Honda Pilot vs Competition


 The Honda Pilot Stays a Step Ahead of the Competition

Midsize SUVs are a great option for Bryan-area families and travelers. They seat eight comfortably in a smaller body than full-size SUVs, so drivers can enjoy more responsive power from the capable engines, and come with awesome features that everybody can appreciate. The Honda Pilot is one of the best midsize SUVs on the market today, but there is plenty of competition.

We don't want you to have any regrets about your car-buying experience, which is why we have compared the Honda Pilot to the competition, the Toyota Highlander, in some key areas. We think you'll find that the Honda Pilot is the better option.


Navasota shoppers will find that the Honda Pilot is more affordable than the Toyota Highlander. It has a lower starting MSRP and makes less of a jump in price as you go up the trim levels. You'll get more features in the Honda Pilot without having to break the bank.


The same versatile V6 engine comes in each Honda Pilot, but the Toyota Highlander comes standard with a four-cylinder that can't keep up. It's 185 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque aren't close to the 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of the Honda Pilot. The Highlander is available with a V6 engine that provides similar peak specs, but you have to reach higher rpms to achieve them.  Caldwell drivers won't have to redline the Honda Pilot's engine to enjoy everything it offers.

This is especially helpful when towing a trailer. When torque is ready at lower engine speeds you'll have more responsive acceleration from a standstill. Both models can tow 5,000 pounds when outfitted with all-wheel drive, but the smaller engine of the Highlander isn't available with all-wheel drive and can only manage 1,500 pounds. The Honda Pilot is better for those bringing along campers and trailers.


The Honda Pilot was designed for eight fully-grown passengers, while the rear seats of the Toyota Highlander are more suited for children and adults will be a little cramped. The Honda Pilot has eight more cubic feet of passenger volume than the Toyota Highlander, which is especially evident in the third-row leg room, 4.2-inch advantage for the Honda Pilot, and head room, 3-inch advantage.

Brenham adventurers with bikes, fishing gear, or other cargo, can use that extra space of the Honda Pilot for greater, and more versatile, storage. It has more cubic feet of cargo storage than the Toyota Highlander, and power-folding seats make getting the cabin ready incredibly simple.


Huntsville drivers will find that the Honda Pilot is the better option for long road trips not only because of the less cramped cabin, but also because of the ways it keeps you entertained.

It features Apple CarPlay™ and Android™ Auto capability, which allows for seamless connection of your mobile devices for media, navigation, or phone call purposes. The Toyota Highlander uses its own clunky system for connecting devices.

Both models fit eight passengers and provide rear-seat screens to keep them entertained, but again it's the small details that set the Honda Pilot apart. It's entertainment system has HDMI compatibility that makes it possible to bring along video game consoles, and the 115-volt power outlet gives you more charging and power options. Madisonville shoppers won't find these in the Toyota Highlander.

The Honda Pilot comes with advanced sensors that give you three different views (normal, top-down, and wide) to choose from when using the rear-view camera. You won't see your surroundings as well with the one view of the Toyota Highlander's camera.

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