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2021 Honda Pilot Vs 2020 Toyota Highlander Comparison

2021 Honda Pilot vs. 2020 Toyota Highlander

Starting at $32,250*


8 passengers

Max Seating Capacity

8 passengers
152.9 cubic feet

Max Passenger Volume

141.3 cubic feet
109.0 cubic feet

Max Cargo Space

84.3 cubic feet
16.5 cubic feet

Rear Cargo Space

16.0 cubic feet
5,000 pounds

Max Towing Capacity

5,000 pounds

If you’re shopping for an SUV that can carry the whole family, the 2021 Honda Pilot and the 2020 Toyota Highlander are both worth your consideration. But when comparing these three-row SUVs, you’ll find that the new Pilot provides more room for your passengers and cargo, all at a more affordable price. Find out which is the better choice for your Denver-area family in this Honda Pilot vs. Toyota Highlander comparison form Fisher Honda.

Pilot or Highlander: Starting MSRP

The sticker price is always going to be an important consideration for Arvada families, and here you’ll find that the 2021 Honda Pilot has a starting price that is $2,350 less than the 2020 Toyota Highlander.

  • 2021 Honda Pilot LX Starting MSRP: $32,250*
  • 2020 Toyota Highlander Starting MSRP: $34,600

Pilot or Highlander: Performance & Fuel-Efficiency

Both the Pilot and Highlander come equipped with a V6 engine, and they deliver similar fuel economy ratings, along with an identical maximum towing capacity. While they match up fairly even in the performance department, the fact that the Pilot has a lower starting price could make it a more appealing choice for Aurora drivers. Review the performance and fuel economy numbers for both SUVs below.

  • Honda Pilot: All of the 2021 Honda Pilot trim levels are powered by a 3.5L V6 engine that delivers 280 hp with 262 lb-ft of torque, and has a maximum towing capacity of 5,000 pounds. The entry-level Honda Pilot LX 2WD with a 9-speed automatic transmission has earned an EPA-estimated 20 mpg city** and 27 mpg highway**.
  • Toyota Highlander: The 2020 Toyota Highlander comes with a 3.5L V6 that generates 290 hp and 263 lb-ft of torque, and has a maximum tow rating of 5,000 pounds. The FWD Highlander gets an EPA-estimated 21 mpg city and 29 mpg highway.

Pilot or Highlander: Interior Space

With either the Pilot or Highlander you’ll have three rows of seating to accommodate up to eight passengers. The 2021 Pilot interior has a maximum passenger volume of 152.9 cubic feet, compared to the Highlander’s 141.3 cubic feet of passenger volume. The Pilot interior can also provide more room for groceries, sports gear, or camping supplies. Check out the cargo capacity of these three-row SUVs.

  • Honda Pilot Cargo Capacity
    • Behind the third row: 16.5 cubic feet
    • Maximum cargo space: 109.0 cubic feet
  • Toyota Highlander Cargo Capacity
    • Behind the third row: 16.0 cubic feet
    • Maximum cargo space: 84.3 cubic feet

Test Drive the New Honda Pilot at Fisher Honda

With its spacious interior and budget-friendly price tag, the Honda Pilot is an ideal choice for Boulder families. See how the Pilot compares to other competing models like the Subaru Ascent, and then schedule a test drive with Fisher Honda. Don’t forget to browse our current Pilot lease deals, and please feel free to reach out to us if you have any questions.

*MSRP excluding tax, license, registration, destination charge and options. Dealers et own prices.
**Based on 2021 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.

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