2016 Honda Odyssey vs. 2016 Honda Pilot

Busy families have specific needs, and typically SUVs and minivans do the best job of fulfilling them. The Honda Odyssey and Honda Pilot are two winning options for busy families. Why? They’re roomy, comfortable, stylish, convenient, and safe. Choosing between these two comparably priced vehicles isn’t easy. That’s why we’ve done a comparison of the Odyssey and the Pilot for you. Read on, and you’ll find out what makes each one of these vehicles a great solution for family driving.

Room for Passengers and Cargo

Let’s compare passenger and cargo space in the Odyssey and Pilot. Both vehicles offer seating for up to eight, and the Odyssey is the larger of the two. The Odyssey contains up to 172.6 cubic feet of passenger volume, while the Pilot offers up to 153.1 cubic feet to work with. Both vehicles utilize their space wisely. The Odyssey gives you flexible options for configuring the seats with its multi-function second row center seat, and it also offers five anchors for five car seats. That’s some serious carpooling! The Pilot has second-row seats that are wide-mode adjustable, which is helpful for passengers getting in the third row. Its 60/40 split Magic Seat® folds down with one motion, so the whole process is quick and easy. As for cargo space, the Odyssey has a maximum of 148.5 cubic feet, and the Pilot has 109 cubic feet total. That’s a substantial difference in the amount of gear you can move.

Family-Friendly Features

You can tell Honda looked at what families do on a day-to-day basis and developed solutions especially for you. Amongst the standard rear view camera, double power outlets in the front, remote keyless entry, and automatic on/off headlights, both the Odyssey and the Pilot make life simpler. Both offer an available power liftgate, and you can even choose a built-in vacuum in the Odyssey for cleaning up life’s little disasters. Bluetooth® HandsFreeLink® smartphone integration is standard on both vehicles, allowing for safer phone calls, streaming audio, and navigation. You can enjoy simplified, ergonomically friendly ways of getting things done while you drive in both vehicles.

Stylish Design

Although minivans don’t come with a “cool quotient,” the Odyssey defies the negative stereotypes. Its sleek lines tone down its largeness, and the color options and low profile give it a classy look. The Pilot was recently redesigned, and it flaunts a confident, cool attitude. With its aggressively styled grille, aerodynamic lines, distinctive LED accent lighting, and luxurious interior options, the Pilot definitely gets points for being fashion forward.

Power & Efficiency

The Odyssey and the Pilot are very similar when it comes to engine power and fuel economy. The base Odyssey has a six-speed automatic transmission and a 3.5L V6 engine, which puts out 248 hp. Its EPA-estimated mileage is 28 mpg on the highway* and 19 mpg in the city (2WD 6AT models)*. Take note that the Pilot LX has a six-speed automatic transmission and a 3.5L V6 direct injection engine. It produces more horsepower, at 280 hp, and its EPA-estimated mileage is 27 mpg on the highway* and 19 mpg in the city (2WD 6AT models)*, practically the same as the Odyssey’s.


Honda maintains a stellar reputation for safety and protection. As a result, both vehicles offer a wealth of standard active and passive safety features like an extensive front and side airbag system, anti-lock braking system, daytime running lights, Rollover Sensor, Vehicle Stability Assist™ with Traction Control, and the multi-angle rearview camera with guidelines. Forward Collision Warning and Lane Departure Warning are available on both the Odyssey and the Pilot. Collision Mitigation Braking System, Road Departure Mitigation System, and Honda Sensing technologies are optional systems for these vehicles; they are designed to sound an alert and intervene for you.

Pricing & Value

The 2016 Honda Odyssey and the 2016 Honda Pilot have similar starting price points. The base-level Odyssey begins at $29,550**, and the entry-level Pilot starts at $30,345**. A loaded Odyssey Touring Elite has a base MSRP of $45,025**, and the top-of-the-line Pilot Elite begins at $46,770**. Honda is well-known for holding its value, and the estimated ALG residual value after 36 months of ownership is 58% for the Pilot and 46% for the Odyssey. These stats show that both of these vehicles are strong choices in the event you choose to sell them later.

One of Each

Wouldn’t it be great if you could buy one of each? Both the Honda Odyssey and the Honda Pilot make such a positive impact on everyday life. That’s why families love them and industry experts do too. Stop by Tamaroff Honda, or contact us anytime to set up your test drives!


*Based on 2016 EPA mileage estimates. Use for comparison purposes only. Do not compare to models before 2008. Your actual mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle.

**MSRP excluding tax, title, license, registration, $900 destination charge and options. Dealer prices may vary.