Toyota Highlander vs Honda Pilot

2017 Toyota Highlander

Toyota Highlander

2017 Honda Pilot

Honda Pilot

Are you searching for a stylish, yet powerful SUV in Gastonia, and around Charlotte and Lincolnton? If so, you may want to consider either the Toyota Highlander or Honda Pilot as your next vehicle. The experienced team at Toyota of Gastonia has put together this detailed comparison between the Highlander and Pilot to help narrow down your choice.

Both SUVs offer some amazing features, but the 2021 Toyota Highlander has just a few more perks that make this vehicle the more ideal option. Continue reading to find out more of what the Highlander and Pilot bring to the table, and then reach out to us with any further questions!

Toyota Highlander vs Honda Pilot: Impressive Performance



295 horsepower

280 horsepower

263 lb-ft of torque

262 lb-ft of torque

If a vehicle with impeccable performance is what you’re looking for, you’ll be impressed by the Toyota Highlander. Enjoy a powerful, yet smooth ride with the Highlander model’s 3.5L V6 Engine paired with the Toyota Direct Shift 8-Speed Automatic Transmission. With such an amazing mechanical duo like this, it’s no surprise that the Highlander produces 295 horsepower and 263 lb-ft of torque.

The Honda Pilot also has great performance, but not enough to keep up with the Toyota Highlander. The Pilot model’s standard V6 engine only produces 280 horsepower and 262 lb-ft of torque, which doesn’t quite compare to the Highlander power package.

2020 Toyota Highlander Engine Power

Highlander vs Pilot: Excellent Efficiency



20 city/27 highway MPG1

18 city/26 highway MPG2

Despite the Toyota Highlander model’s awesome performance, the SUV is still able to stay efficient. Nobody wants to make constant stops at the gas station, and with the Highlander you won’t have to. Several Highlander trim levels are able to achieve fuel economies of up to 20 city/27 highway MPG.1 Unfortunately, the Honda Pilot AWD standard option only offers up to 18 city/26 highway MPG, giving the Toyota Highlander the gold medal for excellent efficiency.2

2020 Toyota Highlander MPG

Pilot vs Highlander: A Cozy and Comfortable Cabin

At first glance inside the cabin of the Toyota Highlander, you’ll notice the abundance of space. Not only does the roomy interior fit up to seven passengers comfortably, there’s also plenty of room for all your precious cargo.

You’ll have room to stretch with all the space inside the Highlander cabin. The Honda Pilot only gives you 40.9 inches of front legroom, as opposed to the Toyota Highlander model’s 42.0 inches. In other words, stretch out and relax inside the Highlander with all the space you’ll have!

Toyota Highlander
Front Headroom: 39.6 inches
Front Legroom: 42 inches
Second Row Headroom: 39.4 inches
Second Row Legroom: 41 inches
Third Row Headroom: 36.1 inches
Third Row Legroom: 27.7 inches


Toyota Highlander Interior

Toyota Highlander vs Honda Pilot: Take a Test Drive

We hope this comparison between the Toyota Highlander and Honda Pilot helped make your SUV buying process a bit easier. As you can tell, the Highlander is the better choice if you’re looking for a car that’s powerful, efficient, and comfortable.

Interested in learning more about the Highlander? Check out one of our detailed Toyota Highlander reviews for more information on this high-quality vehicle. Once you’re ready to take the next steps, contact us here at Toyota of Gastonia to schedule a test drive today. We’ll be sure to get you cruising the roads in Gastonia, and around Charlotte, Morgantown, and Lincolnton, NC in no time!


12020 EPA-estimated mileage. Actual mileage will vary.

219 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 2020 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.