Are you on the hunt for a family-friendly SUV to aid you in your travels in and around Houston, Sugar Land, and Pearland, TX? If so, after doing some research, you’ll likely find yourself torn between the Toyota Highlander and the Honda Pilot. That’s because both offer great power, safety features, and technology.

So, with both vehicles offering similar features, how are you supposed to decide which one’s right for you? Luckily, we at Mike Calvert Toyota have created this Toyota Highlander vs. Honda Pilot comparison. After reading this, you’ll have a better understanding of which vehicle’s right for your specific needs. Ready to get started? Contact us today.

2020 Toyota Highlander Engine Specs

Toyota Highlander Towing

Performance Capabilities

When you have an SUV, a window opens to all the places you and your family can travel. Plus, with a 3.5L V6 engine offered on both SUVs, you can travel faster and more smoothly than ever before. Of course, as you’ll see, not all engines of the same size can pump out as much power:

Toyota Highlander vs. Honda Pilot Engine Specs





295 HP

280 HP


263 lb-ft

262 lb-ft

EPA-Estimated MPG

21 city/29 highway MPG1

19 city/27 highway MPG


Drivers looking to travel with more power for longer distances will only get that with the Toyota Highlander vs. the Honda Pilot. Furthermore, you’ll find it’s possible to travel even farther in the Highlander when you choose one of their four hybrid options.

With the 2.5L hybrid powertrain equipped, your SUV is now a Super Ultra Low Emission Vehicle (SULEV) that gets an EPA-estimated 36 city/35 highway MPG—something the Pilot can’t compete with, especially since no hybrid options are offered.2

2020 Toyota Highlander Driving


With your whole family loaded up and ready to hit the roads to start an adventure—even if just to the grocery store—you’ll have a standard comprehensive safety suite offered with both the Toyota Highlander and the Honda Pilot.

With the Highlander, you’ll have the Toyota Safety Sense™ 2.0 system. With the Pilot, your safety system is known as Honda Sensing®. Safety and driver-assistive features you’ll find on both systems include automatic emergency braking, lane-keeping assistance, and cruise control.

While there are some similarities, you’ll find there are some features offered with the Highlander that aren’t offered with the Pilot. For example, you’ll have a Pedestrian Detection system, Road Sign Assist, and Cyclist Detection. Thanks to these additional, comprehensive safety systems, you’ll feel more safe and secure behind the wheel.

2020 Toyota Highlander Interior Technology

Connective Technology

Since traveling in silence is no fun, both SUVs provide passengers with lots of entertainment courtesy of the Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ integration features. With these, you can seamlessly connect your smartphone to your 8-inch multimedia touch-screen display.

This allows you to play all your favorite songs, podcasts, and other multimedia features from your phone through built-in speakers and access them without picking up your phone, helping you and your passengers stay safe, too.

However, when comparing the connective features of the Toyota Highlander vs. Honda Pilot, you’ll see while all these features come standard with the Highlander, you can only get them on the Honda Pilot after a vehicle upgrade.

Toyota Highlander vs Honda Pilot: The Verdict

When comparing the Toyota Highlander vs. Honda Pilot, in terms of performance, safety, and entertainment, it’s clear the Highlander is the winner.

To learn more about the Highlander and all the ways it will improve your travels in and around Houston, Sugar Land, and Pearland, Texas, we invite you to visit our dealership. Here, you’ll get an up-close look at the SUV and see how these features will enhance your commute. You can even take it for a test drive. Ready to learn more? Visit us at Mike Calvert Toyota today!


1 2020 EPA-estimated mileage. Actual mileage will vary.

2 2020 preliminary MPG estimates determined by Toyota. EPA estimates not available at time of posting. Actual mileage will vary.

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