Toyota Highlander vs Honda Pilot

Toyota Highlander vs Honda Pilot

As you shop around for your next family SUV, you’ll likely end up comparing the Toyota Highlander vs. Honda Pilot. Either the 2021 Toyota Highlander or Honda Pilot can be an excellent choice for a Hyannis, Barnstable, and Yarmouth, MA, driver like yourself. But since you can only choose one, Ira Toyota of Hyannis is here to help.

Toyota Highlander vs Honda Pilot: Dimensions

As two full-size SUVs, the Highlander and Pilot each offer plenty of room. Across all three rows, you’ll find everyone has all the space they need to stretch and get comfortable. Both SUVs have very similar interior dimensions, however when it comes to a few categories, the Highlander pulls ahead:

2021 Highlander 2021 Pilot
Front Row Headroom 41.2 inches 40.1 inches
Front Row Legroom 42 inches 40.9 inches
Middle Row Legroom 41 inches 38.4 inches
Cargo Capacity Behind Front Row 84.3 cubic feet 83.9 cubic feet

Front row passengers will have more room to stretch out with 41.2 inches of headroom and 42 inches of legroom in the Highlander. Pilot passengers will only have 40.1 inches of headroom and 40.9 inches of legroom in the front.

Middle row passengers will also notice a difference, since the Highlander has 41 inches of legroom, and the Pilot has just 38.4 inches.

Highlander vs Pilot: Cargo Space

Toyota Highlander vs Honda PilotAdditionally, there is the cargo capacity. On the one hand, this is also very similar between both vehicles – they both offer around 16 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear row. However, when you start folding the seats down, the Highlander pulls ahead.

With the rear row folded flat, the Highlander offers 48.4 cubic feet of cargo space, though the Pilot has just 46.8 cubic feet. When you fold the middle row down, the Highlander has 84.3 cubic feet of space compared to 83.9 cubic feet with the Pilot.

Toyota Highlander vs Honda Pilot: Performance Specs

Toyota Highlander vs Honda PilotThose interior differences may not seem like much, but they’ll add up when you head out on that family road trip. The same is true for the performance abilities of each vehicle. If you’re looking for an SUV with the speed, efficiency, and towing capacity to handle that dream camping trip, the Highlander and Pilot are up to the job.

The Highlander offers two available powertrains—the standard 3.5L V6, and the available hybrid configuration. With the V6 engine, the Highlander can offer up to 295 horsepower and 263 lb-ft of torque. And the hybrid trims of the 2021 Highlander are incredibly efficient, having earned an EPA-estimated 36 city and 35 highway MPG.1

While the Pilot also comes with a V6 engine, it maxes out at 280 horsepower and 262 lb-ft of torque. And since it doesn’t offer a hybrid option, the best fuel economy it can offer is 20 city and 27 highway MPG.

All of that power culminates in their impressive towing capacities. From its base trim level, the Highlander can offer a maximum towing capacity of 5,000 pounds when properly equipped. The standard Pilot can achieve a 3,500-pound maximum towing capacity when properly equipped.

Highlander vs Pilot: Safety

Toyota Highlander vs Honda PilotIf you’re going to bring the kids along for the ride, you’ll likely want to choose an SUV that offers driver-assistance features and safety technologies that will keep you confident and protected on the road.

With the Highlander, you’ll have Toyota Safety Sense™ 2.5+ as a standard suite of technology. This will include features such as:

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

While the Honda Sensing® suite includes a lot of comparable features, it is missing Road Sign Assist technology.

Highlander vs Pilot: Your Next Vehicle

While we think the Toyota Highlander is the clear winner here, you don’t have to take our word for it. Visit this SUV in person and take it for a test drive around Hyannis, Barnstable, and Yarmouth, Massachusetts.

At Ira Toyota of Hyannis, we can’t wait to see you on the showroom floor! Contact us today!

1EPA-estimated 21 city/29 hwy/24 combined mpg for 2021 Highlander; 20 city/27 hwy/23 combined for 2021 Highlander AWD; 36 city/35 hwy/36 combined mpg for 2021 Highlander Hybrid. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary for many reasons, including your vehicle’s condition and how/where you drive. See