2017 Honda Pilot vs Toyota Highlander | Honda Dealer in Tewksbury, MA

2017 Honda Pilot vs 2017 Toyota Highlander

2017 Honda Pilot LX 2017 Toyota Highlander LE
  280 hp 185 hp
  3.5 L V6 2.7 L I-4
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2017 Honda Pilot vs 2017 Toyota Highlander

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Over the years, the SUV has gained tread in terms of its general popularity within the modern automotive market. So much so, in fact, that the design platforms of many, if not all, CUVs (crossover utility vehicle), were reminiscent of the SUV in some significant way, shape, or form.

There are a number of perfectly valid reasons to drive an SUV. For instance:

  • The modern SUV has been shaved of its previous exterior design platform; modern SUVs are now in possession of sleeker, sportier exterior designs that are considered less boxy and utilitarian (while not losing durability).
  • The fuel economy specs of many modern SUVs are now quite impressive, utilizing modern automotive technology and engine design in order to achieve maximum fuel economy specs. Some modern SUV boast around 27-30 MPG highway, an impressive number for a vehicle of such a size.
  • Any consumer desiring extended cargo/passenger space is, of course, going to search for an SUV. With high-bucket seating–often three-row seating as well–it is easy to understand why. Yet the overall bulk and lackluster fuel economy of the SUV used to make it less desirable.
  • The general MSRP of the modern SUV has dropped significantly, making them more affordable and an increasingly practical purchase.

You may be asking yourself now, which should I buy? Or, which is better? While the decision, which should I buy or which is better, is ultimately yours, the answer should become fairly obvious to you in a moment.

Which SUV Has Better Mechanical Features?

In terms of mechanical and performance features, let’s take a side-by-side look at how these models compare.

  • The base engine of the Honda Pilot is a 3.5-liter V6, while that of the Toyota Highlander is a 2.7-liter Inline-4 engine.
  • Both models are FWD.
  • Fuel capacity figures for both models are .3-gallons apart, yet their fuel economy specs differ, the Honda Pilot with 19/27 MPG, the Toyota Highlander with 20/24 MPG. Thus, the Pilot would be preferred for longer drives on the highway, saving you time and money over time.
  • The Pilot boasts 280-horsepower, the Highlander 185-horsepower.

2017 Honda Pilot vs Toyota Highlander Dimensions

When both SUV dimensions are compared, you will see that they are quite similar, yet one prevails overall. Let’s look at how they stack up:

  • The 2017 Honda Pilot: 194.5 in. x 78.6 in. x 69.8 in.
  • The 2017 Toyota Highlander: 192.5 in. x 75.8 in. x 68.1 inches.

Overall, the Pilot proves slightly larger than the Highlander, but not by a very notable amount. Also, interior dimensions of the Honda Pilot reveal that the SUV possesses more front hip and shoulder room, and more rear head, shoulder, hip, and leg room overall.

What are the Differences Between Safety Features?

Both models possess all of your standard safety features–anti-lock ABS systems, anti-theft systems, standard issue airbags, etc. However, the Honda Pilot goes beyond those, featuring a Multi-angle rearview camera with guidelines, Collision Mitigation Braking Systems, and Forward Collision Warning.

While the Toyota Highlander likely offers distinct safety features of its own, the 2017 Honda Pilot with Honda Sensing™ and LED headlights has earned the coveted 2017 Top Safety Pick+ rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) in recognition of their superior crash safety performance. The 2017 Honda Pilot was also awarded as 2017’s Best Cars for Families for the Best 3-Row SUV class by U.S. News. The 2017 Toyota Highlander came in as a finalist for this category. It’s fair to say that safety features of the Honda Pilot continue to be distinctive from the rest, especially in the 2017 model.

Why wait? Call or visit Atamian Honda today and test drive the 2017 Honda Pilot. Discover the hype for yourself.

* 19 city/ 27 highway/ 22 combined mpg rating for 2WD 6-speed automatic. 18 city/ 26 highway/ 21 combined mpg rating for AWD 6-speed automatic. 20 city/ 27 highway/ 23 combined mpg rating for 2WD 9-speed automatic. 19 city/ 26 highway/ 22 combined mpg rating for AWD 9-speed automatic. Based on 2017 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions and other factors.

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