2019 Toyota Highlander Vs 2019 Honda Pilot

A 2020 Toyota Highlander on a city street

If you’re torn between the Toyota Highlander and the Honda Pilot, you’re not alone. These two top-selling SUVs practically define the three-row crossover segment, with each selling extremely well every model year. We’ll help make your decision easier with a comparison of the safety, interior, and performance of each car.


Your safety on the road is one of your top priorities, and it’s one of Toyota’s, too. The Highlander comes standard with:

  • Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection
  • Dynamic Radar Cruise Control
  • Lane Departure Alert
  • Auto High Beams
  • Lane Trace Assist
  • Road Sign Assist

In comparison, the Pilot only comes standard with:

  • Road Departure Mitigation
  • Collision Mitigation
  • Adaptive Cruise Control
  • Lane Keep Assist

When you want a little extra confidence and peace of mind on the road, the Toyota Highlander is the clear winner.


The interior is another area where the Toyota Highlander excels over the Honda Pilot. To start, you get far more features in the base trim of the Highlander than the base trim of the Pilot. The Highlander offers an 8-inch touchscreen, five USB ports, Apple CarPlay®, Android Auto, and Amazon Alexa integrations while the Pilot only comes with a 5-inch screen, two USB ports, and basic audio streaming. The Toyota SUV also excels in terms of cargo size, where you’ll find 84.3/48.4/16.0 cubic-feet of space behind the front/second/third-row of seats. In contrast, the Pilot offers 83.9/46.8/16.5 cubic-feet. Further, the Highlander offers eight-passenger seating as an option across the trims, where upper trims of the Pilot dip down to seating for seven.


Often, you’ll see that a more powerful engine means less fuel efficiency – but not with the Toyota Highlander. Again, the Highlander leads by offering a more powerful engine and more fuel efficiency. The Pilot only manages 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque while the Highlander gets 295 horsepower and 280 horsepower with better EPA mileage ratings. Additionally, the Highlander offers a hybrid engine option that further boosts efficiency while the Pilot does not offer a hybrid engine.

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The Highlander excels in all categories, and we think you’ll love driving one of your own. Browse our available inventory of Toyota Highlander models today.