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2019 Honda Pilot copy

2019 Honda Pilot

2019 Toyota Highlander

2019 Toyota Highlander

The 2019 Honda Pilot and 2019 Toyota Highlander are both 8-passenger SUVs that could serve the needs of many Denver area families. Upon closer inspection, however, you’ll find that the Pilot not only comes with a powerful and efficient V6 engine, it also offers more cargo space than the Highlander. Learn more in this Honda Pilot vs. Toyota Highlander from Planet Honda.

2019 Honda Pilot


2019 Toyota Highlander

3.5-liter V6

Standard Engine

2.7-liter 4-cylinder
280 hp/262 lb-ft


185 hp/184 lb-ft
27 mpg*

Highway MPG

24 mpg
83.9 cubic feet

Max Cargo Capacity

83.7 cubic feet

Pilot vs. Highlander: Performance & Fuel-Efficiency

When looking at the 2019 Honda Pilot vs. 2018 Toyota Highlander performance and fuel economy, you’ll see that the Pilot mpg and powerful engine offers Denver-area drivers more on city streets and out on the highway:

Toyota Highlander

  • Engine: 2.7-liter 4-cylinder
  • Horsepower/Torque: 185 hp/184 lb-ft
  • EPA-Estimated Fuel Economy: 20 mpg city and 24 mpg highway

Honda Pilot

  • Engine: 3.5-liter V6
  • Horsepower/Torque: 280 hp/262 lb-ft
  • EPA-Estimated Fuel Economy: 19 mpg city* and 27 mpg highway*

The Highlander can be equipped with a V6 engine, but you’ll have to upgrade to the LE V6 model, which will cost you more than the entry level Pilot LX.

Pilot or Highlander: Interior Space

When choosing a family SUV, one of the first things you’ll look at is how roomy the cabin space is. While both of the Pilot and Highlander can seat up to 8 passengers, there’s more room for everyone to ride comfortably in the Honda with its 152.9 cubic feet of passenger space, compared to the 144.9 cubic feet of the Toyota. IN addition, third-row passengers in the Pilot will enjoy 57.6 inches of shoulder room. The Highlander offers just 55 inches.

Another consideration for Golden drivers is cargo capacity. Behind the rear seats in the Pilot, there’s 16.5 cubic feet, plenty of room to carry a load of groceries from Natural Grocers. In the Highlander, there’s only 13.8 cubic feet available behind the rear seats. With all seats folded down, the Pilot can provide a maximum of 83.9 cubic feet of cargo space, to the 83.7 cubic feet of the Highlander.

Test Drive the Honda Pilot at Planet Honda

As you can see in our Honda Pilot vs. Toyota Highlander comparison, the Honda Pilot comes out on top with a stronger base engine and a more spacious interior. Learn about the Pilot safety ratings, then explore our new Honda Pilot inventory. Make sure to browse our new vehicle specials, and check out our Honda Pilot vs. Acura MDX comparison. If you have any questions about the Pilot, or any of the other vehicles in the Honda lineup, please feel free to contact us.

*Based on 2019 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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