our quick comparison if you need helping determining your requirements and deciding on your vehicle.

Powertrains and MPG

Larger, heavier, and better able to cross tough off-road trails, the 2017 Honda Pilot is naturally the more powerful of the two. The HR-V’s drive isn’t quite as aggressive, but the powertrain sips fuel and makes agile city driving feel fun and refreshing.

Here’s how the two models shape up:

  • Pilot Power: A 3.5L V6 engine supplies up to 280-hp and 262 lb.-ft. of torque.
  • Pilot Efficiency: You’ll achieve up to 19 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway with the 6-speed automatic transmission or 20 mpg city and 27 mpg highway with the 9-speed automatic*.
  • HR-V Power: A 1.8L four-cylinder delivers up to 141-hp and 127 lb.-ft. of torque.
  • HR-V Efficiency: You’ll achieve up to 25 mpg in the city and 33 mpg on the highway with the 6-speed manual transmission or a stunning 28 mpg city and 34 mpg highway with Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT)**.

2016 Honda HR-V Engine

Honda HR-V Engine

Interior Space and Versatility

The 2017 Honda Pilot is every inch a commanding three-row SUV; there’s place for up to eight to sit comfortably, and you can even fit heated second-row Captain’s Chairs instead of the standard second-row bench for added comfort. There’s also a whole heap of cargo space:

  • Up to 18.5 cubic feet behind the third-row
  • Up to 55.9 cubic feet behind the second-row
  • Up to 109 cubic feet behind the first-row

As a compact crossover, the 5-seater HR-V lacks such impressive dimensions, though it still comes out close to the top of its own segment by offering up to 24.3 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seats and 58.8 cubic feet behind the front seats.

And the HR-V is arguably a little more flexible than the Pilot, offering as it does the following four interior modes:

  • Utility Mode: Fold the rear row to create room for larger, bulkier items.
  • Tall Mode: Fold a rear seat-rest for nearly 4 feet of vertical cargo space
  • Long Mode: Fold both the rear seats and front-passenger seat to take items up to 8 feet long.
  • Refresh Mode: Remove front headrests, recline the front seats, then rest along the entire length of the vehicle.
2016 Honda Pilot

Honda Pilot Interior

Comfort and Convenience

Both the 2017 Honda Pilot and the 2017 Honda HR-V deliver a strong selection of premium features as standard, including a multi-angle rearview camera, Bluetooth, and cruise control. Available features are similarly impressive, with higher-trim levels delivering technologies such as heated seats and satellite navigation.

However, the Pilot does hold a few trump cards of its own, with the following features unavailable with the HR-V:

  • 9-Inch Blu-Ray/DVD Rear Entertainment System
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Android Auto
  • 8-Inch Touchscreen
  • Tri-Zone Climate Control

2016 Honda HR-V Tailgate

Honda HR-V Tailgate

Safety Features

Such resilience to damage is largely down to Honda’s celebrated ACE (Advanced Compatibility Engineering) body structure is able to crumple intelligently to direct impact energy away from occupants, which makes both the Pilot and the HR-V excellent performers in terms of protecting you in an accident.

The HR-V is therefore just as able to protect you and your passengers in the event of a collision, though, reflecting its status as an ideal city- or suburb-based crossover, it lacks the following driver assistance technologies of the Pilot:

  • Road Departure Mitigation System (RDM)
  • Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS)
  • Collision Mitigation Braking System (CMBS)
  • Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC)

2016 Honda Pilot Rear/Side Camera

Honda Pilot Rear Camera

You’ll Find What You’re Looking for Here at Middletown Honda

The 2017 Honda Pilot is a powerful 3-seater perfect for longer journeys and off-road adventuring, while the 2017 Honda HR-V delivers levels of agility, efficiency, and flexibility beyond its bigger brother. To find out more or arrange a couple of test drives, just contact one of the team here at Middletown Honda today.

*19 city/ 27 highway/ 22 combined mpg rating for 2WD 6-speed automatic. 18 city/ 26 highway/ 21 combined mpg rating for AWD 6-speed automatic. 20 city/ 27 highway/ 23 combined mpg rating for 2WD 9-speed automatic. 19 city/ 26 highway/ 22 combined mpg rating for AWD 9-speed automatic. Based on 2017 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.

**25 city/33 highway/28 combined mpg rating for 6-speed manual transmission models. 28 city/34 highway/31 combined mpg rating for 2WD CVT Automatic models. 27 city/31 highway/29 combined mpg rating for AWD CVT Automatic models. Based on 2017 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.