Honda Pilot vs. Toyota Highlander
The 2016 Honda Pilot and the Toyota Highlander are two competitors in the affordable midsize SUV class. Both offer seating for the whole family, so they’re great options for buyers who consistently have a lot of passengers. But how do you decide between two great brands?
In this vehicle comparison, we’ll compare each vehicle’s performance and interior to help you make the best choice for your needs.
High Performance Standards
The 2016 Honda Pilot is equipped with an aluminum alloy 24-valve SOHC i-VTEC V6 engine with direct fuel injection, a Drive-by-Wire throttle system, an Eco Assist system, Variable Cylinder Management, and Active Noise Cancellation. The vehicle produces 280 horsepower and 262 lb-ft of torque.
This engine is paired with a six-speed automatic transmission but is also available with a six-speed automatic transmission with Shift-by-Wire and paddle shifters.
A 2.7-liter four-cylinder DOHC 16-valve engine with Dual Variable Valve Timing with Intelligence powers the standard model of the 2015 Toyota Highlander. This engine produces 185 horsepower and 184 lb-ft of torque. This engine is paired with a six-speed Electronically Controlled Automatic Transmission with Intelligence. The vehicle is front-wheel drive but is also available with all-wheel drive.
The interior of the 2016 Pilot is incredibly spacious. Offering seating with plenty of elbow room for up to eight passengers, the vehicle provides plenty of room for your whole crew. Each seat offers abundant legroom, which is nearly unheard of in three-row SUVs.
The vehicle also offers tri-zone automatic climate control with humidity control and air filtration, a multi-angle rearview camera with guidelines, a seven-speaker stereo system, a USB port, and Bluetooth. The vehicle also offers an impressive list of optional features, including a 10-speaker stereo system, SiriusXM satellite radio, navigation, a rear-seat entertainment system, a power sunroof, and rear and front parking sensors.
The 2015 Toyota Highlander also offers seating for up to eight passengers, but you’ll find that there isn’t nearly as much room in this vehicle as in the Pilot. The Highlander’s third-row seat is quite cramped and can be described as a kids-only zone since normal-sized adults, let alone tall adults, will likely feel cramped and uncomfortable.
The vehicle comes equipped with a nice stereo system and offers the Entune entertainment system as an available upgrade. Though the system seems neat at first glance, its cumbersome setup process and slow response time makes it more of a negative than a positive feature.
Check out the 2016 Honda Pilot up close and in person at your local Honda dealer near Boca Raton, Greenacres, and Palm Beach, Braman Honda of Palm Beach. We’re conveniently located at 5200 Lake Worth Road in Greenacres, FL. We’re here to help you Monday through Friday from 9 am until 9 pm, Saturday from 9 am until 8 pm, and Sunday from 11 am until 6 pm.
Give us a call at 561-203-1616 to schedule a test drive or stop by our showroom today.