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Honda Pilot vs. Volkswagen Atlas

When we compare the Honda Pilot to the Volkswagen Atlas, the Honda Pilot has the advantage in the areas of overall quality score and base engine power. The Volkswagen Atlas has the advantage in the areas of new vehicle base pricing, typical lower range of pricing for one- to five-year-old used cars, and interior volume. The Honda Pilot and Volkswagen Atlas have the same fuel efficiency. Based on this comparison of the Honda Pilot versus the Volkswagen Atlas, the Volkswagen Atlas is a better car than the Honda Pilot.

Honda Pilot versus Volkswagen Atlas Pricing

A one- to five-year-old used Honda Pilot ranges from $31,798 to $45,877 while a used Volkswagen Atlas from the same model year range is priced between $31,083 to $48,266. For a new model, the Honda Pilot's price is between $38,798 and $51,617, with the Volkswagen Atlas priced between $36,537 and $53,685.

Honda Pilot versus Volkswagen Atlas Quality Rating

The iSeeCars Overall Quality rating for the Honda Pilot is 8.7 out of 10 while the Volkswagen Atlas' quality rating is 7.6 out of 10. This results in the Honda Pilot being ranked 2 out of 25 Best Midsize SUVs and the Volkswagen Atlas being ranked 15 out of 25. Out of 61 Best Crossover SUVs, the Honda Pilot is ranked 61 and the Volkswagen Atlas is ranked 33. The Honda Pilot is also ranked 4 out of 31 Best SUVs with 3 Rows while the Volkswagen Atlas is ranked 20 out of 31.

Engine Power and Fuel Efficiency Comparison

For engine performance, the Honda Pilot’s base engine makes 280 horsepower, and the Volkswagen Atlas base engine makes 235 horsepower. Both the Pilot and the Atlas are rated to deliver an average of 23 miles per gallon, with highway ranges of 527 and 465 miles respectively. Both models use regular unleaded.

Passenger Space Comparison

While both models are crossover/midsize SUVs, the Volkswagen Atlas has the advantage of offering more front head room, front leg room, rear head room, and trunk space. The Honda Pilot has the advantage in the areas of front shoulder room, rear shoulder room and rear leg room.

Hauling, Towing, and Off-Road Capabilities Comparison

The Honda Pilot has the advantage of offering higher ground clearance and payload capacity than the Volkswagen Atlas.

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2022 Honda Pilot

2023 Volkswagen Atlas

Pricing

New Asking Price:

$38,798 - $51,617

Used Asking Price:

$31,798 - $45,877

5-Year Depreciation (lower is better):

44.4%

Pricing

New Asking Price:

$36,537 - $53,685

Used Asking Price:

$31,083 - $48,266

5-Year Depreciation (lower is better):

46.4%

iSeeCars Scores & Rankings

Overall Score:

8.7 / 10

Reliability:

8.6 / 10

Retained Value:

7.4 / 10

Safety:

10.0 / 10

iSeeCars Scores & Rankings

Overall Score:

7.6 / 10

Reliability:

5.7 / 10

Retained Value:

7.1 / 10

Safety:

10.0 / 10

iSeeCars Rankings

1 / 61
2 / 31
2 / 25
2 / 25
2 / 25
3 / 61
3 / 61
4 / 31
6 / 25
8 / 31
8 / 31
42 / 61

iSeeCars Rankings

7 / 25
8 / 31
12 / 25
14 / 61
15 / 31
15 / 25
16 / 25
20 / 31
22 / 31
33 / 61
37 / 61
48 / 61

Summary Review

The Honda Pilot is one of America’s favorite three-row family vehicles. All but two trim levels offer seating for eight passengers, though many buyers opt for the 7-passenger configuration with two large captain's chairs in the second row.

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Summary Review

Not yet available

Pros and Cons

  • Seating for up to 8 in almost every trim 
  • Family-friendly features galore
  • Among the largest interior volume and cargo capacity of this segment’s SUVs
  • One of the most “made-in-America” models in this segment (Alabama)

  • No green (hybrid/electric) powertrain option available
  • Overdue for an update

Pros and Cons

Not yet available

Available Body Styles

SUV

Available Body Styles

SUV

Available Drivetrain Options

Gasoline

Available Drivetrain Options

Gasoline

Trim Levels

Sport, Touring-8P, TrailSport, SE, Touring-7P, Black Edition, Elite, EX-L

Trim Levels

2.0T SEL 4Motion, 2.0T SE 4Motion, 2.0T SE, V6 SEL R-Line Black 4Motion, V6 SEL 4Motion, V6 SEL Premium R-Line 4Motion, V6 SE, V6 SE 4Motion

Warranty Information

Warranty, Bumper-to-Bumper:

3 years / 36000 miles

Warranty, Powertrain

5 years / 60000 miles

Warranty, Roadside Assistance:

3 years / 36000 miles

Warranty Information

Warranty, Bumper-to-Bumper:

