Comparative Automotive Research has identified no less than 41 advantages that the Volvo XC60 FWD has over the Honda Pilot 2WD.
|Volvo XC60 FWD|
|Honda Pilot 2WD|
The XC60 FWD's engines reach maximum power at lower RPM's than the Pilot 2WD's engines, as detailed below by trim and engine:
|RPM's to Peak Torque|
The XC60 FWD, with it's standard engine, has a lower power-to-weight ratio than the Pilot 2WD with it's standard engine, 16.7 to 17.4. Power-to-weight ratio illustrates the relationship between curb weight and horsepower (Curb Weight / Horsepower). As a rule, the lower the ratio, the faster the vehicle.
The XC60 FWD has a Standard manually interactive automatic transmission. This type of automatic transmission gives the driver complete gear control, like a manually-shifted transmission, but without the inconvenient clutch. The type of transmission is Not Available in the Pilot 2WD.Warranty
Volvo's basic warranty provides better coverage than Honda's. It covers everything except items subject to wear and tear (oil filters, wiper blades, etc.).
|Basic Warranty Months||Basic Warranty Miles|
Volvo's corrosion warranty provides better protection than Honda's. This warranty protects against rust-through (sheetmetal perforation).
|Corrosion Warranty Months|
Fuel Economy and Emissions
The XC60 FWD is more fuel efficient than the Pilot 2WD. Superior fuel efficiency makes the XC60 FWD both more environmentally friendly and less expensive to operate than the Pilot 2WD.
|Fuel Economy City|
|XC60 FWD||19 mpg.|
|Pilot 2WD||18 mpg.|
*Mileage statistics shown are for each vehicle with its standard transmission. Fuel economy is only compared for like engines (i.e. 4 cyl. to 4 cyl.)
Cost to Own
The base MSRP on the XC60 FWD is less than the base MSRP on the Pilot 2WD as shown in the table below.
|Base Price MSRP|
|XC60 FWD 3.2||33,300|
|XC60 FWD 3.2 Premier Plus||37,550|
|XC60 FWD 3.2 Premier||35,800|
|Pilot 2WD EX-L||34,570|
|Pilot 2WD EX-L w/RES||36,170|
|Pilot 2WD EX-L w/Nav||36,570|
|Pilot 2WD Touring||39,220|
Both the XC60 FWD and the Pilot 2WD feature Standard driver and passenger air bags.
The XC60 FWD features a Optional child safety seat(s) which meet specific federal standards designed to protect a child in the event of an accident. This feature is Not Available in the Pilot 2WD.
The XC60 FWD is equipped with Standard FWD.
A Standard locking fuel door/cap on the XC60 FWD is a safety feature that prevents unwanted access to the vehicle's fuel tank. This safety feature is Not Available on the Pilot 2WD.
The XC60 FWD has a Standard rear spoiler, which creates additional downdraft at higher speeds, improving road holding ability. A rear spoiler is Not Available on the Pilot 2WD.
The XC60 FWD has Optional cornering lights, which are activated with the turn signals, to provide additional lighting in the direction the vehicle is turning. These lights are Not Available on the Pilot 2WD.
Fog lights are Standard on the XC60 FWD but they are Optional on the Pilot 2WD LX. Fog lights are very effective at improving visibility in foggy and other difficult driving situations.
The XC60 FWD features Optional headlight washers which keep headlight lenses clean and their output high. Headlight washers are Not Available on the Pilot 2WD.
High intensity discharge (HID) headlights are Optional on the XC60 FWD but Not Available Pilot 2WD. HID headlights offer several advantages - increased visibility due to significantly brighter light, longer lasting/more durable bulbs and much lower energy use.
The XC60 FWD has Optional rain-sensing windshield wipers that are activated by rain or moisture on the windshield. This type of wiper is Not Available on the Pilot 2WD.Capacities
The XC60 FWD has 30.8 cu. ft. of cargo volume compared to 18.0 cu. ft. in the Pilot 2WD. The additional cargo space means more room to store and transport packages, luggage, etc.
The XC60 FWD features Standard locking interior storage compartments, useful for carrying important information and/or protecting small valuables stored inside the vehicle. Locking interior storage is Not Available in the Pilot 2WD.
