2020 Honda Pilot vs Toyota 4Runner


If you’re searching for a family-friendly SUV, you’ve most likely come across the 2020 Honda Pilot and the Toyota 4Runner. Both vehicles offer incredible space, state-of-the-art features, and driver-assist technologies that will enhance your daily driving experience.

But how will drivers in Carlsbad, Escondido, and Vista know which vehicle is the right choice? That’s where our team at Norm Reeves Honda Superstore Vista can help. In this vehicle comparison of the 2020 Pilot and 4Runner, you’ll find the most up-to-date details so that you can decide which is the better option for your driving needs.

2020 Honda Pilot Interior

Honda Pilot vs. Toyota 4Runner: Interior Space

When choosing a vehicle that will fit the whole family, you’ll want plenty of space for your passengers and cargo. Luckily the 2020 Pilot and 4Runner both offer 3-row seating for up to eight passengers.

In the new Honda Pilot, your riders will appreciate the 38.4 inches of legroom in the second row, along with 31.9 inches of legroom in the third row. Unfortunately, the 4Runner falls behind, with 32.9 inches of legroom in the second row, and 29.3 inches in the third.

When it comes to cargo space, the Pilot takes the lead as well. You’ll get 18.5 cubic feet of space behind the third row, and 55.9 cubic feet with the third row folded; the 4Runner only offers 9 cubic feet of space behind the back row, and 46.3 cubic feet with this row folded.

Power & Performance in the Pilot and 4Runner

Plenty of space is a great start for these vehicles, but what about their power and performance ratings? With the Honda Pilot, you’ll find a 3.5L V6 engine that produces 280 horsepower. That’s tons of kick to take you on your daily adventures. The Toyota 4Runner offers a 4.0L V6 engine that falls a little behind, offering 270 horsepower.

When it comes to fuel economy ratings, the Pilot shines. With an EPA-estimated 19/27 MPG city/highway in trims equipped with 2WD, you’ll be bypassing the pump and arriving at your destinations even sooner.1 The 4Runner lags a little here, as well, with an EPA-estimated 16/19 MPG city/highway.

Fortunately, when it comes to towing capacity, you can’t go wrong with either choice. Both the 2020 Pilot and 4Runner offer a maximum towing capacity of 5,000 pounds, so feel free to hitch up the boat or trailer to take on your next camping trip.

Honda Pilot Safety

Honda Pilot vs Toyota 4Runner: Safety Technology

When it comes to deciding on a family-friendly vehicle, you’ll want to also ensure that it offers the most up-to-date technology features that will keep you and your loved ones safe on the road.

The Honda Pilot comes standard with Honda Sensing®, a suite of advanced safety features that offer systems such as:

  • Collision Mitigation Braking System™
  • Road Departure Mitigation System
  • Adaptive Cruise Control
  • Lane Keeping Assist System

The Toyota 4Runner offers similar features with the standard Toyota Safety Sense™ P. So with either pick, you’ll have added peace of mind on your daily drives.

Deciding Between the Honda Pilot or Toyota 4Runner

While both vehicles are excellent choices, we think that the 2020 Honda Pilot’s immense space, awesome power, and excellent fuel economy ratings make this vehicle worth the test drive.

To learn more about the 2020 Honda Pilot, drivers in the Carlsbad, Escondido, and Vista areas can contact our Honda dealership today!


119 city/27 highway/22 combined mpg rating for 2WD 6AT trims. 18 city/26 highway/21 combined mpg rating for AWD 6AT trims. 20 city/27 highway/23 combined mpg rating for 2WD 9AT trims. 19 city/26 highway/22 combined mpg rating for AWD 9AT trims. Based on 2020 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions and other factors.

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