How Does the 2019 Honda Pilot Compare to the New Toyota Highlander?

When you're looking for a family-focused SUV, it's only natural for the Honda Pilot to come into the conversation. One of the market's most trusted and consistently popular SUVs on the road, it's been a go-to source for Jacksonville and Decatur drivers intent on finding a reliable family vehicle that offers a lot at a reasonable price.

The Honda Pilot isn't alone in offering that kind of vehicle package, however. Competitors like the Toyota Highlander are also well-known for delivering a dependable driving experience and plenty of seating.

Let's take a look at what both have to offer, and which one might be better for you.

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When it comes to performance, there's pros and cons to both the Honda Pilot and Toyota Highlander. The Highlander, to its credit, has a wider range of engine options: three to the Pilot's one. Its higher tier powertrains can, likewise, achieve more impressive peaks of output than you'll find in the Honda Pilot. The problem with the Highlander, however, is that you'll have to pay for expensive upgrades to access those higher-level trims.

The Honda Pilot's 3.5-liter V6 is its standard engine and can provide up to 280 horsepower and 262 pounds-feet of torque. That's not much less than the Highlander's optional 295 horsepower V6, and it doesn't cost extra to get it.

Feature and Safety Options

The Honda Pilot and Toyota Highlander both offer five different trim models packed full of excellent features. Both SUVs offer amenities like heated and ventilated seating and built-in Wi-Fi hotspots.  You can likewise expect to find options like leather upholstery, all-wheel drive, and more.

This includes powerful standard feature suites: the Honda Pilot comes with the Honda Sensing package. The Toyota Highlander can likewise come with Toyota's Safety Sense suite. Regardless of which model you drive home in, you'll enjoy everything from lane-keep assist to blind-spot warnings, and more.

Where the Honda Pilot pulls ahead, is in terms of its media options. While the Toyota Highlander has a solid media suite, Honda's infotainment suite includes access to media options like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

Which SUV is Right for You?

While both the Pilot and Highlander can provide solid vehicle packages, the Honda Pilot delivers an overall package that's more robust. The Highlander can technically seat one more than Pilot's seven, but Honda Pilot makes up for that with a superior standard of comfort.

To learn more about everything the 2019 Honda Pilot, get in touch with the sales team at Honda of Illinois. Our dealership in Sprinfield, IL has an experienced sales team and a wide array of new Honda models waiting. Whatever you might need for the roads of Chatham, Sherman, or Taylorville, we're sure we can help you find something you'll love.

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