Honda Cars of Katy Compares 2018 Honda Pilot VS 2018 Lincoln MKT Near Katy, TX

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2018 Honda Pilot

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2018 Lincoln MKT

Safety Comparison

The Pilot (except LX) offers an optional Collision Mitigation Braking System, which uses forward mounted sensors to warn the driver of a possible collision ahead. If the driver doesn’t react and the system determines a collision is imminent, it automatically applies the brakes at full-force in order to reduce the force of the crash or avoid it altogether. The MKT offers an available collision warning system without the automated brake feature that would prevent or reduce the collision if the driver fails to react.

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 MKT doesn’t offer Daytime Running Lights.

Both the Pilot and the MKT 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, rearview cameras, available all-wheel drive, 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 the rating of “Top Pick” for 2018, a rating granted to only 87 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The MKT has not been fully tested, yet.

Warranty Comparison

There are over 18 percent more Honda dealers than there are Lincoln dealers, which makes it 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 MKT 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 Lincoln vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Honda 7th in reliability, above the industry average. With 6 more problems per 100 vehicles, Lincoln is ranked 10th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ April 2017 Auto Issue reports that Honda vehicles are more reliable than Lincoln vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Honda 10 places higher in reliability than Lincoln.

Engine Comparison

As tested in Car and Driver the Honda Pilot is faster than the Lincoln MKT twin turbo V6:




Zero to 60 MPH

6 sec

6.1 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

6.3 sec

6.7 sec

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Pilot FWD 9-speed Auto gets better fuel mileage than the MKT FWD with its standard engine (20 city/27 hwy vs. 16 city/24 hwy).

An engine control system that can shut down half of the engine’s cylinders helps improve the Pilot’s fuel efficiency. The MKT 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 MKT 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 MKT with the 3.5 turbo V6 engine requires premium for maximum efficiency, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

The Pilot has almost a gallon more fuel capacity than the MKT (19.5 vs. 18.6 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Pilot has larger tires than the MKT (245/60R18 vs. 235/55R19).

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 MKT doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Pilot Elite 4WD handles at .80 G’s, while the MKT 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 1.2 seconds quicker than the MKT (27.5 seconds @ .63 average G’s vs. 28.7 seconds @ .57 average G’s).

For better maneuverability, the Pilot’s turning circle is 2.1 feet tighter than the MKT AWD’s (39.4 feet vs. 41.5 feet). The Pilot’s turning circle is 3 feet tighter than the MKT’s (39.4 feet vs. 42.4 feet).

Chassis Comparison

The Honda Pilot may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 650 pounds less than the Lincoln MKT.

The Pilot is 1 foot, 1.1 inches shorter than the MKT, 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 MKT doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

Passenger Space Comparison

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

The Pilot has 10.6 cubic feet more passenger volume than the MKT (152.9 vs. 142.3).

The Pilot has 3.4 inches more front hip room, 3.4 inches more front shoulder room, 1.2 inches more rear headroom, 1.4 inches more rear hip room, 3.9 inches more rear shoulder room, 5.4 inches more third row headroom, 4 inches more third row hip room and 8.5 inches more third row shoulder room than the MKT.

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

Cargo Capacity Comparison

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




Behind Third Seat

18.5 cubic feet

17.9 cubic feet

Third Seat Folded

55.9 cubic feet

39.6 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

109 cubic feet

75.9 cubic feet

Ergonomics Comparison

The Pilot has a standard locking fuel door with a remote release located convenient to the driver. A locking fuel door helps prevent vandalism, such as sugar in the tank and fuel theft. The MKT doesn’t offer a locking fuel door.

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 MKT’s headlights are rated “Marginal.”

When the Pilot Touring/Elite is put in reverse, both rearview mirrors tilt from their original position. This gives the driver a better view of the curb during parallel parking maneuvers. Shifting out of reverse puts the mirrors into their original positions. The MKT’s mirrors don’t automatically adjust for backing.

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 MKT 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 $735 to $2010 less than the MKT 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 MKT only retains 40.37% to 41%.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Honda Pilot will be $7152 to $14570 less than for the Lincoln MKT.

Recommendations Comparison

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




Consumer Reports® Recommends



Car Book “Best Bet”



The Honda Pilot outsold the Lincoln MKT by over 42 to one during 2017.

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