2021 Honda Pilot vs. 2021 Honda Odyssey

2021 Honda Pilot vs. 2021 Honda Odyssey
Honda Pilot LX 2WD


Honda Odyssey LX
3.5L V6

Base Engine

3.5L V6
280 hp


280 hp
20 city / 27 hwy mpg**

EPA-Estimated MPG

19 city / 28 hwy mpg*
19.5 gallon

Fuel Tank Capacity

19.5 gallon

Large Monroe families most often drive minivans or full-sized SUVs. They’re relatively similar segments, featuring powerful engines, high seating capacity, and roomy cargo bays. It’s understandable if you’re unsure of which vehicle is right for you. If that’s the case, explore our Honda Odyssey vs. Honda Pilot comparison to see how these two Honda models highlight the core differences between a minivan and an SUV. Then, apply for financing and reach out to Middletown Honda to schedule for a test drive to see if you lean more towards the Odyssey or Pilot. 

Honda Pilot vs. Odyssey: Performance

Whether Warwick drivers choose the Odyssey or the Pilot, they’ll enjoy 280-hp 3.5L V6 engines. While the Odyssey barely beats out the Pilot when it comes to efficiency on the base trim, they offer nearly identical numbers across their respective model lines. 

As for transmissions, the Honda Odyssey minivan offers a 9-speed automatic transmission with Shift-By-Wire (SBW) and Paddle Shifters on every trim, whereas the Honda Pilot SUV only offers the 9-speed automatic transmission (9AT) with Shift-By-Wire (SBW) and Paddle Shifters on the Touring trim and the configurations above it. As with speed and fuel economy, the differences are negligible. 

On a final note, the Honda Pilot offers Intelligent Variable Torque Management™ All-Wheel Drive (AWD) as an upgrade, whereas the Odyssey doesn’t offer AWD. 

Honda Pilot vs. Odyssey: Interior Technology

Goshen drivers will find a lot of overlap in the cabins of the Honda Pilot and Honda Odyssey, from standard Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink® and Audio Connectivity to optional features on higher trims like HondaLink®, Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ compatibility, Honda CabinTalk™, and Honda satellite-linked navigation™. Again, the difference are few. Here’s a small list of optional features that are exclusive to each model: 

  • Honda Odyssey – Honda CabinWatch®, 8-inch audio touch-screen, and an optional rear entertainment system
  • Honda Pilot – Wireless charging station, humidity control, tri-zone climate control and air filtration, heated seating, and 2nd row captains chairs

Honda Pilot vs. Odyssey: Safety

Honda Sensing® is the Honda brand’s signature suite of driver-assist and safety technologies. This suite comes standard on the Honda Pilot, whereas you’ll have to upgrade to the EX trim on the Odyssey to get access: 

Honda Sensing® Driver-Assist Features

  • Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS)
  • Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC)

Honda Sensing® Safety Features

  • Collision Mitigation Braking System™ (CMBS™)
  • Road Departure Mitigation System (RDM)
  • Forward Collision Warning (FCW)
  • Lane Departure Warning (LDW)

Learn More About Honda Vehicles at Middletown Honda

We understand if you still can’t choose between the Honda Odyssey or Pilot given how similar they are. The best way to really know which one is right for you is to call Middletown Honda and schedule for a test drive. Our phone number is (855) 473-3053. If you have any questions about the car buying process, be sure to check out our car buying tips for helpful guides on how to buy a new vehicle and more!

*19 city/28 highway/22 combined mpg rating. Based on 2021 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.

**20 city/27 highway/23 combined mpg rating for 2WD trims. 19 city/26 highway/22 combined mpg rating for AWD trims. Based on 2021 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.

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