Blue Honda Pilot

2019 Honda Pilot

Burgundy Toyota Highlander

2019 Toyota Highlander

2019 Honda Pilot vs. 2019 Toyota Highlander

8 passengers

Max Seating Capacity

8 passengers
280-hp 3.5-liter V6


185-hp 2.7-liter 4-cylinder
5,000 pounds

Max Towing Capacity

1,500 pounds
83.9 cubic feet

Max Cargo Space

83.7 cubic feet
16.5 cubic feet

Rear Cargo Space

13.8 cubic feet


If you have been hunting for an 8-passenger SUV for your family, you’ve probably at least considered the 2019 Toyota Highlander. Before you run out to get a Highlander, compare it to the 2019 Honda Pilot. Unlike the Highlander, the Pilot comes standard with V6 engine power and more cargo room. Read our side-by-side comparison of the Honda Pilot vs. Toyota Highlander to see what else makes the new Pilot such a good choice for Portsmouth families.

Pilot or Highlander: Performance & Fuel-Efficiency

Pair the 2019 Honda Pilot vs. 2019 Toyota Highlander in terms of power and fuel economy, and you can see the Pilot pull ahead:

  • Toyota Highlander: The Toyota Highlander features a 185-hp 2.7-liter 4-cylinder engine that creates 184 lb-ft of torque. The Highlander earns 20 mpg city and 24 mpg highway with this engine. If you want to access a more robust V6 power, you’ll need to move up to the LE V6, which costs more than the Honda Pilot LX.
  • Honda Pilot: The 2019 Honda Pilot, on the other hand, comes standard with a 3.5-liter V6 engine that produces up to 280 hp and 262 lb-ft of torque. The LX trim can also achieve an EPA-estimated 19 mpg city* and 27 mpg highway* when paired with a six-speed automatic transmission.

Pilot or Highlander: Towing & Payload

When it comes to the performance of these midsize SUVs, the Pilot stands apart as the stronger performer. The 2WD Honda Pilot can tow up to 3,500 pounds while the AWD towing capacity can hit 5,000 pounds when properly equipped. Additionally, it can haul 1,420 to 1,625 pounds. The Highlander can haul 1,486 to 1,602 pounds, and with an optional trailer hitch, can tow a maximum of 1,500 pounds.

Pilot or Highlander: Interior Space

Drivers can find more dedicated cargo space behind the rear seats of the Pilot, which offers 16.5 cubic feet vs. 13.8 cubic feet inside the Highlander. Additionally, the Pilot has a passenger volume of 152.9 cubic feet—8 cubic feet more than the Highlander. With the larger interior dimensions of the Pilot, both you and your passengers will have more breathing room. Third-row passengers inside the Pilot, for example, get 57.6 inches of shoulder room. The Highlander offers just 55 inches.

Test Drive a New Honda Pilot at Dover Honda

After comparing the Honda Pilot vs. Toyota Highlander, Acura MDX, or Nissan Pathfinder, visit us at Dover Honda to check out our Honda Pilot inventory. Interested in trading in your current vehicle for the Pilot? Use our handy online Value Your Trade tool to get an estimate for your trade in!

*Based on 2019 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions and other factors.
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