Comparison between the 2021 Honda Pilot and the 2021 Toyota Highlander
Need to carry eight passengers and tow 5,000 pounds? The 2021 Honda Pilot or the 2021 Toyota Highlander will meet your needs. Here is how they compare.
Honda Pilot 2021
Starting price for the 2021 Honda Pilot: $ 33,360 | Price yours or View listings near you
Above average: Seats up to eight; standard V6 engine; high resale value.
Below average: Not particularly engaging to drive; no version on the off-road theme.
Consensus: The 2021 Honda Pilot is a roomy and comfortable 3-row SUV from a trusted brand and has been a segment favorite for three generations.
Toyota Highlander 2021
2021 Toyota Highlander starting price: $ 35,985 | Price yours or View listings near you
Above average: The hybrid offers good fuel economy; high resale value; many active safety features; 12.3 inch touch screen available.
Below average: The third row seat is reserved for children; The hybrid’s tow rating is just 3,500 pounds.
Consensus: The 2021 Toyota Highlander is a practical choice for a family SUV with seating for seven or eight passengers. It also offers the choice of a heavy-duty V6 engine or an economical hybrid. It claims Toyota’s reputation for reliability.
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The Honda Pilot can accommodate seven or eight people in its three rows, with the second row captain’s seats limited to the top trims. The passenger compartment is spacious, and cargo space varies from 16.5 cubic feet behind the third row to 83.9 cubic feet with all seats folded down.
A 3.5-liter V6 developing 280 horsepower and 262 lb-ft of torque is now mated exclusively to a 9-speed automatic transmission. Smooth and powerful enough, this V6 tows up to 5,000 pounds (with all-wheel drive). Fuel economy is pretty good with combined EPA ratings of 23 mpg (FWD) and 22 mpg (AWD).
The Pilot is capable and comfortable but not particularly sporty, although handling is secured in part by the torque vectoring technology of the AWD system. Forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking, lane keep assist and adaptive cruise control are standard. Blind Spot Monitoring and Rear Cross Traffic Alert are available on all except the base LX.
The base version also skips the 8-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto which is standard elsewhere. Leather seats and a power tailgate are included with the EX-L. Captain’s seats become available at the Touring level, along with navigation, rear-seat entertainment and Wi-Fi hotspot. The two higher versions include all-wheel drive, ventilated front seats and heated steering wheel.
The Toyota Highlander has been redesigned for 2020 and offers great value, fuel economy and reliability. Buyers can choose a 295-horsepower V6 engine or a 4-cylinder hybrid, now available with front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive.
The hybrid is not as fast as the V6 and only tows 3,500 pounds compared to 5,000 for the V6. But, the hybrid’s fuel economy is impressive at 36 (FWD) or 35 (AWD) mpg combined.
The Highlander is available in six trim levels, including a sporty XSE which is new for 2021. The hybrid model is available in four trims. Buyers can opt for captain’s seats or a second row bench.
All Highlanders include Toyota’s rugged safety suite, which includes forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning and lane keep assist. Blind Spot Monitoring and Rear Cross Traffic Alert are standard on all models except the base L model.
Seats up to eight; large cargo space; 5 Star NHTSA Security.
Benefits of the Honda rider 2021
Sophisticated torque-vectoring all-wheel drive; spacious and versatile interior space.
Advantages of the 2021 Toyota Highlander
More fuel efficient; hybrid option.
Which one is right for me?
The 2021 Honda Pilot comes with a V6 engine and now a 9-speed automatic transmission on all versions. It’s spacious, safe with available all-wheel drive, and has room for up to eight people.
The 2021 Toyota Highlander offers the choice of V6 horsepower or a hybrid powertrain with good fuel economy. Thanks to its recent redesign, it is elegant with a high-end interior.
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|Honda Pilot 2021||Toyota Highlander 2021|
|Engine||3.5-liter V6||3.5-liter V6|
|Power||280 hp @ 6,000 rpm||295 hp @ 6,600 rpm|
|Couple||262 lb-ft @ 4,700 rpm||263 lb-ft @ 4,700 rpm|
|Transmission||9 speed automatic||8 speed automatic|
|Fuel economy||23 mpg (20 city / 27 highway)||24 mpg (21 city / 29 highway)|
|Also available||AWD||2.5-liter I4 hybrid; AWD|
|guarantee||3 years / 36,000 miles||3 years / 36,000 miles|
|Powertrain warranty||5 years / 60,000 miles||5 years / 60,000 miles|
|NHTSA Global Security||5 stars||5 stars|
|Maximum seating capacity||8||8|
|Wheelbase||111.0 inch||112.2 inch|
|Total length||196.5 inch||194.9 inch|
|Width||78.6 inch||76.0 inch|
|Height||70.6 inch||68.1 inch|
|Turning diameter||39.4 feet||36.1 feet|
|Headroom, forward||40.1 inch||39.9 inch|
|Headroom, 2nd row||40.2 inch||39.4 inch|
|Headroom, 3rd row||38.9 inch||36.1 inch|
|Legroom, front||40.9 inch||40.4 inch|
|Legroom, 2nd row||38.4 inch||41.0 inch|
|3rd row legroom||31.9 inch||27.7 inch|
|Shoulder room, front||62.0 inch||59.0 inch|
|Shoulder room, 2nd row||62.0 inch||57.8 inch|
|Shoulder room, 3rd row||57.6 inch||55.0 inch|
|EPA passenger volume||152.9 cubic feet||141.3 cubic feet|
|EPA cargo volume||83.9 cubic feet||84.3 cubic feet|