Payload and Towing
The XC60 FWD has a higher towing capacity than the Pilot 2WD, meaning it can pull a larger total weight - trailer and contents.
|Tow Capacity, Std|
|XC60 FWD||3,300 lbs.|
|Pilot 2WD||2,000 lbs.|
The XC60 FWD, with its higher minimum ground clearance, 9.1 in. vs. 8.0 in., is more capable than the Pilot 2WD of traversing rough terrain without problems.
The XC60 FWD is shorter than the Pilot 2WD , 182.2 in. vs. 191.4 in., so it will be easier to handle and maneuver.
The XC60 FWD is narrower than the Pilot 2WD, 74.4 in. vs. 78.5 in., so it will be easier to maneuver and park, especially in tight parking spaces.
Wheels and Tires
In addition to the obvious cosmetic benefit of alloy wheels, they are lighter than traditional steel wheels, providing better performance. Alloy wheels are Optional on the Pilot 2WD LX but are offered as a Standard feature on the XC60 FWD.Advantages
With a Standard multi-adjustable power driver seat, the XC60 FWD lets drivers customize their seating position for maximum comfort and performance. This type of seat is Not Available in the Pilot 2WD LX.
The Standard multi-adjustable power passenger seat in the XC60 FWD (3.2 Platinum, 3.2 Premier, 3.2 Premier Plus) allows the front seat passenger to customize their seating position for maximum comfort. Multi-adjustable power passenger seats are Not Available in the Pilot 2WD (EX, LX).
The XC60 FWD has a Standard front power memory seat. This feature allows the driver to store their customized seating position then conveniently activate it when they get into the vehicle. A front power memory seat is Not Available in the Pilot 2WD (EX, EX-L, EX-L w/Nav, EX-L w/RES, LX).
A heated front seat is Optional in the XC60 FWD, providing additional comfort in very cold weather. This feature is Not Available in the Pilot 2WD (EX, LX).
Leather seating is a much sought after feature for new car buyers, offering exceptional luxury and style, superior comfort, ease of maintenance and improved resale value. Leather seating is Standard in the XC60 FWD (3.2 Platinum, 3.2 Premier, 3.2 Premier Plus) but is Not Available in the Pilot 2WD (EX, LX).
The XC60 FWD (3.2 Platinum, 3.2 Premier Plus) features a Standard built-in universal remote control system that is able to learn the codes for other remote controlled devices such as garage door openers, gate openers, etc., then allow you to control them from your vehicle with the touch of one button. This type of universal control system is Not Available in the Pilot 2WD LX.
The XC60 FWD 3.2 Platinum features a Standard navigational aid system, providing maps, driving directions and location assistance. A navigation system is Not Available in the Pilot 2WD (EX, EX-L, EX-L w/RES, LX).
The XC60 FWD has a Standard automatic climate control system. The system controls the temperature, fan speed, and vents to maintain a consistent environment within the passenger compartment. Automatic climate control is Not Available in the Pilot 2WD LX.
The XC60 FWD features Standard dual-zone climate controls, allowing the driver and front passenger to control their own climate conditions. Dual-zone climate controls are Not Available in the Pilot 2WD LX.
The XC60 FWD (3.2 Platinum, 3.2 Premier Plus) has a Standard compass that helps drivers determine their geographic direction. A compass is Not Available in the Pilot 2WD (EX, EX-L, EX-L w/RES, LX).
The Optional intelligent cruise control system in the XC60 FWD allows it to keep moving at a set speed, without using the gas pedal, while automatically maintaining a set interval from the vehicle traveling in front. Intelligent cruise control is Not Available in the Pilot 2WD.
The XC60 FWD features Optional genuine wood interior trim, made from real wood veneers. Real wood interior trim is Not Available in the Pilot 2WD.
With a Standard power sunroof, a touch of a button is all XC60 FWD (3.2 Platinum, 3.2 Premier, 3.2 Premier Plus) owners need to let the sun or the stars shine in. In contrast, bringing in the great outdoors will be more difficult in the Pilot 2WD (EX, LX) as a power sunroof is Not Available.
The XC60 FWD (3.2 Platinum, 3.2 Premier Plus) offers a Standard power trunk lid as a convenience. A power trunk lid is Not Available on the Pilot 2WD (EX, LX).
The XC60 FWD features Standard automatic headlights that control their on/off capability. Automatic headlights are Not Available on the Pilot 2WD LX.
Heated exterior mirrors are Standard on the XC60 FWD, keeping them clear and giving the driver improved visibility. That feature is Not Available on the Pilot 2WD.
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