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2020 Toyota Highlander vs. 2021 Honda Pilot

2020 Toyota Highlander vs. 2021 Honda Pilot

2020 Toyota Highlander


2021 Honda Pilot


Starting MSRP

3.5L V6 Engine

Standard Engine

3.5L V6 Engine
21 MPG City/29 MPG Highway

EPA-Estimated Fuel Economy

20 MPG City/27 MPG Highway
295 Horsepower


280 Horsepower

Hybrid Configurations

When shopping for an adventure-ready SUV in the Muscle Shoals area, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed by options. Many Northern Alabama SUV shoppers end up weighing the Honda Pilot vs. Toyota Highlander when they’re looking for a three-row SUV. While these two SUVs often go head-to-head, we think it can be easy for you to find the right fit for what you need, because the Highlander pulls ahead in terms of performance, efficiency, and available features. 

Highlander vs. Pilot: Features and Pricing

Many Florence drivers begin their vehicle search by looking at price. While you might notice that the Highlander has a slightly higher starting price, that’s because you’ll find it outfitted with more features:

  • The Highlander offers 5 USB ports, three-zone climate control, a Smart Key System, and much more on its base Highlander L trim. 
  • The Pilot is able to come in at a slightly lower price because Honda would have drivers upgrade to more expensive models for features Toyota includes at the entry level.

Highlander vs. Pilot: Performance

Another area of concern when comparing the Honda Pilot vs. Toyota Highlander is how well they perform on the roads of Huntsville. Not only is the Highlander more powerful, it’s also more efficient:

  • Engine: Each SUV is outfitted with a standard 3.5L V6 engine, but you’ll find a more powerful V6 under the hood of the Highlander with 295 hp to the Pilot’s 280 hp.
  • MPG Ratings: The Highlander does not sacrifice efficiency for performance with an EPA-estimated fuel economy rating of 21 mpg city/29 mpg highway. It narrowly edges out the 20 mpg city/27 mpg highway earned by the Honda Pilot.

If efficiency is a top concern as you drive around The Shoals, the Highlander also offers a hybrid powertrain — one of many options unavailable on a new Honda Pilot. That hybrid Highlander earns an EPA-estimated 36 city and 35 highway mpg, too.

Experience the Highlander for Yourself at Greenway Toyota of the Shoals

Now that you have compared the Honda Pilot vs. Toyota Highlander in several key areas, we think it’s easy to see why drivers choose the Highlander: it delivers more without asking you to upgrade — and its available upgrades keep the Toyota SUV poised above the Pilot. See everything else a new Highlander has to offer when you set up a test drive at Greenway Toyota of the Shoals. Contact us for more information or to schedule your test drive.

Disclaimers: *MSRP excludes destination, taxes, title and registration fees. Starting at price refers to the base model, optional equipment not included. A more expensive model may be shown. Pricing and offers may change at any time without notification. To get full pricing details, see your dealer.

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