If you’re in the market for a new SUV you probably have noticed there are plenty of options—even within the Honda SUV lineup. Today we will be comparing the Honda Pilot vs. the Honda CR-V to find out which SUV will meet your current driving needs. While both SUVs are great family vehicles, they tick different boxes for Sioux Falls car shoppers. From fuel economy and horsepower to interior dimensions and features, Vern Eide Honda will show you the difference between the 2021 Honda Pilot vs. the 2021 Honda CR-V.
The spacious, three-row Pilot can seat up to eight with 152.9 cubic feet of passenger volume. Pilot’s various storage compartments and 75.8 cubic feet of maximum cargo space make this midsize SUV an ideal road trip companion. Riders can easily stretch their legs with 40.9 inches of front legroom, 38.4 inches for the middle row, and 31.9 inches of legroom in the third row.
The Honda CR-V may be labeled a compact SUV but you wouldn’t know it once you’re inside the cabin. With seating for up to five, CR-V makes great use of its interior dimensions featuring 105.9 cubic feet of passenger volume, 41.3 inches of front legroom and 39.2 inches of rear legroom, and cargo space maxing out at 75.8 cubic feet thanks to a fold-down 60/40 split rear seatback.
Even at the base trim level, the Honda Pilot comes well-equipped with features and amenities such as tri-zone automatic climate control, heated front seats, Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink®, push-button start, LED daytime running lights, auto high-beam headlights, 18-inch alloy wheels, rear privacy glass, and the Honda Sensing® suite. The 2021 Pilot can also be outfitted with the following available features:
All 2021 Honda CR-V models come with a wealth of standard features like Honda Sensing®, remote entry system, USB audio interface, Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink®, Pandora® connectivity, automatic climate control, LED daytime running lights, auto high-beams, and power side mirrors. Across the entire CR-V lineup, other available features include:
Powerful performance comes standard on all 2021 Pilot trims with a 3.5-liter, V6 engine paired to a 9-speed transmission capable of 280 horsepower and 262 lb-ft of torque. While 2WD models have a towing capacity of up to 3,500 pounds when properly equipped, Honda Pilots with available AWD can tow up to 5,000 pounds and feature Intelligent Traction Management which has different driving modes for sand, mud, and snow (EX and above).
Quick acceleration comes courtesy of a 1.5-liter, turbocharged in-line four-cylinder which makes 190 horsepower and 179 lb-ft of torque—standard on all 2021 CR-V trims along with a continuously variable transmission (CVT). The CR-V can tow up to 1,500 pounds whether you opt for the 2WD or AWD model, and for the first time ever, the Honda CR-V is available as a hybrid SUV with performance specs of 212 total system horsepower and 232 lb-ft of torque.
The 2021 Pilot boasts strong horsepower and towing capabilities but doesn’t sacrifice fuel economy, still achieving the following EPA-estimated ratings:
Whether you’re looking for a daily commuter, family-friendly kid hauler, or both, the 2021 Honda CR-V delivers. Here are the EPA-estimated fuel economy ratings for CR-V:
The 2021 Honda Pilot earned a 5-Star Overall Vehicle Score from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)^ and all Pilot models come standard with safety features like Vehicle Stability Assist™ (VSA®), multi-angle rearview camera, and the Honda Sensing suite which includes technologies such as Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), Collision Mitigation Braking System™ (CMBS™), Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS), and Road Departure Mitigation System (RDM). For enhanced traction control during those South Dakota winters, every Pilot trim can be outfitted with available, Intelligent Variable Torque Management™ (i-VTM4®) AWD System.
As is the case with Pilot, the 2021 CR-V comes standard equipped with a multi-angle rearview camera, Vehicle Stability Assist, and Honda Sensing. Fight off winter weather conditions and slick roadways with Honda’s Real Time AWD with Intelligent Control System™, available on any CR-V model. Also like Pilot, the 2021 CR-V received a 5-Star Overall Vehicle Score from the NHTSA.^
Honda SUVs continue to outperform the competition every year, whether you’re looking at the 2021 Pilot or 2021 CR-V. As for which Honda SUV you should buy? That all depends on your family’s driving needs. While the fuel efficiency and versatile seating make CR-V an ideal choice for daily commuters, Pilot’s larger dimensions and performance capabilities will attract bigger families. Whichever SUV you choose, both options feature modern styling, exciting technology, top-tier safety, and Honda’s legendary resale value. If you have any questions Vern Eide Honda would be happy to help! Use our online contact form or just see us in person at our location at 5200 S. Louise Avenue in Sioux Falls.
** 28 city/34 highway/30 combined mpg rating for 2WD trims. 27 city/32 highway/29 combined mpg rating for AWD trims. 40 city/35 highway/38 combined mpg rating for hybrid trims. Based on 2021 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions, battery-pack age/condition (hybrid trims) and other factors.
^ Model tested with standard side airbags (SAB). Government 5-Star Safety Ratings are part of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA’s) New Car Assessment Program (www.safercar.gov).