2021 Honda Pilot vs Toyota Highlander

Looking for a family-friendly SUV to take you on your Vista, Escondido, and Carlsbad, CA, drives? You’ve more than likely come across the 2021 Honda Pilot and 2021 Toyota Highlander in your searches. Both vehicles are excellent choices, with advanced technology features, awesome power, and plenty of room for the whole crew.

How will you know which is the better choice for your driving needs? That’s where our team at Norm Reeves Honda Superstore Vista can help. We’re bringing you this comparison of the new Pilot and the 2021 Highlander, so you can decide for yourself which is the better fit for your daily drives.

Honda Pilot vs Toyota Highlander: Interior Space

The 2021 Honda Pilot and Toyota Highlander are excellent vehicles to fit the entire family and then some! Both offer seating for eight passengers, with the option of second-row Captain’s Chairs to provide seating for seven.

However, your backseat riders will find more space to stretch out in the Honda Pilot. With 31.9 inches of legroom in the third row, you’ll have no issues piling in riders for soccer game Saturdays. The Highlander lags behind, offering only 27.7 inches of third-row legroom.

With so much passenger space, you’ll want cargo room to match. Luckily, you’ll find plenty of it in the Honda Pilot. With 18.5 cubic feet of cargo volume behind the third row, and 55.9 cubic feet of cargo volume behind the second row, you’ll be able to load up groceries, game gear, or a few extra bags of luggage for your next family vacation. The Toyota Highlander follows behind here, as well, with 16 cubic feet of cargo space behind the third row, and 48.4 cubic feet of cargo space behind the second row.

Pilot vs Highlander: Power and Performance

The Honda Pilot and Toyota Highlander are a tie in this category. Both offer exceptional engine power and even better fuel economy ratings. In both vehicles, you’ll find a standard 3.5L V6 engine that puts out at least 280 horsepower and 262 lb-ft of torque. The Pilot engine, however, includes Variable Cylinder Management™ (VCM®), a feature that cuts down the cylinder usage by half to allow the Pilot to save on fuel use during routine performance.

Safety Technology in the 2021 Pilot vs Highlander

While all the aspects we’ve discussed so far are important to consider in your next family-friendly vehicle, the most important features are those that will keep you and your loved ones safe on the road. Luckily, the 2021 Pilot and Highlander offer advanced safety features, many of which come standard.

In the Honda Pilot, you’ll find standard Honda Sensing®, a suite of advanced driver-assist technologies that includes:

  • Collision Mitigation Braking System™ (CMBS™)
  • Road Departure Mitigation System (RDM)
  • Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC)
  • Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS)
  • Forward Collision Warning (FCW)
  • Lane Departure Warning (LDW)

Additionally, you’ll find other standard safety features in the Honda Pilot, including Vehicle Stability Assist™ (VSA®), Brake Assist, and a Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS). The Highlander offers similar features.

2021 Honda Pilot vs Toyota Highlander: The Results

While both the 2021 Honda Pilot and the 2021 Toyota Highlander are exceptional SUVs, we think the Honda Pilot’s extra space and safety features will make your Vista, Escondido, and Carlsbad, California, drives much more convenient.

To learn more about the 2021 Honda Pilot, contact our Honda dealership today!


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