2015 Toyota Highlander vs 2016 Honda Pilot
Do you hate the idea of carpooling kids around town in one of those sliding-door monstrosities they call minivans? Though on a side note, the 2015 Toyota Sienna “Swagger Wagon” brings a new youthful and energetic design to the minivan segment that you shouldn’t sleep on. If you are still dead set against a minivan after doing a little more research on the Sienna, the Toyota model lineup provides some incredible alternatives, including the 2015 Toyota Highlander. A class leading three-row SUV that possesses an athletic style, potent engine options, a spacious, well-equipped interior and competitive fuel economy ratings, the Highlander is a go-to family option. Take a look at how the Highlander stacks up against its segment nemesis, the Honda Pilot, in our 2015 Toyota Highlander vs 2016 Honda Pilot comparison.
Highlander vs Pilot: Engine Options and Fuel Economy
One of the elements you will undoubtedly look at first when considering these two SUV options is what’s under the hood. New 2016 Honda Pilot models are equipped with a potent 3.5-liter V-6 engine that yields 280 horsepower and will achieve 27 mpg on the highway with a new nine-speed automatic transmission. The six-cylinder Pilot is countered by an available 3.5-liter V-6 under the hood of the Highlander, which makes 270 horsepower and 25 mpg on the highway.
Where the 2015 Toyota Highlander has an advantage in our comparison is with additional engine options. Drivers looking for a more efficient performance can stick with the standard 185-horsepower 2.7-liter four-cylinder. You can also opt for a combination of power and fuel economy with the Toyota Highlander Hybrid, which makes 280 horsepower and 28 mpg on the highway and 27 mpg in the city. Both models are available in front-wheel or all-wheel drive configurations as well.
Highlander vs Pilot: Key Features
After you have looked at what is under the hood of each of these three-row SUVs, you will likely look at key features on the interior of each. There is a lot to love about these models and a spacious, well-equipped interior is a highlight. With room for eight passengers in standard configurations, you will have room for the whole family — though if you are looking for more comfort, you can opt for the second-row captain’s chairs in either model. One key feature the Toyota Highlander has that you won’t find in the Honda Pilot is the Driver Easy Speak feature, an ideal way to control the chaos on long road trips.
Both the Toyota Highlander and Honda Pilot offer tremendous levels of entertainment for families in the Enfield area. When you compare the Toyota Entune interface to the HondaLink system, however, you will be hard pressed to find any two systems better. With increased smartphone integration, the Toyota system gets a slight edge though. When it comes to passenger and cargo space, maximum cargo space is nearly identical and passenger space is similar, providing you with plenty of room for friends, family and cargo.
You will find all of the amenities available in these two elite three-row SUVs, from leather heated seats to rear-seat entertainment systems, but when it comes down to our 2015 Toyota Highlander vs 2016 Honda Pilot comparison, the Toyota SUV comes out on top. With more engine options to choose from, including a hybrid variant and a slightly lower price tag, the 2015 Toyota Highlander is a true class leader and our choice here at Gale Toyota. Schedule a test drive today to see for yourself!