2019 Highlander vs. Pilot Comparison

The Toyota Highlander helped define a new class of mid-sized SUVs after its debut in 2001. After the success of the Highlander, Honda debuted the Honda Pilot on the same platform in 2003. We put the Highlander vs. Pilot head to head and focus on key advantages in areas like performance, safety, and fuel economy.

Published date: 1/17/2019

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Safety

Here we compare the advanced safety suites offered by the Highlander vs. Pilot. Highlander has Toyota Safety Sense® P (TSS-P) and the Pilot has Honda Sensing®.

 

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Safety

  • The Highlander and Pilot have fully-comparable advanced active safety suites.
  • The Highlander and Pilot both received 5-star NHTSA Overall Crash Test Ratings.
  • Highlander has one passive safety advantage: Toyota's Smart Stop (Brake Override) Technology® (SST).
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Performance

Both of these mid-sized SUVs bring you plenty of passenger space and updated safety features. But, what about performance? Both vehicles offer 3.5L V6 engines, but the similarities stop there.

 

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Performance

  • 2019 Highlanders with available 3.5L V6 direct-injection gas engines have 295 horsepower.
  • The 2019 Pilot comes standard with a 3.5L V6 engine that produces 280 horsepower.
  • Highlander offers a hybrid engine option, but there is no 2019 Pilot hybrid option in North America.
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Fuel Economy

The 2019 Highlander has 3 hybrid-engine and 5 gas-engine grades to choose from. Meanwhile, the 2019 Pilot also offers 5 different gas-engine grades, but offers no hybrid-engine Pilot in North America.

 

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Fuel Economy

  • Despite better horsepower performance, every 2019 Highlander with 3.5L V6 gas engine has better EPA-estimated city MPG than the 2019 Pilot.
  • 2019 Highlander Hybrid LE has EPA-estimated 30/28/29 (city/hwy/comb) and makes 306 system net combined horsepower -- all of which is better than any 2019 Pilot.
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Conclusion: Highlander vs. Pilot

The Toyota Highlander started as one of the first mid-sized SUVs of its kind and continues to beat the Pilot in a number of categories. The 2019 Highlander offers more configurations than the 2019 Pilot, as there are 5 gas-engine and 3 hybrid-engine Highlanders to consider. The 2019 Pilot does have 5 gas-engine grades but offers no hybrid-engine grade in North America.

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