Hyundai Palisade vs. Honda Pilot
Hyundai Palisade vs. Honda Pilot
Posted on December 5, 2021
There's no shortage of mid-size SUVs for Canadian drivers to choose from, with focuses ranging from family-sized convenience to off-road ruggedness. Two of the best-selling models available today are the Hyundai Palisade and the Honda Pilot, but which one is right for your? Read our side-by-side comparison review to find out.
Size and Passenger Capacity
Both cars can nominally seat up to eight, but as is often the case in this market, the Pilot's third row is a little cramped and only truly suitable for younger passengers. And while the Palisade's third row is certainly a little tighter than the front two, an average-sized adult will find it perfectly comfortable for shorter journeys.
Under the Hood
Both of these SUVs offer a hefty powertrain to propel their large frames with ease, but the Palisade has a slight edge over the Pilot. The Hyundai's 3.8L V6 engine makes 291 horsepower, whereas the Honda's smaller 3.5L V6 drops the power to 280 hp. However, this does mean the Pilot has a slight advantage in fuel economy, with a combined figure of 10.2L / 100km edging ahead of the Palisade's 10.7L / 100km.
Perhaps a more important difference in performance terms is found in the torque. Both cars have an official rating of 262lb-ft, but the Palisade produces this output at a low engine level of 2,500rpm compared to the Pilot's 4,700rpm, meaning acceleration is punchier from a standing start and the car reacts more quickly to the gas pedal.
The rest of the powertrain is almost identical in the two vehicles. Both offer all-wheel drive as standard, fed by an eight-speed automatic transmission in the Hyundai and a nine-speed automatic in the Honda.
Advanced Infotainment and Technology
As standard, the Palisade is fitted with a generous 8" infotainment touchscreen, along with wireless versions of both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto to allow full smartphone integration without trailing cords.
The Pilot can also be equipped with an 8" screen, although you'll need to move above the entry level trim to enjoy that option. What's more, only wired versions of the Apple and Android systems are available, offering slightly less convenience.
In most other tech terms, the two cars are evenly matched, with available options including a Wi-Fi hotspot facility, in-built navigation, and a generous number of USB ports for charging and connectivity.
Both cars are also available with a wide range of safety systems including lane departure warnings, collision warnings, emergency braking, and more.
The final advantage the Palisade enjoys is the warranty, which covers five years / 100,000km as standard, with the powertrain covered for 10 years / 160,000km. The Honda standard warranty is much shorter at three years / 60,000km, with powertrain coverage dropping to five years or 100,000km.
Discover the Hyundai Palisade in Oakville
Ready for more? Contact us now to book a test drive of the Hyundai Palisade in Oakville. If you're looking for an SUV that seats eight in genuine comfort, and boasts enough power to carry those passengers with responsiveness and confidence, the Hyundai Palisade is the mid-size crossover to beat.