2019 Honda Pilot vs 2019 Toyota Highlander


The Honda Pilot and Toyota Highlander Limited have long been leaders in their class, and both models promise strong performance once again this year. The two vehicles are not exact equals, however. While they might look largely similar at first glance, a close examination shows that the 2019 Honda Pilot has an edge over the 2019 Highlander limited.


Safety Ratings: 2019 Honda Pilot Performed Slightly Better

The NHTSA’s crash test ratings are both extremely important and indicative of the type of advantage that the 2019 Honda Pilot has over the 2019 Highlander Limited. The advantage isn’t immediately obvious, but it is significant.

Both the 2019 Honda Pilot and the 2019 Highlander Limited earned Overall 5-Star Ratings from the NHTSA, which is the best overall rating given out by the agency. The detailed reports of each vehicle’s crash tests, however, tells a slightly nuanced story.

Despite getting an Overall 5-Star Rating, the 2019 Highlander Limited only scored 4 stars in its driver-side-impact test. Its 5-star scores in other tests helped the vehicle earn an Overall 5 Star Rating despite the blemish in side-impact protection.

The 2019 Honda Pilot not only scored an Overall 5-Star Rating, but its driver-side-impact test score was also 5 stars. That’s not a huge advantage on paper, but it’s a major difference if you’re driving and t-boned on the driver’s door.


Interior Room: 2019 Honda Pilot Offers More

Similarly, the 2019 Honda Pilot offers a little more interior space than the 2019 Highlander Limited.

The 2019 Honda Pilot offers 151.7 cubic feet of passenger room and 18.5 cu. ft. of cargo space behind the rear seats. That’s 6.6 percent more passenger room and 34 percent more cargo space than the 2019 Highlander Limited’s respective 142.2 and 13.8 cu. ft. measurements.


Tech: 2019 Honda Pilot Makes Standard

A technology-based comparison of the 2019 Honda Pilot versus the 2019 Highlander Limited makes the disparity between the two vehicles a little more evident.

The 2019 Highlander Limited offers the essential technology that drivers need today. In addition to standard driver-assist aids, the SUV also has an 8-inch touchscreen Entune Interface that features premium audio, hands-free phone capabilities, Siri Eyes Free, Bluetooth and the Entune App Suite.

In comparison, the 2019 Honda Pilot goes beyond the merely necessary technology. The 2019 Pilot, of course, comes with driver-assist aids and a high-quality audio system as standard features. Other standard and optional features include:

  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • Mobile hotspot capabilities
  • A rear-seat entertainment system

Engine Reliability: 2019 Honda Pilot Has Simpler Engine

In the long-term reliability category, both SUVs will likely run well for many years and miles. Toyota and Honda are both renowned for their vehicle’s reliability and associated costs of ownership.

On these two specific vehicle’s, however, the engine of the 2019 Honda Pilot will probably prove to be slightly more reliable than that of the 2019 Highlander Limited. The 2019 Pilot’s engine has one overhead cam, while the 2019 Highlander Limited’s engine has a dual overhead cam setup. Because the 2019 Highlander Limited’s engine has two overhead cams, it has more moving parts that could wear down or fail.


See the 2019 Honda Pilot

Before you purchase either of these mid-size SUVs, take the 2019 Honda Pilot for a test drive. You’re welcome to test-drive one at McGrath City Honda on W. Grand Ave. in Chicago, which is just a short drive from Oak Park and Berwyn. Stop by Monday through Saturday, and determine for yourself.