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Vehicle Comparisons:
2021 Honda Pilot vs Toyota Highlander

Honda Pilot Steel Sapphire Metallic

If you’re in the market for a dependable family SUV, the 2021 Honda Pilot and the Toyota Highlander are great options. Both models are incredibly spacious, well-equipped, and safe enough to help protect your most precious cargo.

So, which of these capable SUVs is ideal to get you and your family around the Denver, Aurora, and Centennial, CO, areas? Let us at Mile High Honda show you more in this Honda Pilot vs. Toyota Highlander comparison to find out.


Pilot vs Highlander: Infotainment Technology

2021 Honda Pilot Interior TechnologyThe Honda Pilot and the Toyota Highlander are each equipped with tons of technology. Both models offer advanced infotainment systems to keep you content, entertained, and informed while you’re behind the wheel. They each give you access to:

The Pilot and the Highlander both come with excellent standard audio systems. However, the Pilot comes standard with seven speakers, while the Highlander comes with six. The Honda Pilot also has standard Speed-Sensitive Volume Compensation that will adjust your audio volume so you can still hear your music no matter how fast you’re going.

If you want your kids to stop asking, “Are we there yet” during your next family road trip, the Pilot can keep them occupied with an available built-in Advanced Rear Entertainment System. With a 10.2-inch screen, Blu-Ray™ player, and built-in streaming apps, the Pilot can keep your back-seat passengers occupied for the whole ride.

Additionally, if you need to communicate directly with the second- or third-row passengers, the Honda Pilot has an available CabinTalk® in-car PA system. With this feature, front-row passengers can broadcast directly to riders in the second and third row either through the speakers or the headphones.


2021 Pilot vs 2021 Highlander: Interior Comfort

Honda Pilot Interior Space

While both these SUVs offer an impressive amount of interior room for the whole family, the Pilot has slightly more space:

Honda Pilot Toyota Highlander
Total Passenger Volume 152.9 cu. ft. 141.3 cu. ft.
Hip Room (Front/Middle/Rear) 59.1 in./57.3 in./44.6 in. 57.2 in./57 in./45.6 in.
Shoulder Room (Front/Middle/Rear) 62 in./62 in./57.6 in. 59 in./58.7 in./55 in.

While you can enjoy available heated first- and second-row seats in both the Pilot and the Highlander, those few extra inches and feet of space can make a big difference in how comfortable a ride you and your passengers will have. With that much room to spread out, it’s easier to relax when riding in the Honda Pilot.

While both the Pilot and the Highlander have exceptional driver comfort features, like a 10-way power-adjustable driver’s seat with power lumbar support, only the Pilot has illuminated beverage holders. Whenever you’re driving after dark, this convenience can help you and your kids avoid any accidental spills.


Honda Pilot vs Toyota Highlander: For Your Next Road Trip

Honda Pilot on Road Trip

If you plan to use your SUV for a family vacation, the 2021 Pilot and the 2021 Highlander could both be good choices. They each have available all-wheel drive, helpful if you’re headed into those snowy mountains. They’re also both able to tow up to 5,000 pounds if properly equipped, meaning you can leave the tents behind and bring along a camper instead.

As you and your passengers relax on your next road trip, enjoy the massive amount of cargo volume that ensures you can pack everything you’ll need. Both these SUVs include ample cargo space for luggage, shopping bags, and any other items you’ll need for the road ahead. However, when you look at the maximum available cargo space for each vehicle, it’s clear one has a bit more to offer:

2021 Pilot 2021 Highlander
Behind First Row 109 cu. ft. 84.3 cu. ft.
Behind Second Row 55.9 cu. ft. 48.4 cu. ft.
Behind Third Row 18.5 cu. ft. 16 cu. ft.

Since both vehicles have 60/40 split second- and third-row seats, you’ll have lots of space and flexibility to fit everyone and everything you’ll need. However, that extra space in the Pilot could make for a much less cramped ride the next time you take the family on a trip to the mountains.

Additionally, the Pilot comes standard with a 9-speed automatic transmission, while the Highlander has a standard 8-speed transmission. That extra gear in the Pilot provides slightly more flexibility to give the kind of performance you expect from a powerful SUV.


Pilot vs Highlander: Safety Always on Standby

Honda PilotSafety is a must in any family SUV, so that’s why the Honda Pilot and the Toyota Highlander are each equipped with a variety of advanced safety technologies. Both models have these innovative systems that monitor your surroundings and help keep you and your passengers safe on the road:

They also both have a Road Departure Mitigation System that provides audible and visual warnings when you unintentionally leave your lane. Both systems can apply some automatic steering to help keep you on the road. However, the Pilot can also deliver a slight tug on your seat belt as a physical warning and can apply braking to help prevent your vehicle from completely leaving the roadway.


Honda Pilot vs. Toyota Highlander: Which Is Right for You?

The Honda Pilot and the Toyota Highlander are both quite impressive family SUVs. However, when it comes down to the specifics, the Pilot has the space, features, and comfort needed to be your ideal family SUV.

Centennial, Aurora, and Denver, Colorado, drivers interested in learning more about the 2021 Honda Pilot can schedule a test drive at Mile High Honda today!

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