The Big Threes - Comparing The 2020 Honda Pilot in Clear Lake

2020 Honda Pilot in Honda of Clear Lake

There are three main categories to research when comparing two vehicles, and they are safety features, fuel efficiency, and convenient assistive features. While it can take a long time to find truthful information about SUVs, we know you would instead be spending that time doing things you love. So today, Honda of Clear Lake is presenting to you a comparison between the 2020 Honda Pilot in Clear Lake and the 2020 Toyota 4Runner. Hopefully, this article will answer a few questions, and put some concerns to rest, so here we go...

Superior Safety

You can never have too many safety features, and the Pilot offers more protection for its passengers and driver than the 4Runner. Even the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety agrees that the Pilot is safer, giving it a higher rating for its Collision Mitigation Braking System, marking it as “Superior.” The 4Runner scores zero with the IIHS for having no effective frontal crash prevention abilities. If you upgrade to the Pilot EX, EX-L, Touring, Elite, or Black Edition, you can rely on a blind-spot warning system that utilizes digital cameras to monitor your blind spot. This is more reliable than mirrors as the system can detect moving objects in places where a mirror would typically be blind to. These models also offer a cross-path warning system to alert the driver of vehicles approaching from the side when backing up. The 4Runner doesn’t offer either of these advanced warning systems, so you won’t be as covered when driving around town.

Friendly Fuel Economy

Aside from having a very efficient fuel economy (which is addressed in the graph below), the Pilot also has a few additions to help with the environment. When at a stoplight or stuck in heavy traffic, the Pilot Touring, Elite, and Black Edition’s engines can automatically turn off, reducing pollution and saving fuel. Once you’re ready to go, the engine will automatically start up again, so you don’t miss a beat. There is also a cap-less fueling system on the Pilot, which reduces fuel evaporation and eliminates the need to mess with a nasty gas cap. The 4Runner comes up short again in this department by not offering an automatic start/stop system or cap-less fueling system.




3.5 DOHC V6

20 city/27 hwy*


3.5 DOHC V6

19 city/26 hwy*



4.0 DOHC V6

16 city/19 hwy


4.0 DOHC V6

16 city/19 hw

Engaging Ergonomics

As icing on the cake, the Pilot comes with assistive technologies that the 4Runner could only dream of having. Features like a remote vehicle starting system on the EX, EX-L, Touring, Elite, and Black Edition make your morning rush to work smoother, along with an easy entry system that glides the seat back when the vehicle is unlocked for easy entry. If you have a hard time backing into parking spaces or even parallel parking, the Pilot will be your new secret weapon because once it is put in reverse, the side mirrors tilt from their position to provide a better view of the curb. Once the vehicle is parked, the mirrors return to their original position. And finally, you can kiss charging cables goodbye in the Pilot because the Elite and Black Edition come with a standard wireless charging system located in the front.

There is so much more to discover within the 2020 Honda Pilot in Clear Lake, so visit us this weekend for a test-drive. Our team here at Honda of Clear Lake is eager to help make your dreams a reality by joining our Honda family.

*19 city/27 highway/22 combined mpg rating for 2WD 6AT trims. 18 city/26 highway/21 combined mpg rating for AWD 6AT trims. 20 city/27 highway/23 combined mpg rating for 2WD 9AT trims. 19 city/26 highway/22 combined mpg rating for AWD 9AT trims. Based on 2020 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions and other factors.