The 2016 Honda Pilot vs. the 2016 GMC Acadia

2016 Honda Pilot

2016 Honda Pilot

2016 GMC Acadia

2016 GMC Acadia

The 2016 Honda Pilot and the 2016 GMC Acadia both deliver premium features, plenty of cabin and cargo space, and fantastic safety scores. So which one will be the better choice for you and your family here in the Elgin and Crystal Lake, IL area? You can find out below in our detailed comparison.

Performance and Power

In terms of fuel efficiency, the 2016 GMC Acadia earns an EPA estimate of 17 mpg city/24 mpg highway with standard front-wheel drive. The 2016 Honda Pilot earns a considerably better estimate at 19 mpg city/27 mpg highway* with six-speed transmission and front-wheel drive, or 20 mpg city/27 mpg highway if you upgrade to the nine-speed automatic.

As for power, the GMC Acadia uses a 3.6L V6 that cranks out 281 hp and 266 lb-ft of torque. The Honda Pilot comes standard with a 3.5L V6 engine that generates 280 hp and 262 lb-ft of torque.

The Pilot can actually sprint from 0 to 60 mph in a quick 6.4 seconds, while the Acadia takes 8.6 seconds. That’s a considerable difference that you’ll certainly notice when accelerating up to highway speeds. What’s more, the Pilot can pull up to 5,000 when properly equipped, while the Acadia can only pull up to 4,000 pounds.

Interior Capacity

While the 2016 GMC Acadia and 2016 Honda Pilot both offer seating for up to eight, the Pilot offers more cabin space overall. The Pilot gives you more headroom and legroom in back and more shoulder room both front and back.


These two crossovers both earned the best possible five-star crash test rating overall from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration**. But, while the 2016 Honda Pilot offers automatic collision prevention braking and lane departure prevention, the 2016 GMC Acadia only offers forward collision warning and lane departure warning systems; it does not offer any proactive automatic prevention measures.

Visit Brilliance Honda of Crystal Lake Today

Visit Brilliance Honda of Crystal Lake and take the latest 2016 Honda Pilot out for a spin. We’re at 680 W. Terra Cotta Ave. in Crystal Lake, IL, just minutes from Elgin, and we’re confident that you’ll agree that the Pilot is the better choice than the GMC Acadia.


*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.
**Government 5-Star Safety Ratings are part of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s New Car Assessment Program ( Model tested with standard side airbags (SAB).