2020 Honda Pilot vs. 2020 Lincoln Aviator

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

Both the Pilot and the Aviator have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, 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 Aviator has not been tested, yet.

Warranty

There are over 23 percent more Honda dealers than there are Lincoln 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 engines in the Aviator have dual overhead cams, which add to the number of moving parts and the complexity of the cylinder heads.

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 Lincoln vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Honda 16th in reliability. With 1 more problems per 100 vehicles, Lincoln is ranked 19th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Honda vehicles are more reliable than Lincoln vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Honda 5 places higher in reliability than Lincoln.

Fuel Economy and Range

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

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

Aviator

RWD

10-spd

3.0 turbo V6

18 city/26 hwy

AWD

10-spd

3.0 turbo V6

17 city/24 hwy

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

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

The Pilot has 1.5 gallons more fuel capacity than the Aviator Hybrid’s standard fuel tank (19.5 vs. 18 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Tires and Wheels

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 Aviator 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 Aviator doesn’t offer drift compensation steering.

Chassis

The Honda Pilot may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 750 to 1350 pounds less than the Lincoln Aviator.

Passenger Space

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

The Pilot has 8.2 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Aviator (152.9 vs. 144.7).

The Pilot has .6 inches more front hip room, .5 inches more front shoulder room, .5 inches more rear headroom, .7 inches more rear shoulder room, 2 inches more third row headroom, 2.7 inches more third row legroom, 3.7 inches more third row hip room and 3.6 inches more third row shoulder room than the Aviator.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Pilot’s middle and third row seats recline. The Aviator’s third row seats don’t recline.

Cargo Capacity

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

Pilot

Aviator

Behind Third Seat

18.5 cubic feet

18.3 cubic feet

Third Seat Folded

55.9 cubic feet

41.8 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

109 cubic feet

77.7 cubic feet

Ergonomics

When the Pilot Touring/Elite/Black Edition is put in reverse, both rearview mirrors tilt from their original position. This gives the driver a better view of the curb during parallel parking maneuvers. Shifting out of reverse puts the mirrors into their original positions. The Aviator’s mirrors don’t automatically adjust for backing.

Recommendations

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

Pilot

Aviator

Consumer Reports® Recommends

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Car Book “Best Bet”

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