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Vehicle Comparisons:
2020 Honda Pilot vs Toyota 4Runner

2020 Honda Pilot Buyer's Guide eBook

The 2020 Honda Pilot and the 2020 Toyota 4Runner are modern looking, highly capable crossovers that appeal to a variety of drivers. Many crossover shoppers like you throughout Denver, Centennial, and Aurora are interested in learning more about each vehicle. That’s why the team at Mile High Honda decided to take a closer look at their performance and features in the following comparison.

Learn about the interior, safety features, and performance of the 2020 Honda Pilot vs. Toyota 4Runner by reading the sections below before scheduling a test drive.

Pilot vs. 4Runner: Quick Comparison

2020 Honda Pilot

2020 Toyota 4Runner




MPG (city/highway)



Seating Capacity



Cargo Volume

(behind 3rd row)

16.5 cu. ft.

9 cu. ft.

Honda Pilot vs Toyota 4Runner: Performance

Honda Pilot Engine SpecsEvery SUV needs plenty of power and both these models deliver. Under the hood of the base-level Pilot, you’ll find a powerful 3.5-liter i-VTEC V6 engine that offers 280 horsepower. The 4Runner’s 4.0-liter V6 engine seems like it should offer more, but it maxes out at 270 horsepower—just short of what the Pilot can offer.

More horsepower typically means less fuel efficiency, but the Honda Pilot contradicts that expectation. With an EPA-estimated 19 city/27 highway MPG for LX, EX, and EX-L trims with 2-wheel drive and 6-speed automatic transmission, the Pilot is one of the most efficient SUVs available.* The 4Runner is fairly efficient in its own right, but its EPA-estimated 16 city/19 highway MPG simply falls short.

Honda Pilot vs Toyota 4Runner: Interior

The major difference inside these vehicles is seating capacity. While the 4Runner can hold seven passengers comfortably at best, the base-level Pilot already comes with room for eight. That trend continues when you examine the quality of seating available in each model. The 4Runner has some impressive features available for the front seats—including heated seats and a tailored instrumentation panel—but the Pilot offers all that and more.

Honda Pilot Cargo Area

When you have to fill up the third-row seats in the Pilot, getting passengers in is easier than ever. The one-touch 2nd row seats move forward with the simple touch of a button. For added comfort, your second-row passengers can enjoy high-quality captain’s chairs, a feature that’s typically reserved just for the front row.

Honda Pilot vs Toyota 4Runner: Spacious Accommodations

Honda Pilot Interior SpaceThat’s not all. Apart from providing ample comfort, the Pilot brings an abundant amount of space as well.

Passengers throughout all three rows will enjoy notable headroom: 40.1 inches in the front row, 40.2 inches in the middle row, and 38.9 inches in the rear, to be exact. This is significantly roomier than the 4Runner that only provides 39.8 inches, 38.6 inches, and 34.3 inches of front-row, middle-row, and rear headroom, respectively.

There’s also more shoulder room inside Honda’s SUV. You’ll find 62 inches of it in both the front and middle rows. Toyota, on the other hand, only offers 57.8 inches of front- and middle-row shoulder room.

Of course, passengers aren’t the only ones in the Pilot with tons of space. If you’re looking to fill up the trunk, you’ll be pleased to know the Honda Pilot brings 16.5 cubic feet of cargo volume behind the third row, whereas the 4Runner only allows nine cubic feet of cargo volume behind its third row.

If you need more space, fold down the Pilot’s third-row seating for 46.8 cubic feet of cargo volume. The 4Runner offers slightly less cargo volume behind its second row, at just 46.3 cubic feet.

Honda Pilot vs Toyota 4Runner: Safety

Whether you plan to use your SUV as a personal cruiser or a vehicle for the whole family, safety should always be your primary concern. The folks behind the Honda Pilot and the Toyota 4Runner couldn’t agree more, so both offer a promising suite of safety features to help keep you safe and secure.

Honda Pilot Black

In the Pilot, this collection of safety systems is known as Honda Sensing® and includes:

The Toyota 4Runner also comes with similar safety features. However, since Honda Sensing® is exclusive to the Honda brand, they won’t be exactly the same.

Honda Pilot vs Toyota 4Runner: Technology

2020 Honda Pilot Interior TechnologyFrom streaming, chatting, downloading, and browsing, technology plays a pivotal role in our everyday lives. Luckily, the 2020 Honda Pilot has the innovative systems to keep up.

To keep the kids entertained on long road trips, the Honda Pilot offers an available Advanced Rear Entertainment System with a 10.2-inch high-resolution screen, Blu-ray™ player, and built-in streaming apps. Unfortunately, the 4Runner doesn’t offer any similar rear entertainment system.

Another bonus for the Pilot is its CabinControl® mobile application. From here, passengers can adjust the climate, change music, and much more all from the convenience of their smartphone. Since CabinControl® is exclusive to Honda, you won’t find it in the 4Runner.

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Should I Buy the Honda Pilot or the Toyota 4Runner?

As demonstrated by our 2020 Honda Pilot vs. Toyota 4Runner comparison, the 2020 Toyota 4Runner is a well-rounded, reliable crossover SUV. However, we think the 2020 Honda Pilot is a better option with its available safety features, spacious 8-passenger seating, and efficient fuel economy.

Test drive a 2020 Honda Pilot at Mile High Honda to decide if this is the right crossover for you. We proudly serve drivers throughout Denver, Centennial and Aurora.



* 19 city/27 highway/22 combined mpg rating for 2WD 6AT trims. 18 city/26 highway/21 combined mpg rating for AWD 6AT trims. 20 city/27 highway/23 combined mpg rating for 2WD 9AT trims. 19 city/26 highway/22 combined mpg rating for AWD 9AT trims. Based on 2020 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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