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2019 Honda Pilot Elite vs. 2019 Toyota Highlander

Few subsegments of the automotive industry are as competitive as three-row crossover SUV class. Honda has produced one of the strongest models on the market for several years, but that hasn’t stopped the competition for making a run at the top of the class. A comparison of the 2019 Honda Pilot vs. 2019 Toyota Highlander will help potential Meridian Honda customers pick out the vehicle that will best meet their needs. The current Honda Pilot offers a more capable powertrain as standard equipment and it is available with more advanced connectivity equipment that its Toyota rival.

Potential owners will have six trims of the 2019 Honda Pilot to consider, LX, EX, EX-L, EX-L Navi/RES, Touring and Elite. Customers can schedule a test drive with the 2019 Honda Pilot today by calling, 601-693-4651.

The 2019 Pilot and 2019 Highlander are arguably the two top options in the three-row crossover SUV class. Buyers considering either of the vehicles will see a few similarities. Both models can be configured to accommodate as many as eight passengers. The 2019 Honda Pilot Elite trim, as well as some versions of the Touring model, have captain’s chairs in the second row which will drop the passenger capacity to seven riders. In terms of available interior cargo volume, the 2019 Pilot and 2019 Toyota Highlander are very evenly matched. Most versions of the Pilot (LX, EX, EX-L, EX-L Navi/RES, Touring) can offer 83.8 cubic-feet with the Highlander close behind. The 2019 Pilot Elite has a cargo bay measuring 82.1 cubic-feet. Each 2019 Pilot trim grade, above the base LX, have an infotainment system compatible with Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™. The 2019 Highlander doesn’t offer this kind of capability.

 

2019 Honda Pilot Elite, AWD Vs. 2019 Toyota Highlander
3.5-L, V-6 Engine 2.5-L, 4-Cyl.
280/262 Horsepower/Torque 185/184
82.1 cu.-ft. Max. Cargo Volume 83.7 cu.-ft.
7 Passengers Seating Capacity 8 Passengers

 

Performance Specs

Every 2019 Honda Pilot available at the Meridian Honda showroom uses the same capable power plant. Under the hood of the Honda crossover SUV is a naturally aspirated 3.5-liter, V-6 engine. Buyers considering the LX, EX, EX-L, and EX-L Navi/RES models will have a six-speed automatic transmission. The top-end Touring and Elite trims use a nine-speed automatic gear-changer. Regardless of which transmission is employed, the 2019 Pilot will produce 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. Pilot models with front-wheel-drive can tow 3,500 pounds with all-wheel-drive editions featuring a 5,000-pound towing capacity.

The 2019 Toyota Highlander starts its owners out with a naturally aspirated 2.7-liter, four-cylinder engine making less than 190 horsepower and can tow just 1,500 pounds. Toyota does make an optional V-6 engine available; and while it does make slightly more horsepower than the engine equipped in the 2019 Pilot, it still has a maximum towing capacity of 5,000 pounds.

 A front left quarter photo of the 2019 Honda Pilot parked by a lake.
A rear left quarter photo of the 2019 Pilot in motion on the road.

An interior photo of the 2019 Pilot showing the dashboard and front seats.
An interior photo of the 2019 Pilot showing one of the its seating options.