2016 Honda Pilot vs. 2015 Toyota Highlander

2016 Honda Pilot

2016 Honda Pilot

2015 Toyota Highlander

2015 Toyota Highlander

For power, available features, and spacious seating, there are few vehicles on the road that can match what the 2016 Honda Pilot offers Boulder and Denver drivers. To demonstrate this superiority, our experts compared the 2016 Pilot to the 2015 Toyota Highlander. Viewing their features side-by-side makes it clear that the Pilot is simply superior.

Power and Fuel Economy

For available power, the 2016 Honda Pilot gives drivers an efficient engine that delivers impressive specs:

  • The 2016 Honda Pilot has a 3.5L SOHC V6 engine that can produce 95 more horsepower (280 vs. 185) and 78 lb-ft more torque (262 vs. 184) than the 2015 Toyota Highlander LE’s standard 2.7 DOHC 4-cylinder engine.
  • The 3.5L V6 for the new Pilot also outperforms the Highlander’s optional 3.5L DOHC V6 engine. The Honda engine produces 10 more horsepower (280 vs. 270) and 14 lb-ft more torque (262 vs. 248).
  • The 2016 Honda Pilot generates superior power with a maximum towing ability of 5,000 pounds, whereas the Highlander can only tow 1,500 pounds.
  • When it comes to highway fuel economy, the new Pilot returns an EPA-estimated 27 mpg* for the 2WD automatic versus the Highlander’s 25 mpg rating for its 2WD drivetrain.
2016 Honda Pilot Exterior


The 2016 Honda Pilot has better convenience and safety features than the Toyota Highlander:

  • The Honda Pilot has an available remote start feature that allows drivers to start the vehicle to avoid nasty weather. The Highlander doesn’t offer this option.
  • The 2016 Pilot has a climate control system that will automatically heat or cool the interior to a specified setting when the remote start is engaged. The Highlander doesn’t offer automatic climate control.
  • Select models of the most recent Pilot come with automatic wipers that turn on and off and adjust speed according the amount of moisture on the windshield. The Highlander only has variable speed wipers, but no automatic sensing technology.
  • The new Pilot has an optional drift compensation system that will automatically adjust to road conditions making the Pilot easier to handle regardless of environment. The Highlander doesn’t offer a drift compensation system.
2016 Honda Pilot

Interior Dimensions

The 2016 Honda Pilot offers greater passenger and cargo volume than the 2015 Toyota Highlander:

  • With all seats upright, the new Honda Pilot offers 18.5 cubic feet of cargo space behind the third seat. The Highlander offers only 13.8 cubic feet.
  • With the third seat folded down, the Pilot can deliver 55.9 cubic feet of cargo room. The Highlander manages only 42.3 cubic feet with the back seat folded down.
  • For maximum cargo capacity, drivers can lay both rows of seats flat, giving the Pilot a total of 109 cubic feet of available cargo space. The Highlander offers a maximum cargo volume of only 83.7 cubic feet.
  • The new Pilot has more passenger volume, as well, with 152.9 cubic feet of cabin space, while the 2015 Highlander only gives passengers 144.9 cubic feet of room, which is a difference of 8 cubic feet.
2016 Honda Pilot Interior


Get More for Your Money with the 2016 Honda Pilot

Buying a new SUV is a smart investment, and you deserve to receive the most for your money. Send our sales associates a message, or give us a call at (855) 729-8248 to schedule a test drive in the 2016 Honda Pilot at Fisher Honda. We’re conveniently located at 6025 Arapahoe Rd. in Boulder, which is just 28 miles north of Denver.

Compare the Pilot to Its Competitors

To find out how the new Pilot stacks up to competition, check out our Advanta-Star comparison tool below:

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 * 19 city/27 highway/22 combined mpg rating for 2WD 6AT models. 18 city/26 highway/21 combined mpg rating for AWD 6AT models. 20 city/27 highway/23 combined mpg rating for 2WD 9AT models. 19 city/26 highway/22 combined mpg rating for AWD 9AT models. Based on 2016 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions and other factors.