Honda Pilot vs. Honda CR-V

July 24th, 2018 by

2018 Honda Pilot Parked Outside Home

Drivers looking for their next SUV will have two great options with the 2018 Honda Pilot and the 2018 Honda CR-V. A mid-size SUV, the Pilot “delivers a pleasant ride, plenty of horsepower, and generous passenger and cargo space,” according to U.S. News & World Report. And the CR-V is a compact SUV ranked #1 in its class. But there are important differences between these two Honda vehicles that will appeal to different types of drivers. Which one is right for you?

  • Pilot – Powerful and spacious inside with more towing capacity
  • CR-V – Compact in size with better fuel economy


The first notable difference between the Pilot and CR-V is the price. As a larger SUV, the Pilot LX 2WD 6-Speed Automatic is priced at $31,450.* On the other hand, the 2018 CR-V LX 2WD CVT is $24,250* MSRP. Drivers interested in AWD should consider the top trim levels of both vehicles’ model lineups. The 2019 Pilot Elite AWD 9-Speed Automatic is priced at $48,020* while the 2018 CR-V Touring AWD CVT is $34,150.*

2018 Honda Pilot Driving
2018 Honda CR-V Driving Through Neighborhood

Fuel Economy

Fuel economy will depend slightly on whether 2WD or AWD is right for you. Both the Pilot and CR-V achieve class-leading fuel economy, but the compact CR-V will drive more efficiently.


  • 2WD: 19 city / 27 highway / 22 combined mpg**
  • AWD: 19 city / 26 highway / 22 combined mpg**


  • 2WD: 26 city / 32 highway / 28 combined mpg**
  • AWD: 27 city / 33 highway / 29 combined mpg**
2018 Honda Pilot Parked at Lake
2018 Honda CR-V Driving on Highway Through Underground Tunnel

Engine and Power

The Pilot is powered by a 3.5 L V6 engine that delivers 280 horsepower across each of its trim levels. For more powertrain options, the CR-V has a standard 2.4 L engine under the hood that will produce up to 184 horsepower. There’s also an available 1.5 L turbocharged engine that will deliver 190 horsepower.

2018 Honda Pilot Engine
2018 Honda CR-V Turbocharged Engine

Towing Capacity

Drivers who need greater towing capacity should consider the Pilot which tows a maximum of 5,000 lbs. Attempting to tow a load that exceeds your vehicle’s limits is dangerous and harmful to the mechanics of your car, but for drivers who don’t need to tow large loads, the CR-V offers a maximum of 1500 lbs, enough for small trailers and watersports equipment such as a jet ski.

  • Pilot – 5,000 lbs
  • CR-V – 1,500 lbs
2018 Honda Pilot parked at trail with bikes on roof rack
2018 Honda CR-V parked at a camp site with a family playing frisbie in the field


Behind the third row, the Pilot has a cargo area that measures 16 cubic feet. Behind the seats of the CR-V is a larger cargo area that measures 37.6 cubic feet. With the rear seats folded down flat, the Pilot offers a maximum cargo volume of 82.1 cubic feet while the CR-V offers 75.8 cubic feet.

In the Pilot, the interior has 153.1 cubic feet of passenger space that can accommodate up to 8 passengers. And the CR-V accommodates 5 passengers with 101.6 cubic feet of passenger space.

2018 Honda Pilot Interior Seating
2018 Honda CR-V Interior Seating

Test Drive Today

Learn more about the 2018 Honda Pilot and CR-V by contacting us or by visiting your nearest Capital Region Honda dealer. Explore our current offers and sit behind the wheel of the model that’s right for you with a test drive today!

*MSRP excluding tax, license, registration, $995.00 destination charge and options. Dealers set own prices.
**Based on 2018 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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