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2021 Honda Pilot vs. 2020 Toyota Highlander

There is no more tightly contested segment in the modern automotive industry than the class that contains three-row crossover SUVs, like the Honda Pilot. Within the new vehicle inventory at Meridian Honda, the Pilot has ranked atop the roster with its strong performance output and overall capability. A comparison of the 2021 Honda Pilot vs. 2020 Toyota Highlander will provide customers with some key insights that will help them navigate this very competitive area of the industry segment. There are several areas where the two vehicles are very competitive, but the updated 2021 Pilot will have enough to pull ahead of its Toyota competitor. Meridian Honda customers can start the pre-ordering process for the 2021 Pilot today by calling, 601-693-4651.

Meridian Honda customers will be able to choose among seven trim grades when they’re considering the 2021 Honda Pilot, LX, EX, EX-L, Special Edition, Touring, Elite and Black Edition. Both the 2021 Honda Pilot and 2020 Toyota Highlander have seven- and eight-passenger seating configurations. Additionally, both crossover SUVs have very similar measurements for interior cargo capacity. When the 2021 Pilot is filled with people, there will be 16.5 cubic-feet of cargo volume behind the third row of seats, in most versions. Buyers choosing the Elite model will have 16 cubic-feet. Additionally, most models will have 46.8 cubic-feet when the third row is folded and up to 83.9 cubic-feet when all rear rows are stowed. The measurements for the 2020 Toyota Highlander are very close to that of the 2021 Pilot.

 

2021 Honda Pilot LX, 2WD Vs. 2020 Toyota Highlander
3.5-L, V-6 Engine 3.5-L, V-6
280/262 Horsepower/Torque 295/263
Nine-speed automatic Transmission Eight-speed automatic
83.9 cu.-ft. Max. Cargo Volume 84.3 cu.-ft.

 

Performance Specs

Every 2021 Honda Pilot that is coming to the Meridian Honda showroom will have a naturally aspirated 3.5-liter, V-6 engine under the hood that will be attached to a nine-speed automatic transmission. It will produce 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. Almost every trim can be equipped with front- or all-wheel-drive, except for the Elite and Black Edition models that are only available with the automaker’s all-wheel-drive system. Versions of the 2021 Pilot with two-wheel-drive can tow 3,500 pounds and models with all-wheel-drive can pull up to 5,000 pounds.

Buyers choosing the 2020 Toyota Highlander will also use a 3.5-liter, V-6 engine. Toyota uses an eight-speed automatic transmission. While the Highlander will make slightly more horsepower than the 2021 Pilot, both have the same maximum towing capacity.

A photo of the driver's cockpit in the 2021 Honda Pilot.
A photo of the front seats in the 2021 Honda Pilot.

A photo of the second row folded down in the 2021 Honda Pilot.
A photo of the cargo area in the 2021 Honda Pilot.