Updated for 2021, the Honda Pilot offers something new to its model lineup. Shift paddles, idle shutdown, three-zone air conditioning and a nine-speed transmission are now standard on all models. It also offers families generous cargo space and seating for up to eight passengers.
To get a better idea of how the Pilot can help you progress through your day, here we compare it to a competitor, the 2021 Volkswagen Atlas.
The 2021 Honda Pilot has a more advanced transmission
All Pilot versions come with a 3.5-liter six-cylinder engine producing 280 horsepower and 262 lb-ft of torque. Also standard is an advanced nine-speed transmission with tilt logic control and paddle shifters that personalize your driving experience.
The Atlas offers two engines, a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder and a 3.6-liter six-cylinder. The turbocharged engine peaks at 235 horsepower and the other reaches 276 horsepower. Although the six cylinder is similar in power to the Pilot, it only offers an eight-speed automatic transmission and excludes paddle shifters.
All Pilot versions are available with a towing capacity of 2268 kg. However, to get this same capacity with the Atlas, you have to go for the six-cylinder engine. This will affect the initial costs.
The Pilot also weighs up to 136 kg less than the Atlas, with a wider base that adds stability and feel when the road calls for more agility.
The 2021 Honda Pilot has more room for what matters
Both vehicles are sizable on the outside, but the driver wins on the inside where it counts. With 3,092 liters of cargo volume, the Pilot can be configured to suit your lifestyle. The Atlas reduces this available volume by more than 300 liters.
The driver and passengers will also feel at home in the spacious and comfortable seats. With more front shoulder room; leg, shoulder and head room for the second row; along with more space in the third row for the head and shoulders, the Pilot offers an environment designed for long and pleasant journeys.
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