8 passengersMax Seating Capacity8 passengers
280-hp 3.5-liter V6Engine185-hp 2.7-liter 4-cylinder
5,000 poundsMax Towing Capacity1,500 pounds
83.9 cubic feetMax Cargo Space83.7 cubic feet
16.5 cubic feetRear Cargo Space13.8 cubic feet

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If you’re looking for an 8-passenger SUV for your family, you’ll probably be looking at the 2019 Toyota Highlander. Before you take the plunge with the Highlander, see how it stacks up to the 2019 Honda Pilot. The Pilot comes standard with a V6 engine and cargo room that the Toyota Highlander lacks. Compare the Honda Pilot vs. Toyota Highlander below to see what else makes the new Pilot such a good choice for Phoenix families.

Pilot or Highlander: Performance & Fuel-Efficiency

Compare the 2019 Honda Pilot vs. 2019 Toyota Highlander in power and fuel economy and we are sure you will be impressed with the performance of the Pilot. Compare their specs below:
  • Toyota Highlander: The 2019 Toyota Highlander features a 185-hp 2.7-liter 4-cylinder engine that creates 184 lb-ft of torque. With this engine, the Highlander can earn up to 20 mpg city and 24 mpg highway. If you want V6 power, you’ll need to move up to the LE V6, which will cost you more than the Honda Pilot LX.
  • Honda Pilot: On the other hand, the 2019 Honda Pilot includes a 3.5-liter V6 engine that produces 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**.

Pilot or Highlander: Towing & Payload

The Toyota Highlander and Honda Pilot offer capable towing and payload capacities for midsize SUVs. However, the Pilot pulls ahead with a stronger performance. The Highlander can haul 1,486 to 1,602 pounds, and with an optional trailer hitch, can tow a maximum of 1,500 pounds. Get behind the wheel of the Honda Pilot and you can tow up to 3,500 pounds with 2WD. Upgrade to AWD, and the Pilot SUV’s towing capacity shoots up to 5,000 pounds when properly equipped. Additionally, it can haul 1,420 to 1,625 pounds.

Pilot or Highlander: Interior Space

The Toyota Highlander and Honda Pilot interior offer 83.7 and 83.9 cubic feet of cargo space, respectively. However, the Pilot offers more room behind its rear seats. You’ll get 16.5 cubic feet of conventional cargo room vs. 13.8 cubic feet inside the Highlander. Additionally, the Pilot’s passenger volume measures 152.9 cubic feet—8 cubic feet more than the Highlander. The larger interior dimensions of the Pilot mean you and your passengers can stretch out and enjoy the ride. For example, third-row passengers inside the Pilot get 57.6 inches of shoulder room while the Highlander only offers 55 inches.

Test Drive a New Honda Pilot at Right Honda

Compare the Honda Pilot vs. Acura MDX, and explore the available Pilot configurations, then check out our Honda Pilot lease deals. If you’re ready to get out and enjoy all the fun things to do in Scottsdale behind the wheel of a new Honda Pilot, apply for financing with us and get pre-approved today!Disclaimers: **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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