|2016 Honda Pilot||2016 Toyota Highlander|
|280 horsepower 3.5L V-6||Engine Options||185 horsepower 2.7L 4-cylinder or 270 horsepower 3.5L V-6|
|Up to 27 MPG highway||EPA Estimated Gas Mileage*||Up to 25 MPG highway|
16.5 cubic ft. behind 3rd row,
up to 83.8 cubic ft. w/ seats folded
|Cargo Space||13.8 cubic ft. behind 3rd row, up to 83.7 cubic ft. w/ seats folded|
2016 Honda Pilot vs 2016 Toyota Highlander
When you're shopping for a big three-row SUV like the Honda Pilot or the Toyota Highlander, you need a vehicle that can do it all. Space is important, of course – seating for the whole family, plus enough storage space to haul around all the backpacks, sports equipment, or whatever other gear your family might need every day. Naturally, an SUV needs to have the hauling power to match. Safety is of the utmost importance, too. Then there are all the amenities and entertainment options to consider, what we might call a vehicle's "roadtrippability". It's a lot to consider, but Matt Castrucci Honda is here to help. If you've narrowed down your choice between the 2016 Honda Pilot vs 2016 Toyota Highlander, here are the most important differences to consider.
Both the 2016 Honda Pilot and the 2016 Toyota Highlander offer tons of passenger space. Both vehicles come in 7-seater or 8-seater versions. 7-seater models come with luxuriously comfortable captain's chairs in the second row; the Pilot provides a pass-through aisle for easy third-row access, while the Highlander fills that space with a large center cupholder tray. With all the seats folded down, both vehicles offer nearly 84 cubic feet of cargo room. However, when fully occupied, the 2016 Pilot offers a much bigger cargo well behind the third row.
Engines, Features, and Safety
The 2016 Honda Pilot uses a 280-horsepower V-6 engine, no matter which version you choose. It provides smooth performance and plenty of hauling power. Properly equipped, the 2016 Pilot can tow up to 5,000 pounds. The 2016 Toyota Highlander offers both 4-cylinder and V-6 engine options. The V-6 engine is a close match for the Pilot's, but the 4-cylinder is very underpowered in comparison. If you're looking for affordable power, the Pilot offers a better value. The 2016 Honda Pilot also outperforms the 2016 Toyota Highlander on gas mileage. At up to 27 MPG on the highway*, the Pilot proves that big SUVs don't have to be gas-guzzlers.
A rearview camera is standard on both the Highlander and the Pilot, and both received excellent crash test scores. Both SUVs also offer many more advanced safety options, including emergency braking systems, blind spot monitors, and lane departure warnings. However, they're not equally affordable. The 2016 Honda Pilot offers these systems starting on the mid-range EX trim, while Highlander buyers will have to shell out for the much more expensive Limited edition.
*19 city/27 highway/22 combined mpg rating for 2WD 6AT models. 18 city/26 highway/21 combined mpg rating for AWD 6AT models. 20 city/27 highway/23 combined mpg rating for 2WD 9AT models. 19 city/26 highway/22 combined mpg rating for AWD 9AT models. Based on 2016 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.