Honda Cars of Katy Compares 2018 Honda Pilot VS 2018 Volkswagen Atlas Near Houston, TX

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2018 Honda Pilot

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2018 Volkswagen Atlas

Safety Comparison

Both the Pilot and the Atlas have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, 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.

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 Atlas was a “Top Pick” for 2017, but no longer qualifies under the tighter 2018 guidelines.

Warranty Comparison

The Pilot comes with free roadside assistance for 3 years 36,000 miles. Honda will send help if you run out of gas, need a jump start, lock your keys in or need any assistance on the road. Volkswagen doesn’t give free roadside assistance for the Atlas.

There are over 60 percent more Honda dealers than there are Volkswagen 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 engines in the Atlas 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 Volkswagen vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Honda 7th in reliability, above the industry average. With 43 more problems per 100 vehicles, Volkswagen is ranked 25th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ April 2017 Auto Issue reports that Honda vehicles are more reliable than Volkswagen vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Honda 12 places higher in reliability than Volkswagen.

Engine Comparison

The Pilot’s 3.5 SOHC V6 produces 45 more horsepower (280 vs. 235) and 4 lbs.-ft. more torque (262 vs. 258) than the Atlas’ standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. The Pilot’s 3.5 SOHC V6 produces 4 more horsepower (280 vs. 276) than the Atlas’ optional 3.6 DOHC V6.

As tested in Car and Driver the Honda Pilot is faster than the Volkswagen Atlas V6:

 

Pilot

Atlas

Zero to 30 MPH

2.2 sec

2.9 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

6 sec

7.9 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

17.2 sec

20.2 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

6.3 sec

8.2 sec

Passing 30 to 50 MPH

3.5 sec

3.9 sec

Passing 50 to 70 MPH

4.7 sec

5.2 sec

Quarter Mile

14.8 sec

16 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

94 MPH

89 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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

 

 

Pilot

Atlas

 

2WD

3.5 V6/9-spd Auto

20 city/27 hwy

18 city/25 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

17 city/23 hwy

3.6 V6/Auto

 

3.5 V6/6-spd Auto

18 city/26 hwy

n/a

 

An engine control system that can shut down half of the engine’s cylinders helps improve the Pilot’s fuel efficiency. The Atlas doesn’t offer a system that can shut down part of the engine.

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Honda Pilot uses regular unleaded gasoline. The Atlas 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 Atlas (19.5 vs. 18.6 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

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

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The Pilot stops much shorter than the Atlas:

 

Pilot

Atlas

 

60 to 0 MPH

119 feet

139 feet

Motor Trend

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 Atlas 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 Atlas’ suspension doesn’t offer a rear stabilizer bar.

The Pilot Elite 4WD handles at .83 G’s, while the Atlas SEL 4Motion pulls only .79 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

The Pilot Elite 4WD executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver quicker than the Atlas SEL 4Motion (27.5 seconds @ .63 average G’s vs. 27.9 seconds @ .61 average G’s).

Chassis Comparison

The Pilot is 3.8 inches shorter than the Atlas, making the Pilot easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

To almost totally eliminate engine vibration in the passenger area, the Pilot has an electronically controlled liquid-filled engine mounts. A computer controlled electric current in the liquid changes its viscosity, allowing the mount to dampen the engine completely at all RPMs. The Atlas uses conventional solid rubber engine mounts.

The Pilot uses computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The Atlas 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 Atlas SEL Premium 4Motion (37 vs. 41 dB).

Passenger Space Comparison

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

The Pilot has .9 inches more front hip room, .5 inches more front shoulder room, .8 inches more rear legroom, 1.2 inches more rear shoulder room, .6 inches more third row headroom and 2.7 inches more third row shoulder room than the Atlas.

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

Cargo Capacity Comparison

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

 

Pilot

Atlas

Third Seat Folded

55.9 cubic feet

55.5 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

109 cubic feet

96.8 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 Atlas doesn’t offer seats that fold into the floor.

Ergonomics Comparison

The Pilot Touring/Elite’s standard easy entry system glides the driver’s seat back when the door is unlocked or the ignition is switched off, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. The Atlas doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

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 Atlas can’t use the remote to operate the windows.

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 Atlas’ standard manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the Pilot has a standard rear fixed intermittent wiper with a full on position. The rear wiper standard on the Atlas only has an intermittent setting, so in a hard rain visibility isn’t as good.

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 Atlas’ headlights are rated “Marginal” to “Poor.”

Recommendations Comparison

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

 

Pilot

Atlas

Consumer Reports® Recommends

TRUE

n/a

Car Book “Best Bet”

TRUE

n/a

The Honda Pilot outsold the Volkswagen Atlas by almost five to one during 2017.

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