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Selected Style FWD 4-Door Base (Natl)
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Drivetrain

Trim

Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
FWD 4-Door Base 18 24 $24,475 $27,500
FWD 4-Door Sport 18 24 $26,833 $30,150
FWD 4-Door Limited 18 24 $29,281 $32,900
4WD 4-Door Base 17 23 $25,765 $28,950
4WD 4-Door Sport 17 23 $28,124 $31,600
4WD 4-Door Limited 17 23 $30,571 $34,350
2WD 4-Door LX
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Features

Trim

Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2WD 4-Door LX 17 23 $25,101 $27,695
2WD 4-Door EX 17 23 $27,631 $30,495
2WD 4-Door EX-L 17 23 $30,522 $33,695
2WD 4-Door EX-L w/RES 17 23 $31,968 $35,295
2WD 4-Door w/Navi Touring 17 23 $33,414 $36,895
2WD 4-Door w/RES & Navi Touring 17 23 $34,860 $38,495
4WD 4-Door LX 16 22 $26,546 $29,295
4WD 4-Door EX 16 22 $29,077 $32,095
4WD 4-Door EX-L 16 22 $31,968 $35,295
4WD 4-Door w/RES EX-L 16 22 $33,414 $36,895
4WD 4-Door w/Navi Touring 16 22 $34,860 $38,495
4WD 4-Door w/RES & Navi Touring 16 22 $36,306 $40,095
Pricing
Invoice Price
$24,475
$25,101
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$27,500
$27,695
Monthly Payment Estimate
$458 / month
$462 / month
Dealer Price Quotes
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TCC Rating
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TCC's Bottom Line Most Americans prefer mushy white bread, and the 2008 Toyota Highlander is a larger, high-quality "loaf" that will satisfy most every consumer. The 2009 Honda Pilot looks more SUV-like in its second edition, but it has the room of a minivan, along with some notable styling miscues and expensive choices to make from the options list.
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Fuel Economy
Fuel Economy - City 18 mpg 17 mpg
Fuel Economy - Highway 24 mpg 23 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification 2WD Sport Utility Vehicle 2WD Sport Utility Vehicle
Interior Dimensions
Third Hip Room (in) 42.3 48.4
Second Shoulder Room (in) 59.5 62.2
Front Leg Room (in) 43.2 41.4
Third Head Room (in) 36.3 38.2
Front Hip Room (in) 56.7 58.6
Passenger Volume (ft³) 145.7 153.7
Third Shoulder Room (in) 55.0 58.9
Second Leg Room (in) 38.3 38.5
Front Head Room (in) 40.6 40.0
Second Hip Room (in) 56.5 56.9
Front Shoulder Room (in) 59.7 61.5
Passenger Capacity 7 8
Third Leg Room (in) 29.9 32.1
Second Head Room (in) 40.1 39.8
Exterior Dimensions
Min Ground Clearance (in) 8.1 8.0
Length, Overall (in) 188.4 190.9
Rear Door Opening Width (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Height, Overall (in) 68.1 71.0
Liftover Height (in) - TBD - NA
Track Width, Rear (in) 64.2 67.5
Wheelbase (in) 109.8 109.2
Rear Door Opening Height (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 75.2 78.5
Track Width, Front (in) 64.0 67.7
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³) 95.4 87.0
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 3 (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³) 10.3 18.0
Cargo Box Width @ Wheelhousings (in) - TBD - NA
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 2 (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³) 42.3 47.7
Cargo Area Width @ Beltline (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Box (Area) Height (in) - TBD - NA
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 1 (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Brakes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 12.2 x - TBD - 13.1 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) 12.9 x - TBD - 13.0 x - TBD -
Drum - Rear (Yes or ) NA NA
Brake ABS System 4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 19.2 21.0
Steering
Steering Type Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering) 3.1 3.69
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft) - TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall 17.1 19.0
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) 38.7 38.6
Tires
Spare Tire Size P245/65R17 Compact
Front Tire Order Code NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code NA NA
Rear Tire Size P245/65R17 P245/65R17
Rear Tire Order Code NA NA
Front Tire Size P245/65R17 P245/65R17
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) 200 350
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) 200 350
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) 2000 3500
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) 2000 3500
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs) 3979 4319
Wheels
Rear Wheel Size (in) 17 x 7.5 17 x - TBD -
Front Wheel Material Aluminum Steel
Spare Wheel Material Aluminum Steel
Front Wheel Size (in) 17 x 7.5 17 x - TBD -
Spare Wheel Size (in) 17 x 7.5 Compact
Rear Wheel Material Aluminum Steel
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) 9.9 9.93
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) - TBD - - TBD -
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) - TBD - - TBD -
Engine
SAE Net Torque @ RPM 249 @ 4700 253 @ 4800
Engine Order Code NA NA
Displacement 3.5L/- TBD - 3.5L/212
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM 270 @ 6200 250 @ 5700
Engine Type Gas V6 Gas V6
Fuel System EFI MPFI
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 24 23
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 18 17
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) - 19
Transmission
Clutch Size (in) NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1) 1.52 1.07
Trans Type 5 5
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), High NA -
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.76 0.61
Trans Description Cont. Again NA NA
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Reverse Ratio (:1) 3.38 1.89
Second Gear Ratio (:1) 2.36 1.61
Trans Order Code NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) 3.48 4.31
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1) 1.05 0.77
Trans Description Cont. Automatic Automatic w/OD
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), Low NA -
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1) 4.24 2.70
Summary
Vehicle Name Toyota Highlander Honda Pilot
Body Style 4 Door 4 Door
Suspension
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) Sport-tuned w/Trailing Arms
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm) - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front Independent MacPherson Strut
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in) - TBD - 1.04
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) Sport-tuned NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm) - TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in) - TBD - 0.91
Suspension Type - Rear Independent Multi-link
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score - 5
 
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