Toyota Highlander vs Honda Pilot
Midsize SUVs like the Toyota Highlander and Honda Pilot are a great option for families who need lots of space, fun features, and reliable safety for all your errands and road trips. So, which one is right for you?
Ron Hibbard Toyota helps drivers near Nashville, Gallatin, and Madison decide with this Toyota Highlander vs. Honda Pilot comparison. Be sure to contact us today with any questions you might have!
Toyota Highlander vs Honda Pilot Safety
The Toyota Highlander keeps you and your passengers safe with a strong unibody frame and eight standard airbags. This advanced airbag system includes both front and side airbags for the driver and front passenger, plus a set of all-row roll-sensing Side Curtain Airbags.
It also uses lots of driver assistance features to help prevent accidents. The Toyota Safety Sense™ P system gives you great awareness with technology like:
- Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection
- Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist
- Automatic High Beams
- Dynamic Radar Cruise Control
There are even available safety features that can help you detect other vehicles during your drive like a handy Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert.
While the Honda Pilot offers many of the same features, it only has six airbags and overall can’t protect as many areas of your SUV.
Toyota Highlander vs Honda Pilot Performance Specs
Both the Toyota Highlander and Honda Pilot are designed to help you carry lots of cargo. That includes the ability to tow up to 5,000 pounds. While each one can help you bring a boat of camper on your next vacation, how they generate that power is very different.
The Highlander offers two different powertrains. The base engine is a 2.7L 4-cylinder engine with Variable Valve Timing with intelligence (VVT-i). This design helps it run smoother and make the most of its 185 horsepower and 184 lb-ft of torque.
This powertrain works with a 6-speed Electronically Controlled automatic Transmission with intelligence (ECT-i). It’s capable of being both efficient and versatile with sequential shift mode and Snow Mode.
The second option is a 3.5L V6 Atkinson-cycle-capable engine with VVT-i Wide (VVT-iW). Again, this intelligent design boosts your production and helps the engine get up to 295 horsepower and 263 lb-ft of torque. Plus, this powertrain comes with an efficient Stop and Start Engine System to improve your fuel economy.
This engine works alongside a Direct Shift 8-speed ECT-i. It also feature sequential shift mode and Snow Mode but adds an uphill/downhill shift logic feature.
The Pilot only offers one powertrain. It’s a 3.5L V6 engine that gets up to 280 horsepower and 262 lb-ft of torque. While it does give you a choice between a 6-speed and a 9-speed automatic transmission, the extra gears are only available on the higher trim levels. Plus, neither features the capability of Snow Mode.
Toyota Highlander vs Honda Pilot Fuel Economy
While each SUV provides you with lots of power under the hood and dependable fuel economy, the Toyota model takes it a step further by offering a hybrid powertrain.
The Toyota Highlander Hybrid runs on a combination of an electric motor and a 3.5L V6 engine with VVT-iW that gets up to 306 total system horsepower. This efficient combination works with a smart shifting Electronically controlled Continuously Variable Transmission (ECVT).
The Honda option does not offer a hybrid powertrain and is not as fuel efficient as the gas-powered Toyota Highlander either.
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Toyota Highlander vs Honda Pilot Infotainment System
Inside the Highlander you’ll find lots of great technology that’s designed to make your drive more fun and convenient. The Entune™ Audio system features a 6.1-inch touchscreen in your dashboard. Its equipped with useful technology like:
- Siri® Eyes Free
- Advanced Voice Recognition
- SiriusXM® Satellite Radio
- Bluetooth® capability for hands free calls and audio streaming
On higher trim levels, you’ll be able to upgrade to the Entune™ Premium JBL® Audio system with Integrated Navigation. It’ll deliver turn-by-turn directions on an 8-inch touchscreen, plus excellent sound quality with 12 JBL® GreenEdge™ speakers and a subwoofer.
The Honda model offers lots of the same features, but its infotainment screen is smaller. The standard screen is just a 5-inch LCD screen. An 8-inch touchscreen is available but not on the base trim. Plus, it has fewer speakers, so you won’t be able to enjoy your music with the same sound quality.
Test Drive Your Next Midsize SUV
Visit Ron Hibbard Toyota to test drive the reliable Toyota Highlander. It provides families and drivers near Nashville, Gallatin, and Madison with a safe, efficient, and fun drive. To learn more about this Toyota Highlander vs Honda Pilot comparison, contact us or visit our dealership.
[i] 2019 EPA-estimated mileage. Actual mileage will vary
[ii] 19 city/27 highway/22 combined mpg rating for 2WD 6AT trims. 18 city/26 highway/21 combined mpg rating for AWD 6AT trims. 20 city/27 highway/23 combined mpg rating for 2WD 9AT trims. 19 city/26 highway/22 combined mpg rating for AWD 9AT trims. 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.