2019 Honda Pilot vs Toyota Highlander

When it comes to looking for your next car to take on Santa Ana, Tustin, and Rancho Santa Margarita, CA, research and comparisons are crucial parts of the process toward finding the right car for you. Here at Norm Reeves Honda Superstore Irvine, we know how important this part is, which is why we’ve created this breakdown for two popular SUV models on the market: the Toyota Highlander vs. Honda Pilot.

Check it out below to find out more!

Here, we’ve broken down the specs and dimensions for each of these SUVs. This information is based on the standard trim level for each model, and could vary depending on the one you end up choosing.

2019 Honda Pilot vs Toyota Highlander
19 city / 27 highway MPG1 MPG Rating 20 city / 24 highway MPG
280 HP Horsepower 185 HP
262 lb-ft Torque 184 lb-ft
16.5 cubic feet Cargo Volume 13.8 cubic feet
152.9 cubic feet Passenger Volume 144.9 cubic feet
3,500 pounds Towing Capacity 1,500 pounds

As you can see, the Pilot delivers more passenger and cargo room than the Toyota Highlander. It also provides more power and towing capabilities without compromising on its highway MPG rating. This means that with the 2019 Pilot, you’re getting advanced powertrain capabilities for a lower fuel economy rating—a win for both your wallet and the environment.


While the Pilot provides more interior volume than the Toyota Highlander, it still manages to weigh less. The 2019 Pilot comes in with a standard 4,036-pound curb weight, while the Highlander comes in at 4,134 pounds. Clearly, the Pilot will be able to provide better handling and maneuverability.

When you take a look at headroom for the third-row seats, the Pilot provides 38.9 inches, while the Highlander only provides 35.9 inches. The Pilot also provides 31.9 inches of third-row legroom, while the Toyota Highlander provides just 27.7 inches. This means your third-row passengers traveling in the 2019 Pilot will have much more room to get comfortable than they would in the Highlander.

Technology Features

When it comes to technology features, it’s important to be able to easily connect your smartphone for hands-free access to your music, apps, phone calls, text messages, and more. To help you out, the Pilot comes equipped with Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ integration, while the Toyota Highlander doesn’t even provide it as an available option.

Also available in the Honda Pilot is a Wireless Phone Charger with a cord-free charging zone, which means you don’t have to deal with pesky wires getting in your way. Unfortunately, this feature is not offered as an option in the Toyota Highlander.

Schedule a Test Drive!

As you can see from our breakdown of the 2019 Honda Pilot vs. Toyota Highlander, both SUVs are a great choice for exploring all around Santa Ana, Tustin, and Rancho Santa Margarita, CA. For more information or to schedule your test drive, call our team or stop by Norm Reeves Honda Superstore Irvine today!

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1 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.