Compare Honda Pilot

Compare the 2019 Honda Pilot to the 2018 Toyota Highlander SUV

The three-row SUV has been a favorite choice of smaller families for a long time--you get the capability, style, and fun of a crossover, with similar spaciousness and versatility as a minivan without the "minivan" vibes. Two popular options in the El Cerrito, CA area include the newly updated 2019 Honda Pilot and the 2018 Toyota Highlander.

Both of these seven- or eight-passenger crossovers can be equipped with all-wheel drive; both have roomy ground clearance to be able to tackle rougher roads; both give you more than 80 cubic feet of cargo space; both get good safety ratings and allow for easy installation and removal of car seats; and both are priced to start under $35,000. On paper, they seem about equal--but we want to show you some of the differences between the Honda Pilot and Toyota Highlander.


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2019 Honda Pilot vs 2018 Toyota Highlander

  • The 2018 Toyota Highlander starts at $31,230
  • The 2019 Honda Pilot starts at $31,450
  • Standard power for the Highlander comes from a tiny four-cylinder engine, good for just about 185 horsepower
  • Standard power for the Honda Pilot comes from a powerful 3.5-liter V6 engine, good for 280 horsepower
  • The Highlander can be equipped with a V-6 engine (for a hefty price) that is more comparable with Honda's standard V6


  • The Toyota Highlander does stand apart with an available hybrid SUV option that's nearly $40,000--but you'll only get a few more MPGs in the city
  • The 2019 Honda Pilot offers Android Auto and Apple CarPlay capabilities as tech features
  • The 2018 Toyota Highlander only offers limited smartphone integration through its Entune audio systems
  • The Honda Pilot gives you more cargo space and more passenger space, to help manage your busy lifestyle
  • Both SUVs offer seating for up to eight passengers