Families who want premium interior space, great features, and versatile driving options not always available with a minivan may be interested in a three-row crossover SUV. One of the models in this 2018 Toyota Highlander vs 2017 Honda Pilot comparison may offer exactly the capability and practicality that crossover shoppers are seeking.
Both models seat eight passengers in most trims and offer interior comforts like air conditioning and a 60/40 split-folding second row seat. The 2018 Toyota Highlander LE comes standard with a 6.1-inch touchscreen infotainment system, while the base 2017 Honda Pilot LX comes with a five-inch display without touchscreen sensitivity. The 2018 Toyota Highlander also comes standard on every model with the Toyota Safety Sense™ P system which includes adaptive cruise control, lane keeping alerts, automatic high beams, and automatic braking with pedestrian detection. The Honda Sensing suite of safety features is not available on the 2017 Honda Pilot until the upper EX and EX-L trims. It is standard only on the top Touring and Elite trims.
Another advantage that the 2018 Toyota Highlander brings to the road when compared to the 2017 Honda Pilot is its engine options. The base 2.5-liter four-cylinder on the 2018 Highlander is rated for 185 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque. This is less than the engine output available on the 3.5-liter V-6 that comes on every model of the 2017 Honda Pilot. However, all upper trims of the 2018 Toyota Highlander come with an attractive 3.5-liter V-6 engine rated for 295 horsepower and 263 pound-feet of torque, which is more than is available on the single engine option on the 2017 Pilot.
Both of these three-row crossover SUVs can hold just a little over 83 cubic feet of cargo, and tow approximately 5,000 pounds when properly equipped. To learn more about this 2018 Toyota Highlander vs 2017 Honda Pilot comparison, contact a member of the Nashville Toyota North sales team, or just schedule at test drive for the new Highlander at our dealership in Nashville TN today.