Any driver looking for the best 3-row crossover SUV available is likely to find themselves comparing the 2020 Honda Pilot to the 2020 Toyota Highlander before too long. We’ve made the comparison on your behalf, so on to see how they match up on:

  • Starting Prices
  • Power and MPG
  • Interior Space

Starting Prices

Several Honda Pilot trim levels provide drivers the opportunity to customize their feature package. Entry-level and top-tier trims include:

  • 2020 Honda Pilot LX 2WD: Priced at $31,650 MSRP*
  • 2020 Honda Pilot Black Edition AWD: Priced at $49,620 MSRP*

Look at entry-level and top-tier Toyota Highlander models and you’ll find the Toyota starts higher:

  • 2020 Toyota Highlander L FWD: Priced at $34,600 MSRP
  • 2020 Toyota Highlander Platinum AWD: Priced at $48,800 MSRP

Power and MPG

2020 Honda Pilot LX 2WD 2020 Toyota Highlander L FWD
280 Horsepower  295
262 Torque  263
19** EPA-Estimated City MPG 21
27** EPA-Estimated Highway MPG  29


Car and Driver notes the Honda Pilot, “has impressive fuel-economy ratings that matched the results of our real-world highway test”. Even so, it still brings V6 power as standard like the Toyota Highlander. AWD is available with both to ensure total confidence whether you encounter rough terrain or adverse weather.

Interior Space

2020 Honda Pilot LX 2WD 2020 Toyota Highlander L FWD
152.9 Cubic Feet Passenger Volume 141.3 Cubic Feet
83.9 Cubic Feet Maximum Cargo Volume 84.3 Cubic Feet
40.1 Inches 1st Row Headroom 39.9 Inches
40.2 Inches 2nd Row Headroom 39.4 Inches
38.9 Inches 3rd Row Headroom 36.1 Inches


The Toyota Highlander interior only ever competes with the Honda Pilot interior on cargo space. In terms of passenger space, the Toyota is going to feel cramped and confined after a trip inside the Honda.

The Toyota Highlander Falls Short of Standards Set by the Honda Pilot

You could compare Honda Pilot standard features against Toyota Highlander standard features or put them together on price and the Honda would always come out ahead. To find out more or hear about current specials, don’t hesitate to contact us today or visit your local Detroit Honda dealer.

*MSRP excluding tax, license, registration, $1,120.00 destination charge and options. Dealers set own prices.

**Based on 2020 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.