It’s a common opinion that the bigger the vehicle is, the safer it is, but that isn’t the case for some brands. It’s also common to hear that SUV’s also don’t have good MPG ratings or convenient features that can match up to a sedan. We are addressing those notions with the 2020 Honda Pilot in Katy and comparing it to the Toyota Sequoia, which will soon prove to be the lesser of the two.
Part-time is not an option when it comes to safety features, and unfortunately, the Sequoia only offers four-wheel-drive when the vehicle goes off-road. The Pilot, on the other hand, provides an optional full-time four-wheel drive for added traction in all driving conditions. To better protect your passenger, this Honda also has a safety cell construction that provides extra impact protection due to its three-dimensional high-strength frame. As icing on the cake, the Pilot Touring, Elite, and Black Edition comes standard with HondaLink Assist with a GPS receiver. This system automatically alerts emergency personnel if the airbags are deployed, making it easier and faster for first responders to reach you. This system is not available on the Sequoia, so if you’re in an accident and incapacitated, help might not come quickly.
While the Pilot’s safety features protect you and your passengers, the fuel economy and range works to protect the environment! With an engine control system that’s capable of shutting down half of its cylinders, the Pilot’s fuel efficiency can be improved as your drive. Plus, when you’re stopped at a light or in heavy traffic, the Touring, Elite, and Black Edition’s engines can automatically turn off, saving you fuel while reducing pollution. Once you’re ready to go, the engine will kick back on without missing a beat. The Sequoia, unfortunately, doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.
|FWD||9-spd||3.5 SOHC V6||20 city/27 hwy*|
|6-spd||3.5 SOHC V6||19 city/27 hwy*|
|AWD||9-spd||3.5 SOHC V6||19 city/26 hwy*|
|6-spd||3.5 SOHC V6||18 city/26 hwy*|
|RWD||6-spd||5.7 DOHC V8||13 city/17 hwy|
|AWD||6-spd||5.7 DOHC V8||13 city/17 hw|
The Pilot also has a standard cap-less fueling system that automatically opens and closes when the fuel filler is inserted or removed, further reducing pollution by eliminating fuel evaporation. The Sequoia doesn’t offer this feature either, also proving that the Pilot is more environmentally friendly.
Convenience is key when driving through a fast-paced world, and if a vehicle can help ease some of that stress, then why would you drive anything else? The Pilot comes with standard speed-sensitive wipers that can automatically speed up when the vehicle does, but the Sequoia only offers manually variable wipers that need to be adjusted continuously. To help combat the summer heat, the Pilot has automatic windows that can be lowered by the driver via keyless remote so when you’re walking up to the SUV, you won’t have to deal with the “oven” when opening the vehicle doors. And keep your devices charged without the hassle of cables tangling, the Pilot also offers a wireless phone charging system (Qi) in the front. The Sequoia’s windows can’t be operated via remote, nor does it have a wireless charging system.
If you want to know more about the 2020 Honda Pilot in Katy, feel free to give us a call or stop by for a test drive! We also have plenty of models for you to view online, so if you’re not comfortable coming to visit us at Honda Cars of Katy, you can do it all from the comfort of your home online.
*19 city/27 highway/22 combined mpg rating for 2WD 6AT trims. 18 city/26 highway/21 combined mpg rating for AWD 6AT trims. 20 city/27 highway/23 combined mpg rating for 2WD 9AT trims. 19 city/26 highway/22 combined mpg rating for AWD 9AT trims. Based on 2020 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions and other factors.