2020 Honda Pilot vs 2020 Toyota Highlander near Macon GA

Vehicle Overview

Consumers in the market for a three-row midsize SUV have many compelling choices. Join the team at Hughes Honda as we compare two of them in our 2020 Honda Pilot vs 2020 Toyota Highlander review. The Pilot has been one of the most popular options in the class for a while now. It has set a standard for fuel performance, ride comfort, interior volume and clever use of available cargo space. The 2020 Toyota Highlander, on the other hand, is a completely redesigned model that introduces the vehicle’s fourth generation. Toyota has set out to make the nameplate more stylish and modern while increasing the cargo area you have at your disposal and improving the standard and optional technologies.

Macon GA - 2020 Honda Pilot Overview

Exterior - 2020 Honda Pilot

These two vehicles are quite similar in fundamental design: car-based SUV, four doors, rear liftgate, standard 18-inch wheels. Honda has built the Pilot on a 111.0-inch wheelbase whereas the 2020 Toyota Highlander wheelbase is a bit bigger at 112.2 inches, but the Pilot measures longer overall: 196.5 vs 194.9 inches. Height, width and ground clearance are all within an inch or so. Toyota upgrades the standard liftgate to powered with the up-level LE. Honda includes a power liftgate standard with the EX-L. A hands-free liftgate becomes standard with the Touring, which is an option Toyota does not offer.

Macon GA - 2020 Honda Pilot Exterior

Interior - 2020 Honda Pilot near Macon

A focal point for us when it comes to a comparison like the 2020 Honda Pilot vs 2020 Toyota Highlander is passenger and cargo volume. Both vehicles provide seating for eight in the standard configuration and seating for seven if you opt for second-row captain’s chairs. Headroom, legroom and so forth are similar in the front and second row. The Highlander’s third row provides only 27.7 inches of legroom, which means that it is really only practical for kids. The Pilot can accommodate adults in the third row. The vehicles are similar in the cargo department. The Pilot gives you 16.5, 46.8 and 83.9 cubic feet behind the third, second and front row, respectively, whereas the Highlander gives you 16.0, 48.4 and 84.3.

Macon GA - 2020 Honda Pilot Interior
Mechanical - Honda Pilot specs near Macon

The 2020 Toyota Highlander is front-wheel drive standard with all-wheel drive available across the board. The base Pilot available at your local Honda dealer serving Macon Milledgeville Warner Robins Georgia is available as all-wheel drive as well, but the Elite and Black Edition include it as standard equipment. All Pilot models feature a 3.5L V6 engine rated for 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed automatic transmission is standard, but Touring and up models get a nine-speed automatic transmission instead. The Highlander has a 3.5L V6 engine rated for 290 hp and 263 lb.-ft. Toyota mates that engine to an eight-speed automatic transmission.

Macon GA - 2020 Honda Pilot Mechanical
Trim Levels - Honda Pilot specs near Macon GA

The 2020 Honda Pilot is available in six trim levels ranging from the base LX to the Black Edition, which is new for this model year. The EX is the well-equipped Pilot. The EX-L is luxury-oriented and adds features like a power liftgate and a sunroof. The Touring includes many of the options available for the EX-L. The Elite is loaded, and the Black Edition is the Elite but with a unique black exterior aesthetic. Toyota offers five trims ranging from the base L to the range-topping Platinum. The L is comparable to the LX, the LE to the EX, the XLE to the EX-L, the Limited to the Touring and the Platinum to the Elite.

Technology - 2020 Honda Pilot dealer

Both the Pilot and Highlander fared well in crash testing having received five-star ratings from the NHTSA and Top Safety Pick recognition from the IIHS. Standard equipment in the Pilot LX includes a 5-inch central infotainment screen, a rearview camera, multiple USB ports and a seven-speaker sound system. The standard driver assistance suite includes forward collision mitigation and road departure mitigation. Standard equipment in the Highlander L includes an 8-inch infotainment touchscreen, a rearview camera, multiple USB ports and a six-speaker sound system. You also get Safety Sense 2.0, which adds a slate of driver assists comparable to those that are standard with the Pilot.

Test Drive Today

You can test-drive the 2020 Honda Pilot at our dealership serving Macon Milledgeville Warner Robins Georgia. No appointment is required. Simply visit Hughes Honda at your convenience. You can also call our location, and we’ll be happy to provide quotes and more right over the phone. Consumers can also shop with us online, and we have customer assistance available through live chat, email and text.

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