Toyota Highlander vs Honda Pilot


Toyota Highlander vs. Honda Pilot: How do They Stack Up?


When it comes down to choosing between the two SUVs, it can be a challenge to figure out which one is better. Performance, fuel-efficiency, safety features and design are all factors that go into buying a car. We have broken down a bit about each vehicle below. Let us know which one you prefer!


Safety Comes Standard on a 2018 Toyota Highlander


Several of the same features are available on both the Toyota Highlander and the Honda Pilot. The difference between the two is that the Highlander has a slew of safety features that come standard, while you will need to pay extra for them on the Pilot.


The Highlander comes with Toyota Safety Sense ™. This includes a Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection. This features scans the road in front of you and analyzes when there is going to be a collision. It not only warns you of these expected collisions but can apply braking procedures to hinder the collision. Whether it is a vehicle or a pedestrian, the Highlander will catch it and warn you!


That's not all, though! Toyota Safety Sense ™ also comes with Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist. This feature alerts you when you are swaying from your lane and can gently guide you back. This is essential for drivers coming home late from work.


Safety features such as a Collision Mitigation Braking System ™ and Forward Collision Warning only become available with the Honda Pilot EX trim level. This trim costs $33,330 and will cost even more once the safety features are included. To get the about the same safety features, as the 2018 Highlander, standard on the Pilot you will need to purchase the Honda Pilot Touring trim level. This has a starting MSRP of $41,970.


Toyota Highlander vs. Honda Pilot: Money and Fuel-Efficiency


The Highlander comes at a slightly higher starting MSRP on the base versions of both vehicles. The Toyota Highlander LE has a starting MSRP of $31,030. The Honda Pilot LX has a starting MSRP of $30,900. In retrospect, a $130 difference isn't much a difference.


The Honda Pilot base model features a V6 engine that delivers 280 horsepower, while the Highlander LE has a 2.7-liter engine that only tops off around 185 horsepower. This difference in horsepower makes all the difference when you look at the fuel efficiency between the two vehicles. The Pilot has a city mpg of only 18, while the Highlander has a city mpg of 20.

This means that while you may save a few bucks on the initial purchase of a Honda Pilot, you will pay more down the line for gas! 

2018 Toyota Highlander vs. 2018 Honda Pilot Trim Level Analysis


The 2018 Toyota Highlander has more trim level choices than the Honda Pilot. The Highlander has eight different trim level options, while the Pilot only has five. Check out our list of all of the trim levels available on each vehicle, we have also listed the starting MSRP to clarify costs.


2018 Toyota Highlander Trim Levels

  • 2018 Toyota Highlander LE: Starting MSRP of $31,030
  • 2018 Toyota Highlander LE Plus:Starting MSRP of $35,460
  • 2018 Toyota Highlander XLE:Starting MSRP of $39,920
  • 2018 Toyota Highlander SE:Starting MSRP of $40,090
  • 2018 Toyota Highlander Limited:Starting MSRP of $42,280
  • 2018 Toyota Highlander Hybrid LE:Starting MSRP of $36,670
  • 2018 Toyota Highlander Hybrid XLE:Starting MSRP of $41,730
  • 2018 Toyota Highlander Hybrid Limited:Starting MSRP of $45,160

2018 Honda Pilot Trim Levels

  • 2018 Honda Pilot LX: Starting MSRP of $30,900
  • 2018 Honda Pilot EX:Starting MSRP of $33,330
  • 2018 Honda Pilot EX-L:Starting MSRP of $36,760
  • 2018 Honda Pilot Touring:Starting MSRP of $41,970
  • 2018 Honda Pilot Elite: Starting MSRP of $47,470

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