Comparison 2020 Honda Pilot VS 2020 Hyundai Palisade - Maple Hyundai

Hyundai Palisade vs Honda Pilot

Since the Honda Pilots' debut in the early 2000s, it has been a relative comparison for other models within the same segment. It was the go-to model for a mid-size utility vehicle. Yet as the saying goes, "out with the old, in with the new." After 17 years of the Pilot dominating that vehicle class, it has now taken a back seat to a brand-new SUV that offers everything a Honda did and more, the first-ever 2020 Hyundai Palisade.

Although Maple Hyundai proudly represents the Hyundai brand and we are more inclined towards New Hyundai and Used Vehicles, facts are still facts, and a direct side by side comparison clearly demonstrates how the first-ever Palisade dominates the Pilot.

2020 Hyundai Palisade

2020 Hyundai Palisade Vs 2020 Honda Pilot

Design Comparison Palisade Vs Pilot

The Pilot was redesigned back in 2016, and since then has only seen a few minor design changes. Honda still offers the same six trims powered by the same engine. The most frequent criticism that arises about the Pilot are concerns that you have to pay extra to get the features you want. Meanwhile, the Palisade is available in four trims, the Essential, Preferred, Luxury, and Ultimate. In keeping with the successful strategy of Korean automakers, the Palisade offers the most excellent equipment for the price. The base Palisade is equipped with 18-inch wheels, heated power side mirrors, and automatic on/off headlights with high-beam assist. In its 8-passenger configuration, it comes with an 8-inch screen with Android and Apple CarPlay, heated front seats, driver's seat with six manual settings, climate control with 2nd-row controls, adaptive cruise control, and heated/leather-wrapped/tilt and telescopic steering wheel.

Verdict: The winner based solely on design is the 2020 Hyundai Palisade. It offers more value for its cost, hosts a more modernized interior layout, and a more refined exterior style. While both models provide ample interior space, the Honda Pilot is more suited for off-road and rugged drives.

Performance Specs

Instead of explaining the differences between the 2020 Honda Pilot and 2020 Hyundai Palisade for sale in Maple, Ontario, we have instead created a side by side comparison. The table below illustrates how the 2020 Palisade outperforms the Pilot in almost every component.


2020 Honda Pilot

2020 Hyundai Palisade

Popular Powertrains



3.5-liter V6

3.8-liter V6


280 hp@ 6,000 rpm

291 hp @ 6,000 rpm


262 lb-ft @ 4,700 rpm

262 lb-ft @ 5,200 rpm


6-speed automatic

8-speed automatic

Fuel Economy

22 mpg(19 city/27 hwy)

22 mpg (19 city/26 hwy)




3 years/60,000km

5 years/100,000km

Max Seating Capacity




111.0 inches

114.2 inches

Overall Length

196.5 inches

196.1 inches

Headroom, Front

40.1 inches

40.7 inches

Headroom, Rear

40.2 inches

40.1 inches

Headroom Third Row

38.9 inches

37.8 inches

Legroom, Front

40.9 inches

44.1 inches

Legroom, Rear

38.4 inches

42.4 inches

Final Recommendation

In this comparison, we recommend the Hyundai Palisade for its cost, value, and capabilities. For the first time since 2003, the Pilot has been bumped from its throne, and another SUV has been crowned. The Palisade is better than the Pilot in several components ranging from standard features, design, and warranty. But above all, it is the more affordable option.

Contact us when you are ready to test drive the 2020 Hyundai Palisade and see first hand why the Hyundai Palisade is a front runner for mid-size utility vehicles.

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