Americans love midsize SUVs because they are safe, versatile and spacious. Two of the leading models are the 2017 Honda Pilot and 2017 Toyota Highlander. They both have a distinguished heritage and excellent reputations. These SUVs are capable, reliable and available in several trims. When you review and test-drive these two, you’ll agree that the Pilot offers more space, better features, and superior value.
|2017 Honda Pilot||2017 Toyota Highlander|
|280 hp||185 hp|
|262 lb.-ft.||184 lb.-ft.|
|CARGO CAPACITY, ALL SEATS IN PLACE|
|16.5 cu.ft.||13.8 cu.ft.|
Which Performance is Better?
The Pilot LX is equipped with a robust 3.5L V6 engine while the Highlander LE makes do with a modest 2.7-liter 4-cylinder unit. The Pilot provides 280 horsepower and 262 lb-ft of torque, whereas the Highlander delivers a mere 185 horsepower and 184 lb-ft of torque. Pilot has a tow capacity of 3,500 lbs., but the rather anemic Highlander can handle only 1,500 lbs. Why would anyone spend more money for a vehicle with 95 fewer horses, two fewer cylinders, and tows a ton less.
Which SUV has More Room?
The Pilot is beats the Highlander in terms of wheelbase (111.0 vs 109.8 inches), overall length (194.5 vs 192.5 inches), width (78.6 vs 75.8 inches) and height (69.3 vs 68.1 inches). Nonetheless, the Pilot weighs less (4,054 vs 4,165 lbs.). Both models can seat up to eight, but passengers in the Pilot get extra front shoulder room (62.0 vs 59.3 inches), rear legroom (31.9 vs 27.7 inches), rear headroom (38.9 vs 35.9 inches), and rear shoulder room (57.6 vs 55.0 inches). In addition, the Pilot has more passenger space (152.9 vs 144.9 cu. ft.), fuel capacity (19.5 vs 19.2 gallons) and cargo space (83.9 vs 83.7 cu. ft.).
Which SUV has Better Features?
The Honda Pilot offers several features that are superior to those in the Toyota Highlander. For example, the Pilot LX is equipped with a standard multi-angle rearview camera with guidelines, whereas the Highlander LE offers only a single-view camera. Only the Pilot comes with daytime running lights, as well as almost three extra cubic feet of hidden cargo storage behind the third row. There is also a reversible, stowable carpeted cover. Another Pilot feature you can’t get on the Highlander is a Tire-Pressure-Monitoring System with Tire Fill Assist.