2020 Honda Pilot LX

2020 Honda Pilot

2019 Toyota Highlander

2019 Toyota Highlander

2020 Honda Pilot vs. 2019 Toyota Highlander

8 passengers

Max Seating Capacity

8 passengers
280-hp 3.5-liter V6


185-hp 2.7-liter 4-cylinder
5,000 pounds

Max Towing Capacity

1,500 pounds
83.9 cubic feet

Max Cargo Space

83.7 cubic feet
16.5 cubic feet

Rear Cargo Space

13.8 cubic feet

A dependable SUV can make all the difference to your commute. So, if you’re looking for a strong SUV to have your back whether you’re around Freehold and Toms River or far from home, compare the Honda Pilot vs. Toyota Highlander. Discover which model delivers a better fuel-efficient performance, towing capabilities, and cabin space in this Honda vs. Toyota comparison at Honda Universe.

Honda Pilot vs. Toyota Highlander: Performance & Fuel-Efficiency

An SUV would not be complete without an impressive engine configuration and performance features, and drivers interested in the Pilot will be glad to see that it comes with a larger engine configuration along with more horsepower and torque over the Highlander. Check out the specs for the Pilot and Highlander below: do the Honda Pilot vs. Toyota Highlander compare in terms of power and fuel economy? Compare their specs below:

  • Toyota Highlander: TheToyota 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 Honda Pilot comes with a 3.5-liter V6 engine that produces 280 hp and 262 lb-ft of torque. The Honda Pilot LX also features a six-speed automatic transmission and earns up to 19 mpg city and 27 mpg highway*.
2020 Honda Pilot

Honda Pilot vs. Toyota Highlander: Towing & Payload

Since both the Toyota Highlander and Honda Pilot are midsize SUVs, they both enable drivers to take advantage of their towing and payload capacities. When looking at the capacity of the Highlander, you’ll see it can haul 1,486 to 1,602 pounds, and tow a maximum of 1,500 pounds. But looking at the Honda Pilot, you’ll find it can tow up to 3,500 pounds with 2WD and up to 5,000 pounds when properly equipped. Additionally, the Pilot has a payload capacity of 1,420 to 1,625 pounds.

Honda Pilot vs. Toyota Highlander: Interior Space

Most SUV drivers are also looking for a spacious interior and the Toyota Highlander and Honda Pilot interior offer 83.7 and 83.9 cubic feet of cargo space, respectively. However, Pilot drivers will find additional space behind its rear seats, with 16.5 cu ft. of conventional cargo room compared to the 13.8 cu ft. inside the Highlander. Passengers will also have more room to stretch out and get comfortable with its 152.9 cubic feet passenger volume, which is 8 cubic feet more than the Highlander. Third-row Pilot passengers will get 57.6 in. of shoulder room while the Highlander offers just 55 in.

Test Drive the New Honda Pilot at Honda Universe

Now that you’ve compared these two SUVs, are you ready to explore the Pilot or Highlander? Make your way over to Honda Universe and browse our inventory of new Pilot models for sale to find what suits you best. You can even check out more comparisons like the Honda Civic vs. Toyota Corolla or Honda Pilot trim levelsContact us today to speak with a member of our sales team or to schedule a test drive near Jackson!

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    *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.

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