For years it has been Toyota vs Honda in the import war for Japanese automobile supremacy. Today we are contrasting midsize SUVs from both automakers in an effort to see which one is most ideal. First, we have the brand-new Honda Pilot, this best-selling SUV was simply updated last year and returns practically the same. Its opposition is the Toyota Highlander, which is all-new for ’20 and seems much better than ever. Does the aging Pilot have a chance against the all-new Highlander? It’s not likely, however let’s look at the details and find out.
Both SUVs come furnished with a 3.5L V6 engine, but just the ’20 Highlander can be optioned with a hybrid powertrain. Let’s begin with the Honda, it creates 280hp and 262 lb-ft of torque. When in the 2WD configuration, the Pilot can return approximately 22 miles per gallon combined (the average city/highway miles per gallon). The ’20 Toyota Highlander V6 engine generates 290hp and equals the Pilot with 22 miles per gallon combined. The miles per gallon fun starts when we look at the hybrid version of the brand-new Highlander. It generates a maximum 240 horsepower and supplies best-in-class mpg with an estimated 34 miles per gallon combined.
When it pertains to looks, these 2 SUVs could not be more dissimilar and it’s not just because the Highlander is brand-new. The Honda Pilot is not ugly by any means, it’s simply that the design is incredibly comparable to the Passport and also the CR-V. The Pilot is the Sport Utility for assimilating, while the all-new Highlander with its bold, carved, new style is bound to stand apart. The brand-new Toyota Highlander is longer than in the past, while obtaining greater performance. It’s larger and better, and just looks a lot more upscale than the Honda. The base Highlander is filled with technology that you may expect on updated versions. A few of these features are: 18-inch wheels, LED headlights and taillights, Smart Key Entry, 4.2 Multi-information Display, 3-zone automatic heat and AC control, and an 8-inch touchscreen display.
The one thing both SUVs get right is the absolutely shocking quantity of conventional safety technology. The Pilot comes with Honda Sensing, a suite of safety technology featuring Collision Mitigation Braking, Adaptive Cruise Control, Lane Keeping Assist, and Forward Collision Warning to name a few. Toyota Safety Sense 2.0 comes in all models of the new Highlander. This comprehensive active safety system consists of: Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection, Full-Speed Range Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist, Auto High Beams, Lane Tracing Assist, and Road Sign Assist.
Slip inside the Highlander and you’ll find the following standard features: Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, Sirus XM, as well as an 8-inch multimedia monitor. You can order those things on the Honda, you simply have to pay extra for it. The ’20 Toyota Highlander has exclusives like Waze, Amazon Alexa, and a class-leading 12.3-inch multimedia display screen.
|2020 Toyota Highlander vs 2020 Honda Pilot|
|3.5L DOHC V6 (Standard)
2.5L DOHC 4cyl Hybrid (Available)
|Available Engines||3.5L 24-Valve SOHC i-VTEC V6|
|8-Speed Automatic (Standard)||Transmissions||6-Speed Automatic (Standard)
9-Speed Automatic (Available)
|295hp / 263 lb-ft. torque (V6)
|280hp / 262 lb-ft. torque|
|Projector-beam halogen, LED DRL,
LED taillights (Standard)
Auto LED headlamps w/ Auto High Beams
|Exterior Lighting||LED Low-Beam Headlights
LED Brake and Reverse Lights (Standard)
Full LED Headlights, LED Fog lights (Available)
|18-inch alloys (Standard)
20-inch alloys (Available)
|Wheels||18-inch alloys (Standard)
20-inch alloys (Available)
|Panel Panoramic Moonroof (Available)||Sunroof||Sunroof (Available)|
|8.0-inch touchscreen (Standard)
12.3-inch touchscreen, NAV (Available)
|Infotainment||5-inch Color LED screen (Standard)
8-inch touch-screen, Navigation (Available)
|Android Auto™, Apple CarPlay®, SiriusXM®,
Waze and Amazon Alexa Compatibility
|Apple CarPlay – Android Auto (Available)|
|Rearview Monitor (Standard)
Birds eye camera (Available)
|Parking Camera||Multi-Angle Rearview Camera (Standard)|
It’s really no surprise but the Honda Pilot can’t compete with the ’20 Highlander. From the solid, muscular new style, to the wealth of tech options, the ’20 Highlander is just better in every way. The 2020 Toyota Highlander squashes the Honda Pilot in this head-to-head matchup.
Contact Miller Toyota of Anaheim online, in-person, or give us a call to schedule a test drive of the impressive 2020 Toyota Highlander.