2016 Honda CR-V vs. 2016 Honda Pilot


2016 Honda CR-V

View CR-V Inventory

2016 Honda Pilot White

2016 Honda Pilot

 View Pilot Inventory

Honda produces some of the most trusted crossovers around, including the 2016 Honda CR-V and the 2016 Honda Pilot, but which model is right for your family? College Place and Kennewick drivers need to consider whether the midsized CR-V or full-sized Pilot would suit them better, so we’ve conducted a quick comparison to help you choose.

Powertrains and MPG

The 2016 Honda CR-V offers an outstanding blend of power and efficiency, making it an ideal choice for College Place and Kennewick families who want enough power for light off-roading without sacrificing the kind of efficiency ratings desirable for regular everyday driving.

A 2.4L four-cylinder engine comes standard with the 2016 CR-V, providing up to 185 hp and 181 lb-ft of torque for a smooth, refined ride. A continuously variable transmission (CVT) comes with all models, so you’ll make up to an impressive 26 mpg in the city and 33 mpg on the highway* with FWD, or a still-excellent 25 mpg city and 31 mpg highway* with AWD.

The 2016 Honda Pilot is fitted with a 3.5L V6 engine across all trim levels, putting up to a colossal 280 hp and 262 lb-ft of torque at your disposal. The result is power that you can depend upon across even the roughest of terrain, plus a maximum tow rating of up to 5,000 pounds compared to 1,500-pound capacity of the CR-V.

That kind of output means that the Pilot will fail to match the CR-V in terms of efficiency, but it’s no slouch. It achieves up to 19 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway* with six-speed automatic transmission and FWD or 20 mpg city and 27 mpg highway* with FWD and a nine-speed automatic transmission. AWD is available with both transmission options.


One of the most significant differences between the 2016 Honda CR-V and the 2016 Honda Pilot is interior space, so it’s an area that College Place and Kennewick families should pay plenty of attention to.

The 2016 Honda CR-V provides more than enough space for up to 5 passengers to spread out and relax, plus up to 37.2 cubic feet of cargo volume behind the second-row seats and an impressive 70.9 cubic feet when the second-row seats are folded down.

That will cover the needs of most drivers, but larger families should consider the Pilot instead. It’s available with seating for up to 8, so you’ll be able to accommodate a large family — but there’s still room for an 82-quart cooler behind the third-row seat. If you need to boost your cargo capacity, just try folding the second- and third-row seats for up to 83.9 cubic feet of storage space.

Comfort and Convenience Features

Both the 2016 Honda CR-V and the 2016 Honda Pilot come with an impressive range of standard features. The list goes beyond expected amenities such as cruise control, air conditioning, and a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel to include technologies such as:

  • Multi-Angle Rearview Camera: Engages when you hit reverse to display a clear live feed of the area behind your Honda.
  • Bluetooth Phone and Audio Connectivity: Allows drivers to take calls, make calls, and stream music through their smartphone.

Available technologies are similarly impressive, with each vehicle offering a power liftgate for easy loading and unloading, plus multi-zone climate control to keep everyone at their ideal temperature. However, the larger Pilot is available with a few handy technologies that cannot be equipped in the CR-V, including auto high-beam headlights and a DVD/Blu-ray rear entertainment system.

Safety Features

Both vehicles have been earned 2016 Top Safety Pick designation from the IIHS, so neither the Pilot or the CR-V falls behind when it comes to protecting you and your passengers.

That kind of peace of mind is largely thanks to Honda’s Advanced Compatibility Engineering (ACE) body structure, which intelligently directs impact energy away from passengers, but it’s backed up by a score of available advanced driver-assistance technologies, including:

  • Honda LaneWatch
  • Adaptive Cruise Control
  • Lane Keeping Assist System
  • Forward Collision Warning System

Whether you opt for the 2016 Honda Pilot or the 2016 Honda CR-V, you’ll never have to worry about your safety.

You’ll Find You’re a Great Honda Crossover at Our College Place Dealership

Here at Walla Walla Valley Honda, we know these crossovers inside and out, so don’t hesitate to contact us today if you’d like some friendly and impartial advice concerning either the 2016 Honda CR-V or the 2016 Honda Pilot. We proudly serve drivers from Kennewick and the surrounding communities at our dealership in College Place, WA, and we hope to see you soon!

* Based on 2016 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle.