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

Posted at Thu, Jan 30, 2020 9:00 AM

Three-row sport utility vehicles (SUVs) are fast becoming the vehicle of choice for busy families or people who are constantly on the go with a few extra people or supplies on hand. Considering how popular they have become, when it comes to picking one that can keep up with your lifestyle and provide every single thing you need, it can be a tough decision. Fortunately, Westbury Toyota has you covered in that regard, because we have put together a comprehensive comparison guide for the two top three-row SUVs currently on the market: The 2020 Toyota Highlander and the 2020 Honda Pilot.

Room for People, Room for Cargo

Let’s get right to it and start discussing just how much room these two three-row SUVs really have. To start, the Pilot’s third row is accessible only by squeezing through the second-row passenger door and seats, creating a rather tight fit. The Highlander, on the other hand, has enough room to make it easier to slip into the third row without having to struggle, all while having a comparable amount of cargo space with this third row up (16 cubic feet for the Highlander compared to 16.5 cubic feet for the Pilot).

Both SUVs have a considerable amount of space with the seats up, and the Highlander has a wider hatch which makes it easier when you are loading some big items into the back. In addition, beneath the Highlander’s carpeted cargo floor is a wet-stuff storage bin, which is ideal for people who spend a lot of time engaging in water activities such as swimming or scuba diving.

Striking Exteriors to Match Bold Interiors

The 2020 Honda Pilot has a definitively rugged exterior shape that can look quite intimidating head on. However, it lacks the unique chameleon quality of the 2020 Highlander since the Highlander tends to have a different look from different angles. The badging and the grille make it look like the typical family-friendly SUV, but when viewing it in profile you notice the aggressive shape of the nose and the sportiness of the hatchback, both of which change the overall perspective. The Highlander has layered levels of nuance that make it stand out from others in its class.

The interior of these two SUVs are closely matched in terms of luxe elements and what conveniences technology can offer. However, the Pilot only offers access to Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, while the Highlander rises above and supports today’s always-on lifestyle via connectivity with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, SiriusXM, Waze, and even Amazon’s intelligent virtual assistant, Alexa.

Power, Reliability, and Safety

These two SUVs are no slouch in the get up-and-go department. For a better idea of which one offers what you are looking for, here is a look at their specs compared side by side:

2020 Toyota Highlander 2020 Honda Pilot
  • 3.5.-liter (L) V6 engine capable of 295 horsepower (hp) and 263 pound-feet (lb.-ft) of torque.
  • 2.5-L hybrid I-4 engine with 240 hp for the total system and 34 mpg (miles per gallon) combined.
  • 3.5-L 24-Valve SOHC i-VTEC V6 capable of 280 hp and 262 lb.-ft. of torque.
  • Direct-Shift 8-AT8-speed automatic transmission
  • 6-Speed Automatic (Standard)
  • 9-Speed Automatic (Available)
  • Estimated 29 mpg highway, 27 mpg in all-wheel drive (AWD)
  • 20 mpg city and 27 mpg highway

As you can see, the Highlander provides an ample amount of performance, power, and flexibility you simply won’t find in the Honda Pilot.

Which One Is Right for Me

Without a doubt, the competition between the 2020 Toyota Highlander and the 2020 Honda Pilot is pretty fierce. They both have their strong points, but overall the Highlander provides more passenger comfort both in seating and the entirety of the interior and in addition will give you far better fuel economy than the Pilot. Toyota’s SUV also boasts an exterior silhouette that grabs you no matter what angle you’re viewing it from, which puts the finish on the most reliable and functional three-row seating SUV that is currently available. If you are interested in learning more about the 2020 Toyota Highlander, or want to know all the buying or leasing options, don’t hesitate to give Westbury Toyota a call!

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