The Honda Pilot vs. Toyota Highlander: Which One Is Right For You?

The latest version of the new Honda Pilot is here and ready for you at Honda of Greeley in Greeley, CO. After you've researched all of the trims and features in our online showroom, be sure to check out our new vehicle listings to find competitive prices and a stocked inventory of 2020 Honda Pilot SUVs.  Then, drop by our showroom and a helpful sales associate will happily take you for a test drive in the Greeley Area.

2020 Honda Pilot LXvs.2020 Toyota Highlander L
Starting at $31,650*MSRP$34,600
8 PassengersSeating Capacity8 Passengers
152.9 cubic feetPassenger Volume141.3 cubic feet
109 cubic feetMax Cargo Space84.3 cubic feet
16.5 cubic feetRear Cargo Space16 cubic feet
5,000 poundsMax Towing Capacity5,000 pounds

Comparing midsize SUVs in the Greeley area can be tough when there are so many popular SUVs on the market these days. When you want an affordable SUV that also matches your lifestyle needs, you have an option between the 2020 Honda Pilot and 2020 Toyota Highlander. These are two midsize SUVs that Fort Collins drivers know to go the distance, but where they differ may surprise you.

Safety & Comfort

The base MRSP of these two SUVs near Windsor differs greatly. The Honda SUV remains more affordable than the Toyota SUV, despite offering more for basic features. For the safety technology that families need, the 2020 Honda Pilot provides the Honda Sensing® system standard. The Honda Sensing suite provides these great features:

  • Collision Mitigation Braking System™
  • Lane Keeping Assist System
  • Adaptive Cruise Control
  • Road Departure Mitigation System

With the base Toyota Highlander, you get the Toyota Safety Sense™ system with these available features:

  • Lane Departure Alert
  • Automatic High Beams
  • Full-Speed Range Dynamic Radar Cruise Control
  • Pre-Collision System

The safety features above will cost you less in the Honda Pilot than the Toyota Highlander. For interior comforts, the Pilot also provides available features, including leather-trimmed seats with One-Touch Second-Row Seats, Second-Row Passenger Sunshades, and heated front seats. The Pilot EX offers a 10-way power driver's seat, an eight-inch high-resolution touchscreen display, SiriusXM Radio connectivity, and Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ integration. The Honda Pilot can also offer you a Hands-Free Access Power Tailgate on the Touring trim.

In the Highlander, you'll spend more for features like an eight-inch touchscreen and smartphone connectivity. To get a power liftgate, you'll need to spring for the Highlander XLE trim. On the Limited trim, you get wireless charging capability for compatible devices, and leather-trimmed seats also are available on this trim. To equip these features, you'll spend more than $44,000, and that's not counting additional packages or all-wheel drive. At the end of the day, it's important to ask yourself whether you want to spend more for the Highlander that offers the same features that the Pilot offers for less.

Price Comparison

The sticker price is no doubt the first thing that most Ft. Collins SUV shoppers will want to take a look at. Right off the top, you'll see that the starting price of the Pilot is $2,950 less than the Toyota Highlander. That's quite a chunk of change, and could be a game-changer for some drivers: 

  • 2020 Honda Pilot LX Starting MSRP: $31,650*
  • 2020 Toyota Highlander Starting MSRP: $34,600


Both the Highlander and Pilot are powered by a V6 engine that offers similar fuel economy ratings and an identical maximum towing capacity. However, when you factor in the lower starting price of the Pilot, you can see why it could be a more appealing option for Longmont drivers: 
  • Honda Pilot: All 2020 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 six-speed automatic transmission has a maximum Pilot towing capacity is 5,000 pounds.
  • Toyota Highlander: The 2020 Toyota Highlander features a 3.5L V6 that generates 290-hp and 263 lb-ft of torque. The FWD Highlander can tow up to 5,000 pounds.

Interior Space

Inside either the Pilot or Highlander you'll get three-rows of seating that can accommodate up to eight passengers, The Pilot interior, however, provides more room for everyone to ride in comfort with 152.9 cubic feet of passenger volume. The Highlander only provides 141.3 cubic feet of passenger space. As you can see below, 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


Power and efficiency are important for all drivers, but for families, fuel economy can make or break your vacation. Longmont Honda SUV drivers have many benefits in this area. The 2020 Honda Pilot offers a standard 3.5-liter V6 engine that creates 280 horsepower with 262 pound-feet of torque. The entry-level Honda Pilot LX 2WD provides a six-speed automatic transmission, and your maximum towing capacity is 5,000 pounds. The 2020 Toyota Highlander gives you a 3.5-liter V6 that offers 290 horsepower and 263 pound-feet of torque. The FWD Highlander offers less fuel economy than the Honda Pilot according to the highway rating from the EPA, but it can tow up to 5,000 pounds. Both models also offer an all-wheel-drive option.

Are You Ready to See the Difference? Visit Honda of Greeley Today!

If these SUVs have found their place in your heart, it's important to let a test drive do the honor of providing a tiebreaker. When you come to test drive the new 2020 Honda Pilot, Loveland drivers are sure to love it. There are many important features that you can find in the cabin, and with its efficient engine and attractive exterior, we know that you'll prefer this SUV to the competition. If you're ready to get more for your money, visit our team today, and we'll help you discover the Honda lease terms to suit your lifestyle. Contact us with questions today and don't forget to Value Your Trade before your test drive.


*MSRP excluding tax, license, registration, $1,120 destination charge and options. Dealers set their own prices.