Honda Pilot vs Toyota Highlander

September 18th, 2018 by

2019 Honda Pilot cargo

If you’re searching for an 8-passenger SUV, you’ve probably at least considered the 2018 Toyota Highlander. Before you start exploring Highlander trim levels, compare it to the 2019 Honda Pilot. Unlike the Highlander, the Pilot comes standard with V6 engine power and more cargo room. Compare the Honda Pilot vs. Toyota Highlander below to see what else makes the new Pilot such a good choice for Omaha families.

New Honda Pilot SUVs New Vehicle Specials

Pilot or Highlander: Performance & Fuel-Efficiency

How do the 2019 Honda Pilot vs. 2018 Toyota Highlander compare in terms of power and fuel economy? Compare their specs below:

  • Toyota Highlander: The 2018 Toyota Highlander is powered by a 185-hp 2.7-liter 4-cylinder engine that generates 184 lb-ft of torque. With this engine, the Highlander earns 20 mpg city and 24 mpg highway. If you want V6 power, you’ll need to move up to the LE V6. which costs more than the Honda Pilot LX.
  • Honda Pilot: On the other hand, the 2019 Honda Pilot comes with a 3.5-liter V6 engine that produces 280 hp and 262 lb-ft of torque. Like the Highlander, it features a six speed automatic transmission, but earns up to 19 mpg city** and 27 mpg highway**.

Pilot or Highlander: Towing & Payload

As midsize SUVs, the Toyota Highlander and Honda Pilot offer capable towing and payload capacities. However, the Pilot stands apart as the stronger performer. The Highlander can haul 1,486 to 1,602 pounds, and with an optional trailer hitch, can tow a maximum of 1,500 pounds. That’s about as much as the Honda Pilot can tow with 2WD. Upgrade to AWD, and the Pilot SUV’s towing capacity shoots up to 3,500 pounds. Additionally, it can haul 1,420 to 1,625 pounds.

Pilot or Highlander: Interior Space

The Toyota Highlander and Honda Pilot interior offer 83.7 and 83.9 cubic feet of cargo space, respectively. The Pilot offers more room behind its rear seats, however. You’ll get 16.5 cubic feet of conventional cargo room vs. 13.8 cubic feet inside the Highlander. Additionally, the Pilot’s passenger volume measures 152.9 cubic feet—8 cubic feet more than the Highlander. The Pilot’s larger interior dimensions means you and your passengers will have more breathing room. Third-row passengers inside the Pilot, for example, get 57.6 inches of shoulder room. The Highlander offers just 55 inches.

Test Drive a New Honda Pilot at Honda of Lincoln

In a Honda Pilot vs. Toyota Highlander comparison, the Honda Pilot comes out on top with a stronger base engine and towing power. Ready to explore more of the 2019 Honda Pilot, including its trim levels and safety features? Schedule a test drive at Honda of Lincoln, not far from Gretna and Bellevue.

 

**Based on 2019 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.