2019 Toyota Highlander vs 2019 Honda Pilot

The 2019 Highlander and Honda Pilot are competitive three-row crossovers available in both front-wheel and all-wheel drive. Both offer a lot of interior passenger space, plenty of cargo space, and good family ergonomics as minivan alternatives.

Base price and most comparable pricing through trim levels are also roughly equivalent for both vehicles. Where things split between them is with interior roominess, the availability of fuel-efficient options, and in trim level variances.

2019 Toyota Highlander Features 2019 Honda Pilot
2.7L i4, 3.5L V6 Hybrid, or 3.5L V6 Base Engine 3.5L V6
185 hp, 295 or 306 hp Engine Output 280 hp/td>
8.71-8.4 l/100km highway* Fuel Economy (FWD) 8.71 l/100km highway
1,619.7 liters Total Passenger Volume 1,673.5 liters
8 Max. Passenger Capacity 8
278.89 cm Wheelbase 281.9 cm
172.9 cm Height 179.3 cm
2,370 liters Cargo Volume (max) 2,375.7 liters
11.8 m Turning Radius 12 m

Safety and Tech

2019 Toyota Highlander specs and 2019 Honda Pilot numbers have excellent safety ratings with little difference between them. Both the Highlander and the Pilot are equipped with advanced safety features such as collision mitigation braking, road departure mitigation, and driver's aids like adaptive cruise control and lane keeping assist. Only the Highlander, however, comes standard with automatic high beams as well in the Toyota Safety Sense package. Further, reviews have shown that the Pilot's advanced safety systems are often aggressive and over-sensitive.

The Highlander comes standard with a 6.1-inch infotainment system (Entune) while the Pilot has a 5-inch screen as standard. Both upgrade to an 8-inch screen.

Passenger and Cargo Capacity

Perhaps the greatest differences between the Highlander and the Pilot is in size (footprint) and efficiency. On the above table, the Highlander is slightly smaller in most metrics because it's smaller in size overall. Compared to the Pilot, the Highlander is about 102mm smaller in length, 76mm thinner in width, and 76mm shorter in height. In other words, the Toyota Highlander is easier to park, maneuver, and garage. For those living in Edmonton, that might be important. Especially in shared garages, tight parking lots, and the like.

Toyota Highlander vs Honda Pilot

Power and Efficiency

Efficiency is another concern and while the standard Highlander and Pilot are much the same for fuel efficiency, the Highlander has an inexpensive upgrade to a hybrid model that the Honda cannot compete with. What's more, the Highlander Hybrid is even more efficient around town, with higher gains than those had on the highway. So even with the excellent highway efficiency, even more can be gained in everyday driving in town.

Finally, the 2019 Toyota Highlander, in review, is offered in six trim levels. Not including the trim levels for the Hybrid model. The Pilot has five. At the base model level, the Highlander and the Pilot are comparable, but when comparing equipment apples-to-apples between them as the trim levels increase, it's clear that the Highlander often has more options and better value as equipment adds on. Many of the features in the Pilot Elite top-end package are standard in the Highlander XLE, which is the mid-level package for the Highlander.

If you're wondering what the 2019 Toyota Highlander offers in Edmonton, come see us at Toyota Northwest and find out.