The 2016 Honda Pilot vs. the 2016 Volkswagen Touareg

2016 Honda Pilot

2016 Honda Pilot

2016 Volkswagen Touraeg

2016 Kia Sorento

The 2016 Honda Pilot and the 2016 Volkswagen Touareg are both popular family-friendly crossover utility vehicles. If you’re considering adding one of these models to your garage here in Elgin and Crystal Lake, IL, then take a close look at the details so you can get the car that suits your needs best!


The 2016 Volkswagen Touareg starts at $49,705 MSRP. The Honda Pilot starts at $30,145 MSRP in the 2WD LX trim with a six-speed automatic transmission. With a nearly $10,000 price premium, the Touareg has a lot to prove if it’s going to be the better pick.

Interior Space

The 2016 Honda Pilot offers three rows of seating with up to eight seats – and plenty of child seat attachment points – while the 2016 Volkswagen Touareg only has five seats in two rows. Since the Honda Pilot is a three-row vehicle and the Touareg only has two rows, it’s not surprising that the Pilot has less cargo space with all seats in place, but total you’ll find much more cargo space in the Pilot. It offers up to 109.0 cubic feet, while the Touareg only offers 64.0 cubic feet.

Power and Performance

The 2016 Volkswagen Touareg comes with a V6 that makes 280 hp. The 2016 Honda Pilot has a 3.5L V6 that also makes 280 hp. So, let’s examine fuel economy numbers to see where the difference lies. The VW Touareg is rated at 17 mpg city/23 mpg highway/19 mpg combined by the EPA in the base configurations. The Honda Pilot earns an EPA estimated 19 mpg city/27 mpg highway/22 mpg combined* with front-wheel drive and the six-speed automatic transmission. Add the nine-speed automatic and the city estimate goes up to 20 mpg and the combined estimate bumps up to 23 mpg. Expect less stops at the pump when you’re behind the wheel of the Pilot!


The 2016 Honda Pilot earned the five-star overall rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration**; meanwhile the 2016 Volkswagen Touareg was not rated. The 2016 Honda Pilot with Honda Sensing also earned the 2016 Top Safety Pick+ rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, while the Touareg received no Top Safety honors.

Visit Brilliance Honda of Crystal Lake Today

Visit us at Brilliance Honda of Crystal Lake and drive the current 2016 Honda Pilot. Its clear that the Pilot is the better bet for your family, so visit us at 680 W. Terra Cotta Ave. in Crystal Lake, IL, to drive the Pilot today!


*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).