Honda flexes its muscles in the hotly contested SUV market, delivering a one-two punch with two championship SUV choices; the 2016 Honda CR-V and its larger cousin, the all-new 2016 Honda Pilot. Both of these capable, versatile, and superbly engineered SUVs share Honda’s legendary reliability, quality construction, and superior design. The question is: Which of these outstanding Honda SUVs is right for you?

To help you decide, let’s make a side-by-side comparison of these two excellent Honda SUVs.

Honda CR-V & Honda Pilot Exteriors

Both the CR-V and the Pilot share a lot in common when it comes to style. Fresh off its victory as Motor Trend’s 2015 “SUV of the Year,” the 2016 CR-V draws compliments from any angle with sporty, contemporary look that carries over from last year’s model refresh. A new lower fascia, chrome accents, projector-beam headlights with available LED lighting, and signature vertical taillights, and a lower wider stance give the CR-V a modern, well-proportioned appearance.

Wearing all-new sheetmetal for 2016, the Honda Pilot sheds the boxier look of previous models in favor of an entirely fresh, sleek, more aerodynamic, and stunning appearance. While it shares similar design cues, such as the bold chrome-accented grille, with the CR-V, the Pilot nonetheless carves out its own unique personality. Expressive wheel arches accentuate handsome available chrome, five-spoke alloy 20″ wheels. The roof is now swept back, flowing into an integrated rear spoiler. Oversized horizontal taillights dramatically etch into the rear liftgate, bending gracefully into the rear quarter panel. The overall effect is sophisticated and modern.

Pilot & CR-V Interiors Compared

Size is the big differentiator between the CR-V and the Pilot, both outside and inside. The CR-V’s roomy interior offers plenty of room for five passengers, plus lots of versatile cargo capacity with 60/40 split rear seats. In fact, the CR-V offers 104.1 cubic feet of interior volume with a generous 37.2 cubic feet of storage space behind the 2nd-row seats. With the rear seats folded down, this cargo capacity expands to 70.9 cubic feet.

As you would expect, the larger Pilot offers more room for both passengers and cargo with seating for up to 8 people or 7 people when equipped with executive-class 2nd-row captain’s chairs. Total interior volume is 152.9 cubic feet with 18.5 cubic feet of space behind the 3rd-row seats, 55.9 cubic feet behind the 2nd-row seats, and a whopping 109 cubic feet with both the 2nd and 3rd-row seats folded down.

Pilot & CR-V Convenience/Technology Features

Both the 2016 Pilot and the 2016 CR-V share a lot in common when it comes to superior quality, craftsmanship, and luxury, plus they both offer exceptional convenience and the latest technology. The 2016 Honda CR-V EX-L and CR-V Touring models feature leather seats, a 10-way power driver’s seat with two memory presets, and a large center console with big cup holders and lots of room to store cell phones and other items.

The 2016 Pilot’s completely revamped interior also features similar luxurious appointments such as leather seats, plus plenty of storage compartments, including a center console big enough to swallow a 10-inch tablet PC. Additionally, the Pilot features one-touch 2nd-row seats that move out of the way with the touch of a button.

You’ll also find an array of similar high-tech infotainment and convenience features on both the CR-V and the Pilot. For instance, they both offer available power tailgates, power moon roofs, and keyless Smart Entry with push-button start/stop. The CR-V EX and CR-V Touring models feature a 7-inch display audio touchscreen, Bluetooth® Streaming Audio, a USB audio interface, PANDORA®, SiriusXM® Radio, and HD Radio®. You’ll also find convenient steering wheel-mounted controls, voice-activated Bluetooth® HandsFree Link®, and the available HondaLink® Next Generation that links your compatible smartphones for capabilities.

You’ll find many of these same high-tech features on the 2016 Pilot plus a few more. The Pilot adds three-zone climate control, an 8-inch color touchscreen display, five USB ports, an auxiliary headphone jack, three 12-volt outlets, a 115-volt outlet, and an HDMI port. Plus, the Pilot offers a 9-inch Rear Entertainment System with DVD and Blu-Ray Disc™ capability and an available Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System™ with 3-D rendered mapping feature.

Pilot & CR-V Performance Specs

When it comes to power, performance, and fuel-efficiency, both the 2016 Honda CR-V and 2016 Honda Pilot have plenty to spare. When awarding the “Golden Calipers” to the 2015 CR-V, Motor Trend’s judges raved about its outstanding 185-hp, 16-valve, 2.4-liter direct injection Earth Dreams iVTEC engine. They noted that the 2.4-liter has ample power for highway passing and merging. Fuel economy is also excellent with the CR-V getting up to an EPA-estimated 26 mpg city/33 mpg highway. And they also gave the CR-V high marks for handling and off-road capabilities, thanks to Honda’s superior Real-Time All-Wheel Drive™.

Not surprisingly, the new 2016 Honda Pilot kicks performance up a notch with a new 3.5-liter, 280-hp Earth Dreams i-VTEC® V6 engine that delivers outstanding performance. A newly available 9-speed automatic transmission and idle-stop technology that seamlessly stops and starts the engine when stopped combine to achieve excellent fuel economy, getting up to an EPA-estimated 19 mpg city/27 mpg highway.

The Pilot also offers outstanding ride and handling characteristics because it shares the same confidence-inspiring suspension and chassis as the upscale Acura MDX. Additionally, the Pilot EX and above models offer available Intelligent Traction Management and advanced All-Wheel Drive.

Both the Honda Pilot and the Honda CR-V perfectly express Honda’s unwavering commitment to passenger safety. Each vehicle comes with Honda’s exclusive ACE™ energy-absorbing body structure, a standard rear backup camera, and multiple strategically placed dual-stage, SmartVent™ airbags. Also, both the Pilot and the CR-V can be equipped with Honda’s exclusive Honda Sensing™ suite of advanced active drive-assist safety technologies. These include

  • Collision-Mitigation Braking System
  • Honda LaneWatch™
  • Blind-Spot Information System with Cross-Traffic Monitor
  • Adaptive Cruise Control
  • Lane-Keeping Assist
  • Road-Departure Mitigation
  • Intelligent Traction Management

Discover The New Pilot & CR-V At Your Valley Honda Dealers

Regardless of whether you choose the all-new 2016 Honda Pilot or the award-winning 2016 Honda CR-V, you’re getting an SUV that’s built to last. In fact, according to a recent IHS-Polk automotive survey, 78% of all Hondas made in the past 25 years are still on the road today. We invite you to stop by a conveniently located Phoenix-area Valley Honda Dealer near you and check out the new 2016 Honda Pilot or 2016 Honda CR-V SUVs today. Be sure to take advantage of sizzling summertime special Honda offers that will put you behind the wheel of a new Pilot, CR-V, or one of our many other outstanding Honda automobiles, for less than you imagined.

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