Compare 2017 Honda Pilot vs 2017 Toyota Highlander

2017 Honda Pilot
2017 Toyota Highlander
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EX 2WD
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Pilot EX 2WD 19 27 $30,338 $33,180
Pilot EX AWD 18 26 $31,980 $34,980
Pilot EX w/Honda Sensing 2WD 19 27 $31,250 $34,180
Pilot EX w/Honda Sensing AWD 18 26 $32,892 $35,980
Pilot EX-L 2WD 19 27 $33,462 $36,605
Pilot EX-L AWD 18 26 $35,104 $38,405
Pilot EX-L w/Honda Sensing 2WD 19 27 $34,374 $37,605
Pilot EX-L w/Honda Sensing AWD 18 26 $36,016 $39,405
Pilot EX-L w/Navigation 2WD 19 27 $34,374 $37,605
Pilot EX-L w/Navigation AWD 18 26 $36,016 $39,405
Pilot EX-L w/RES 2WD 19 27 $34,921 $38,205
Pilot EX-L w/RES AWD 18 26 $36,563 $40,005
Pilot Elite AWD 19 26 $43,144 $47,220
Pilot LX 2WD 19 27 $28,117 $30,745
Pilot LX AWD 18 26 $29,759 $32,545
Pilot Touring 2WD 20 27 $38,219 $41,820
Pilot Touring AWD 19 26 $39,860 $43,620
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Hybrid LE V6 AWD
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Highlander Hybrid LE V6 AWD 30 28 $33,114 $36,270
Highlander Hybrid Limited Platinum V6 AWD 29 27 $43,715 $47,880
Highlander Hybrid Limited V6 AWD 29 27 $40,866 $44,760
Highlander Hybrid XLE V6 AWD 29 27 $37,735 $41,330
Highlander LE I4 FWD 20 24 $27,965 $30,630
Highlander LE Plus V6 AWD 20 27 $33,343 $36,520
Highlander LE Plus V6 FWD 21 27 $32,010 $35,060
Highlander LE V6 AWD 19 26 $31,170 $34,140
Highlander LE V6 FWD 20 27 $29,837 $32,680
Highlander Limited Platinum V6 AWD 20 26 $42,236 $46,260
Highlander Limited Platinum V6 FWD 21 27 $40,903 $44,800
Highlander Limited V6 AWD 20 26 $39,387 $43,140
Highlander Limited V6 FWD 21 27 $38,054 $41,680
Highlander SE V6 AWD 20 26 $37,571 $41,150
Highlander SE V6 FWD 21 27 $36,237 $39,690
Highlander XLE V6 AWD 20 26 $36,503 $39,980
Highlander XLE V6 FWD 21 27 $35,169 $38,520

2017 Honda Pilot vs. 2017 Toyota Highlander: Compare Cars

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.

 
Pricing
Invoice Price
$30,338
$33,114
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$33,180
$36,270
Monthly Payment Estimate
$553 / month
$605 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
7.5
7.0
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2017 Honda Pilot is a capable, refined crossover SUV with all the goodness of a minivan, save for the sliding doors. The Toyota Highlander gets a stronger, more responsive powertrain for 2017, but the main strengths are the ride quality, the cabin refinement, and the space for eight.
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Fuel Economy
City
19 mpg 30 mpg
Highway
27 mpg 28 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Small Sport Utility Vehicles 2WD Standard Sport Utility Vehicles 4WD
Interior Dimensions
Third Shoulder Room (in)
57.6 55
Second Leg Room (in)
38.4 38.4
Front Head Room (in)
40.1 40.7
Second Hip Room (in)
57.3 57.1
Passenger Capacity
8 8
Front Shoulder Room (in)
62 59.3
Third Leg Room (in)
31.9 26.7
Second Head Room (in)
40.2 39.9
Third Hip Room (in)
44.6 45.6
Second Shoulder Room (in)
62 59
Front Leg Room (in)
40.9 44.2
Third Head Room (in)
38.9 35.9
Passenger Volume (ft³)
152.9 144.9
Front Hip Room (in)
59.1 57.2
Exterior Dimensions
Height, Overall (in)
69.8 68.1
Track Width, Rear (in)
66.3 64.2
Wheelbase (in)
111 109.8
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
78.6 75.8
Track Width, Front (in)
66.3 64.4
Length, Overall (in)
194.5 192.5
Min Ground Clearance (in)
- 8
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³)
16.5 13.8
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³)
46.8 42.3
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³)
83.8 83.7
Brakes
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
12.6 12.9
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 12.2
Brake Type
4-Wheel Disc 4-Wheel Disc
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
19.5 17.2
Steering
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
39.4 38.7
Steering Type
Rack-Pinion Rack-Pinion
Tires
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
P245/60HR18 P245/60TR18
Spare Tire Size
Compact Compact
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P245/60HR18 P245/60TR18
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA 3500
Maximum Trailering Capacity (lbs)
NA 3500
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA 350
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA 350
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA 3500
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
4074 4825
Wheels
Spare Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
18 X 8 18 X 7.5
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact Compact
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
18 X 8 18 X 7.5
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Engine
Displacement
3.5 L/212 3.5 L/211
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
280 @ 6000 306 @ 5800
Engine Type
Regular Unleaded V-6 Gas/Electric V-6
Fuel System
Gasoline Direct Injection Port/Direct Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
262 @ 4700 215 @ 4800
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
22 29
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
27 28
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
19 30
Transmission
Trans Type
6 1
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive All Wheel
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.75 -
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
2.27 -
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.10 -
Trans Order Code
NA NA
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.06 -
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic w/OD CVT w/OD
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.56 -
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.36 -
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
4.25 3.54
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.49 -
Summary
Body Style
Sport Utility Sport Utility
Vehicle Name
Honda Pilot Toyota Highlander
Suspension
Suspension Type - Front
Strut Strut
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
Strut Strut
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-Link Double Wishbone
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
Multi-Link Double Wishbone
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
8.0 6.0
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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