If you recoil at the prospect of driving a minivan, the roomiest seven- and eight-passenger crossovers are pretty good substitutes. And if your escape from sliding doors brought you to either the Honda Pilot or the Toyota Highlander, you're on the right path.
But which fits your family better? Read on carefully, as it comes down to a few subtle yet important points. Both of these models are among the best three-row crossover SUVs—affordable yet comfortable, safe, and well-equipped. The Pilot, which was new for 2016, is far more appealing to the eye, with softer styling that suits its road-going mission. The Highlander has received an update for 2017 that adds a more macho, but more awkward, front end.