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2018 Toyota 4Runner Vs. 2018 Honda Pilot: Which One Is Right for Me?

Posted at Fri, Nov 30, 2018 3:45 PM

Long Island drivers looking to go big and bold with their next sport utility vehicle (SUV) purchase have likely narrowed down their options to the two leading choices: The 2018 Toyota 4Runner and the 2018 Honda Pilot. Both offer drivers everything they could ever need, but when it comes to figuring out which one is the best, there is definitely a clear winner. To help anyone currently stuck on this decision, we here at Westbury Toyota have put together a comprehensive comparison guide to show you how these SUVs stack up against each other. Obviously, we might be a little biased, but the stats we’ve listed here don’t lie. Take a little time to read up on what both the 4Runner and the Pilot excel at and hopefully gain the information you need to finally make that big decision!

Convenience and Technology

If you’re looking for a vehicle that has all the new nifty bells and whistles, both of these SUVs will entice you. However, there are some notable differences between the two, with the 4Runner providing a lot of things the Pilot doesn’t, including:

  • Standard instrument panel compass
  • Five 12-volt DC power outlets (compared to the Pilot’s two)
  • Auto dimming day-night rear view mirror
  • SofTex Leatherette seat trim
  • Heated seats for driver and front passenger
  • Sirius XM AM/FM/HD/Satellite radio with standard MP3 capability
  • Voice-activated navigation system

Any driver that’s all about riding with the utmost comfort and convenience is going to see that the 4Runner is clearly the one to beat!

Toughness, Utility, and Off-Road Capability

As far as sport utility vehicles go, the Pilot and the 4Runner are far more rugged and reliable than most any other in their class. That said, there’s really only one that’s going to be able to give you a tough exterior capable of almost anything you’re going to throw at it, which the writing staff of U.S. News and World Report have shown in a thorough comparison. Take a look at how these two measure up against each other in the table below:

2018 Toyota 4Runner 2018 Honda Pilot
4.0-liter (L) V6 engine 3.5-L V6 engine
270 horsepower (hp) and 278 pound-feet (lb-ft) of torque 280 hp and 262 lb-ft of torque
5,000 lbs. max towing capability across all trims in front-wheel drive (FWD) and all-wheel drive (AWD) 3,500 lbs. max towing capacity in two-wheel drive (2WD)

The slight difference in horsepower between these two SUVs is topped by the 4Runner’s impressive torque, as well as its towing capacity. The 4Runner is more than capable of trailering, which makes it a great option if you’re often going camping or hauling around all-terrain vehicles. What’s more, the 4Runner’s chassis and “body on frame” construction is far more solid and utilitarian than that of the Pilot, which means that it’s up to the task of tackling terrain that’s much rougher than your average highway. In fact, the 4Runner is an off-roader's dream as it has a considerable nine inches of ground clearance, which is something that the Pilot simply lacks.

Cargo/Storage Room

One of the main reasons people tend to buy SUVs is for the cargo room they provide. In this case, both the Pilot and the 4Runner give you more than enough space to haul luggage or payload, but which one gives you more for your money? As Justin Cupler of Cars Direct explains, the 4Runner pulls ahead in this category, giving you 89.7 cubic feet of cargo space with the rear seats folded down. This is more than what the Pilot offers by 5.8 cubic feet, so if it’s important to you to have plenty of room for cargo and storage, keep this in mind during your deliberations.

Neck and Neck Competition

While both these 2018 SUVs provide drivers with quite a few perks, it all comes down to what you deem as being necessary in a new vehicle purchase. The 4Runner edges out the Pilot in cargo room, towing, off-road potential, interior comfort, and infotainment technology. The facts don’t lie, and while the Pilot is definitely one of the top SUV contenders of 2018, it simply can’t beat Toyota’s hardy, dependable 4Runner. If everything we’ve listed here has helped you make up your mind, don’t hesitate to call us or pay us a visit so we can help make the 4Runner your next new vehicle!

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