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2019 Honda Pilot vs 2019 Toyota Highlander

Driver side exterior view of a blue 2019 Honda Pilot on the left "vs" driver side exterior view of a gray 2019 Toyota Highlander on the right

As the family continues to grow your already too-small sedan seems to shrink even tinier by the day. It is safe to say that it is time to upgrade to a more spacious SUV like the 2019 Honda Pilot or the 2019 Toyota Highlander. Choosing between these two SUVs is difficult because they both have athletic exterior styling, powerful and efficient engines under the hood, and flexible seating for cargo and passenger versatility. Take a look at the similarities and differences between the 2019 Honda Pilot and the 2019 Toyota Highlander right here below with our side-by-side comparison.

2019 Honda Pilot


2019 Toyota Highlander

3.5L V6 Standard Engine 2.7L 4-Cylinder
280 HP/ 262 LB-FT Horsepower/ Torque 185 HP/ 184 LB-FT
6-Speed Automatic Standard Transmission 6-Speed Automatic
19 MPG City/ 27 MPG HWY Fuel Economy* 20 MPG City/ 24 MPG HWY
*Based on 2019 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on driving conditions, how you drive and maintain your vehicle, battery package/condition, and other factors.

Compare the 2019 Honda Pilot & the 2019 Toyota Highlander

All-Wheel Drive (AWD) is available for every trim level of the 2019 Honda Pilot as well as the 2019 Toyota Highlander but the Highlander only offers AWD when you upgrade to its optional 3.5L engine. The 2019 Highlander makes available a 3.5L V6 engine and it supplies similar performance and efficiency specs of the standard engine for the 2019 Pilot.

There is standard seating for eight people in the 2019 Honda Pilot and the 2019 Toyota Highlander. There is also the option of seven-passenger seating for both the Pilot and Highlander when you choose the second-row captain’s chairs in lieu of the standard bench seat. Even with the similar seating arrangements the 2019 Honda Pilot provides more standard passenger volume than the 2019 Highlander does so there is more room to sit comfortably inside the Honda Pilot no matter what seating configuration you choose. The 2019 Honda Pilot also provides 109.2 cubic feet of total cargo space while the 2019 Highlander only has 83.7.

Both the 2019 Honda Pilot and the 2019 Toyota Highlander offer 8” Color Touchscreen displays but the 2019 Pilot also offers Apple CarPlay™ & Android Auto™ while the Highlander only has iPod connectivity. The standard stereo of the 2019 Honda Pilot consists of 7 speakers and the Highlander’s standard stereo only has 6 speakers. With a more powerful and efficient standard drivetrain as well as more interior space and better available and standard cabin comforts the 2019 Honda Pilot is the easy choice over the 2019 Toyota Highlander.