Honda Cars of Katy Compares 2017 Honda Pilot VS 2017 Infiniti QX60 Near Katy, TX

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2017 Honda Pilot

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2017 Infiniti QX60

Safety Comparison

Both the Pilot and the QX60 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front-wheel drive, height-adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, 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.

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 Infiniti QX60:







5 Stars

4 Stars




Neck Injury Risk



Neck Stress

189 lbs.

464 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

46/243 lbs.

516/475 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 and into a post at 20 MPH, results indicate that the Honda Pilot is safer than the Infiniti QX60:





Front Seat


5 Stars

5 Stars




Chest Movement

.6 inches

.9 inches

Abdominal Force

101 G’s

120 G’s

Hip Force

269 lbs.

457 lbs.


Rear Seat


5 Stars

5 Stars

Hip Force

304 lbs.

557 lbs.


Into Pole


5 Stars

5 Stars

Max Damage Depth

15 inches

18 inches

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 QX60 is only a standard “Top Pick” for 2017.

Warranty Comparison

There are over 5 times as many Honda dealers as there are Infiniti 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 QX60 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 Infiniti vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Honda 7th in reliability, above the industry average. With 10 more problems per 100 vehicles, Infiniti is ranked 13th.

Engine Comparison

The Pilot’s 3.5 SOHC V6 produces 30 more horsepower (280 vs. 250) and 19 lbs.-ft. more torque (262 vs. 243) than the QX60 Hybrid’s standard 2.5 supercharged 4 cyl. hybrid.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

An engine control system that can shut down half of the engine’s cylinders helps improve the Pilot’s fuel efficiency. The QX60 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 QX60 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 QX60 doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The Pilot stops shorter than the QX60:





70 to 0 MPH

180 feet

181 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

136 feet

137 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Pilot has larger tires than the QX60 (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 QX60’s standard 65 series tires. The Pilot Touring/Elite’s tires have a lower 50 series profile than the QX60’s optional 55 series tires.

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 QX60 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 QX60 doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

The Pilot Elite 4WD handles at .80 G’s, while the QX60 3.5 AWD pulls only .76 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Pilot Elite 4WD executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.5 seconds quicker than the QX60 3.5 AWD (27.8 seconds @ .62 average G’s vs. 29.3 seconds @ .56 average G’s).

For greater off-road capability the Pilot has a greater minimum ground clearance than the QX60 (7.3 vs. 6.5 inches), allowing the Pilot to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Chassis Comparison

The Honda Pilot may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 350 to 400 pounds less than the Infiniti QX60.

The Pilot is 5.6 inches shorter than the QX60, making the Pilot easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space Comparison

The Pilot has standard seating for 8 passengers; the QX60 can only carry 7.

The Pilot has 3.1 cubic feet more passenger volume than the QX60 (152.9 vs. 149.8).

The Pilot has 2.3 inches more front hip room, 1.7 inches more front shoulder room, 1.9 inches more rear headroom, 1.5 inches more rear hip room, 1.6 inches more rear shoulder room, 2.4 inches more third row headroom, 1.1 inches more third row legroom, 2.6 inches more third row hip room and .5 inches more third row shoulder room than the QX60.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Pilot’s cargo area provides more volume than the QX60.




Behind Third Seat

18.5 cubic feet

15.8 cubic feet

Third Seat Folded

55.9 cubic feet

40.8 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

109 cubic feet

76.5 cubic feet

Ergonomics Comparison

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 QX60’s headlights are rated “Poor.”

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 QX60 doesn’t offer factory integrated smartphone program access.

Economic Advantages Comparison

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Pilot is less expensive to operate than the QX60 because it costs $936 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Pilot than the QX60, including $173 less for a water pump, $23 less for an alternator, $181 less for fuel injection, $464 less for front struts, $1282 less for a timing belt/chain and $2808 less for a power steering pump.

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 Infiniti QX60 by almost three to one during the 2016 model year.

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