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2020 Toyota 4Runner Vs. 2020 Honda Pilot: Which One Is Right for Me?

Posted at Fri, Aug 21, 2020 9:00 AM

There are two titans of the 2020 midsize sport utility vehicle (SUV) class: The Toyota 4Runner and the Honda Pilot. The reason these two are in steep competition to serve as king of the hill comes from the fact that they both offer the desired combination of convenience, durability, and plenty of room. However, there are also some distinct differences between the two, meaning that one of them will offer everything you need while the other one will fall short of all the things on your checklist. In order to better highlight what each of these midsize SUVs have to offer, and why the 2020 Toyota 4Runner truly does rise above all challengers, our Westbury Toyota staff have put together a short and thorough comparison.

A Bevy of Trims and Colors

Each of these vehicles has a few different trim levels and other customization options. The 2020 Pilot has 6 different models, offering more in the luxe and utility departments at the higher ends, and is also available in eight different colors (some model exclusive). The 2020 4Runner has 8 different models, but unlike the Pilot, four of those (TRD Off-Road, TRD Off-Road Premium, TRD Pro, and Venture Special Edition) come equipped with some serious off-highway exploration potential. These four models are equipped with Hill Start Assist Control (HAC) and Multi-terrain Select and Crawl Control (CRAWL) to assist you with navigating difficult terrain. The 4Runner is also available in 8 different exterior colors.

Mechanical/Cargo/Towing Specs

While the two of these SUVs are fairly close in terms of what’s going on under the hood, cargo space, and towing potential, there are some differences, which you can see in the table below:

2020 Toyota 4Runner 2020 Honda Pilot

4.0 liter (L) V6 DOHC 24-valve engine

V6 SOHC 24-valve engine

270 Horsepower (hp) and 278 pound-feet (lb.-ft.) of torque

280 hp and 262 lb.-ft. of torque

Cargo volume behind first/second/third row seats (in cubic feet): 88.8/46.3/9.0

Cargo volume behind first/second/third row seats (in cubic feet): 83.9/46.8/16.5

Rear Wheel Drive (RWD) and available Front Wheel Drive (FWD)

FWD and available All Wheel Drive (AWD)

Max towing capability of 5,000 (pounds) lbs.

Max towing capability of 5,000 lbs.

As you can see, both the 4Runner and the Pilot are very closely matched, though they each have an edge up in different categories.

Interior Comfort and Tech

Those who want to drive comfortably and in style will not be disappointed by what both of these SUVs have to offer. Standard in the 4Runner is an 8-inch infotainment center that is compatible with Amazon Alexa, Android Auto, and Apple CarPlay. The Pilot comes standard with a smaller (5-inch) infotainment center that lacks Amazon Alexa compatibility. The 4Runner has a few different audio packages to choose from to ensure that your music/podcast experiences are top notch, as well as the option for a stylish power tilt/slide moonroof with accompanying sunshade.

The 2020 Pilot has three row seating, while the 4Runner has two rows with the option of a third row. If you need more cargo room than you do passenger room, the 4Runner’s two row arrangement might suit you better.

So Which One Is Right For Me?

Ultimately, the decision between these two 2020 midsize SUVs will depend on what you need in a vehicle. Clearly, we here at Westbury Toyota are going to have a slight bias, but we also know that the facts don’t lie. If you’re looking for a rugged SUV with off-road capability, better than usual cargo room, and impressive tech features, the 2020 Toyota 4Runner is most definitely the way to go.

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