SUV Clash: 2017 Honda Pilot vs 2017 Toyota Highlander

By James Yu , Dec 26, 2016 10:28 AM EST

The 2017 Honda Pilot and 2017 Toyota Highlander are considered two of America's best-selling midsize SUVs. Due to this, consumers often find themselves in a dilemma regarding which SUV to purchase as both have a lot to offer in different aspects. In a clash between these two SUVs however, there can only be one victor. Which one will it be?

Power And Fuel Efficiency

The 2017 Honda Pilot is equipped with a 3.5-liter V6 engine that can put out 280 horsepower. This is paired with an option of six-speed and nine-speed automatic transmission that delivers the power through a standard front wheel drive (FWD) and optional all-wheel drive (AWD) drivetrain configurations. It has a fuel efficiency rate of 19/27 and 23 miles per gallon in the city, on the highway and combined respectively.

The 2017 Toyota Highlander on the other hand is also equipped with a 3.5-liter V6 engine with more powerful configuration that cranks out 295 horsepower. This is matched with an eight-speed automatic transmission and a similar drivetrain configuration as the 2017 Honda Pilot. In terms of fuel efficiency, the 2017 Toyota Highlander is capable of 20/27/22 miles per gallon in city driving, highway and combined respectively as reported.

The Safer SUV

In terms of safety, the 2017 Honda Pilot and 2017 Toyota Highlander have similar features such as lane keep assist, automatic emergency braking and adaptive cruise control. The 2017 Honda Pilot however, has bit more advantage over the 2017 Toyota Highlander. The former has an overall safety rating of 9.3 while the latter is behind with only 8.5. This is due to additional safety features in the 2017 Honda Pilot such as the LaneWatch system that basically eliminates blind spots for the driver. In addition, the 2017 Honda Pilot has earned a Top Safety Pick+ award in the annual event of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).

Comfort And Infotainment

The 2017 Honda Pilot and 2017 Toyota Highlander both have spacious cabins for a comfortable ride. In terms of legroom, the 2017 Honda Pilot's third row seat offers more comfort than the 2017 Toyota Highlander. However, the third row seat of the former can be a little difficult to access and tips the scale over to the side of the 2017 Toyota Highlander. USB port, Bluetooth hands-free calling and audio streaming are standard connectivity features of both SUVs. The 2017 Honda Pilot has its own infotainment system that supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The 2017 Toyota Highlander has the Entune infotainment system that also allows smartphones to be connected to the SUV.

Price Battle

In a report, it was mentioned that the 2017 Honda Pilot and Toyota Highlander are available in several trims where features can be added according to the preference of buyers. The 2017 Toyota Highlander has a base price of $30,630 for the base and $44,800 in the top trims respectively. The 2017 Honda Pilot on the other hand starts at $30,595 and maxes out at $47,070 as reported.

Which Is better?

Given the facts above, the 2017 Honda Pilot and 2017 Toyota Highlander are evenly matched. Due to this, the clash between the two SUVs will boil down to which one the consumers like most. At the end of the day, they will be the ones making the purchase and the SUV that drives out of the showroom will be the victor.

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