Gloucester Reviews the Toyota Highlander vs. the Honda Pilot

March 6th, 2017 by

Families look for quality, durability, features, fuel economy and safety when they are shopping for an SUV. Among the best three-row options, you’ll find the 2017 Toyota Highlander. How does it stand up to its rival the 2017 Honda Pilot? This simple guide points out the differences.


While both the Highlander and Pilot have V6 engines, the Toyota can claim more power across the board. Weighing less the Pilot, the Highlander also enjoys a better horsepower-to-weight ratio, allowing it to do more with the horses under the hood. Furthermore, the Pilot has a six-speed transmission while the Highlander has stepped up to an eight-speed automatic.

  • Highlander: 295 horsepower, 263 lb.-ft. of torque
  • Pilot: 280 horsepower; 262 lb.-ft. of torque


Seating for seven is standard while both vehicles allow you to choose an eight-seater. Honda has a bigger third row, but Consumer Reports writes that it is compromised by a low cushion position. Size also figures into handling with the Pilot driving more like a truck and the Highlander driving more like a car. Learn about Highlander pricing at Gloucester Toyota dealer serving Newport News VA.

Crash Avoidance

When it comes to smart SUVs, the Highlander can claim the prize. Unlike the Honda Pilot and every other SUV in its class, the Highlander boasts these standards:

  • forward collision warning with autobrake
  • lane departure alert with lane assist
  • radar adaptive cruise control
  • automatic high beams

To learn more about the Highlander’s exclusive features, stop by Gloucester Toyota dealer serving Newport News VA. You can take a test drive and learn how this SUV can serve your family’s daily needs.