Honda Cars of Katy Compares 2017 Honda Pilot VS 2017 BMW X5 Near Houston, TX

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2017 Honda Pilot

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2017 BMW X5

Safety Comparison

For enhanced safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Honda Pilot are height-adjustable to accommodate a wide variety of driver and passenger heights. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages passengers to buckle up. The BMW X5 doesn’t offer height-adjustable seat belts.

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 X5 doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

Both the Pilot and the X5 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, available all-wheel drive, crash mitigating brakes, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems and rear parking sensors.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Honda Pilot is safer than the BMW X5:

 

Pilot

X5

 

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

149

174

Neck Injury Risk

28%

30.2%

Neck Stress

189 lbs.

305 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

46/243 lbs.

195/471 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does side impact tests on new vehicles. In this test, which crashes the vehicle into a flat barrier at 38.5 MPH, results indicate that the Honda Pilot is safer than the BMW X5:

 

Pilot

X5

 

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Abdominal Force

101 G’s

143 G’s

 

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Hip Force

304 lbs.

685 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

For its top level performance in all IIHS frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, with its optional front crash prevention system, and its available headlight’s “Acceptable” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Pilot its highest rating: “Top Pick Plus” for 2017, a rating granted to only 44 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The X5 has not been fully tested, yet.

Warranty Comparison

Honda’s powertrain warranty covers the Pilot 1 year and 10,000 miles longer than BMW covers the X5. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 5 years or 60,000 miles. Coverage on the X5 ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

There are over 3 times as many Honda dealers as there are BMW 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 X5 have dual overhead cams, which add to the number of moving parts and the complexity of the cylinder heads.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2016 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Honda vehicles are more reliable than BMW vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Honda 7th in reliability, above the industry average. With 16 more problems per 100 vehicles, BMW is ranked 14th.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Pilot gets better fuel mileage than the X5:

 

 

Pilot

X5

 

2WD

3.5 V6/9-spd. Auto

20 city/27 hwy

18 city/25 hwy

3.0 turbo 6 cyl./Auto

 

3.5 V6/6-spd. Auto

19 city/27 hwy

n/a

 

4WD

3.5 V6/9-spd. Auto

19 city/26 hwy

18 city/24 hwy

3.0 turbo 6 cyl./Auto

 

3.5 V6/6-spd. Auto

18 city/26 hwy

n/a

 

An engine control system that can shut down half of the engine’s cylinders helps improve the Pilot’s fuel efficiency. The X5 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 X5 requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

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 X5 doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The Pilot stops shorter than the X5:

 

Pilot

X5

 

60 to 0 MPH

128 feet

129 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels Comparison

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 X5 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 X5 doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Pilot is 1.7 inches wider in the front and 1.5 inches wider in the rear than on the X5.

The Pilot Elite 4WD handles at .80 G’s, while the X5 xDrive35i xDrive pulls only .79 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

For better maneuverability, the Pilot’s turning circle is 2.3 feet tighter than the X5’s (39.4 feet vs. 41.7 feet).

Chassis Comparison

The Honda Pilot may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 550 to 800 pounds less than the BMW X5.

The Pilot uses computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The X5 doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

Passenger Space Comparison

The Pilot has standard seating for 8 passengers; the X5 can only carry up to 7.

The Pilot has 21.7 cubic feet more passenger volume than the X5 (152.9 vs. 131.2).

The Pilot has .5 inches more front legroom, 1.5 inches more front shoulder room, 1.4 inches more rear headroom, 1.8 inches more rear legroom and 3.7 inches more rear shoulder room than the X5.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Pilot’s middle and third row seats recline. The X5’s third row seats don’t recline.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Pilot’s cargo area provides more volume than the X5.

 

Pilot

X5

Behind Third Seat

18.5 cubic feet

12 cubic feet

Third Seat Folded

55.9 cubic feet

n/a

Third Seat Removed

n/a

35.8 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

109 cubic feet

76.7 cubic feet

The Pilot has a standard third row seat which folds flat into the floor. This completely clears a very large cargo area quickly. The X5 doesn’t offer seats that fold into the floor.

The Pilot’s liftgate lifts up in one piece, completely out of the way of loading and unloading, while sheltering the cargo loading area. The X5’s tailgate’s top part raises up, but the bottom part lowers, getting in the way of loading and making an uneven surface for sliding cargo.

Ergonomics Comparison

The Pilot EX/EX-L/Touring/Elite has a standard remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. The X5 doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

The Pilot (except LX/EX) offers an optional 115-volt a/c outlet, allowing you to recharge a laptop or run small household appliances without special adapters that can break or get misplaced. The X5 doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

Economic Advantages Comparison

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Pilot is less expensive to operate than the X5 because it costs $549 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Pilot than the X5, including $285 less for a water pump, $825 less for an alternator, $140 less for front brake pads, $106 less for a starter, $474 less for fuel injection, $23 less for a fuel pump, $352 less for front struts, $556 less for a timing belt/chain and $2853 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 $22922 to $29171 less than for the BMW X5.

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 BMW X5 by almost three to one during the 2016 model year.

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