2021 Toyota Highlander vs 2021 Honda Pilot comparison

2021 Honda Pilot vs. 2021 Toyota Highlander


Starting MSRP

3.5L V6 Engine


3.5L V6 Engine
21 MPG City/29 MPG Highway

EPA-Estimated Fuel Economy

20 MPG City/27 MPG Highway
295 hp


280 hp

Hybrid Configurations?

Toyota Safety Sense™ 2.5+ (TSS 2.5+)

Safety System

Honda Sensing®

Fairmont drivers who are looking for a vehicle that can handle a daily commute and outdoor adventures have been checking out the 2021 Toyota Highlander and 2021 Honda Pilot. If that sounds like you and you’re interested in a new mid-size SUV, read our comparison of the Honda Pilot vs. Toyota Highlander and see which of the two is right for you.

Highlander vs. Pilot: Price & Features

The Toyota Highlander may cost a few thousand more than the Honda Pilot, but Kingwood drivers get more standard features and the all-new Toyota Safety Sense™ 2.5+ (TSS 2.5+) standard on each Highlander trim level. You can see the difference between the Honda Pilot vs. Toyota Highlander for yourself here:

  • The Highlander – $35,085*: Offers 5 USB ports, three-zone climate control, Toyota Safety Sense™ 2.5+ (TSS 2.5+), a Smart Key System, and much more on its base Highlander L trim.
  • The Honda Pilot – $32,550: Requires upgrades to its trim level or features to get similar convenience features.

Our new vehicle specials can help you save on a new Highlander, and our financial experts are happy to help you design a payment plan that works for you. Start today with our payment calculator.

Highlander vs. Pilot: Performance

The Toyota Highlander also outperforms the Honda Pilot. Although they are both powered by a 3.5L V6 engine, the Highlander has higher horsepower and better fuel economy. That kind of performance will ensure a smoother drive to Deep Creek, MD, and save you money in the long run. We’ve written out the specs for you:

  • Horsepower: The Highlander has 295 hp with an 8-speed automatic transmission. The Honda Pilot on the other hand produces 280 hp.
  • MPG Ratings: The Highlander EPA-estimated fuel economy is 21 mpg city and 29 mpg highway, and that is without taking into account the Highlander hybrid model, which offers 36 mpg city and 35 mpg highway. The Honda Pilot, on the other hand, earns 20 mpg city and 27 mpg highway.

Start Your Comparison of the Highlander vs. Pilot at University Toyota!

Now that you know some of the numerical differences between the Highlander and Pilot, see each of these vehicles in person. Start by coming to our dealership in Morgantown and taking a Highlander for a test drive. Contact us ahead of time and set up your test drive today!

*MSRP excludes the Delivery, Processing, and Handling Fee of $995 for Cars (Yaris HB, Yaris, Yaris iA, 86, Corolla, Corolla HB, Camry, Camry HV, Prius LB, Prius c, Prius Prime, Mirai, Avalon, Avalon HV, Supra), $1,175 for Small/Medium Trucks, SUVs and Van (C-HR, RAV4, RAV4 HV, Highlander, Highlander HV, 4Runner, Sienna, Tacoma), $1,365 for Large SUVs (Sequoia, Land Cruiser), and $1,595 for Large Truck (Tundra). (Historically, vehicle manufacturers and distributors have charged a separate fee for processing, handling and delivering vehicles to dealerships. Toyota’s charge for these services is called the “Delivery, Processing and Handling Fee” and is based on the value of the processing, handling and delivery services Toyota provides as well as Toyota’s overall pricing structure. Toyota may make a profit on the Delivery, Processing and Handling Fee.) Excludes taxes, license, title and available or regionally required equipment. The Delivery, Processing and Handling Fee in AL, AR, FL, GA, LA, MS, NC, OK, SC and TX will be higher. The published prices do not apply to Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Actual dealer price will vary.

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