In a segment as tightly packed and competitive as the crossover SUV, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed when you need to choose your next vehicle. While we can’t make the choice for you, we can help make your research prior to buying a little easier. The Toyota Highlander is not only a solid option in this competitive class, but it’s also one of the most popular vehicles in the automotive market. Just last year, this model was the seventh best-selling SUV in the country. And what makes it so special? The appeal of the Highlander lies in its versatility, family-friendly nature and frugal gas mileage. For 2020, it has been completely redesigned, now providing increased cargo space and new features like Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™.
To prove its worth, today we are going to compare it to the also popular 2020 Honda Pilot. On the most basic level, both models share a few elements, like the three rows of seating that can hold up to seven or eight passengers. However, by digging deeper into their details, we can point out what sets these two models apart. Keep reading to learn which mid-size SUV offers the best value.
Which Model Leads The Three-Row Midsize-SUV Segment?
By looking at the chart above, we can notice some differences between the Highlander and the Pilot. While both models work with the same engine, the Toyota manages to provide more power and better fuel efficiency. Besides, the Highlander offers a hybrid variant equipped with a four-cylinder engine.
About half of the Pilot’s trim ladder uses a six-speed automatic transmission with the three top-end trims using a nine-speed automatic. The Highlander, on the contrary, includes an eight-speed automatic transmission throughout the lineup. Only a 2020 Pilot with all-wheel drive can match the towing capability of the 2020 Highlander. The other versions with front-wheel drive top out at 3,500 pounds.
Inside, both models also show significant differences. In terms of space, the redesigned Highlander now offers 84.3 cu. ft. of total cargo capacity, whilst the maximum cargo volume of the Pilot is 83.9 cubic feet. Additionally, second-row passengers can enjoy more legroom to stretch in the Toyota. In terms of technology, the Highlander takes the upper hand with a larger set of connectivity features, including Apple CarPlay®, Android Auto™, Amazon Alexa, SiriusXM and Wi-Fi hotspot. An 8-inch infotainment touch screen is standard while a 12.3-inch screen is available in higher trims.