2021 Toyota Highlander vs Honda Pilot

Performance, Safety, and Design Highlights

2021 Toyota Highlander vs Honda Pilot

Comparing 2021 Toyota Highlander and Honda Pilot

CAPACITY

Seating

Doors

ENGINE

Liters/Type

Horsepower (hp)

Torque (lb-ft)

TRANSMISSION

Type

DRIVETRAIN

Type

FUEL CONSUMPTION

Estimated Fuel Economy (city / hwy)

STARTING MSRP

Price (USD)

Toyota Highlander
L

Toyota Highlander L

CAPACITY

8 Adults

4 Doors

ENGINE

3.5-liter V-6

295 hp @ xxxx rpm

263 lb-ft @ xxxx rpm

TRANSMISSION

Direct Shift 8-Speed Automatic Transmission

DRIVETRAIN

Front-Wheel Drive

FUEL CONSUMPTION

21/29

STARTING MSRP

$35,085

Honda Pilot
LX

Honda Pilot LX

CAPACITY

8 Adults

4 Doors

ENGINE

3.5-liter V-6

280 hp @ 6,000 rpm

262 lb-ft @ 4,700 rpm

TRANSMISSION

9-Speed Automatic Transmission w/ Shift-By-Wire and Paddle Shifters

DRIVETRAIN

2 Wheel Drive

FUEL CONSUMPTION

20/27

STARTING MSRP

$32,550

Shop 2021 Toyota Highlanders Today

Come into Toyota of Rock Hill to see the top features of the 2021 Toyota Highlander that make it the clear choice over the Honda Pilot. From available interior comfort and technology highlights like the Panoramic Moonroof, heated and ventilated front seats, and available 12.3-inch Touchscreen Display, ten Highlander models give you the power to equip your vehicle any way you choose.

Test drive a 2021 Highlander today and take the gang with you. With seating for eight, standard Toyota Safety Sense 2.5+, and an entertainment system with standard Android Auto™ and Apple CarPlay®, it’s sure to keep everyone happy.

A Hearty, All-Around Performance

Both the Pilot and Highlander are equipped with advanced 3.5-liter V-6 engines that are powerful enough to get you where you’re going, and paired with performance features that enhance and upgrade the ride.

The Highland XSE trim comes with a Sport-Tuned Suspension for better handling and more on-road confidence. Available Dynamic Torque Vectoring All-Wheel Drive can give any Highlander trim the added boost of more power to the wheels that need it most.

For towing capability with a smooth ride, the 295 horsepower and 263 lb-ft of torque of the Highlander’s V-6 engine give you an up to 5000-lb towing capacity with AWD, and an EPA-estimated 24 combined mpg with the 2WD models.

The Honda Pilot also offers All-Wheel Drive with the Intelligent Variable Torque Management™ system, and an Intelligent Traction Management system that improves performance in snow, mud, and sand. The capability is slightly lower on the Honda Pilot, at 280-hp and 262 lb-ft of torque, as is the EPA-estimated 23 combined mpg.

The Pilot’s towing capacity is similar for both the 2WD and AWD models.

Exterior Highlander Highlights

The distinctive grille and chiseled front fascia of Highlander give it a definite style edge over the rather mundane chrome-trimmed front end of the Honda Pilot. An array of exterior colors also build its character, like the luminescent Blizzard Pearl, robust Ruby Flare Pearl, and captivating Moon Dust.

The Pilot sports a more muted palette with several shades of blue and gray, dark green Forest Pearl, Platinum White Pearl, and Deep Scarlet Pearl. Both the Highlander and Pilot base trims come with standard 18-inch alloy wheels, offering upgrades to several 20-inch wheel choices.

A Perennial Top Safety Pick+

Every trim of the 2021 Highlander is designed for safety with standard Toyota Safety Sense 2.5+. This system is packed with active safety features that protect both drivers and passengers from hazards and dangers on the roadways.

The six features of TSS 2.5+ include the Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection, Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, Lane Departure Alert, Automatic High Beams, Lane Tracing Assist, and Road Sign Assist. All models also come with the intelligent engineered safety features of the Star Safety System.

All 2021 Highlander owners also get a complimentary one-year trial subscription of Toyota’s Safety Connect, with handy and helpful features including Emergency Assistance, Stolen Vehicle Locator, Roadside Assistance, and Automatic Collision Notification.

The all-around safety coverage of the Highlander has earned it a 2021 IIHS (Insurance Institute for Highway Safety) Top Safety Pick+ rating.

Honda Sensing comes standard on all Pilots, with similar safety and driver assistance features that include Adaptive Cruise Control, Lane Keeping Assist System, Collision Mitigation Braking System, Road Departure Mitigation System, Forward Collision Warning, and Lane Departure Warning.

Dashboard view of 2021 Toyota Highlander

The Intelligent Convenience of the Highlander

The infotainment system in the 2021 Highlander focuses on intelligence and convenience, with standard Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto integration so you can use your compatible smartphone through the standard 8-inch touchscreen multimedia system to send and receive calls and messages, get directions, and listen to playlists and podcasts.

Available features keep you in the know—like Wi-Fi Connect, that turns your Highlander into a hotspot with 4G connectivity, the Digital Rearview Mirror that gives you a wider field of vision with a camera feed played on your rearview mirror, and Dynamic Navigation that provides you with up-to-date maps data, routes, and points of interest.

You can also stay cord-free in your Highlander by opting for a center console with Qi-compatible wireless charging for all your smart devices.

Honda equips its base model Pilot with a 5-inch Color LCD screen with no Apple CarPlay or Android Auto integration, and upgrades the rest of the trims to an 8-inch display high-resolution electrostatic touch-screen system with customizable feature settings.

You can opt for a wireless charger on the Pilot Special Edition, Elite, and Black Edition trims, and the Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System w/ Voice Recognition, Honda HD Digital Traffic, and Wi-Fi® Hotspot capability on the Touring, Elite, and Black Edition trims.

The Toyota Highlander, Your Stylish, Third Row SUV Winner

Stop into Toyota of Rock Hill and test drive one of ten 2021 Highlander trims, including the Highlander Hybrid LE with an EPA-estimated 36 mpg combined, and all of the tech, safety, and performance features you’ve come to love from the incomparable Toyota Highlander.