Vehicle Comparisons:
Toyota Highlander vs Honda Pilot

2018 Toyota Highlander in Shoreline Blue PearlOne of the best ways to get around the Nashville, Madison, and Gallatin areas is in an SUV. These impressive vehicles offer a commanding presence on the road with their higher viewing position, and they offer all the interior space you’ll ever need.

Two of the best options are the Toyota Highlander and the Honda Pilot. Both of these massive machines have a lot to offer all kinds of drivers, but only one can have the features that work best for your unique needs. Find out which option fits you best with the Highlander vs. Pilot comparison from Ron Hibbard Toyota.

Engine Performance

If you’re looking for power, either of these SUVs will do. The Pilot features a respectable 3.5L V6 engine that can offer up to 280 horsepower. While impressive, the Highlander’s 3.5L V6 can push it even further to 295 horsepower.

You may be thinking that the extra boost in power will cost you at the pump, but you’d be surprised. Despite Honda’s reputation for fuel-efficient vehicles, the Toyota Highlander is actually more efficient while simultaneously being more powerful. You can enjoy an EPA-estimated 23 combined MPG with the Highlander,* while the Pilot can only offer an EPA-estimated 21 combined MPG.


2018 Toyota Highlander in Ooh La La Rouge MicaIf you’re looking for sheer space, you’ll find plenty, no matter which of these SUVs you opt for. Both feature largely the same amount of space, whether you’re concerned with passenger volume or cargo capacity, and both feature an impressive maximum seating capacity for eight people.

However, you might find yourself more relaxed behind the wheel of the Highlander, since you have more room to stretch out. The Highlander features 40.7 inches of headroom, while the Pilot can only offer 40.1 inches. The Pilot also offers 40.9 inches of legroom, but the Highlander far exceeds that with an incredible 44.2 inches of available legroom.

Another difference lies with the quality of the interiors. Whether you choose cloth or leather upholstery, the Toyota SUV interior tends to be of higher quality than what the Pilot can offer. Looking beyond the seats, the simple details on the interior tend to be more appealing in the Highlander. The Pilot’s interior looks nice at a glance, but the hard plastics can be off-putting compared to the more luxury-oriented Highlander.


Integrated technology is essential for any modern SUV to be worthy of consideration. Both of these SUVs have advanced tech, but it’s a bit easier to come by in the Highlander. From the lowest trim level, the Toyota offers a high-definition touchscreen to access your infotainment system. The base-level Pilot doesn’t have a touchscreen at all, while the higher levels feature a screen that can be frustrating to use.

The Highlander offers an advanced technological feature that the Pilot simply doesn’t feature at all, and that’s Adaptive Cruise Control. With this handy system, you can enjoy all the benefits of cruise control without having to manually slow down when you hit traffic. Adaptive Cruise Control scans for other cars on the road and will automatically adjust speed to maintain a safe distance. Once the way is clear, it will safely return you to your preset speed.


2018 Toyota Highlander Interior SafetyWhen you think of automotive safety, Toyota and Honda are probably the first two manufacturers that come to mind. Both have a well-earned reputation for making safe vehicles, so you can drive with peace of mind, no matter which of these SUVs you opt for. Like its technology, however, safety features are easy to come by in the Highlander.

From the git go, Toyota offers the standardly equipped Toyota Safety Sense™ P system. This suite of drive-assisting technology comes with Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist, Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, and Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection.

With the Pilot, you have to opt for higher trim levels if you want features like Emergency Braking and Lane Departure Warning, but the Highlander features all of that plus more standard in every model. The Forward Collision Warning with Automatic Emergency Braking is especially impressive, as it includes pedestrian detection. Most similar systems just scan for other vehicles, but your Highlander can hit the brakes for you if it detects an imminent collision with a pedestrian.

Additionally, the Highlander also features a Bird’s Eye View Camera. Using information from multiple cameras situated around the Highlander, this system can create a bird’s eye view image of your vehicle in real time, so you can always see what’s going on around you. The Pilot has no similar feature.

Highlander vs Honda Pilot Verdict

Our Toyota Highlander vs. Honda Pilot comparison was close, but the Highlander offers more luxury and features at lower trim levels overall. If you want to experience everything this SUV can offer, head to Ron Hibbard Toyota, your best bet for Toyota vehicles in the Nashville, Gallatin, and Madison areas. Get in touch with us today to schedule a test drive.

*2018 EPA-estimated mileage. Actual mileage will vary.

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