Honda Cars of Katy Compares 2018 Honda Pilot VS 2018 Toyota Sequoia Near Houston, TX

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2018 Honda Pilot

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2018 Toyota Sequoia

Safety Comparison

Full-time four-wheel drive is optional on the Pilot. Full-time four-wheel drive gives added traction for safety in all conditions, not just off-road, like the only system available on the Sequoia.

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 Sequoia 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 Sequoia 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 Sequoia 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, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available 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 the rating of “Top Pick” for 2018, a rating granted to only 87 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Sequoia has not been tested, yet.

Reliability Comparison

The engine in the Pilot has a single overhead cam for simplicity. The engine in the Sequoia has dual overhead cams, which add to the number of moving parts and the complexity of the cylinder heads.

Engine Comparison

As tested in Car and Driver the Honda Pilot is faster than the Toyota Sequoia:




Zero to 30 MPH

2.2 sec

2.4 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

6 sec

6.7 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

17.2 sec

18.2 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

6.3 sec

6.9 sec

Passing 30 to 50 MPH

3.5 sec

3.7 sec

Quarter Mile

14.8 sec

15.3 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

94 MPH

93 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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







3.5 V6/9-spd Auto

20 city/27 hwy

13 city/17 hwy

5.7 V8/Auto


3.5 V6/6-spd Auto

19 city/27 hwy




3.5 V6/9-spd Auto

19 city/26 hwy

13 city/17 hwy

5.7 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 Sequoia 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 Sequoia 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 Sequoia doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The Pilot stops much shorter than the Sequoia:





70 to 0 MPH

180 feet

192 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

119 feet

139 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

153 feet

163 feet

Consumer Reports

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 Sequoia SR5’s standard 65 series tires. The Pilot Touring/Elite’s tires have a lower 50 series profile than the Sequoia Limited/Platinum’s 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 Sequoia 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 Sequoia doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

The Pilot Elite 4WD handles at .80 G’s, while the Sequoia Platinum 4x4 pulls only .71 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Pilot Elite 4WD executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 2.3 seconds quicker than the Sequoia Limited 4x4 (27.5 seconds @ .63 average G’s vs. 29.8 seconds @ .55 average G’s).

Chassis Comparison

The Honda Pilot may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 1700 pounds less than the Toyota Sequoia.

The Pilot is 10.6 inches shorter than the Sequoia, making the Pilot easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

The Pilot is 7.2 inches shorter in height than the Sequoia, making the Pilot much easier to wash and garage and drive (lower center of gravity).

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 Sequoia 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 Sequoia 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 Sequoia Platinum 4x4 (37 vs. 45 dB).

Passenger Space Comparison

The Pilot has 5.3 inches more front headroom, 5.3 inches more rear headroom and 4.4 inches more third row headroom than the Sequoia.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Pilot has a standard third row seat which folds flat into the floor. This completely clears a very large cargo area quickly. The Sequoia doesn’t offer seats that fold into the floor.

Ergonomics Comparison

The engine computer on the Pilot disables the starter while the engine is running. The Sequoia’s starter can be accidentally engaged while the engine is running, making a grinding noise and possibly damaging the starter and ring gear.

If the windows are left open on the Pilot the driver can close them all at the outside door handle. On a hot day the driver can lower the windows at the outside door handle or from a distance using the keyless remote. The driver of the Sequoia can’t use the remote to operate the windows.

Push Button Start standard on the Pilot LX allows you to start the engine without removing a key from pocket or purse (Pilot EX/EX-L/Touring/Elite’s Push Button Start and Smart Entry will also allow unlocking the driver’s door and cargo door without taking your keys out). The Toyota Sequoia doesn’t offer an advanced key system.

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 Sequoia doesn’t offer a locking fuel door.

The Pilot’s standard speed-sensitive wipers speed up when the vehicle does, so that the driver doesn’t have to continually adjust the speed of the wipers. The Sequoia’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted. The Pilot Elite’s standard wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically according to the amount of rainfall on the windshield.

On extremely cold winter days, the Pilot Elite’s standard heated steering wheel provides comfort, allowing the driver to steer safely and comfortably before the vehicle heater warms up. The Sequoia doesn’t offer a heated steering wheel.

Economic Advantages Comparison

Insurance will cost less for the Pilot owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Pilot will cost $650 less than the Sequoia over a five-year period.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Pilot is less expensive to operate than the Sequoia because it costs $315 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Pilot than the Sequoia, including $9 less for a water pump, $144 less for front brake pads, $352 less for a starter, $166 less for fuel injection, $262 less for a fuel pump, $182 less for front struts, $848 less for a timing belt/chain and $5 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 $8669 to $9095 less than for the Toyota Sequoia.

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 Toyota Sequoia by over 10 to one during 2017.

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