2019 Honda Pilot front view

2019 Honda Pilot

2019 Toyota Highlander SUV front view

2019 Toyota Highlander

2019 Honda Pilot vs 2019 Toyota Highlander

2019 Honda Pilot


2019 Toyota Highlander


27 mpg highway²

Fuel Economy

27 mpg highway²
Up to 3,500 pounds

Towing Capacity

Up to 1,602 pounds
3.5-liter V6 engine

Base Engine

2.7-liter 4-cylinder engine

Compare the new 2019 Honda Pilot vs 2019 Toyota Highlander to find the best SUV for you and your family. Both the Highlander or Pilot is a great choice for an 8 passenger SUV, but before you start exploring Highlander trim levels, compare the Highlander vs 2019 Honda Pilot. Unlike the Highlander, the Pilot comes standard with V6 engine power and more interior cargo space. Compare the Honda Pilot vs. Toyota Highlander below to see what else makes the new Pilot such a good choice for Paramus families.

Pilot vs Highlander: Performance & MPG

For a full-size SUV, engine performance and fuel economy should be top priorities. See how the Pilot vs Highlander compare in terms of engine specs and mpg.

  • Toyota Highlander: The 2019 Toyota Highlander is powered by a 185-hp 2.7-liter 4-cylinder engine that generates 184 lb-ft of torque. With this engine, the Highlander earns 20 mpg city and 27 mpg highway. If you want V6 power, you’ll need to move up to the LE V6. which costs more than the Honda Pilot LX.
  • Honda Pilot: On the other hand, the 2019 Honda Pilot comes with a 3.5-liter V6 engine that produces 280 hp and 262 lb-ft of torque. Like the Highlander, it features a six speed automatic transmission, but earns up to 19 mpg city** and 27 mpg highway**.

Pilot vs Highlander: Interior Space

The Toyota Highlander and Honda Pilot interior offer 83.7 and 83.9 cubic feet of cargo space, respectively. The Pilot offers more room behind its second row seats, however. You’ll get 16.5 cubic feet of conventional cargo room vs. 13.8 cubic feet inside the Highlander. Additionally, the Pilot’s passenger volume measures 152.9 cubic feet—8 cubic feet more than the Highlander. The Pilot’s larger interior dimensions means you and your passengers will have more breathing room. Third-row passengers inside the Pilot, for example, get 57.6 inches of shoulder room. The Highlander offers just 55 inches.

Pilot or Highlander: Towing & Payload

As midsize SUVs, the Toyota Highlander and Honda Pilot offer capable towing and payload capacities. However, the Pilot stands apart as the stronger performer. The Highlander can haul 1,486 to 1,602 pounds, and with an optional trailer hitch, can tow a maximum of 1,500 pounds. That’s about as much as the Honda Pilot can tow with 2WD. Upgrade to AWD, and the Pilot SUV’s towing capacity shoots up to 3,500 pounds. Additionally, it can haul a max payload capacity 1,420 to 1,625 pounds.

Red 2019 Honda Pilot driving on hilly road

2019 Honda Pilot Interior

Test Drive a New Honda Pilot at Mahwah Honda

In a Honda Pilot vs. Toyota Highlander comparison, the Honda Pilot comes out on top with a stronger base engine and towing power. Ready to explore more of the 2019 Honda Pilot, including its trim levels and safety features? Schedule a test drive at Mahwah Honda, not far from Ramsey and Mahwah.

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