4 years / 50000 miles

Warranty, Powertrain

4 years / 50000 miles

Warranty, Roadside Assistance:

3 years / 36000 miles

Safety Ratings

NHTSA Safety Rating (last 5 year average):

5 out of 5 Stars

IIHS Safety Rating:

Not yet available

Safety Ratings

NHTSA Safety Rating (last 5 year average):

5 out of 5 Stars

IIHS Safety Rating:

Not yet available

Base Drivetrain Specifications

Horsepower:

280 hp @ 6000 rpm

Torque:

262 foot-lbs @ 4700 rpm

Power-to-Weight Ratio (higher is better):

0.069 hp per pound

Towing Capacity:

Not yet available

Base Drivetrain Specifications

Horsepower:

235 hp @ 5400 rpm

Torque:

258 foot-lbs @ 1600 rpm

Power-to-Weight Ratio (higher is better):

0.055 hp per pound

Towing Capacity:

Not yet available

Engine Specifications

Engine Size:

3.5 liters

Engine Configuration:

V

Number of Cylinders:

6

Transmission:

Automatic

Standard/Optional Drivetrain Type:

FWD / AWD

EPA Fuel Economy (City/Highway/Combined MPG):

20 / 27 / 23

Range (city/hwy):

390 / 527 miles

Recommended Fuel Type:

Regular Unleaded

Engine Specifications

Engine Size:

2 liters

Engine Configuration:

Inline

Number of Cylinders:

4

Transmission:

Automatic

Standard/Optional Drivetrain Type:

FWD / AWD

EPA Fuel Economy (City/Highway/Combined MPG):

21 / 25 / 23

Range (city/hwy):

391 / 465 miles

Recommended Fuel Type:

Regular Unleaded

Standard/Optional Features

Apple CarPlay:

Standard

Android Auto:

Standard

Wireless Smartphone Charging:

Available

Keyless Entry:

Standard

Keyless Ignition:

Standard

Adaptive Cruise Control:

Standard

Heated Seats:

Standard

Cooled/Ventilated Seats:

Available

Leather Upholstery:

Available

Navigation System:

Standard

Sunroof/Moonroof:

Available

Heated Steering Wheel:

Available

Standard/Optional Features

Apple CarPlay:

Standard

Android Auto:

Standard

Wireless Smartphone Charging:

Available

Keyless Entry:

Standard

Keyless Ignition:

Standard

Adaptive Cruise Control:

Available

Heated Seats:

Standard

Cooled/Ventilated Seats:

Available

Leather Upholstery:

Standard

Navigation System:

Available

Sunroof/Moonroof:

Available

Heated Steering Wheel:

Available

Safety Equipment

Forward Collision Warning:

Standard

Pedestrian Detection:

Standard

Lane Departure Warning:

Standard

Lane Keeping Assist:

Standard

Blind Spot Monitoring:

Standard

Rear Cross-Traffic Alert:

Standard

360-Degree Camera:

N/A

Rear Seat Reminder:

N/A

Driver Attention Monitoring:

N/A

Safety Equipment

Forward Collision Warning:

Standard

Pedestrian Detection:

Standard

Lane Departure Warning:

Available

Lane Keeping Assist:

Available

Blind Spot Monitoring:

Standard

Rear Cross-Traffic Alert:

Standard

360-Degree Camera:

Available

Rear Seat Reminder:

N/A

Driver Attention Monitoring:

N/A

Interior Dimensions

Front Head Room:

40.1 inches

Front Leg Room:

40.9 inches

Front Shoulder Room:

62 inches

Rear Head Room:

40.2 inches

Rear Leg Room:

38.4 inches

Rear Shoulder Room:

62 inches

Cargo Space:

16.5 cubic feet

Cargo Space, 2nd-row seat folded down:

83.8 cubic feet

Overall Interior Volume:

169.4 cubic feet

Interior Dimensions

Front Head Room:

41.3 inches

Front Leg Room:

41.7 inches

Front Shoulder Room:

61.5 inches

Rear Head Room:

40.4 inches

Rear Leg Room:

37.6 inches

Rear Shoulder Room:

60.8 inches

Cargo Space:

20.6 cubic feet

Cargo Space, 2nd-row seat folded down:

96.8 cubic feet

Overall Interior Volume:

174.6 cubic feet

Exterior Dimensions

Curb Weight:

4030 lbs

Width:

78.6 inches

Height:

70.6 inches

Length:

196.5 inches

Wheelbase:

111 inches

Ground Clearance:

7.3 inches

Exterior Dimensions

Curb Weight:

4261 lbs

Width:

78.4 inches

Height:

70.1 inches

Length:

200.7 inches

Wheelbase:

117.3 inches

Ground Clearance:

7.1 inches

Standard Wheel/Tire Information

Wheel Size:

20.0 x 8.0 inches

Wheel Type:

painted alloy

Tire Size:

245/50R20

Standard Wheel/Tire Information

Wheel Size:

18.0 x 8.0 inches

Wheel Type:

alloy

Tire Size:

P245/60R18