2016 Honda Pilot vs 2016 Toyota Highlander

2016 Honda Pilot

2016 Honda Pilot

2016 Toyota Highlander

2016 Toyota Highlander


The 2016 Honda Pilot and the 2016 Toyota Highlander might appear similar at first glance, but you’ll quickly see that these two three-row family crossovers are very different. Which one will prove the better choice for your driving needs here in the Elgin and Crystal Lake, IL area? Take a look at how they compare below!

Power and Fuel Economy

The 2016 Honda Pilot gets a 3.5L V6 engine standard that cranks out 280 hp and 262 lb-ft of torque. The base 2016 Toyota Highlander comes with a 2.7L four-cylinder that only makes 185 hp and 184 lb-ft of torque. The Highlander can be had with a 3.5L V6 but it’s still less powerful than the one in the Pilot. With the upgraded V6, the Highlander puts out 270 hp and 248 lb-ft of torque, and adds thousands to the baseline cost – making it considerably more expensive than the Pilot.

The Pilot is rated by the EPA at 19 mpg city/27 mpg highway* in the base trim with two-wheel drive and a six-speed automatic transmission. Upgrade to the nine-speed transmission and the EPA gives the Pilot a rating of 20 mpg city/27 mpg highway. The Highlander earns only 19 mpg city/25 mpg highway with the V6 or 20 mpg city/25 mpg highway with the four-cylinder. It’s unclear why anyone would purchase that four-cylinder Highlander.

Seating and Cargo Capacity

Both of these three-row crossovers offer plenty of seating space – the 2016 Honda Pilot just gives you more passenger volume total. Expect more headroom, more legroom, and more hiproom with the Pilot.

The Pilot also offers more overall cargo volume and more cargo volume with all seats in place, when compared to the 2016 Toyota Highlander. The Pilot can fit 16.5 cubic feet behind the rear seats and up to 83.9 cubic feet total. The Highlander can only fit 13.8 cubic feet behind the rear seat and 83.7 cubic feet total.

Towing Capacity

The 2016 Honda Pilot is capable of pulling up to 5,000 pound when properly equipped. That base 2016 Toyota Highlander can only tow 1,500 pounds. To get the most out of the Highlander, you’ll have to buy an expensive engine upgrade to a 3.5L V6 that can provide power to pull up to 5,000 pounds.

Visit Brilliance Honda of Crystal Lake Today

Visit Brilliance Honda of Crystal Lake to find your 2016 Honda Pilot. It’s clear that the Pilot wins out in this comparison, so visit your local Elgin and Crystal Lake area Honda dealer at 680 W. Terra Cotta Ave. in Crystal Lake, IL to drive the Pilot today!

*Based on 2016 EPA mileage estimates. Use for comparison purposes only. Do not compare to models before 2008. Your actual mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle.