2020 Honda Pilot vs. 2020 Cadillac XT6

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

Both the Pilot and the XT6 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front wheel drive, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, lane departure warning systems, rearview cameras, available all wheel drive, blind spot warning systems, rear parking sensors and rear cross-path warning.

For its top level performance in IIHS driver-side small overlap frontal, moderate overlap frontal, side impact, rear impact and roof-crush tests, with its optional front crash prevention system, its “Acceptable” rating in the new passenger-side small overlap crash test, and its available headlight’s “Acceptable” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Pilot the rating of “Top Pick” for 2019, a rating granted to only 88 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The XT6 has not been tested, yet.

Warranty

There are over 15 percent more Honda dealers than there are Cadillac dealers, which makes it easier should you ever need service under the Pilot’s warranty.

Reliability

The engine in the Pilot has a single overhead cam for simplicity. The engine in the XT6 has dual overhead cams, which add to the number of moving parts and the complexity of the cylinder heads.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Honda vehicles are better in initial quality than Cadillac vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Honda 16th in initial quality. With 2 more problems per 100 vehicles, Cadillac is ranked 17th.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Honda vehicles are more reliable than Cadillac vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Honda 16th in reliability. With 20 more problems per 100 vehicles, Cadillac is ranked 23rd.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Honda vehicles are more reliable than Cadillac vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Honda 13 places higher in reliability than Cadillac.

Fuel Economy and Range

On the EPA test cycle the Pilot gets better fuel mileage than the XT6:

MPG

Pilot

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

XT6

FWD

9-spd

3.6 DOHC V6

18 city/25 hwy

AWD

9-spd

3.6 DOHC V6

17 city/24 hwy

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the Pilot has larger tires than the XT6 (245/60R18 vs. 235/55R20).

Suspension and Handling

The Pilot (except LX)’s optional drift compensation steering can automatically compensate for road conditions which would cause the vehicle to drift from side to side, helping the driver to keep the vehicle straight more easily. The XT6 doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

For greater off-road capability the Pilot has a greater minimum ground clearance than the XT6 (7.3 vs. 6.65 inches), allowing the Pilot to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Chassis

The Honda Pilot may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 350 to 400 pounds less than the Cadillac XT6.

Passenger Space

The Pilot has standard seating for 8 passengers; the XT6 can only carry 7.

The Pilot has .3 inches more front headroom, 9 inches more front hip room, 3.7 inches more front shoulder room, 1.1 inches more rear headroom, 1.6 inches more rear hip room, 4.6 inches more rear shoulder room, 1.7 inches more third row headroom, 2.4 inches more third row legroom, 5.1 inches more third row hip room and 4.1 inches more third row shoulder room than the XT6.

Cargo Capacity

The Pilot’s cargo area provides more volume than the XT6.

Pilot

XT6

Behind Third Seat

18.5 cubic feet

12.6 cubic feet

Third Seat Folded

55.9 cubic feet

43.1 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

109 cubic feet

78.7 cubic feet

Towing

The Pilot’s minimum standard towing capacity is much higher than the XT6’s (3500 vs. 1000 pounds).

Ergonomics

If the windows are left open on the Pilot the driver can close them all at the outside door handle. On a hot day the driver can lower the windows at the outside door handle or from a distance using the keyless remote. The driver of the XT6 can only close the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

The Pilot (except LX/EX) offers an optional 115-volt a/c outlet, allowing you to recharge a laptop or run small household appliances without special adapters that can break or get misplaced. The XT6 doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

Recommendations

The Honda Pilot has won recognition from these important consumer publications:

Pilot

XT6

Consumer Reports® Recommends

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Car Book “Best Bet”

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