Honda Cars of Katy Compares 2017 Honda Pilot VS 2017 GMC Acadia Near Houston, TX

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2017 Honda Pilot

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2017 GMC Acadia

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 GMC Acadia doesn’t offer height-adjustable seat belts.

Both the Pilot and the Acadia have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front wheel drive, 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.

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 53 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Acadia is only a standard “Top Pick” for 2017.

Warranty Comparison

The Pilot’s corrosion warranty is unlimited miles longer than the Acadia’s (unlimited vs. 100,000 miles).

Reliability Comparison

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

Engine Comparison

The Pilot’s 3.5 SOHC V6 produces 87 more horsepower (280 vs. 193) and 74 lbs.-ft. more torque (262 vs. 188) than the Acadia’s standard 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl.

As tested in Motor Trend the Honda Pilot is faster than the GMC Acadia V6:

 

Pilot

Acadia

Zero to 60 MPH

6.5 sec

6.7 sec

Quarter Mile

15.1 sec

15.3 sec

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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

 

 

Pilot

Acadia

 

2WD

V6/9-spd Auto

20 city/27 hwy

n/a

 

 

V6/6-spd Auto

19 city/27 hwy

18 city/25 hwy

 

4WD

V6/9-spd Auto

19 city/26 hwy

n/a

 

 

V6/6-spd Auto

18 city/26 hwy

18 city/25 hwy

 

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

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

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Pilot has larger tires than the Acadia (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 Acadia’s standard 65 series tires. The Pilot Touring/Elite’s tires have a lower 50 series profile than the Acadia’s optional 55 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Pilot LX/EX/EX-L has standard 18-inch wheels. Smaller 17-inch wheels are standard on the Acadia.

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 Acadia 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 Acadia doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Pilot is 1.8 inches wider in the front and 1.8 inches wider in the rear than on the Acadia.

The Pilot Elite 4WD handles at .83 G’s, while the Acadia SLT AWD pulls only .82 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

For greater off-road capability the Pilot has a greater minimum ground clearance than the Acadia (7.3 vs. 7.2 inches), allowing the Pilot to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Passenger Space Comparison

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

The Pilot has 3.4 inches more front hip room, 2.6 inches more front shoulder room, .6 inches more rear headroom, 4 inches more rear hip room, 3.3 inches more rear shoulder room, 1.7 inches more third row headroom, .8 inches more third row legroom, 1.7 inches more third row hip room and 3.3 inches more third row shoulder room than the Acadia.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

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

 

Pilot

Acadia

Behind Third Seat

18.5 cubic feet

12.8 cubic feet

Third Seat Folded

55.9 cubic feet

41.7 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

109 cubic feet

79 cubic feet

Ergonomics Comparison

The Pilot’s front power windows open or close with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside of the car. The Acadia’s front passenger window doesn’t close automatically.

The Pilot Elite’s standard wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically according to the amount of rainfall on the windshield. The Acadia’s intermittent wipers change speed with vehicle speed, but can’t turn on and off or change speed based on changing rainfall.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) conducts detailed tests on headlights for their range both straight ahead and in curves and to be certain they don’t exceed acceptable amounts of glare to oncoming drivers. The Pilot’s available headlights were rated “Acceptable” by the IIHS, while the Acadia’s headlights are rated “Marginal” to “Poor.”

Economic Advantages Comparison

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Honda Pilot will be $1579 to $4313 less than for the GMC Acadia.

Recommendations Comparison

The Honda Pilot has won recognition from these important consumer publications:

 

Pilot

Acadia

Consumer Reports® Recommends

TRUE

n/a

Car Book “Best Bet”

TRUE

n/a

The Honda Pilot outsold the GMC Acadia by 61% during the 2016 model year.

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