Honda Cars of Katy Compares 2017 Honda Pilot VS 2017 Dodge Durango Near Houston, TX

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2017 Honda Pilot

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2017 Dodge Durango

Safety Comparison

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety tests front crash prevention systems. With a score of 5 points, IIHS rates the Collision Mitigation Braking System optional in the Pilot as “Superior.” The Durango scores only 3 points and is rated only “Advanced.”

The Pilot Touring/Elite has standard Parking Sensors to help warn the driver about vehicles, pedestrians or other obstacles behind or in front of their vehicle. The Durango doesn’t offer a front parking aid.

Both the Pilot and the Durango have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact 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, available all-wheel drive, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.

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 Dodge Durango:

 

Pilot

Durango

 

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

Neck Injury Risk

28%

34%

Neck Stress

189 lbs.

251 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

46/243 lbs.

427/350 lbs.

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

A significantly tougher test than their original offset frontal crash test, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety does 40 MPH small overlap frontal offset crash tests. In this test, where only 25% of the total width of the vehicle is struck, results indicate that the Honda Pilot is safer than the Durango:

 

Pilot

Durango

Overall Evaluation

GOOD

MARGINAL

Restraints

GOOD

ACCEPTABLE

Head Neck Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Peak Head Forces

0 G’s

0 G’s

Steering Column Movement Rearward

0 cm

9 cm

Chest Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Max Chest Compression

24 cm

26 cm

Hip & Thigh Evaluation

GOOD

ACCEPTABLE

Femur Force R/L

.1/.5 kN

5.3/2.5 kN

Hip & Thigh Injury Risk R/L

0%/0%

6%/0%

Lower Leg Evaluation

GOOD

POOR

Tibia index R/L

.41/.41

1.53/.59

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 Dodge Durango:

 

Pilot

Durango

 

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Chest Movement

.6 inches

1 inches

Abdominal Force

101 G’s

185 G’s

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 Durango was not even a standard “Top Pick” for 2017.

Warranty Comparison

The Pilot’s 5-year corrosion warranty has no mileage limitations, but the corrosion warranty on the Durango runs out after 60,000 miles.

Reliability Comparison

For smoother operation, better efficiency and fewer moving parts, the Pilot has an overhead cam design, rather than the old pushrod design of the 5.7 V8 in the Durango.

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 Dodge vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Honda 7th in reliability, above the industry average. With 82 more problems per 100 vehicles, Dodge is ranked 32nd.

Engine Comparison

As tested in Motor Trend the Honda Pilot is faster than the Dodge Durango:

 

Pilot

Durango V6

Durango V8

Zero to 60 MPH

6.5 sec

8 sec

6.6 sec

Quarter Mile

15.1 sec

16.1 sec

15 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

91.2 MPH

86.9 MPH

93.2 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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

 

 

Pilot

Durango

 

2WD

3.5 V6/9-spd. Auto

20 city/27 hwy

19 city/26 hwy

3.6 V6/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/25 hwy

3.6 V6/Auto

 

3.5 V6/6-spd. Auto

18 city/26 hwy

n/a

 

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Honda Pilot uses regular unleaded gasoline. The Durango with the 5.7 V8 engine requires mid-grade for maximum efficiency, which can cost 5 to 40 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 Durango doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The Pilot stops much shorter than the Durango:

 

Pilot

Durango

 

60 to 0 MPH

128 feet

142 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

153 feet

160 feet

Consumer Reports

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 Durango doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Pilot has standard front and rear stabilizer bars, which help keep the Pilot flat and controlled during cornering. The Durango’s suspension doesn’t offer a rear stabilizer bar.

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 Durango doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Pilot is 2.4 inches wider in the front and 2.2 inches wider in the rear than on the Durango.

The Pilot Elite 4WD handles at .80 G’s, while the Durango GT pulls only .75 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Pilot Elite 4WD executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1 seconds quicker than the Durango GT 4x4 (27.8 seconds @ .62 average G’s vs. 28.8 seconds @ .58 average G’s).

Chassis Comparison

The Honda Pilot may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 700 to 1100 pounds less than the Dodge Durango.

The Pilot is 6.7 inches shorter than the Durango, making the Pilot easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

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

Passenger Space Comparison

The Pilot has standard seating for 8 passengers; the Durango can only carry 7.

The Pilot has 19 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Durango (152.9 vs. 133.9).

The Pilot has .2 inches more front headroom, .6 inches more front legroom, 2.1 inches more front hip room, 3.5 inches more front shoulder room, .4 inches more rear headroom, 14.5 inches more rear hip room, 11.6 inches more rear shoulder room, 1.1 inches more third row headroom, .4 inches more third row legroom, 1.8 inches more third row hip room and 7.2 inches more third row shoulder room than the Durango.

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

Cargo Capacity Comparison

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

 

Pilot

Durango

Behind Third Seat

18.5 cubic feet

17.2 cubic feet

Third Seat Folded

55.9 cubic feet

47.7 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

109 cubic feet

84.5 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 Durango doesn’t offer seats that fold into the floor.

Ergonomics Comparison

If the windows are left down on the Pilot the driver can raise them all using the key in the outside lock cylinder. On a hot day the driver can lower the windows from outside the vehicle using the key in the outside lock cylinder or the keyless remote. The driver of the Durango can only raise the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

Standard HondaLink for the Pilot EX/EX-L/Touring/Elite allows the driver and passengers access to select programs on their smartphones, including reading text messages aloud, playing internet radio stations, following twitter accounts and other connected activities without taking their eyes off the road or their hands from the wheel. The Durango doesn’t offer factory integrated smartphone program access.

Bluetooth wireless connectivity is standard on the Pilot, connecting the driver and passenger’s cell phones to the vehicle systems. This allows them to use the vehicle’s stereo and hand controls to place calls safely and easily. Bluetooth costs extra on the Durango.

Economic Advantages Comparison

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Honda Pilot will be $4417 to $4819 less than for the Dodge Durango.

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 Dodge Durango by 80% during the 2016 model year.

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