2016 Honda Pilot Touring vs 2016 Honda Pilot Elite Continental Honda
2016 Honda Pilot Touring 2016 Pilot Elite
Available 4WD Standard
Eight Passengers Seven
20 city/27 highway MPG* 19 city/26 highway
3,500 lbs. Max Trailer Weight 5,000 lbs.

2016 Honda Pilot Touring vs 2016 Honda Pilot Elite

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If you’re in the market for a high-end SUV then we suggest that the Honda Pilot be part of the conversation. There’s several models and variations available, so we’re going to make things a little easier and talk about the differences between the 2016 Honda Pilot Touring vs 2016 Honda Pilot Elite.

Both models are going to offer amazing entertainment features, 9-speed transmissions, the best in interior comfort, and competitive gas mileage for their class.

The most noticeable physical difference between the two is that the Pilot Elite carries seven passengers, as opposed to the eight in the Pilot Touring. The second row of seats is a bench in most Pilot models, but the Pilot Elite replaces them with another set of captain chairs. This comes down to a personal preference, but installing child seats in captain chairs are often easier, as is access to the third row.

Another difference in these feature packed models is that the Pilot Elite comes with a standard four wheel drive, while it’s optional on the Pilot Touring. This means the standard Pilot Elite can boast a maximum trailer weight of 5,000lbs. over the Touring’s 3,500lbs. -- with the same engine, horsepower, and torque.

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It’s hard to choose between these vehicles since they’re so similar and come with many of the same features. They’re both going to offer great entertainment options with multiple LCD screens, Blu-ray capabilities, and a powerful amp with the potential to put your home system to shame.

It comes down to what you all want to get out of the Pilot, since they both offer exceptional comfort and are packed with tech. If you’re looking to fit the most passengers in your vehicle, then the Pilot Touring is definitely worth that second look. On the other hand, the Pilot Elite’s second set of captain chairs might be better if you have young children and its extra towing capability is bound to come in handy.

[*] 19 city/26 highway mpg for the 2016 Honda Pilot Elite and 20 city/27 highway mpg for the 2016 Honda Pilot Touring are based on EPA mileage ratings for the 4WD and 2WD models, respectively. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle.

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