2017 Toyota Highlander vs 2017 Honda Pilot
2017 Toyota Highlander 2017 Honda Pilot
  295 hp 280 hp
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  8-speed shiftable automatic 6-speed automatic

2017 Toyota Highlander vs 2017 Honda Pilot

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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.


The Highlander V6 generates 295 horsepower and 263 lb.-ft. of torque. Honda Pilots come strictly with a V6 engine. It generates 280 horsepower and 262 lb.-ft. of torque. As you can see from this data comparison, the Highlander V6 is more powerful. That's always a plus when dealing with busy traffic. The Highlander also weighs less than the Pilot, allowing the Toyota to do more with each horse under the hood. Perhaps the automatic transmission seals the deal in favor of the Highlander. While Pilots utilize a typical six-speed automatic, new Highlanders have a new eight-speed for greater precision.

Crash Avoidance

These days it's not just about safety. It's about avoiding trouble all together. That's where the Toyota Highlander really steps away from the Honda Pilot. For the first time ever, you can get collision aversion technologies on an SUV without paying more than the base price. The Highlander covers families better by offering a standard frontal collision warning and a standard lane departure alert. Since these warnings aren't always enough, Highlander drivers also benefit from an emergency auto brake and a lane assist. These systems utilize both radar and camera technology for the best response.

Drivers are busy, especially family drivers. To help them out, Highlanders now have standard Dynamic Cruise Control. Using radar and cameras, it regulates your speed to match your set parameters. As you concentrate on steering, the SUV maintains your speed more safely than regular cruise control. It can handle slow-and-go traffic, even stopping if needed. Self-regulating high beams are another Highlander standard. Both of these features are offered on the Honda Pilot but you will have to pay a significantly higher price to add them.


Consumer Reports praises the Highlander for its features list. Favorite Highlander features, not available on the Pilot, include the second row reclining seats and available Optitron instrumentation. Of course, the Highlander also offers an exclusive Driver Easy Speak microphone that puts Mom or Dad in touch with the back row. Soft touches appear in surprising places throughout the cabin, such as the soft-touch in-dash shelf for cable management and the soft-touch roll-top central console with built-in utility tray.

The Pilot is bigger than the Highlander, but Consumer Reports warns shoppers that it may crowd the average garage. Interestingly enough, the size difference is more noticeable in handling than it is in terms of interior space. Honda's bigger third row is compromised by low cushion positioning. Furthermore, the bigger Honda drives like a van while the right-sized Highlander drives more like a car. Both offer to seat eight with a seven-seat alternative.

While you weigh the pros and cons of these models, we recommend a test drive at Kerry Toyota. Give your family a better ride with the Highlander. Contact us to schedule a test drive near Fort Mills, KY and find the right SUV for your needs.

* 2017 EPA-estimated city/highway mileage. Actual mileage will vary.