In the crowded midsize SUV market, one vehicle stands out: the 2018 HondaPilot. Here’s a head-to-head look at how the Pilot is superior to one of its fiercest competitors: the 2018 ToyotaHighlander.
Performance and efficiency
Every Honda Pilot comes equipped with a 3.5-liter V6 engine that puts out 280 horsepower and 262 lb-ft of torque. The Toyota Highlander’s standard engine is a 2.7-liter four-cylinder, but it’s only good for 185 horsepower and 184 lb-ft of torque. To get the Highlander’s 3.5-liter V6 engine, you have to go up a trim, which means a higher price tag.
The Highlander’s smaller standard engine doesn’t even provide better fuel economy. It gets 20 mpg in the city and 24 mpg on the highway, while the Pilot’s V6 gets 19 mpg in the city and a more efficient 27 mpg on the highway.*
Passenger and cargo space
The Honda Pilot and the Toyota Highlander are both designed to carry eight people, but the Pilot can accommodate the same number of people much more comfortably. Its third row provides 31.9 inches of legroom, while the Highlander offers just 27.7 inches.
The Pilot also provides more space for cargo in every configuration. Behind the third row, it offers 16.5 cubic feet to the Highlander’s 13.8 cubic feet. Behind the second row, the Pilot gives 46.8 cubic feet to 42.3 for the Highlander. Behind the front row, the Pilot wins again with 83.9 cubic feet compared to the Highlander’s 83.7 cubic feet
The Honda Pilot’s infotainment system features Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ smartphone integration in every trim except the base LX model. This makes it easy to access your phone’s apps, music, and other functions straight from the Pilot’s touch screen. The Toyota Highlander’s infotainment system doesn’t offer this handy integration feature.
If you’re looking for a midsize SUV with power, space, and the latest technology, the 2018 Honda Pilot is an excellent choice. To learn more or to test-drive the Pilot, stop in for a visit at Avery Greene Honda.
*Based on 2018 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.