2021 Honda Pilot vs. 2020 Toyota Highlander

2021 Honda Pilot LX


2020 Toyota Highlander L
Starting at $32,250*


8 passengers

Max Seating Capacity

8 passengers
152.9 cubic feet

Max Passenger Volume

141.3 cubic feet
109.0 cubic feet

Max Cargo Space

84.3 cubic feet
16.5 cubic feet

Rear Cargo Space

16.0 cubic feet
5,000 pounds

Max Towing Capacity

5,000 pounds

If you’re shopping for a family-friendly SUV, the 2021 Honda Pilot and the 2020 Toyota Highlander are both strong choices. Each offers a wide array of convenient amenities, but when comparing the PIlot vs. Highlander side-by-side, you’ll find that the Honda SUV offers more room for passengers and a larger cargo capacity at a more affordable starting price. This SUV comparison from Bay Ridge Honda will help you decide which is the better pick for you.

Pilot or Highlander: Starting MSRP

When looking at the price of the Honda Pilot vs. Toyota Highlander, you’ll see that the Pilot MSRP starts at $2,350 less than the Toyota. That’s a significant amount of money and could be a deciding factor for many Newark, NJ-area drivers.

  • 2021 Honda Pilot LX Starting MSRP: $32,250*
  • 2020 Toyota Highlander Starting MSRP: $34,600

Pilot or Highlander: Performance & Fuel-Efficiency 

With either the Pilot or Highlander, you’ll get a V6 engine that promises similar fuel economy ratings and an identical maximum towing capacity. Even so, when you factor in the lower starting price of the Pilot, you can see why it could be the more appealing option for Queens drivers.

  • Honda Pilot: Each of the seven available 2021 Honda Pilot trim levels come with a 3.5L V6 engine that produces 280 hp with 262 lb-ft of torque. The entry-level Honda Pilot LX 2WD with a 9-speed automatic transmission delivers an EPA-estimated 20 mpg city** and 27 mpg highway**. The Pilot can provide a maximum towing capacity of 5,000 pounds.
  • Toyota Highlander: The 2020 Toyota Highlander is powered by a 3.5L V6 that generates 290 hp and 263 lb-ft of torque. The FWD Highlander gets an EPA-estimated 21 mpg city and 29 mpg highway rating and can tow up to 5,000 pounds.

Pilot or Highlander: Interior Space 

While the Pilot and Highlander are both three-row SUVs that offer seating for up to eight people, your passengers will be more comfortable inside the Pilot. That’s because the 2021 Pilot interior, like the 2020 Pilot interior, has 152.9 cubic feet of passenger volume, compared to the Toyota, which only provides 141.3 cubic feet for passengers. The Pilot also offers more cargo space:

Honda Pilot Cargo Capacity

  • Behind the third row: 16.5 cubic feet 
  • Maximum cargo space: 109.0 cubic feet

Toyota Highlander Cargo Capacity

  • Behind the third row: 16.0 cubic feet 
  • Maximum cargo space: 84.3 cubic feet

Test Drive the New Honda Pilot at Bay Ridge Honda

With its powerful and efficient performance, spacious interior, and budget-friendly price, the Honda Pilot is a great choice for Brooklyn families. And with the lease and finance offers and dealer specials available at Bay Ridge Honda, you can save even more on a new Honda SUV. Contact us to schedule a test drive and experience all that a new Honda Pilot has to offer you today!

*MSRP excluding tax, license, registration, $1,120.00 destination charge and options. Dealers set own prices. 
**Based on 2021 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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