Honda Cars of Katy Compares 2018 Honda Pilot VS 2018 Infiniti QX60 Near Katy, TX

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2018 Honda Pilot

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2018 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:

 

Pilot

QX60

 

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

HIC

149

337

Neck Injury Risk

28%

42%

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:

 

Pilot

QX60

 

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

109

114

Chest Movement

.6 inches

.9 inches

Abdominal Force

101 G’s

120 G’s

Hip Force

269 lbs.

457 lbs.

 

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Hip Force

304 lbs.

557 lbs.

 

Into Pole

STARS

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 2018 Pilot the rating of “Top Pick” for 2018, a rating granted to only 87 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The QX60 was a “Top Pick” for 2017, but no longer qualifies under the tighter 2018 guidelines.

Warranty Comparison

There are almost 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 QX60 has dual overhead cams, which add to the number of moving parts and the complexity of the cylinder heads.

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 21 points higher than the QX60.

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 Infiniti vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Honda 20th in initial quality. With 2 more problems per 100 vehicles, Infiniti is ranked 23rd.

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.

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.

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 QX60 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 QX60 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 QX60 doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The Pilot stops shorter than the QX60:

 

Pilot

QX60

 

70 to 0 MPH

180 feet

181 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

119 feet

120 feet

Motor Trend

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 1.8 seconds quicker than the QX60 3.5 AWD (27.5 seconds @ .63 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 200 to 350 pounds less than the Infiniti QX60.

The Pilot is 6.1 inches shorter than the QX60, 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 QX60 doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

Passenger Space Comparison

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

The Pilot has 3.9 cubic feet more passenger volume than the QX60 (152.9 vs. 149).

The Pilot has 2.3 inches more front hip room, 1.7 inches more front shoulder room, 2 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.

 

Pilot

QX60

Behind Third Seat

18.5 cubic feet

16 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

Insurance will cost less for the Pilot owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Pilot will cost $1215 to $2085 less than the QX60 over a five-year period.

The Pilot will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The IntelliChoice estimates that the Pilot will retain 48.36% to 52.39% of its original price after five years, while the QX60 only retains 45.13% to 45.56%.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Pilot is less expensive to operate than the QX60 because it costs $536 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Pilot than the QX60, including $167 less for a water pump, $23 less for an alternator, $183 less for fuel injection, $466 less for front struts, $1278 less for a timing belt/chain and $865 less for a power steering pump.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Honda Pilot will be $3894 to $14389 less than for the Infiniti QX60.

Recommendations Comparison

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

 

Pilot

QX60

Consumer Reports® Recommends

TRUE

FALSE

Car Book “Best Bet”

TRUE

FALSE

The Honda Pilot outsold the Infiniti QX60 by over three to one during 2017.

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