The Best SUV For Holiday Travels – Comparing the 2020 Honda Pilot in Brooklyn Park, Minnesota

December 26th, 2019 by

Whether you’re traveling across the country or town for the holidays, make each mile count by doing so in the 2020 Honda Pilot in Brooklyn Park, Minnesota. When we compare it against another popular SUV, like the 2020 Toyota Sequoia, it comes as no surprise that Honda outshines the competition in terms of fuel economy, safety, and vehicle construction. 

The Pilot’s fuel economy is always being improved thanks to two features that involve the engine, the first being a control system that can shut down half of its cylinders. The second is an automatic system on the Touring, Elite, and Black Edition that can turn off when the SUV is stopped. Once you’re ready to start moving again, the engine will automatically turn back on so you don’t miss a beat. Aside from those two features, the Pilot also has a cap-less fueling system that eliminates the need for a gas cap, which also aids in reducing fuel evaporation. 

FWD 9-spd 3.5 SOHC V6 20 city/27 hwy*
6-spd 3.5 SOHC V6 19 city/27 hwy*
AWD 9-spd 3.5 SOHC V6 19 city/26 hwy*
6-spd 3.5 SOHC V6 18 city/26 hwy*
RWD 6-spd 5.7 DOHC V8 13 city/17 hwy*
AWD 6-spd 5.7 DOHC V8 13 city/17 hwy*


The handling capabilities of the Pilot are a dream due to its unibody construction and being about 1,700 pounds lighter than the Sequoia. This construction lowers the vehicle’s center of gravity without interfering with its ground clearance, while its lighter body makes it more efficient and accelerate better. The Pilot is also 8.6 inches shorter, making it easier to park in tight spaces. The Sequoia’s body construction is a body-on-frame design, so there will be more squeaks and rattles, plus the added weight will make handling more difficult. 

As icing on the cake, the safety features on the Pilot will ensure that you make it to Grandma’s house, no matter the weather. An optional full-time four-wheel drive provides added traction for all types of weather conditions, unlike the Sequoia that only offers an off-road system. In the unfortunate case where you are in an accident, being in the Pilot will better ensure your safety because it uses a safety cell construction with a three-dimensional high-strength frame that surrounds the passenger compartment. This gives you extra impact protection and a sturdy mounting location for side-impact beams. The Sequoia only uses a body-on-frame design with no frame members for added strength. 

If you need more convincing that the 2020 Honda Pilot in Brooklyn Park, Minnesota is a better addition to your traveling plans, then visit us at Rapids Honda for a test-drive. Before you know it, you’ll be traveling through a winter wonderland in a brand-new Honda!


*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.

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