2019 Honda Pilot LX 2WD

2019 Honda Pilot

2018 Toyota 4Runner

2018 Toyota 4Runner

2019 Honda Pilot vs. 2018 Toyota 4Runner

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Engine Specs and MPG Ratings

The baseline 2019 Honda Pilot features a 280-hp 3.5L V6 engine. You’ll find that same configuration on the EX, EX-L, Touring, and Elite configurations. In addition to its excellent horsepower, the 2019 Pilot also offers fuel economy ratings of up to 19 mpg city** and 27 mpg highway**. The 2018 Toyota 4Runner generates 270-hp with its 4.0L V6 DOHC engine, and it has lesser fuel economy ratings of 17 mpg city and 20 mpg highway.

AWD SUV Handling

On any 2019 Honda Pilot model, you’ll find an available Intelligent Variable Torque Management (i-VTM4) AWD system. Depending on your chosen Honda Pilot configuration, you’ll have access to intelligent traction management in snow (2WD) or snow, sand, and mud (AWD). This makes the Pilot a great choice whether you’re a hiker or need extra handling to navigate our hilly freeways in the Rockies.

The 2018 Toyota 4Runner offers either a part-time 4WD system with active traction control or a full-time 4WD system depending on the model.

Interior Features

The 2019 Honda Pilot boasts Bluetooth with streaming audio, a 5-inch color LCD screen, and a USB audio interface. Enhanced amenities for EX configurations and above include an 8-inch touchscreen, HondaLink®, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration, and more. Moreover, the 2019 Pilot features great interior space for cargo and passengers alike. The 2018 Toyota 4Runner features Entune Audio Plus with additional enhancements available at higher configurations.

Honda Sensing vs. Toyota Safety Sense

The Honda Sensing® system comes standard on the 2019 Honda Pilot, and it features the following components:

  • Collision Mitigation Braking System (CMBS)
  • Road Departure Mitigation System (RDM)
  • Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC)
  • Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS)

For comparison, the Toyota Safety Sense system offers the following technologies on the 4Runner:

  • Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection
  • Lane Departure Alert
  • Automatic High Beams
  • Dynamic Radar Cruise Control
  • Road Sign Assist
  • Lane Tracing Assist

Which SUV is Best for Me?

For superior horsepower, fuel efficiency, and interior comfort, the 2019 Honda Pilot is the optimal choice. While the 2018 Toyota 4Runner certainly holds its own in the safety and reliability arenas, it can’t keep up to the 2019 Honda Pilot. Overall, the 2018 Honda Pilot is a great choice for drivers on the market for a versatile, high-performance, and technologically-advanced SUV.


**Based on 2019 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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