The Honda Pilot and Honda CR-V are both class-leading SUVs that offer drivers available AWD and versatile interiors that can accommodate both passengers and cargo. The Pilot is the larger of the two and “delivers a pleasant ride, plenty of horsepower, and generous passenger and cargo space,” according to U.S. News & World Report. The CR-V is more compact and versatile and achieves impressive fuel economy. Which one is right for you?

  • Honda Pilot – Spacious cabin with more towing capabilities
  • Honda CR-V – Compact in size with better fuel economy

Passenger and Cargo Space

The Honda Pilot is an 8-passenger mid-size SUV. It offers ample room for both passengers and cargo and versatile rear seats that can be rearranged to accommodate large or bulky items. Behind the third row is 16 cubic feet. For even more space, fold the second and third rows down completely flat to get a maximum cargo volume of 82.1 cubic feet.

The more compact CR-V accommodates 5-passengers and has a large cargo area behind the second row that measures 37.6 cubic feet. Fold the rear seat down completely flat, and balloon the cargo space inside the CR-V to measure 75.8 cubic feet.

  • Maximum Cargo Space – Pilot: 82.1 cubic feet. CR-V: 75.8 cubic feet.
  • Maximum Passenger Space – Pilot: 153.1 cubic feet. CR-V: 101.6 cubic feet
2018 Honda Pilot Interior Seating
2018 Honda CR-V Gray Interior

Fuel Economy

Both the Pilot and CR-V achieve class-leading fuel economy, but if fuel efficiency is an important factor for you, consider the CR-V which achieves better than 30 mpg on the highway.


  • 2WD: 19 city / 27 highway / 22 combined mpg*
  • AWD: 19 city / 26 highway / 22 combined mpg*


  • 2WD: 26 city / 32 highway / 28 combined mpg*
  • AWD: 27 city / 33 highway / 29 combined mpg*
2018 Honda Pilot Fuel Economy
2018 Honda CR-V Driving on Highway Through Underground Tunnel

Engine and Performance

For drivers who want powerful performance on the road, the Pilot is the huskier of the two. Under the hood is a 3.5 L V6 engine that delivers 280 horsepower across all of the Pilot trim levels.

The CR-V has two engine options with a standard 2.4 L engine that will produce up to 184 horsepower. For even more power, there is an available 1.5 L turbocharged engine that will deliver 190 horsepower.

2018 Honda Pilot Engine
2018 Honda CR-V Turbocharged Engine

Towing Capacity

If you need an SUV that can haul large loads, the Pilot has a maximum towing capacity up to 5,000 lbs. Attempting to tow a load that exceeds your vehicle’s limits is dangerous and damaging to the mechanisms of your vehicle. However, the CR-V is able to tow 1,500 lbs, so the CR-V may be enough to transport smaller water sport equipment such as a jet ski, or lightweight trailers.

  • Pilot – 5,000 lbs
  • CR-V – 1,500 lbs
2018 Honda Pilot parked at trails with bikes on roof rails
2018 Honda CR-V parked in snow with cargo storage on roof


The Pilot is more spacious and more powerful, and offers a greater towing capacity than the CR-V. It’s also more expensive with a starting MSRP of $31,450** for the 2019 Pilot LX 2WD 6-Speed Automatic, and $48,020 MSRP** for its top-of-the-line 2019 Pilot Elite AWD 9-Speed Automatic.

The CR-V is more compact, can easily maneuver through tight spaces, and more fuel efficient. And for budget-conscious drivers, it comes at a lower sticker price of just $24,250** MSRP for its 2018 CR-V LX 2WD CVT model. The top-tier 2018 CR-V Touring 2WD CVT starts at $32,750.**

2018 Honda Pilot Driving
2018 Honda CR-V Driving Through Neighborhood

Test Drive Today

Learn more about the 2018 Honda Pilot and Honda CR-V by contacting us or by visiting your nearest Metro Milwaukee Honda Dealer. Explore our current offers and sit behind the wheel of the model that’s right for you with a test drive today!

*Based on 2018 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions and other factors.
**MSRP excluding tax, license, registration, $995.00 destination charge and options. Dealers set own prices.