2020 Honda Pilot vs 2020 Toyota Highlander

2020 Honda Pilot Exterior Driver Side Front Profile vs 2020 Toyota Highlander Exterior Passenger Side Rear Profile

The Toyota and Honda brands have been friendly rivals for generations. As two of the most popular non-American brands here in the U.S., they’ve certainly competed with each other through the decades, perhaps even more so than with other brands. When it comes to midsize utility vehicles, each brand has a model that has established itself as one of the best options in the segment, and we wanted to see how they compare to one another.

While the 2020 Honda Pilot is still considered a traditional SUV and the 2020 Toyota Highlander is very much a crossover, these two utility vehicles make great direct competitors. They’re both sleek and sophisticated and packed full of the very best technologies and features. But how similar are they to one another, and how do they differ?

2020 Honda Pilot EX-L


2020 Toyota Highlander XLE

280 HP Horsepower 295 HP
21 mpg Combined Fuel Efficiency 23 mpg
16.5 cu. ft. Cargo Capacity 16.0 cu. ft.
Honda Sensing Standard Safety Suite Toyota Safety Sense 2.0

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The table above highlights a few of the most important aspects of midsize utility vehicles like these two. We started things off by looking at horsepower, certainly a crucial specification in big vehicles like this. While the two SUVs offer quite a similar amount of power, the Highlander takes the lead by generating an extra 15 HP. That’s not a game-changing difference, but it is certainly a leg up in the Toyota model’s favor. What’s surprising, though, is that having more power doesn’t seem to take away from its efficiency, as the second row highlights it achieves an extra 2 miles per gallon combined across highway and city driving.

The Honda Pilot has an advantage of its own in the third row, however, by offering an extra half-cubic-foot of space behind the rear seats for cargo. Naturally, both vehicles open up to offer even more space by folding the seats flat. In the fourth and final row we highlighted the fact that each model offers its brand’s advanced suite of driver-assistive safety technologies as standard features, which is certainly exciting.

Either model would make a great choice in the midsize utility vehicle classes, so if you think you’d like to get behind the wheel of a 2020 Honda Pilot of 2020 Toyota Highlander of your own, be sure to get in touch with the sales staff at one of our White’s dealerships today!