2018 Toyota 4Runner vs. 2018 Honda Pilot

The Toyota 4Runner and Honda Pilot have a long history of competition with one another. However, recent years have revealed that each automaker has changed the trajectory of these models. A quick comparison of the 2018 Toyota 4Runner vs. 2018 Honda Pilot shows just how far the paths of the two vehicles have diverged. There major differences between the two vehicles come down to the fundamental way the two automakers construct these sport utility vehicles. Since its inception, the Toyota 4Runner has used a body-on-frame building method to maximize its off-road credentials. On the other hand, Honda has reimagined the Pilot as a crossover which presents some challenges when the road gets rough. Buyers looking for a rugged, trail-ready platform that still offers capable on-pavement handling dynamics will want to come to the Colonial Toyota showroom to take the 4Runner for a test drive by calling, 203-286-5500.

To be sure, crossover SUVs are great vehicles. The class’ unibody construction makes them very easy-to-drive, thus perfect for commuting and carpooling. This is the gist of the story behind the changed Honda made to the Pilot. Buyers of the 2018 Toyota 4Runner are looking for a different kind of experience. Toyota has always equipped the 4Runner with a genuine four-wheel drive system which is made to go through more rugged terrain than the all-wheel-drive systems found on most crossover SUVs, including the 2018 Honda Pilot. Versions of the 4Runner with Toyota Racing Development equipment are equipped with specialized all-terrain tires and one of the most advanced terrain management systems which allow drivers to dial in the suspension to handle the exact conditions they're dealing with. The 2018 4Runner also offers more cargo space than the Pilot. When properly equipped the 2018 Toyota 4Runner has nearly 90 cubic-feet of cargo volume available.


2018 Toyota 4Runner


2018 Honda Pilot

4.0-L, V-6 Engine 3.5-L, V-6
270/278 Horsepower/Torque 280/262
Five-speed automatic Transmission Six-speed automatic
89.7 cu.-ft. Max. Cargo Volume 83.9 cu.-ft.


Performance Specs

A fairly specialized vehicle like the 2018 Toyota 4Runner requires a reliable and rugged powertrain. Under the hood of the Toyota 4Runner is a naturally aspirated 4.0-liter, V-6 engine attached to a five-speed automatic transmission. Customers will be able to choose among rear-wheel-drive, part-time or full-time four-wheel-drive drivetrains. Fuel economy scores for the Toyota SUV are almost identical, regardless of which drivetrain is chosen. When it comes to tackling the kinds of trails and surface conditions the 2018 Toyota 4Runner is designed to tackle, horsepower is great; but torque is where the money is. The 2018 4Runner produces 270 horsepower and 278 pound-feet of torque. Sure, the 2018 Honda Pilot makes a bit more top-end horsepower, but it comes up short in the torque department compared to the current 4Runner.



A photo of the infotainment system used in the 2018 Toyota 4Runner.
A photo of the available sunroof in the 2018 Toyota 4Runner.
An interior photo of the front dashboard of the 2018 Toyota 4Runner.
A photo of the cargo area in the back of the 2018 Toyota 4Runner.

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