2018 Honda Pilot

Starting Price: $31,875 | Price yours

Above Average: Thoughtful, versatile interior, comfortable carlike ride, fantastic resale and reliability

Below Average: Infotainment interface

Consensus: A practical, smart choice that also offers a rewarding driving experience

 

2018 Toyota Highlander

Starting Price: $32,025 | Price yours

Above Average: Easy to use, easy to drive, unbeaten track record

Below Average: Infotainment features, interior volume

Consensus: Hard to go wrong with Highlander

 

The Honda Pilot and Toyota Highlander are two of our highest-rated and most recommended 3-row midsize SUVs, and each has been named to our annual list of Best Family Cars several years running. When it comes down to it, they're more alike than different. But as our Midsize SUV Best Buy of 2018, it's easy to give Pilot the nod as the better choice for the most people. 

Honda Pilot Advantages

Roomier, newer, more amenities

Toyota Highlander Advantages

A tad smaller and nimbler, perhaps more stylish

Similarities

Honda and Toyota have built renowned reputations for quality, reliability and resale value, and those track records are key strengths of both the Pilot and Highlander. But they're much more than just trouble-free transportation. The Pilot and Highlander are comfortable, practical, and packed with increasing quantities of driver-assist and safety technologies. 

Final Recommendation

If you're shopping for a 3-row midsize SUV, the Honda Pilot and Toyota Highlander should both be on your list. 

 

  2018 Honda Pilot 2018 Toyota Highlander
Popular Powertrains    
Engine 3.5-liter V6 3.5-liter V6
Horsepower 280 hp @ 6,000 rpm 295 hp @ 6,600 rpm
Torque 262 lb-ft @ 4,700 rpm 263 lb-ft @ 4,700 rpm
Transmission Automatic, 6-Spd Automatic, 8-Spd
Fuel Economy 22 mpg (19 city, 27 hwy) 23 mpg (21 city, 27 hwy)
Also Available 9-speed auto 4-cyl, hybrid
Specs    
Warranty 3 years or 36,000 miles 3 years or 36,000 miles
NHTSA Overall Safety Rating 5 Stars 5 Stars
Max Seating Capacity 8 passengers 8 passengers
Wheel Base 111.0 inches 109.8 inches
Overall Length 194.5 inches 192.5 inches
Width 78.6 inches 75.8 inches
Height 69.8 inches 70.0 inches
Turning Diameter 39.4 feet 38.7 feet
Head Room: Front 39.5 inches 40.7 inches
Head Room: Rear 38.9 inches 35.9 inches
Leg Room: Front 40.9 inches 44.2 inches
Leg Room: Rear 31.9 inches 27.7 inches
Shoulder Room: Front 62.0 inches 59.3 inches
Shoulder Room: Rear 57.6 inches 55.0 inches
EPA Passenger Volume 151.7 cu.ft. 144.9 cu.ft.
EPA Cargo Volume 83.8 cu.ft. 83.7 cu.ft.
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