Hyundai Palisade vs. Honda Pilot

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, Automotive Editor - July 5, 2023
2023 Hyundai Palisade

Since the Hyundai Palisade arrived as an all-new midsize SUV in 2020, it’s spent a lot of time near the top of the ranking list as one of the best options to purchase in the segment. Hyundai hasn’t sat back and left the Palisade alone, as the 2023 model year receives an updated look, a new XRT trim, and updated tech features. The changes ensure the Palisade continues to be one of the more well-rounded options in the segment.

Honda has introduced a fully redesigned Pilot for 2023 in a bid to catch up with leaders like the Palisade. A more rugged design, a highly capable TrailSport trim, updated tech features, and a refined powertrain give the Pilot a much-needed overhaul to be more competitive than before.

If you find yourself in the market for a midsize SUV and cross-shopping the two models, you may be having a hard time finding which model is the better buy. In this comparison, we’ll explore how the Pilot stacks up against the Palisade when it comes to pricing, size, reliability, and engine performance to name the better option for most shoppers.

Hyundai Palisade vs. Honda Pilot Price

2023 Honda Pilot

The Palisade and Pilot are incredibly close to one another when it comes to pricing. The most affordable Hyundai Palisade is the SE trim which starts at $37,235 (with destination), while the most expensive trim is the Calligraphy which costs $51,185. The cheapest Honda Pilot is the LX trim which costs $37,645 and the most expensive model is the Elite which has a starting price tag of $53,725.

Comparing the Palisade to the Pilot reveals a $410 difference between the two SUVs with the Hyundai being the more affordable option. At the top of the range, the Palisade Calligraphy is $2,540 cheaper than the Pilot Elite.

While the Pilot is more expensive than the Palisade, Honda’s midsize SUV tends to be available with better lease deals. Additionally, shoppers looking to purchase a new model will find that Honda usually has better financing deals in place than Hyundai.

Hyundai Palisade vs. Honda Pilot Dimensions

2023 Honda Pilot Interior

The fully redesigned Pilot has grown in size compared to the outgoing model and is larger than the Palisade. Honda’s midsize SUV measures 71 inches tall, 78.5 inches wide, and 199.9 inches long. These figures make the Pilot roughly three inches longer and two inches taller than the Palisade.

While the Pilot is larger than the Palisade, it doesn’t offer a lot more interior space. The Palisade has more front headroom, front and second-row legroom, and second-row hip room than the Pilot. The Pilot offers more front and second-row shoulder room, front-hip room, and third-row legroom than the Palisade. Compared to the Palisade, the Pilot has an extra inch of third-row legroom.

Both midsize SUVs offer a similar amount of cargo space. The Pilot has 18.6 cubic feet of cargo space behind the third row, 48.5 cubic feet of space behind the second row, and a total of 87 cubic feet of cargo space. The Palisade has nearly similar cargo capacities, except for total cargo space, which measures 86.4 cubic feet of space.

Hyundai Palisade vs. Honda Pilot Reliability

2023 Hyundai Palisade Safety

According to Consumer Reports data, both midsize SUVs have similar reliability scores. The Palisade earned a rating of three out of five for predicted reliability and a score of four out of five for predicted owner satisfaction. In the organization’s rankings of three-row midsize SUVs, the Palisade finished in third place out of 16 options.

The Pilot had similar predicted reliability and predicted owner satisfaction scores. It came in fifth place in Consumer Reports’ rankings.

Honda Pilot vs. Hyundai Palisade Specs

2023 Hyundai Palisade Engine

The Pilot and Palisade continue to come with punchy V6 engines. The Palisade comes with a 3.8-liter V6 engine that produces 291 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. The V6 engine is paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission that helps route power to the front wheels as standard. All-wheel drive is available as an option. When properly equipped, the Palisade offers up to 5,000 pounds of towing capacity.

The Pilot’s V6 engine isn’t as powerful as the Palisade’s. Honda offers the Pilot with a 3.5-liter V6 that generates 285 hp and 262 lb-ft of torque. A 10-speed automatic transmission is standard with the Pilot. Just like the Palisade, the Pilot comes with FWD as standard and is available with AWD. Towing capacity for the Pilot maxes out at 5,000 pounds.

Honda Pilot vs. Hyundai Palisade: Which Is Better?

The fully redesigned Honda Pilot is a much better SUV than the outgoing model. Unfortunately, the redesign doesn’t do enough to make it the winner in this comparison. Still, the Pilot has a lot to offer shoppers looking for a midsize SUV with its rugged TrailSport trim, roomy interior, and robust styling.

In this comparison, the Palisade stands out as the better option. It’s more affordable than the Pilot, comes with a more powerful V6 engine, has better standard tech features, and offers a similar amount of interior space. It’s also backed by one of the best warranties on the market and is available in a new XRT trim that looks rugged.

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Based out of the Washington, D.C. area, Joel Patel is an automotive journalist that hails from Northern Virginia. His work has been featured on various automotive outlets, including Autoweek, Digital Trends, and Autoblog. When not writing about cars, Joel enjoys trying new foods, wrenching on his car, and watching horror movies. 

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