Compare 2009 Honda Pilot vs 2008 Toyota Highlander

2009 Honda Pilot
2008 Toyota Highlander
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2WD 4-Door EX
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Pilot 2WD 4-Door EX 17 23 $27,631 $30,495
Pilot 2WD 4-Door EX-L 17 23 $30,522 $33,695
Pilot 2WD 4-Door EX-L w/RES 17 23 $31,968 $35,295
Pilot 2WD 4-Door LX 17 23 $25,101 $27,695
Pilot 2WD 4-Door Touring w/Navi 17 23 $33,414 $36,895
Pilot 2WD 4-Door Touring w/RES & Navi 17 23 $34,860 $38,495
Pilot 4WD 4-Door EX 16 22 $29,077 $32,095
Pilot 4WD 4-Door EX-L 16 22 $31,968 $35,295
Pilot 4WD 4-Door EX-L w/RES 16 22 $33,414 $36,895
Pilot 4WD 4-Door LX 16 22 $26,546 $29,295
Pilot 4WD 4-Door Touring w/Navi 16 22 $34,860 $38,495
Pilot 4WD 4-Door Touring w/RES & Navi 16 22 $36,306 $40,095
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4WD 4-Door Base
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Highlander 4WD 4-Door Base 17 23 $25,765 $28,950
Highlander 4WD 4-Door Limited 17 23 $30,571 $34,350
Highlander 4WD 4-Door Sport 17 23 $28,124 $31,600
Highlander FWD 4-Door Base 18 24 $24,475 $27,500
Highlander FWD 4-Door Limited 18 24 $29,281 $32,900
Highlander FWD 4-Door Sport 18 24 $26,833 $30,150
Highlander Hybrid 4WD 4-Door 27 25 $30,780 $34,200
Highlander Hybrid 4WD 4-Door Limited w/3rd Row 27 25 $36,202 $40,450
Pricing
Invoice Price
$27,631
$25,765
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$30,495
$28,950
Monthly Payment Estimate
$508 / month
$483 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.0
7.8
TCC’s Bottom Line
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. The 2008 Toyota Highlander Hybrid offers the same room and amenities that the nonhybrid Highlander does, only with better fuel economy and the badge of honor that comes with driving something that's trying to be green.
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Fuel Economy
City
17 mpg 17 mpg
Highway
23 mpg 23 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
2WD Sport Utility Vehicle 4WD Sport Utility Vehicle
Interior Dimensions
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
Third Head Room (in)
38.2 36.3
Front Hip Room (in)
58.6 56.7
Passenger Volume (ft³)
153.7 145.7
Third Shoulder Room (in)
58.9 55.0
Second Leg Room (in)
38.5 38.3
Front Head Room (in)
40.0 40.6
Second Hip Room (in)
56.9 56.5
Front Shoulder Room (in)
61.5 59.7
Passenger Capacity
8 7
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Front (in)
67.7 64.0
Min Ground Clearance (in)
8.0 8.1
Length, Overall (in)
190.9 188.4
Rear Door Opening Width (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Height, Overall (in)
72.7 68.1
Liftover Height (in)
NA - TBD -
Track Width, Rear (in)
67.5 64.0
Wheelbase (in)
109.2 109.8
Rear Door Opening Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
78.5 75.2
Cargo Area Dimensions
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 -
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³)
47.7 42.3
Cargo Area Width @ Beltline (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Brakes
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 -
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
21.0 19.2
Steering
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
38.6 38.7
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
3.69 3.1
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
19.0 17.1
Tires
Front Tire Size
P245/65R17 P245/65R17
Spare Tire Size
Compact P245/65R17
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
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
3500 2000
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
3500 2000
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
350 200
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
350 200
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
4310 4178
Wheels
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
17 x - TBD - 17 x 7.5
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
Steel Aluminum
Front Wheel Size (in)
17 x - TBD - 17 x 7.5
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact 17 x 7.5
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
9.93 9.9
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
- TBD - - TBD -
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD -
Engine
Engine Type
Gas V6 Gas V6
Fuel System
MPFI EFI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
253 @ 4800 249 @ 4700
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Displacement
3.5L/212 3.5L/- TBD -
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
250 @ 5700 270 @ 6200
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
19 -
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
23 23
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
17 17
Transmission
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
4.31 3.48
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.77 1.05
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic w/OD Automatic
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
2.70 4.24
Clutch Size (in)
NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.07 1.52
Trans Type
5 5
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive 4-Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.61 0.76
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
1.89 3.38
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
1.61 2.36
Trans Order Code
NA NA
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), Low
- - TBD -
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), High
- - TBD -
Summary
Body Style
4 Door 4 Door
Vehicle Name
Honda Pilot Toyota Highlander
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
0.91 - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-link Independent
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
w/Trailing Arms Sport-tuned
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
MacPherson Strut Independent
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
1.04 - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
NA Sport-tuned
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
5 -

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