2020 Honda Pilot vs. 2020 Toyota Highlander

If you are searching for a powerful and spacious SUV upgrade, comparing the 2020 Honda Pilot and the Toyota Highlander looks like a natural place to start. At first glance, these models may seem like rival competitors. With three-rows, strong performance, powerful towing, and innovative storage, these models do have some similarities. However, when you take a closer look, you see that the Pilot reigns supreme. Let's take a deep dive into the Honda Pilot vs. Toyota Highlander!

Luxury & Convenience


For the price you pay for your new three-row SUV, you want a model that keeps you moving and provides all the power you need. Both the Pilot and Highlander have similar engine configurations but are paired with slightly different transmission options. If you choose the Pilot, you can also take advantage of more towing power to help you take on tough jobs with ease. Here are the specs for the Pilot and Highlander:

 2020 Honda Pilot LX2020 Toyota Highlander L: 
 3.5L V6 engine3.5L V6 engine 
 280 horsepower 295 horsepower
 262 lb-ft of torque263 lb-ft of torque 
6-speed automatic transmission 8-speed automatic transmission 
 3,500-pound towing capacity with 2WD5,000-pound towing capacity 
5,000-pound towing capacity with AWD  -
1,420 to 1,625-pound payload capacity 1,486 to 1,602-pound payload capacity 

Interior Space: When traveling with a lot of people, you need plenty of space to spread out. While the 2020 Toyota Highlander is an accommodating family vehicle, it suffers from a slightly cramped rear seat. Most adults will find it to be a tight fit. Passengers sitting in the 2020 Honda Pilot's third row will enjoy an extra 4.2 inches of legroom. Instead of taking two separate vehicles on a road trip, everyone can hop inside of the new Pilot. You will find many features in the Pilot's interior design, such as:

  • Heated leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Automatic-dimming rear view mirror
  • Tri-zone automatic climate control
  • Ten-way power driver's seat with power lumbar support and two-way power memory
  • Front and rear heated seats
 Interior Dimensions  
   2020 Honda Pilot  2020 Toyota Highlander
Passenger Volume152.9 cubic feet 141.3 cubic feet
 Cargo Room Behind the 3rd Row (Seats Folded) 18.5 cubic feet 16.0 cubic feet
Cargo Room Behind the 2nd Row (Seats Folded) 55.9 cubic feet 48.4 cubic feet
 Cargo Room Behind the 1st Row (Seats Folded) 109.0 cubic feet 84.3 cubic feet
Exterior Styling: Most people agree that the redesigned 2020 Toyota Highlander packs more style than before. However, it still doesn't look as fresh as the 2020 Honda Pilot. Many people are immediately drawn to the Pilot's rugged yet refined styling. Sculpted LED headlights and a bold front grille help the Pilot to stand out on the road. If you want to make a statement, go for the Pilot Black Edition. Gloss black exterior treatments and unique 20-inch wheels bolster its curb appeal. Some of the eye-catching paint options for the Pilot include Steel Sapphire Metallic, Obsidian Blue Pearl, and Deep Scarlet Pearl. The Pilot's exterior also offers features such as:

  • LED low-beam headlights with auto-on/off
  • Body-colored roofline spoiler with integrated brake light
  • Smart entry with walk away auto lock
  • One-touch power moonroof with tilt feature
  • Power tailgate
  • Panoramic roof
  • Memory-linked side mirrors with reverse gear tilt-down

Technology: Top technology features in the 2020 Honda Pilot are an 8-inch audio display, a 5-inch LCD color screen, Android Auto integration, hands-free Wi-Fi connectivity, a wireless phone charger and a Radio Data System. Performance features include AWD, 280 horsepower and electronic power assist steering. Available technology features in the 2020 Toyota Highlander are SiriusXM radio, a JBL Premium sound system with 1200 watts, an 8-inch touchscreen and Waze compatibility. 


Safety & Security

Both of these SUVs are built to keep you and your passengers secure. Like the 2020 Honda Pilot, the 2020 Toyota Highlander comes standard with active safety features such as automatic emergency braking and lane-keep assist. However, only the Pilot features Road Departure Mitigation. When the system detects you're about to drift off the paved road surface, it can help steer you back on track. The list below details key Honda Sensing® features that will ease the stress of your commute:

  • Collision Mitigation Braking System™
  • Road departure mitigation system
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Lane keeping assist system
  • Forward collision warning
Learn more about Honda Sensing here.

Initial and Long-Term Costs

The 2020 Highlander has a hefty starting price of $34,600 with trim upgrades including the L, LE, XLE, Limited, and Platinum configurations. The latest Pilot, however, can be secured for much less with a starting MSRP of $32,250. The LX trim level comes with a standard 6-speed automatic transmission. The Pilot can be upgraded to EX, EX-L, EX-L w/ Navi & RES, Touring 7- & 8-Passenger, Elite, and Black Edition trim levels. With a budget-friendly starting price and many trims to select from, any driver can find their fit with a new Pilot! The 2020 Honda Pilot MPG ratings show that this family-friendly SUV delivers fuel efficient performance. The Honda Pilot fuel efficiency is further enhanced by a number of innovative technology features, including:

  • Eco Assist System - This system will inform you of the status of your fuel usage to help you improve overall efficiency when braking or accelerating.
  • HondaLink® - Allows you to stay informed and connected to your Honda model's fuel range, service schedule, and more, whether you're inside your car or not.
  • Intelligent Traction Management and Intelligent Variable Torque Management™ AWD Drive System - These systems can provide the traction and control you need. 

As you can see, the Honda Pilot offers a much better value for drivers looking to enhance their ride with an exciting SUV. At Hennessy Honda of Woodstock, you will find a dedicated and friendly team that is ready to pair you with the perfect model. If you are ready, you can apply for financing to get pre-approved for your Pilot purchase. If you have questions, contact us today to learn more!