2018 Honda Pilot vs 2018 Toyota Highlander

2018 Honda Pilot in black & 2018 Toyota Highlander in black

While the early 2000s saw a number of drivers leave the midsize SUV segment, it seems that these models are again gaining the popularity they once had. Honda's flagship midsize SUV, the Honda Pilot, offers high levels of versatility, efficiency, and capability for its drivers. We want drivers to shop as informed as possible, so we put together this comparison of the 2018 Honda Pilot vs the 2018 Toyota Highlander. Both of these models have a lot to offer, so let's see how they stack up.

If you reference the table below, you'll see that both the 2018 Honda Pilot and the 2018 Toyota Highlander offer very similar specs to their drivers. The 2018 Toyota Highlander lineup begins pricing models at $31,900. The 2018 Honda Pilot lineup has a starting MSRP at a slightly lower $30,900*. There are five available trim levels in the 2018 Pilot lineup, with the Highlander lineup offering 6. When properly equipped, both models have a maximum towing capacity of 5,000 pounds, perfect for getting the boat to the lake for the weekend!

2018 Pilot


2018 Highlander

5 Available Trim Options 6


Starting MSRP


5,000 lbs

Towing Capacity 5,000 lbs

83.9 cubic feet

Cargo Capacity

83.7 cubic feet


2018 Honda Pilot specs & cargo space

As you can see in the chart above, the Honda Pilot and the Toyota Highlander offer similar specs in the way of cargo space. Cargo space is an important aspect of the midsize SUV segment, and every inch counts. With all three spacious rows of seating up, the 2018 Honda Pilot offers 16.5 cubic feet of cargo space. If drivers choose to fold down the third row of seating, they expand cargo space to a roomy 46.8 cubic feet of space. If both rows of rear seating are folded flat, this number expands to a full 83.9 cubic feet of versatile cargo space. When all of its seats are up, the 2018 Pilot offers roomy seating for up to eight people.

The 2018 Honda Pilot features a V6 engine as standard hardware. This engine is capable of producing up to 280 horsepower and 262 lb-ft of torque. Its EPA-estimated fuel economy is as follows:

  • 20 miles per gallon when driving in city-conditions**
  • 27 miles per gallon when driving in highway-conditions**
  • 23 miles per gallon combined fuel economy**
*Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) excluding tax, license, registration, $975 destination charge and options. Dealer prices may vary.
**Based on 2018 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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