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2021 Honda Pilot vs. 2021 Toyota Highlander Review

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2021 Honda
Pilot

MSRP*: $32,550 to $50,220
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2021 Toyota
Highlander

MSRP*: $35,085 to $49,190
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Invoice* $29,764 to $45,881 $32,032 to $44,911
MPG - City 19 - 20 MPG 20 - 21 MPG
MPG - Hwy 26 - 27 MPG 27 - 29 MPG
Seating Capacity 7 - 8 seats 7 - 8 seats
Cargo Space 82.1 - 83.9 ft3 84.3 ft3
Engine V-6 V-6
Transmission Auto Manual Auto Manual
Drivetrain All-wheel, Front-wheel All-wheel, Front-wheel
Horsepower 280 hp 295 hp
Towing Capacity 3,500 - 5,000 lbs 5,000 lbs
Exterior Length 196.5 in 194.9 - 197.4 in
Exterior Width 78.6 in 76.0 in
Leg Room Front 40.9 in
Rear 38.4 in
Front 42.0 in
Rear 41.0 in
Head Room Front 39.5 - 40.1 in
Rear 39.9 - 40.9 in
Front 38.4 - 41.2 in
Rear 37.1 - 39.4 in
Basic Warranty 3 years/36,000 miles 3 years/36,000 miles
Overall Safety Rating** ***** *****
Frontal Crash Rating** **** ****
Side Crash Rating** ***** *****

**Vehicle crash and safety data is provided by NHTSA, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The NHTSA testing was established by Congress to reduce highway deaths and injuries.

*MSRP and Invoice prices displayed are for educational purposes only, do not reflect the actual selling price of a particular vehicle, and do not include applicable gas taxes or destination charges.

Comparison Review

Comfort
Passengers in the backseat will be able to stretch out a lot more in the Toyota Highlander than in the Honda Pilot, due to its greater head- and legroom. The Toyota Highlander offers just a little more front head- and legroom than the Honda Pilot, offering the driver and front passenger a bit more room and comfort.

Convenience
You'll be making about the same number of stops at the gas station with the Honda Pilot as you will with the Toyota Highlander, as they are both able to travel similar distances on a tank of gas.

Cost
There are a lot of factors to consider when calculating the overall cost of a vehicle. The main consideration is Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP). Whether you pick the Honda Pilot or the Toyota Highlander, it's going to cost you about the same. Another consideration is the Destination Charge, which is a standard charge for transporting the vehicle to the dealer from where it's built. Both the Honda Pilot and the Toyota Highlander have similar Destination Charges.

Dimensions
Since the Honda Pilot is much wider than the Toyota Highlander, finding a wide enough spot in a parking lot may be a bit more challenging. When looking at overall length, the Honda Pilot takes up about the same amount of space in your garage as the Toyota Highlander.

Handling
The Honda Pilot has a larger turning radius than the Toyota Highlander, making it slightly more difficult to maneuver in and out of tight spots.

Performance
If you've got something you need to pull, the Honda Pilot will do just as well as the Toyota Highlander, since they have about the same towing capacity. The Honda Pilot has a little less horsepower than the Toyota Highlander.

Powertrain
With similar torque, the Honda Pilot and the Toyota Highlander are about even in transmitting their respective horsepower to the wheels.

Utility
In terms of seating, you'll be able to fit about the same number of people in both the Honda Pilot and the Toyota Highlander. You'll be able to fit about the same amount of groceries in the Honda Pilot as you will in the Toyota Highlander.

Warranty
The Honda Pilot comes with essentially the same basic warranty as the Toyota Highlander.