Honda Cars of Katy Compares 2017 Honda Pilot VS 2017 Infiniti QX80 Near Katy, TX

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2017 Honda Pilot

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2017 Infiniti QX80

Safety Comparison

The Honda Pilot has Daytime Running Lights to help keep it more visible under all conditions. Canadian government studies show that driving with lights during the day reduces accidents by 11% by making vehicles more conspicuous. The QX80 doesn’t offer Daytime Running Lights.

For better protection of the passenger compartment, the Pilot uses safety cell construction with a three-dimensional high-strength frame that surrounds the passenger compartment. It provides extra impact protection and a sturdy mounting location for door hardware and side impact beams. The QX80 uses a body-on-frame design, which has no frame members above the floor of the vehicle.

Both the Pilot and the QX80 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, 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 44 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The QX80 has not been tested, yet.

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 engine in the QX80 has 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

As tested in Car and Driver the Honda Pilot is faster than the Infiniti QX80:




Zero to 60 MPH

6.1 sec

6.5 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

17.1 sec

17.8 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

6.3 sec

6.7 sec

Quarter Mile

14.8 sec

15.1 sec

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Pilot gets better fuel mileage than the QX80:







3.5 V6/9-spd. Auto

20 city/27 hwy

14 city/20 hwy

5.6 V8/Auto


3.5 V6/6-spd. Auto

19 city/27 hwy




3.5 V6/9-spd. Auto

19 city/26 hwy

13 city/19 hwy

5.6 V8/Auto


3.5 V6/6-spd. Auto

18 city/26 hwy



An engine control system that can shut down half of the engine’s cylinders helps improve the Pilot’s fuel efficiency. The QX80 doesn’t offer a system that can shut down part of the engine.

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the Pilot Touring/Elite’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The QX80 doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Honda Pilot uses regular unleaded gasoline. The QX80 requires premium for maximum efficiency, 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 QX80 doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The Pilot stops shorter than the QX80:





70 to 0 MPH

180 feet

185 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

136 feet

139 feet

Consumer Reports

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

153 feet

155 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 QX80 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 QX80 doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

The Pilot Elite 4WD handles at .80 G’s, while the QX80 AWD pulls only .72 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Pilot Elite 4WD executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the QX80 AWD (27.8 seconds @ .62 average G’s vs. 28.6 seconds @ .57 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the Pilot’s turning circle is 2.2 feet tighter than the QX80’s (39.4 feet vs. 41.6 feet).

Chassis Comparison

The Honda Pilot may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 1550 to 1600 pounds less than the Infiniti QX80.

The Pilot is 1 foot, 2.4 inches shorter than the QX80, making the Pilot easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Unibody construction makes the Pilot’s chassis much stiffer, which contributes to better handling, and enables softer springs to be used for a better ride. Unibody construction’s stiffness also contributes to better durability and less body squeaks and rattles. The QX80 doesn’t use unibody construction, but a body-on-frame design.

To almost totally eliminate engine vibration in the passenger area, the Pilot has an electronically controlled liquid-filled engine mounts. A computer-controlled electric current in the liquid changes its viscosity, allowing the mount to dampen the engine completely at all RPMs. The QX80 uses conventional solid rubber engine mounts.

The Pilot uses computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The QX80 doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

Passenger Space Comparison

The Pilot has .2 inches more front headroom, 1.3 inches more front legroom, .2 inches more rear headroom, 2.1 inches more third row headroom and 3.1 inches more third row legroom than the QX80.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Pilot’s cargo area provides more volume than the QX80.




Behind Third Seat

18.5 cubic feet

16.6 cubic feet

Third Seat Folded

55.9 cubic feet

49.6 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

109 cubic feet

95.1 cubic feet

Ergonomics Comparison

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 QX80 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 QX80 because it costs $576 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Pilot than the QX80, including $15 less for front brake pads, $10 less for a starter, $91 less for fuel injection, $28 less for a fuel pump, $304 less for front struts, $1048 less for a timing belt/chain and $809 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 QX80 by almost eight to one during the 2016 model year.

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