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Finding the Perfect Family Vehicle: Honda Pilot vs. Toyota Highlander

July 26, 2016


There are quite a few SUVs on the market but the fight for the very top is clearly the Honda Pilot vs. Toyota Highlander. Both models are fuel efficient, have a good amount of room, and offer the same warranty coverage. If they’re so similar, which one comes out on top? Here’s a quick comparison from us here at Frank Ancona Honda.

The 2016 Honda Pilot hits the road with a 3.5-liter V6 engine that pumps out 280 hp and 262 lb-ft of torque. Earning an EPA-estimated 19 city/27 hwy mpg* when mated to a six-speed automatic, the optional nine-speed automatic provides a slight bump to an EPA-estimated 27 hwy mpg.

The 2016 Toyota Highlander stocks a 2.7-liter four-cylinder engine that offers 185 hp and 184 lb-ft of torque. Even though that engine is small, it only returns an EPA-estimated 20 city/25 hwy mpg*. While there are two other engine options, the Pilot outshines them all with the perfect balance of power and efficiency.

As for price, the 2016 Honda Pilot starts at just $30,145 while the Toyota Highlander comes in at $30,490. While both models are nearly identical in price once you reach higher trims, the lower Honda Pilot trims are more value-oriented than the Toyota Highlander.

The 2016 Honda Pilot delivers more power, better fuel economy, and even a slightly better price all in one package. We have a winner!

* EPA estimates. Used for comparison purposes only.

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