Tiger Honda of Gonzales compares the 2018 Honda Pilot to the 2018 Toyota Highlander

If you're shopping for a three-row SUV, the 2018 Honda Pilot is probably on your radar. However, we realize you're probably checking out a few other options, so we want to compare the Pilot to one of its rivals: the 2018 Toyota Highlander.  


The Pilot has five trims and each has a 3.5L V6 engine with 280 horsepower and 262 lb-ft of torque. If you get the base model Highlander, you'll a notably weaker 2.7L engine with 185 horsepower and 184 lb-ft torque. Their 3.5L V6 option is a little bigger with 295 horsepower and 263 lb-ft torque. That said, we like that even if you choose the base model you won't be underpowered.  


Because you're shopping the three-row segment, we know space is important. If you need to have all seats up in your Pilot, you'll have 16.5 cubic feet of cargo space. If you mostly use the third-row for occasional carpooling around Prairieville then you can leave it flat and have 46.8 cubic feet. If you need the entire back there's 83.9 cubic feet.

The Highlander's maximum cubic feet is comparable (83.7 cubic feet), but it falls short with 42.3 cubic feet behind the second row and 13.8 cubic feet if the third row is in use.  

Convenience Technology

We love that the Pilot has Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ capabilities, a power tailgate, and a Blu-Ray system, depending on what trim you get. With the Highlander you can get a power tailgate, but you won't find the smartphone integrations on any trims, and even on the top levels you can only get rear seat entertainment as an add-on. Sure, if you are just driving between Baton Rouge and Plaquemine then the kids can stay entertained, but once you start traveling for hours you'll appreciate the calming effect of a good DVD (sometimes, you got to give into the tech!)  

Safety Features

The Pilot and Toyota have their own suites of advanced safety technologies.

Honda Sensing® includes the following:

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

Toyota Safety Sense® includes the following:

  • Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist
  • Automatic High Beams
  • Pre-Collision Alert with Pedestrian Detection
  • Dynamic Radar Cruise Control

Safety Sense is standard on all Highlander trims. Depending on which Pilot trim you choose it's either standard, available, or not an option. Some people might say the Highlander is better for making it standard, but we must remember that not everyone wants these technologies, so we like the option to forgo.


To see if the Honda Pilot is the right fit for you and your family, visit us at Tiger Honda of Gonzales, located in Gonzales, for a test drive!


Tiger Honda of Gonzales

13325 S. Airline Hwy
Directions Gonzales, LA 70737

  • Sales: (225) 513-0371
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    13325 S. Airline Hwy
    Gonzales, LA 70737

    • Sales: (225) 513-0371
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