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2020 Honda Pilot

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2019 Toyota Highlander

2020 Honda Pilot vs. 2019 Toyota Highlander

If you’re on the hunt for a family SUV, you’ve probably considered both the 2020 Honda Pilot and the 2019 Toyota Highlander. Although each seats eight passengers, we think you’ll agree that the Pilot does a better job of doing so, while providing more space for cargo! Better still, the Pilot includes a standard V6 engine, which will cost you extra in the Highlander! Drivers on Guam can compare the Honda Pilot vs. Toyota Highlander below.

2020 Honda Pilot


2019 Toyota Highlander



8 Passengers

Max Seating Capacity

8 Passengers
5,000 pounds

Max Towing Capacity

1,500 pounds
31.9 inches

Third-Row Legroom

27.7 inches
16.5 cubic feet

Rear Cargo Space

13.8 cubic feet

Performance & Fuel-Efficiency: Pilot or Highlander?

We’ve already noted that the 2020 Honda Pilot configurations include a 280-hp V6 engine with 262 lb-ft of torque. Although the Highlander offers a more powerful engine as an upgrade, the base model doesn’t even come close.

Fuel Economy

With just 185-hp and 184 lb-ft of torque, you might expect the standard Highlander I-4 engine to deliver more impressive fuel economy specs. Here as well, it’s easy to see where the Pilot wins out:

  • The base Highlander engine offers 20 mpg city and 24 mpg highway. Although the smaller engine does a little better on city streets, the Pilot dominates on the highway.
  • Choose the 2020 Honda Pilot to enjoy up to 19 mpg city** and 27 mpg highway**.

Towing Capacity: Pilot or Highlander?

When it comes to tackling heavy cargo, the Highlander is far and away the better option, especially if cost is a concern.

The base Highlander can only tow around 1,500 pounds. The Pilot, on the other hand, can tow up to 3,500 pounds without upgrade! This makes it the superior option for drivers who’d like to plan more adventures, without breaking the bank.

Seating and Cargo Space: Pilot or Highlander?

How do the Honda Pilot dimensions compare against the Toyota Highlander? Ample passenger space is one of the biggest advantages offered by the Pilot:

Total Passenger Volume

The Pilot offers 152.9 cubic feet across three rows of seating. The Highlander offers just 145 cubic feet of the same.

Rear Legroom

Even teens and adults can ride comfortably in the rear of the Pilot, since it offers an impressive 31.9 inches of 3rd-row legroom. The Toyota Highlander only offers 27.7 inches of 3rd-row legroom, making it cramped for older riders.

Cargo Space

Can the same be said if we compare the Honda Pilot vs. Toyota Highlander on cargo space? You won’t notice a huge difference between their maximum capacities, but what about when all seats are in their upright positions? Here, the Pilot easily wins out with 16.5 cubic feet of cargo space. In similar circumstances, the Highlander only offers 13.8 cubic feet of storage.

Get Behind the Wheel on Guam!

You’ve compared the Honda Pilot vs. Toyota Highlander in-depth, and you’ve seen where the Pilot wins out! If you’re ready to start a new adventure, drive in to Triple J Guam and take a test drive today! Check out our new Honda Pilot inventory or contact us to learn more about the changes for 2020.

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*MSRP excluding tax, license, registration, $1,095.00 destination charge and options. Dealers set own prices.
**Based on 2019 EPA estimates. Actual mileage may vary.

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