2020 Honda Pilot vs. 2020 Infiniti QX60

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

Both the Pilot and the QX60 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, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available all wheel drive, blind spot warning systems, rear parking sensors and rear cross-path warning.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Honda Pilot is safer than the Infiniti QX60:

Pilot

QX60

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

HIC

149

337

Neck Injury Risk

28%

42%

Neck Stress

189 lbs.

464 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

46/243 lbs.

516/475 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does side impact tests on new vehicles. In this test, which crashes the vehicle into a flat barrier at 38.5 MPH and into a post at 20 MPH, results indicate that the Honda Pilot is safer than the Infiniti QX60:

Pilot

QX60

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

109

114

Chest Movement

.6 inches

.9 inches

Abdominal Force

101 G’s

120 G’s

Hip Force

269 lbs.

457 lbs.

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Hip Force

304 lbs.

557 lbs.

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Max Damage Depth

15 inches

18 inches

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

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 QX60 was last qualified as a “Top Pick” in 2017.

Warranty

There are almost 5 times as many Honda dealers as there are Infiniti dealers, which makes it much 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 QX60 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 Infiniti vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Honda 16th in initial quality. With 3 more problems per 100 vehicles, Infiniti is ranked 19th.

Fuel Economy and Range

An engine control system that can shut down half of the engine’s cylinders helps improve the Pilot’s fuel efficiency. The QX60 doesn’t offer a system that can shut down part of the engine.

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the Pilot Touring/Elite/Black Edition’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The QX60 doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Honda Pilot uses regular unleaded gasoline. The QX60 requires premium for maximum efficiency, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

The Pilot has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The QX60 doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Brakes and Stopping

The Pilot stops shorter than the QX60:

Pilot

QX60

70 to 0 MPH

180 feet

181 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

119 feet

120 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels

For better traction, the Pilot has larger tires than the QX60 (245/60R18 vs. 235/65R18).

The Pilot LX/EX/EX-L’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 60 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the QX60’s standard 65 series tires. The Pilot Touring/Elite/Black Edition’s tires have a lower 50 series profile than the QX60 Luxe’s optional 55 series tires.

The Pilot has a standard easy tire fill system. When inflating the tires, the vehicle’s integrated tire pressure sensors keep track of the pressure as the tires fill and tell the driver when the tires are inflated to the proper pressure. The QX60 doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.

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 QX60 doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

The Pilot Elite 4WD handles at .80 G’s, while the QX60 AWD pulls only .76 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Pilot Elite 4WD executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 1.8 seconds quicker than the QX60 AWD (27.5 seconds @ .63 average G’s vs. 29.3 seconds @ .56 average G’s).

For greater off-road capability the Pilot has a greater minimum ground clearance than the QX60 (7.3 vs. 6.5 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 250 to 350 pounds less than the Infiniti QX60.

The Pilot is 4.1 inches shorter than the QX60, making the Pilot easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

The Pilot uses computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The QX60 doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

Passenger Space

The Pilot has standard seating for 8 passengers; the QX60 can only carry 7.

The Pilot has 3.9 cubic feet more passenger volume than the QX60 (152.9 vs. 149).

The Pilot has 2.3 inches more front hip room, 1.7 inches more front shoulder room, 2 inches more rear headroom, 1.5 inches more rear hip room, 1.6 inches more rear shoulder room, 2.4 inches more third row headroom, 1.1 inches more third row legroom, 2.6 inches more third row hip room and .5 inches more third row shoulder room than the QX60.

Cargo Capacity

The Pilot’s cargo area provides more volume than the QX60.

Pilot

QX60

Behind Third Seat

18.5 cubic feet

16 cubic feet

Third Seat Folded

55.9 cubic feet

40.5 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

109 cubic feet

76.2 cubic feet

Ergonomics

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) conducts detailed tests on headlights for their range both straight ahead and in curves and to be certain they don’t exceed acceptable amounts of glare to oncoming drivers. The Pilot’s available headlights were rated “Acceptable” by the IIHS, while the QX60’s headlights are rated “Poor.”

To quickly and conveniently keep personal devices charged without cables tangling and wearing out, the Honda Pilot Elite//Black Edition has a standard wireless phone charging system (Qi) for the front seat. The QX60 doesn’t offer wireless personal charging.

Economic Advantages

Insurance will cost less for the Pilot owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Pilot will cost $1100 to $2050 less than the QX60 over a five-year period.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Pilot is less expensive to operate than the QX60 because it costs $573 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Pilot than the QX60, including $64 less for a muffler, $5 less for front brake pads, $131 less for fuel injection, $132 less for front struts, $646 less for a timing belt/chain and $642 less for a power steering pump.

Recommendations

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

Pilot

QX60

Consumer Reports® Recommends

TRUE

TRUE

Car Book “Best Bet”

TRUE

FALSE

The Honda Pilot outsold the Infiniti QX60 by over three to one during 2018.

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