2019 Honda Pilot vs Toyota Highlander
Whether you're taking long trips up the coast or just commuting around town, SUV drivers in Panama City, Springfield, and Callaway need a vehicle they can count on. Luckily, there are two vehicles on the market right now that are as capable as they are reliable.
To help locals decide which vehicle is a better fit for their lifestyle, Honda of Bay County put together this informative comparison of the 2019 Honda Pilot vs. 2019 Toyota Highlander. Read ahead to learn how these two vehicles stack up when it comes to performance, cargo, and technology!
Pilot vs Highlander: Performance Specifications
The 2019 Pilot is equipped standard with a high-performance 3.5L V6 engine. This engine puts out a whopping 280 horsepower and 262 lb-ft of torque, and still gets an impressive EPA-estimated 19 city/27 highway MPG.*
Pair this power output with the available Intelligent Variable Torque Management™ All-Wheel Drive System to unleash this vehicle's 5,000-pound maximum towing limit. With just the standard front-wheel drivetrain, you'll still have 3,500 pounds of towing capability.
Unfortunately, with the 2019 Highlander, you'll have to upgrade from the standard 2.7L 4-cylinder engine to access this kind of power. With the standard engine, you'll only get 185 horsepower and 184 lb-ft of torque resulting in just 1,500 pounds of standard towing capability.
Pilot vs Highlander: Interior Space
Although both vehicles have the ability to seat eight passengers, that is where the similarities end.
In the interior of the Honda Pilot, you'll have a spacious 152.9 cubic feet of total passenger volume to split among the eight passenger seats. This includes 59.1 inches of front hip room and 62 inches of front shoulder room. Compare this to the Highlander's 57.2 inches of front hip room and 59.3 inches of front shoulder room.
In addition to plenty of passenger space, you'll also have plenty of room for all your belongings in the Pilot. With all eight seats in use, you'll have 16.5 cubic feet of cargo space. Fold down the third row of seats for 83.9 cubic feet of packing space. The Highlander will only give your 13.8 cubic feet of space with seats upright and 42.3 cubic feet of space with the third row folded down.
Pilot vs Highlander: Advanced Technology
In the Honda Pilot and the Toyota Highlander, you can expect advanced technology features including standard infotainment systems and available 3-zone automatic climate control systems.
The latter feature allows for each passenger to tailor their climate zone to their personal needs. However, the Pilot takes it a step further by including humidity control. You'll be comfortable and dry no matter what the outside weather or the other on-board climate zones are doing.
As for the infotainment systems in these vehicles, you can expect to have a color high-definition screen and Bluetooth® wireless connectability. A few extra features you won't find in the Highlander, though, are available Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ integration. These features allow you to stay connected to all your smartphone apps right on the infotainment screen.
2019 Honda Pilot vs 2019 Toyota Highlander: The Verdict
As you can see, the 2019 Honda Pilot and the 2019 Toyota Highlander have quite a bit to offer. However, we at Honda of Bay County believe drivers in Panama City, Springfield, and Callaway will appreciate the Pilot's standard high performance, extra cargo space, and advanced technology features.
Come experience the entirety of the Honda Pilot's capabilities today by giving us a call to schedule your test drive!
*Based on 2018 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions, and other factors.