Both the 2017 Volvo XC90 and the Honda Pilot are large, family utility vehicles that provide comfortable accommodation for up to seven passengers.

The Volvo XC90 screams luxuriousness in its interior with comfortable seats along with interior shapes in stitched leather, textured metal and matte wood. There is also a 9.0-inch touchscreen display which is highly responsive and pleasant looking.

Its second-row seat are slide-able and the vehicle comes with theater-style seatings, each row slightly higher than the one in front. There are also large windows and huge panoramic sunroof that are standard features.

The Pilot, on the other hand, seems to be equipped with elements from the current Accord as well as the CR-V. On some trim levels, there is a huge panoramic roof which invites natural light into the cabin. With its perfectly shaped front seats and step-in height about an inch lower than its predecessor, the Pilot is ideal for smaller and even older drivers.

The Pilot also comes with seats that recline along with its own tray table and cup holders. All you need is to push a button to unfold the second row to access to the back seat, enough to accommodate two adults.

What’s Inside?

The Volvo XC90, with a new base powertain T5, comes with a 250hp turbocharged inline four-cylinder paired to an 8-speed automatic transmission with AWD as an option. There is also a 316hp version of the same mill, called the T6 rated at 22mpg, which brings in supercharger to the turbo, with AWD as standard as well as a low-volume T8 plug-in hybrid with 60 kilowatt electric motor on the rear axle.

Meanwhile, the Honda Pilot is equipped with a 280hp V6 mated to either a six-speed automatic or the latest nine-speed on Elite models. AWD is also optional with this while front-wheel drive is standard. The Pilot is rated at 23mpg combined.

Safety Concerns

Both these models obtain impressive safety rating and have already been named as Top Safety Pick+ winners by the IIHS. The Honda and Volvo both raked in five-star overall rating from the NHTSA.

The Volvo XC90 may be a multi-award winner, but that doesn’t mean it is always the best choice in terms of value. Based on this comparison, it shows that the Pilot holds its own very well against the Volvo.


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