Honda Cars of Katy Compares 2018 Honda Pilot VS 2018 Volvo XC90 Near Houston, TX

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2018 Honda Pilot

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2018 Volvo XC90

Safety Comparison

Both the Pilot and the XC90 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 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 Volvo XC90:

 

Pilot

XC90

 

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Chest Movement

.6 inches

.7 inches

Abdominal Force

101 G’s

153 G’s

 

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Hip Force

304 lbs.

608 lbs.

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 its highest rating: “Top Pick Plus” for 2017, a rating granted to only 64 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The XC90 is only a standard “Top Pick” for 2017.

Warranty Comparison

Honda’s powertrain warranty covers the Pilot 1 year and 10,000 miles longer than Volvo covers the XC90. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 5 years or 60,000 miles. Coverage on the XC90 ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

There are almost 4 times as many Honda dealers as there are Volvo 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 XC90 have 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 48 points higher than the XC90.

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 Volvo vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Honda 20th in initial quality. With 29 more problems per 100 vehicles, Volvo is ranked 30th.

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 Volvo vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Honda 7th in reliability, above the industry average. With 26 more problems per 100 vehicles, Volvo is ranked 16th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ April 2017 Auto Issue reports that Honda vehicles are more reliable than Volvo vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Honda 9 places higher in reliability than Volvo.

Engine Comparison

The Pilot’s 3.5 SOHC V6 produces 30 more horsepower (280 vs. 250) and 4 lbs.-ft. more torque (262 vs. 258) than the XC90 T5’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

As tested in Motor Trend the Honda Pilot is faster than the XC90 T6 2.0 DOHC 4 cyl.:

 

Pilot

XC90

Zero to 30 MPH

2.2 sec

2.3 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

6.2 sec

6.7 sec

Zero to 80 MPH

10.7 sec

11.2 sec

Passing 45 to 65 MPH

3.3 sec

3.5 sec

Quarter Mile

14.8 sec

15.1 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

93.9 MPH

90.4 MPH

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 XC90 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 XC90 T5 requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

The Pilot has 6.3 gallons more fuel capacity than the XC90 Hybrid’s standard fuel tank (19.5 vs. 13.2 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The Pilot stops shorter than the XC90:

 

Pilot

XC90

 

70 to 0 MPH

180 feet

184 feet

Car and Driver

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Pilot has larger tires than the XC90 (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 XC90 doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The front and rear suspension of the Pilot uses coil springs for better ride, handling and control than the XC90, which uses transverse leafs springs in the rear. Coil springs compress more progressively and offer more suspension travel for a smoother ride with less bottoming out.

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 XC90 doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

The Pilot Elite 4WD handles at .80 G’s, while the XC90 T6 AWD pulls only .77 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

Chassis Comparison

The Honda Pilot may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 350 to 950 pounds less than the Volvo XC90.

The Pilot uses computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The XC90 doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

As tested by Car and Driver, the interior of the Pilot Elite 4WD is quieter than the XC90 T6 AWD:

 

Pilot

XC90

At idle

37 dB

48 dB

Passenger Space Comparison

The Pilot has standard seating for 8 passengers; the XC90 can only carry up to 7.

The Pilot has 1.2 inches more front headroom, 3.1 inches more front hip room, 4.3 inches more front shoulder room, 1.7 inches more rear headroom, 1.4 inches more rear legroom, .8 inches more rear hip room, 5.5 inches more rear shoulder room, 2.6 inches more third row headroom and 10.6 inches more third row shoulder room than the XC90.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Pilot’s middle and third row seats recline. The XC90’s third row seats don’t recline.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Pilot’s cargo area provides more volume than the XC90.

 

Pilot

XC90

Behind Third Seat

18.5 cubic feet

15.8 cubic feet

Third Seat Folded

55.9 cubic feet

41.8 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

109 cubic feet

85.7 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 XC90 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 XC90’s headlights are rated “Marginal” to “Poor.”

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the Pilot has standard extendable sun visors. The XC90 doesn’t offer extendable visors.

Economic Advantages Comparison

Insurance will cost less for the Pilot owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Pilot will cost $126 to $9235 less than the XC90 over a five-year period.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Pilot is less expensive to operate than the XC90 because it costs $540 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Pilot than the XC90, including $48 less for front brake pads, $145 less for fuel injection, $160 less for a fuel pump, $134 less for front struts and $287 less for a timing belt/chain.

IntelliChoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Honda Pilot will be $13815 to $55299 less than for the Volvo XC90.

Recommendations Comparison

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

 

Pilot

XC90

Consumer Reports® Recommends

TRUE

FALSE

Car Book “Best Bet”

TRUE

FALSE

The Honda Pilot outsold the Volvo XC90 by almost three to one during the 2017 model year.

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