Compare 2018 Toyota Highlander vs Honda Pilot

Specs at a Glance

2018 Toyota Highlander

2018 Toyota Highlander

Front Leg Room

  44.2 in.

City MPG

  20 *


2018 Honda Pilot

2018 Honda Pilot

Front Leg Room

  40.9 in.

City MPG

  19

2018 Toyota Highlander vs 2018 Honda Pilot

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While some people like their SUVs to possess sedan-like qualities such as remarkable fuel economy and more accessible driving dynamics, others prefer them to be traditionally big, brawny, and ready to take on anything. That’s why we have entries like the Toyota Highlander and the Honda Pilot. Possessing truck-like sturdiness and three rows that can accommodate up to eight people, both vehicles have been around since the beginning of the 2000s and are currently in their third production cycle with the 2018 model year. With each SUV remaining virtually the same as the year before, they remain in the upper half of their shared class. However, it’s the Highlander that pulls ahead of the Pilot for the following reasons:

Fuel Efficiency

Carrying over from 2017 to 2018 is the new Highlander engine: the 2GR-FKS, which replaces the 2GR-FE. Although still a 3.5-liter V6, this new engine incorporates the D4-S direct injection fuel system, which Toyota recently introduced. Also carrying over into 2018 is a new 8-speed automatic transmission, which is standard on all trims save for the base-level LE (which goes with the longstanding 6-speed automatic transmission.) Couple the fairly new additions with front-wheel drive, and you can have a peak city fuel economy of 21 mpg. On the 2018 Honda Pilot, you can pair its 3.5-liter V6 with a 9-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel drive to maximize city fuel economy—albeit to 20 mpg instead of 21 mpg. So, if you need to be fuel efficient when driving in residential or urban areas, the Highlander is your wiser buy.

IIHS Safety Ratings

Both the 2018 Toyota Highlander and the 2018 Honda Pilot receive high safety ratings from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). Each SUV is rated a “Top Safety Pick Plus” vehicle, which is the highest designation possible from the IIHS. That’s because the Highlander and Pilot received the best possible score of “Good” on all five crashworthiness tests, the best possible rating of “Superior” in terms of front crash prevention and mitigation, and a remarkable “Acceptable” rating regarding headlight effectiveness. However, when it front crash prevention, the Highlander is rated at tad higher than its Honda counterpart. In addition, in testing the ease of use of each SUV’s child seat anchors, or LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children) system, the Highlander received the highest possible score of “Good” and the Pilot, at “Acceptable,” is ranked a notch below it.

Vehicle Care Services

If you go with the top-level Limited trim of the 2018 Highlander, Toyota would add a free one-year subscription to Safety Connect®. It’s a collection of vehicle care services that includes emergency assistance, stolen vehicle locator ability, automatic collision notification, and roadside assistance. There’s no equivalent on the 2018 Honda Pilot—regardless of trim level.

Can’t wait to get started on the 2018 Toyota Highlander as your midsize SUV choice, rather than the 2018 Honda Pilot? Then come on over to our dealership in Swansea, Massachusetts. With our expert team of Toyota sales professionals, a stacked inventory, and our years of service to the people of Swansea and surrounding areas like Bristol and Barrington, we are sure that you’ll find the Highlander that’s right for you. Call us today to set up a sales appointment.


* 2018 EPA-estimated city/highway mileage. Actual mileage will vary.

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