2019 Honda Pilot SUV blue

2019 Honda Pilot

2019 Toyota Highlander silver SUV

2019 Toyota Highlander

2019 Honda Pilot vs 2019 Toyota Highlander

Honda Pilot


Toyota Highlander
8 passengers

Max Seating Capacity

8 passengers
280-hp 3.5-liter V6

Base Engine

185-hp 2.7-liter 4-cylinder
5,000 pounds

Max Towing Capacity

1,500 pounds
83.9 cubic feet

Max Cargo Space

83.7 cubic feet
16.5 cubic feet

Rear Cargo Space

13.8 cubic feet

If you’re searching for an 8-passenger SUV, The 2019 Honda Pilot and 2019 Toyota Highlander are probably both on your radar. While they are both reliable models, the Pilot comes with a standard V6 engine and more cargo room. Compare the Honda Pilot vs. Toyota Highlander below to see what else makes the new Pilot such a good choice for Arlington families.

Pilot or Highlander: Performance & Fuel-Efficiency

Looking for a model with plenty of power that doesn’t sacrifice fuel economy? Compare the Honda Pilot vs. Toyota Highlander specs below:

  • 2019 Toyota Highlander: Experience a 185-hp 2.7-liter 4-cylinder engine that creates up to 184 lb-ft of torque on the Highlander. This engine earns the Highlander 20 mpg city and 24 mpg highway. If you want to upgrade a V6 engine, you’ll need to move up to the LE V6, which costs more than the Honda Pilot LX.


  • 2019 Honda Pilot: The Pilot delivers an exciting 3.5-liter V6 engine that generates up to 280 hp and 262 lb-ft of torque. Like the Highlander, it features a six-speed automatic transmission, but earns up to 19 mpg city** and 27 mpg highway**.

2019 Honda Pilot red SUV

Pilot or Highlander: Towing & Payload

In the midsize SUV class, the Honda Pilot and Toyota Highlander both are capable. However, the Pilot sets itself apart as the stronger performer. The Honda Pilot’s towing capacity reaches up to 3,500 pounds with 2WD, or up to 5,000 pounds when you upgrade to a properly equipped AWD model. Additionally, it can haul 1,420 to 1,625 pounds. Meanwhile, the Highlander can only manage 1,486 to 1,602 pounds, and with an optional trailer hitch, can tow a maximum of 1,500 pounds.

2019 Honda Pilot front seats dashboard

Pilot or Highlander: Interior Space

Compare the interior space of the Honda Pilot vs. Toyota Highlander and you’ll find the Pilot include more dedicated cargo space and room for passengers. You’ll get 16.5 cubic feet of dedicated cargo room with the Honda Pilot vs. 13.8 cubic feet of dedicated cargo space inside the Toyota Highlander. Additionally, the passenger volume offers 8 cubic feet more than the Highlander, with the Pilot delivering 152.9 cubic feet. Third-row passengers inside the Pilot can also enjoy a comfortable ride with 57.6 inches of shoulder room. The Highlander offers just 55 inches.


Test Drive a New Honda Pilot at Wolfchase Honda

In a Honda Pilot vs. Toyota Highlander comparison, the Honda Pilot proves itself the roomier, stronger, and more efficient option. Schedule a test drive of a Honda Pilot lease deal and compare that to pricing of the Honda Passport and Acura MDX at Wolfchase Honda!



**Based on 2019 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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