Located in Highland Park, IL, our team at Gregory Hyundai takes all your car buying needs seriously. If you are in the market for a new family vehicle, the 2020 Hyundai Palisade and Honda Pilot have probably both made the list of possibilities. With the ability to seat up to 7 or 8 passengers, both are high-quality options. So, which is going to be the best fit? Here are some things to consider before you make that big purchase.
Power & Fuel Efficiency
Both the Palisade or the Pilot hold their own when it comes to get up and go. The Palisade’s 3.8L V6 engine and Pilot’s 3.5L V6 engine both produce 262 lb. ft. torque; however, the Palisade produces a higher 291 horsepower in comparison to the Pilot’s 280 horsepower. The Palisade provides a standard 8-speed automatic transmission across the board, whereas the Pilot’s lower trims are equipped with a 6-speed transmission and higher trims offer a 9-speed automatic transmission.
If you’re in the market for an SUV, chances are you may end up towing stuff around town and you’ll want a vehicle that can handle it. The Pilot can tow a respectable maximum of 3,500 lbs. However, for greater towing capacity, the Palisade has you covered with a max towing capability of 5,000 lbs.
If you plan to put mostly city miles on your SUV, then both vehicles come out in a wash at 19 mpg City. However, if you plan to put more highway miles on the vehicle, the 27 mpg Highway that the Pilot gets outdoes the Palisade’s 24 mpg Highway.
Comfort, Space & Versatility
The ability to seamlessly combine the precise combination of comfort, space, and versatility is an art form that the Palisade has mastered. The Palisade has just over 3.5 cubic feet of additional passenger volume and an extra 1.5 cubic feet of cargo space in comparison to the Pilot. With 3.2” more front leg room and an additional 4” of legroom in the second row, the Palisade offers a greater amount of comfort for taller passengers. While both vehicles offer heated bucket seats, the Palisade adds an available ventilated feature to its front seats making sure that every drive no matter the time of year is an enjoyable one.
Not only does the enjoyment of owning a vehicle come in the comforts it provides, but also in the conveniences it delivers. The Palisade and Pilot both have available power liftgate options, concealed cargo area storage selections and a safer upgraded laminated glass not offered on many SUVs in their class.
Whether in your neighborhood or on the open road, the Palisade is versatile enough to give you a smooth ride no matter the conditions. With half of a foot less turning radius then the Pilot, turning around in your subdivision just got that much easier. Bad Weather? Rough road? Driving conditions aren’t a problem for the Palisade, with drive modes that can handle whatever you encounter. Eco mode for more fuel efficiency, Comfort mode for all your day-to-day driving, Smart mode which auto selects the driving mode needed, Sport mode for a more responsive driving experience, Snow mode, Mud mode and Sand mode for better overall control in more intense off-road conditions. Although the Pilot has available normal, snow, mud and sand modes, it only offers a baseline foundation for driving optimization in comparison to those offered in the Palisade.
The Pilot offers an 8” touchscreen display with navigation along with an available 10-speaker upgraded audio system, whereas the Palisade has an available premium 12-speaker sound system and 10.25” color touchscreen with onboard navigation.
Both vehicles conveniently have Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ capabilities, along with USB and Auxiliary ports. The Pilot also offers up to 3 12V DC power outlets and 1 AC power outlet. The Palisade takes things a bit farther with an additional 1 12V DC power outlet and wireless charging capabilities.
Both SUVs offer standard and available safety features to boost your confidence with every drive. Features such as Electronic Stability Control, ABS and Driveline Traction Control, Side Impact Beams, Dual Stage Driver and Passenger Seat-Mounted Side Airbags, Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist, with Pedestrian/Cyclist Detection, Lane Keep Assist, and Blind-spot Collision-Avoidance Assist are there to back you up in all the unexpected driving circumstances you never wish to have.
There is no denying which vehicle came out on top for this comparison. With the ability to create a better overall driving experience in comfort, capability, towing, versatility and connectivity, the Palisade knocks this one out of the park.
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