Few models have dominated the SUV market for as long as the Honda Pilot and Toyota Highlander. Both have remained top players since the early 2000s, but several years into the run now, how do the two models compare to one another? Are they equal competitors or has one edged out the other over the years? Well, we’re here to compare both the 2019 Honda Pilot vs the 2019 Toyota Highlander to answer that question.
Previously on our website, we’ve matched up the top-level trims for the 2018 versions of these models. This time, we’ll focus on the entry level trims, and in doing so the Pilot impresses right off the bat. Coming standard on the SUV is a 280-horsepower engine that is capable of delivering 262 lb-ft of torque. In defense of the Highlander, its standard engine output is about what you would expect from an entry level model, but the Pilot really stands out in the segment with its powerful standard power plant. Moreover, even with all that power, the Pilot manages to achieve 19 city/27 highway/22 combined mpg, having a key edge in the highway mpg department compared to the Highlander.*
2019 Honda Pilot LX
2019 Toyota Highlander LE
|280 hp, 262 lb-ft of torque||Engine Specs||185 hp, 184 lb-ft of torque|
|19 city/27 hwy/22 combined*||MPG (with FWD)||20 city/24 hwy/22 combined|
|153/83.9 cubic feet||Interior Volume (passenger/cargo)||145/83.7 cubic feet|
|1,500 lbs||Towing Capacity||1,500 lbs|
Inside, we do notice at least one similarity, which is the fact that these two models have an almost identical amount of cargo space. But, here’s the catch... the Pilot has 153 cubic feet of total passenger volume, yet the Highlander is significantly under that amount with 145. So, when it comes to the interior, you can expect the Pilot to be an overall larger vehicle.
Now, we can’t analyze every single detail between these vehicles, and there may be some areas where the Highlander has an edge. But, it seems that when it comes to the key aspects drivers look for in an SUV, the 2019 Honda Pilot is without a doubt superior when matched up against the 2019 Toyota Highlander. To learn more, however, feel free to contact us at Hilton Head Honda.
*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.