Honda Cars of Katy Compares 2017 Honda Pilot VS 2017 Nissan Armada Near Houston, TX

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2017 Honda Pilot

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2017 Nissan Armada

Safety Comparison

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

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 Armada uses a body-on-frame design, which has no frame members above the floor of the vehicle.

The Pilot EX/EX-L/Touring/Elite has standard HondaLink Assist, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to send emergency personnel to the scene if any airbags deploy. The Armada doesn’t offer a GPS response system, only a navigation computer with no live response for emergencies, so if you’re involved in an accident and you’re incapacitated help may not come as quickly.

Both the Pilot and the Armada have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, height adjustable front shoulder belts, 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 and rear parking sensors.

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 Armada has not been tested, yet.

Reliability Comparison

The engine in the Pilot has a single overhead cam for simplicity. The engine in the Armada 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 Nissan vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Honda 7th in reliability, above the industry average. With 47 more problems per 100 vehicles, Nissan is ranked 27th.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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

 

 

Pilot

Armada

 

2WD

9-spd Auto

20 city/27 hwy

n/a

 

 

6-spd Auto

19 city/27 hwy

14 city/19 hwy

 

4WD

9-spd Auto

19 city/26 hwy

n/a

 

 

6-spd Auto

18 city/26 hwy

13 city/18 hwy

 

An engine control system that can shut down half of the engine’s cylinders helps improve the Pilot’s fuel efficiency. The Armada 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 Armada doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

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

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The Pilot stops shorter than the Armada:

 

Pilot

Armada

 

70 to 0 MPH

180 feet

182 feet

Car and Driver

Tires and Wheels Comparison

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 Armada SV’s standard 70 series tires. The Pilot Touring/Elite’s tires have a lower 50 series profile than the Armada SL/Platinum’s 60 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 Armada 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 Armada doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

The Pilot Elite 4WD handles at .80 G’s, while the Armada Platinum 4x4 pulls only .74 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 Armada Platinum 4x4 (27.8 seconds @ .62 average G’s vs. 28.4 seconds @ .59 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the Pilot’s turning circle is 1.9 feet tighter than the Armada’s (39.4 feet vs. 41.3 feet).

Chassis Comparison

The Honda Pilot may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 1500 to 1650 pounds less than the Nissan Armada.

The Pilot is 1 foot, 2.4 inches shorter than the Armada, 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 Armada doesn’t use unibody construction, but a body-on-frame design.

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

Passenger Space Comparison

The Pilot has .2 inches more rear headroom, 2.5 inches more third row headroom and 3.6 inches more third row legroom than the Armada.

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

Cargo Capacity Comparison

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

 

Pilot

Armada

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

While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors standard on the Pilot Elite detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The Armada doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

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 Armada 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 Armada 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 Armada, including $6 less for front brake pads, $91 less for fuel injection, $35 less for a fuel pump, $165 less for front struts, $1337 less for a timing belt/chain and $87 less for a power steering pump.

Recommendations Comparison

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

 

Pilot

Armada

Consumer Reports® Recommends

TRUE

n/a

Car Book “Best Bet”

TRUE

FALSE

The Honda Pilot outsold the Nissan Armada by almost 12 to one during the 2016 model year.

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