Honda Cars of Katy Compares 2018 Honda Pilot VS 2018 Dodge Durango Near Houston, TX

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2018 Honda Pilot

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2018 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 1 point and is rated only “Basic.”

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, rearview cameras, available all-wheel drive, 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 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 the rating of “Top Pick” for 2018, a rating granted to only 87 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Durango was not even a standard “Top Pick” for 2018.

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.

A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without a vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports rates the Pilot’s reliability 23 points higher than the Durango.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2017 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Honda vehicles are better in initial quality than Dodge vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Honda 20th in initial quality. With 1 more problems per 100 vehicles, Dodge is ranked 22nd.

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.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ April 2017 Auto Issue reports that Honda vehicles are more reliable than Dodge vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Honda 16 places higher in reliability than Dodge.

Engine Comparison

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

 

Pilot

Durango Dual Exhaust

Durango V8

Zero to 60 MPH

6.2 sec

8 sec

6.6 sec

Quarter Mile

14.8 sec

16.1 sec

15 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

93.9 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

 

70 to 0 MPH

180 feet

190 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

119 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 1.3 seconds quicker than the Durango GT 4x4 (27.5 seconds @ .63 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 650 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.

As tested by Car and Driver while at idle, the interior of the Pilot Elite 4WD is quieter than the Durango GT 4x4 (37 vs. 38 dB).

Passenger Space Comparison

The Pilot has standard seating for 8 passengers; the Durango can only carry up to 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

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 Durango’s headlights are rated “Marginal.”

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

Insurance will cost less for the Pilot owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Pilot will cost $355 to $1855 less than the Durango over a five-year period.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Honda Pilot will be $1058 to $2599 less than for the Dodge Durango.

Recommendations Comparison

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

 

Pilot

Durango

Consumer Reports® Recommends

TRUE

FALSE

Car Book “Best Bet”

TRUE

n/a

The Honda Pilot outsold the Dodge Durango by 85% during 2017.

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