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Selected Style 2WD 4-Door LX
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Drivetrain

Features

Trim

Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2WD 4-Door LX 18 25 $26,179 $28,620
4WD 4-Door LX 17 24 $27,638 $30,220
2WD 4-Door EX 18 25 $28,778 $31,470
4WD 4-Door EX 17 24 $30,238 $33,070
2WD 4-Door EX-L 18 25 $31,743 $34,720
2WD 4-Door w/RES EX-L 18 25 $33,202 $36,320
4WD 4-Door EX-L 17 24 $33,202 $36,320
2WD 4-Door w/Navi EX-L 18 25 $33,567 $36,720
4WD 4-Door w/RES EX-L 17 24 $34,661 $37,920
4WD 4-Door w/Navi EX-L 17 24 $35,026 $38,320
2WD 4-Door w/RES & Navi Touring 18 25 $35,984 $39,370
4WD 4-Door w/RES & Navi Touring 17 24 $37,443 $40,970
FWD 4-Door I4 (Natl)
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Engine

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Trim

Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
FWD 4-Door I4 20 25 $25,783 $28,240
FWD 4-Door V6 18 24 $26,838 $29,395
4WD 4-Door V6 17 22 $28,161 $30,845
FWD 4-Door I4 SE 20 25 $29,987 $32,845
FWD 4-Door V6 SE 18 24 $31,042 $34,000
4WD 4-Door V6 SE 17 22 $32,366 $35,450
FWD 4-Door V6 Limited 18 24 $32,635 $35,745
4WD 4-Door V6 Limited 17 22 $33,959 $37,195
Pricing
Invoice Price
$26,179
$25,783
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$28,620
$28,240
Monthly Payment Estimate
$477 / month
$471 / month
Dealer Price Quotes
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TCC Rating
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TCC's Bottom Line Don't let the macho-boxy look intimidate you; the Honda Pilot makes a lot of sense for large families—especially with improved mileage and a most tasteful front-end design for 2012. The 2012 Toyota Highlander and Highlander Hybrid to roomy, three-row family crossover wagons what the Camry is to mid-size sedans: comfortable, safe, and full-featured—but more than a little bland.
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Fuel Economy
Fuel Economy - City 18 mpg 20 mpg
Fuel Economy - Highway 25 mpg 25 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification 2WD Sport Utility Vehicle Sport Utility Vehicle
Interior Dimensions
Second Hip Room (in) 56.9 56.5
Front Shoulder Room (in) 61.5 59.7
Passenger Volume (ft³) 153.7 145.7
Third Leg Room (in) 32.1 29.9
Second Head Room (in) 39.8 40.1
Third Hip Room (in) 48.4 42.3
Second Shoulder Room (in) 62.2 59.5
Front Leg Room (in) 41.4 43.2
Passenger Capacity 8 7
Third Head Room (in) 38.2 36.3
Front Hip Room (in) 58.6 56.7
Third Shoulder Room (in) 58.9 55.0
Second Leg Room (in) 38.5 38.3
Front Head Room (in) 40.0 40.6
Exterior Dimensions
Wheelbase (in) 109.2 109.8
Rear Door Opening Height (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 78.5 75.2
Track Width, Front (in) 67.7 64.0
Min Ground Clearance (in) 8.0 7.8
Length, Overall (in) 191.4 188.4
Rear Door Opening Width (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Height, Overall (in) 71.0 68.1
Liftover Height (in) NA - TBD -
Track Width, Rear (in) 67.5 64.2
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³) 47.7 42.3
Cargo Area Width @ Beltline (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Box (Area) Height (in) NA - TBD -
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 1 (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³) 87.0 95.4
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 3 (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³) 18.0 10.3
Cargo Box Width @ Wheelhousings (in) NA - TBD -
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 2 (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Brakes
Drum - Rear (Yes or ) NA NA
Brake ABS System 4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 13.1 x - TBD - 12.2 x - TBD -
Brake Type Pwr Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in) NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 13.0 x - TBD - 12.9 x - TBD -
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 21.0 19.2
Steering
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall 19.0 17.1
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) 37.9 38.7
Steering Type Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering) 3.7 3.1
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft) - TBD - - TBD -
Tires
Rear Tire Order Code NA NA
Front Tire Size P235/65R17 P245/65R17
Spare Tire Size Compact P245/65R17
Front Tire Order Code NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code NA NA
Rear Tire Size P235/65R17 P245/65R17
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) 200 150
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) 200 - TBD -
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) 2000 1500
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) 2000 - TBD -
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs) 4299 3946
Wheels
Front Wheel Size (in) 17 x - TBD - 17 x 7.5
Spare Wheel Size (in) Compact 17 x 7.5
Rear Wheel Material Steel Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in) 17 x - TBD - 19 x 7.5
Front Wheel Material Steel Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material Steel Aluminum
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) 9.93 8.0
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) - TBD - - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) - TBD - - TBD -
Engine
SAE Net Torque @ RPM 253 @ 4800 186 @ 4100
Engine Order Code NA NA
Displacement 3.5L/212 2.7L/163
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM 250 @ 5700 187 @ 5800
Engine Type Gas V6 Gas I4
Fuel System Electronic Fuel Injection Electronic Fuel Injection
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 25 25
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 18 20
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) 21 22
Transmission
Clutch Size (in) NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1) 1.07 1.42
Trans Type 5 6
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.61 0.71
Trans Description Cont. Again NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1) 1.89 4.15
Second Gear Ratio (:1) 1.61 1.90
Trans Order Code NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) 4.31 4.36
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.77 1.00
Trans Description Cont. Automatic w/OD Automatic
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1) 2.70 3.30
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), High - NA
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), Low - NA
Summary
Vehicle Name Honda Pilot Toyota Highlander
Body Style 4 Door Sport Utility 4 Door
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm) - TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in) 0.91 1.02
Suspension Type - Rear Multi-link Independent
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) NA NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm) - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front MacPherson Strut Independent
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in) 1.04 0.55
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) NA NA
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score 4 5
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year 8.9 8.3
Crash Test Ratings
Overall Rating
Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger
Overall Side Crash Rating
Side Barrier Rating
Side Barrier Rating Driver
Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat
Combined Side Rating Front Seat
Combined Side Rating Rear Seat
Rollover Rating
 
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