I'm comparing a 2004 Subaru Forester XT (auto) to a 2003-04 Honda Pilot EX (4WD). I'm curious what the differences are in terms of what one can do and the other can't (i.e. light off-roading, traction control comparison, severe weather conditions, etc.).
Apparently the Honda Pilot has traction control but that seems to be the case only because it's FWD until the car senses wheel slippage and then sends power to the rear wheels. It's supposedly capable of transferring torque from 100:0 to 30:70 front to rear I guess? I'm considering the Honda Pilot since it has traction control while the Subaru Forester doesn't have traction control (for those model years).
Has anyone ever gone over this comparison before? I'm kind of curious because the Honda Pilot is a bit bigger than the Forester but I'm not so sure that added cargo capacity is worth it in terms of getting from point A to point.
I've been reading around on multiple forums and some people have quoted around a $3000 ballpark (give or take depending on where it's done) price range for replacing the transmission on a 2003-04 Honda Pilot. That a lot more expensive than replacing a head gasket on a 2004 Subaru Forester.
I've started a similar thread on a Subaru Forester forum. Use that as a reference or starting point if you'd like. Honda VTM-4 vs. Subaru AWD - Subaru Forester Owners Forum
One reason why I'm considering a Honda Pilot is because of the lock option for the VTM-4. If I was in a situation as seen in the video below, how would the Honda Pilot perform and would VTM-4 Lock really help in this situation? Would I have the same experience in the Honda Pilot as I would in a Subaru Forester found in this situation?
Oh, and another question. Since the Honda Pilot is FWD until it detects wheel slippage, does that mean when you're making a tight turn, the wheels won't bind up like on a regular 4x4? Or will there be some minor wheel binding like in the Subaru Forester's case (since the Subaru Forester is AWD with a torque split of 90:10 in drive)?