Toyota Highlander offers more horsepower, cargo space, fuel-economy than Honda Pilot

By emarketing | Posted in vehicle comparisons on Tuesday, June 4th, 2013 at 6:53 pm
Toyota Highlander vs. Honda Pilot
Toyota Highlander vs. Honda Pilot

The 2013 Toyota Highlander offers more of just about everything than the Honda Pilot.

Toyota Highlander vs. Honda Pilot

Toyota and Honda have built their businesses on the backs of their historically affordable and super fuel-efficient lineups of compact cars. However, being Americans, we like things bigger and better. Enter the sport utility vehicle craze. The two companies have jumped in with both feet and produced SUVs in just about every size and shape. For the most flexibility of the SUV segment, a strong argument could be made for full-size models. Toyota and Honda each have at least one offering in the full-size SUV class and comparing the Toyota Highlander vs. the Honda Pilot is going to come down to the wire.

One major category that the battle of the Toyota Highlander vs. the Honda Pilot tips in a big way toward the Toyota Highlander is in terms of engine performance, power and fuel-efficiency. The Toyota Highlander has three engines to choose from. Base trims are powered by a 2.7-liter, four-cylinder, 187-horsepower engine that is rated at 187-hp and carries an Environmental Protection Agency fuel-rating of 20 miles per gallon in the city and 25 miles per gallon on the highway. However, the more popular option is the 3.5-liter, 270-hp, V-6 that will easily break 20 miles per gallon on the highway. On the other hand, the Honda Pilot offers only one option, a 250-horsepower, V-6 that barely matches the fuel-economy estimates of the Toyota Highlander engine offerings.

Seating capacity of the Toyota Highlander vs. the Honda Pilot is a much tighter comparison. Both vehicles offer seven-passenger seating. However, some online reviews have taken issue with the third row of seats in the Honda Pilot, accusing them of being a bit cramped. Also in the Toyota Highlander, the second row is a 40/20/40 split that offers a nearly endless list of configurations to meet your needs. With the seats of the Toyota Highlander properly folded, the rear cargo area opens up to accommodate nearly 100 cubic-feet of cargo. The Honda Pilot is all but dwarfed in comparison with its 87 cu.-ft.

Toyota Highlander vs. Honda Pilot

The 2013 Toyota Highlander has over 95 cubic feet of cargo space to work with.

A common fear among those new to the Toyota Highlander vs. the Honda Pilot battle is that these vehicles are going to suffer from sluggish acceleration and have all of the maneuverability of a locomotive. Those concerns are easily put to bed with the V-6 engine option in the Highlander. And you will be pleasantly surprised at the nimble handling characteristics of the Toyota SUV as well. The Honda Pilot has been described as feeling a bit numb in terms of acceleration and drivers may have a little trouble navigating the Pilot in cramped parking situations.

If you would like to take a closer look at the 2013 Toyota Highlander near West Chicago, IL, contact a Toyota of Naperville sales professional today and schedule a test drive. Also don’t forget to ask about the 2014 Toyota Highlander that is coming soon to our showroom.

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