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2019 Honda Pilot EX

2019 Honda Pilot

2019 Toyota Highlander LE AWD gray

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

When shopping for an 8-passenger SUV in the Gainesville area, you’ve probably narrowed down your search to the 2019 Toyota Highlander and the 2019 Honda Pilot. When you take a closer look at both of these family-friendly vehicles, you’ll find that the Pilot comes standard with V6 engine power and more cargo room. Learn more in this Honda Pilot vs. Toyota Highlander comparison from Honda of the Avenues.

Pilot or Highlander: Performance & Fuel-Efficiency 

Here’s how the 2019 Honda Pilot vs. 2019 Toyota Highlander compare in engine power and fuel economy: 

  • Toyota Highlander: The standard 185-hp 2.7-liter 4-cylinder engine generates 184 lb-ft of torque and earns 20 mpg city and 24 mpg highway. If you want more power, you’ll have to move up to the LE V6, which will cost you more than the Honda Pilot LX. 
  • Honda Pilot: Comes with a 3.5-liter V6 engine that produces 280 hp and 262 lb-ft of torque, and delivers an EPA-estimated 19 mpg city* and 27 mpg highway*. 

Pilot or Highlander: Towing & Payload 

Orange Park drivers expect a midsize SUV to offer capable towing and payload capacities, and the Toyota Highlander and Honda Pilot do just that. The Highlander can tow 1,486 to 1,602 pounds.When properly equipped, the entry-level Highlander can haul a maximum 1,500 pounds. The Honda Pilot, on the other hand, can tow up to 3,500 pounds with 2WD, and when equipped with AWD it offers a maximum towing capacity of 5,000 pounds when properly equipped. If you plan on towing a boat or trailer, the Pilot is the better choice.

Pilot or Highlander: Interior Space 

Inside the Toyota Highlander you’ll have a maximum of 83.7 cubic feet of cargo space, while the Honda Pilot offers 83.9 cubic feet with the rear seats folded flat. With all the seats up, the Pilot has 16.5 cubic feet of cargo space to the 13.8 cubic feet in the Highlander. St. Augustine families will be able to haul more groceries and sports gear in the Honda Pilot.

Both of these family SUVs can seat up to 8 passengers, but they’ll be more comfortable in the Pilot with its 152.9 cubic feet of passenger volume, which is 8 cubic feet more than you’ll get in the Highlander. Even those way back in the third row get more space in the Honda with 57.6 inches of shoulder room, compared to the 55 inches in the Toyota.

Test Drive the Honda Pilot at Honda of the Avenues

In this Honda Pilot vs. Toyota Highlander comparison, it’s clear that the Pilot has the stronger base engine, more towing power, and a more spacious and comfortable interior. Explore the available Honda Pilot configurations, then find the model that will best suit you in our new Pilot inventory. Make sure to check out our new vehicle specials, and if you have any questions, or would like to schedule a test drive, please contact us

*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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