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Toyota Highlander vs. Honda Pilot
Toyota Highlander
Honda Pilot
At a Glance: Highlander vs. Pilot
Toyota Highlander

With their impressive powertrains, spacious cabins, advanced entertainment systems, and high-tech safety features, the Toyota Highlander and the Honda Pilot both have a lot to offer. Which of these SUVs might be right for your daily drives near Livonia or Dearborn, MI? 

To help you find out, the team at LaFontaine Toyota has put together this Toyota Highlander vs. Honda Pilot comparison.

Which Toyota Highlander Matches Your Family’s Needs?
PASSENGERS

PASSENGERS

8 | 8
Highlander vs. Pilot
TORQUE

TORQUE

310 lb-ft. | 262 lb-ft.
Highlander vs. Pilot
HYBRID OPTION

HYBRID OPTION

Yes | No
Highlander vs. Pilot
See the Difference for Yourself
Select a category below to learn more about how the Toyota Highlander compares to the Honda Pilot.
PERFORMANCE
Toyota Highlander

When you have a busy schedule, you need a car that’s packed with power. Both the Toyota Highlander and the Honda Pilot are built with strong engines that boast impressive fuel-economy ratings. 

Give It Some Torque

Under the hood of the Toyota, you’ll find a 2.4-liter turbocharged engine that produces up to 310 lb-ft of torque. Even though the Honda equips a slightly larger 6-cylinder engine, it only generates 262 lb-ft of torque. Having more torque available makes climbing steep ascents or towing heavy loads will be easier!

Speaking of which, you’re more than capable of towing a small hard-sided RV, a small recreational boat, a couple watercrafts, or a lightweight travel trailer with the Highlander or the Pilot. When properly equipped, these SUVs can tow up to 5,000 pounds!

Leave the Pump in the Rearview

With its standard engine, the Toyota Highlander can achieve an EPA-estimated 22 city/29 highway MPG, making it an ideal SUV for commutes and road trips.* The Honda Pilot, on the other hand, has an EPA-estimated 19 city/27 highway MPG, so you may have to stop to refuel during long journeys. 

For an even more fuel-efficient driving experience, the Toyota Highlander offers an available 2.5L hybrid engine that can achieve an EPA-estimated 36 city/35 highway MPG.* Unfortunately, the Honda Pilot does not have a hybrid powertrain. 

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INTERIOR
Toyota Highlander

The Toyota Highlander and the Honda Pilot are large enough for your extended family. In fact, we’re confident in saying everyone on board can stretch out and get comfortable. However, the Highlander’s roomier front row proves Toyota’s dedication to you.

Bring the Whole Family Along

No matter where the road takes you, it’s important that you and your passengers are comfortable when seated in your SUV. Both the Toyota Highlander and the Honda Pilot have spacious cabins with room for up to eight passengers across three rows of seating, so you can bring all your loved ones on your next trip. 

Sizing Up the Front Row

While the second and third rows of these SUVs are comparable size-wise, their front-row dimensions diverge slightly:

  • The Toyota Highlander has 42 inches of front legroom and 41.2 inches of front headroom. 
  • The Honda Pilot offers 41 inches of legroom in the front and 40.5 inches of front headroom.

While these SUVs offer ample room for all their passengers, the Toyota Highlander offers more space for you and your copilot compared to the Honda Pilot.

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SAFETY
Toyota Highlander

While it’s important that you and your passengers are comfortable and entertained during long journeys, everyone’s safety is the top priority. Luckily, both the Toyota Highlander and the Honda Pilot are designed to help protect their passengers. 

Safe Travels

Each of these SUVs comes standard with an array of active safety technologies, including: 

  • Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist
  • Full-Speed Range Dynamic Radar Cruise Control 
  • Automatic High Beams 
  • Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection
  • Lane Tracing Assist
  • Road Sign Assist

These features assist you on the road and can help you stay safe whenever you get behind the wheel. 

Roll With It

Remember when we talked about torque earlier and how it makes it easier to take on steep inclines? Well, add standard Hill Start Assist Control on top of the Highlander’s and Pilot’s grand torque values, and you’ll be ready for any hill, slope, or valley. This feature helps minimize backward rolling on steep ascents.

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Which One Will You Choose? 
Toyota Highlander

It’s a close call when looking over this Toyota Highlander vs. Honda Pilot comparison. However, with its powerful engine, impressive fuel economy ratings, spacious cabin, and an array of safety features, we think the Toyota Highlander is the better choice for drivers near Livonia and Dearborn, MI. 

If you’d like to learn more about the Toyota Highlander or see this SUV for yourself, stop by LaFontaine Toyota today!

All of the tools you need to move forward with experiencing a new Highlander for yourself are conveniently available right here online.


*2024 projected EPA-estimated mpg rating estimates as determined by manufacturer. EPA estimates not available at time of posting. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary for many reasons, including your vehicle's condition and how/where you drive. See www.fueleconomy.gov.

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