2020 Honda Pilot vs Toyota Highlander

2020 Honda Pilot

Looking for a family-friendly SUV to take you on your Vista, Escondido, and Carlsbad drives? You’ve more than likely come across the 2020 Honda Pilot and 2020 Toyota Highlander in your searches. Both vehicles are excellent choices, with advanced technology features, awesome power, and plenty of room for the whole crew.

But 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 2020 Highlander, so you can decide for yourself which is the better fit for your daily drives.

Honda Pilot vs Toyota Highlander: Interior Space

2020 Honda Pilot InteriorThe 2020 Honda Pilot and Toyota Highlander are excellent vehicles to fit the entire family, and then some! Both offer seating for 8 passengers, with the option of second-row Captain’s Chairs to offer seating for 7.

However, your back-seat 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 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 behind the third row, and 55.9 cubic feet 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 space behind the third row, and 48.4 cubic feet behind the second.

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.

When it comes to fuel economy ratings, the Honda Pilot achieves an EPA-estimated 19/27 MPG city/highway in LX, EX, and EX-L trims when equipped with 2WD and the 6-speed automatic transmission.1 You’ll be cruising from one destination to the next without interruption, bypassing the pump along the way.

Safety Technology in the 2020 Pilot and Highlander

2020 Honda Pilot While all of 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 2020 Pilot and Highlander offer advanced features, many of which come standard.

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

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

Additionally, you’ll find other standard safety features in the Honda Pilot, including Vehicle Stability Assist™, Brake Assist, and a Tire Pressure Monitoring System. The Highlander offers similar features, with the exception of Vehicle Stability Assist™.

2020 Honda Pilot vs. Toyota Highlander: The Results

While both the 2020 Honda Pilot and the 2020 Toyota Highlander are exceptional SUVs, we think that the Honda Pilot’s extra space and safety features will make your Vista, Escondido, and Carlsbad drives much more convenient.

To learn more about the 2020 Honda Pilot, contact us at Norm Reeves Honda Superstore Vista 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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