|2015 Honda Pilot 2WD||2015 Honda Pilot 4WD|
|3.5L V6||Standard Engine||3.5L V6|
|253 foot-pounds||Engine Torque||253 foot-pounds|
|25 highway mpg*||Fuel Economy||24 highway mpg*|
|2,000 pounds||Tow Rating||4,500 pounds|
2015 Honda Pilot 2WD vs. 4WD
While safety and performance are two qualities that define the entirety of Honda’s automotive lineup, specific vehicle features are often forced to pick one camp or the other. In the same way that a standard rearview camera has little bearing on Pilot’s engine power, the compression ratio maintained by Honda’s hard-working V6 won’t be listed on the spec sheet’s rundown of family-friendly safety inclusions. Four-wheel drive is one valuable feature that seems to break the mold, however.
Integral to Pilot’s traction control and cargo management functions, four-wheel drive is one of few automotive features that simultaneously support a vehicle’s safety and performance initiatives. But as the table comparing 2015 Honda Pilot 2WD vs. 4WD makes clear, it’s not a product of engine size or performance output. Rather, the real rub when it comes to the merits of four-wheel drive is how an engine distributes that power to impart a practical advantage for the task at hand.
2015 Honda Pilot Variable Torque Management®
When towing constitutes the task at hand, a four-wheel drive Pilot with Variable Torque Management® certainly imparts a practical advantage. Once more, the 2015 Honda Pilot 2WD vs. 4WD comparison data makes this clear. Whereas the six-cylinder powering Pilot’s 2WD models exclusively channels wheel-turning torque to the front axle, 4WD models of the popular SUV give life to the rear axle as well. This allows all four of Pilot’s tires to share a tow burden up to 4,500 pounds.
When adverse weather conditions leave local roads with questionable footing, four-wheel drive can also serve Pilot drivers as a valuable safety feature. Able to electronically monitor which tires maintain grippiest contact with snowy, wet, and icy roads, Honda Variable Torque Management® system ensures that all Pilot’s engine power is being used to its driver’s best advantage.
As every Pilot trim from LX to Touring is available with either drivetrain option, Chicago drivers interested in performance, safety, and the 2015 Honda Pilot 2WD vs. 4WD data tabled above are encouraged to test drive a new-model Pilot at Countryside’s Continental Honda. Click below to get in contact with the local dealership today.
*18 city/25 highway/21 combined mpg rating for 2WD models and 17 city/24 highway/20 combined mpg rating for 4WD models. Based on 2015 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle.