SUV Comparison: 2017 Toyota Highlander vs 2017 Honda Pilot

2017 Toyota Highlander vs 2017 Honda Pilot

2017 Toyota Highlander 2017 Honda Pilot
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  44.2 in 40.9 in
  6-Speed Shiftable Automatic 6-Speed Automatic

2017 Toyota Highlander vs 2017 Honda Pilot

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Today’s mid-sized and crossover SUVs are constantly changing and evolving. Consumers are looking for competitive prices and loads of family-friendly features. Two standouts in the category are the 2017 Toyota Highlander and the 2017 Honda Pilot. Both are sensible choices, but which one is better?


Both the Toyota Highlander and the Honda Pilot come with options for front-wheel and all-wheel drive. However, the 2017 Toyota Highlander gives car buyers more options and value in the performance department. The 2017 Honda Pilot has only one powertrain option: a 3.5 Liter V6 engine. The Honda Pilot is quick and capable, but if you are looking for fuel economy at different price ranges, then it comes up remarkably short. The 2017 Toyota Highlander is available with a 2.7 Liter, 4 cylinder engine, a 3.5 Liter V6 just like the Pilot, and a V6 Hybrid setup.

Interior Comfort

The 2017 Honda Pilot is a much larger vehicle than the 2017 Toyota Highlander, but it doesn’t manage that space like a SUV. It’s more like a minivan. The 2017 Toyota Highlander is shorter in length and narrower in width, but has more driver legroom than the Pilot. Both vehicles have options for a moonroof, but the Highlander gets more than an inch more headroom in the front row. There’s also more cargo volume directly behind the front row. It’s as if the designers of the Honda Pilot forgot all about the driver of the vehicle. The designers of the Highlander didn’t forget about the passengers though. There are five USB ports, a reclining third row, and lots of store-and-go space throughout.


The demand for technology in an SUV is quite high, especially if you’re hauling a full-sized family. The 2017 Honda Pilot has a rearview camera that has three angles, but the Highlander takes that one step further with a Bird’s Eye View Camera. This impressive technology can scan the perimeter of the vehicle and provide a 360 degree view of your surroundings. Another useful bit of tech for the 2017 Highlander is Driver Easy Speak. There’s a microphone in the front dashboard assembly that picks up your voice and transmits it to the rear of the vehicle through the speaker system. So, no more shouting, “Do I need to come back there?” Both the 2017 Highlander and the Honda Pilot have climate controls for all three rows, but the interface is somewhat lacking in the Honda Pilot. In the 2017 Toyota Highlander, the interface is simple and easy to adjust with independent controls in the back for the second and third rows.

Both of these SUVs are capable family movers. On paper, they offer many of the same features, but the 2017 Honda Pilot spreads those features out across five different trim levels, leaving the base model a bit bare-bones. The 2017 Toyota Highlander is still a driver’s vehicle, with an acknowledgement of driver comfort as well as passenger comfort. It has a hybrid engine that trumps the Pilot’s gas mileage capabilities and the Highlander has a better, more intuitive grasp of onboard technology. Yet, the proof is in the driving experience. Come vist us and test drive a 2017 Highlander today.

*2017 EPA-estimated mileage. Actual mileage will vary.