2020 Toyota Highlander vs. 2020 Honda Pilot

Crossover SUVs have become popular because they allow customers a wide array of capability specs, options for seating and cargo room. The Toyota Highlander is not only a charter member of the crossover SUV class, but it’s also the largest of the crossovers the automaker produces. A comparison of the 2020 Toyota Highlander vs. 2020 Honda Pilot will help buyers winnow down their options in a tightly packed and highly competitive segment of the automotive industry. The 2020 Highlander has been completely redesigned for the new model year and now rides on the manufacturer’s TNGA-K chassis architecture that is reported to provide a smoother, more compliant ride on the road. Owners of the 2020 Highlander will have advantages over the 2020 Pilot in performance, cargo volume and available technology. Customers can learn more about the 2020 Toyota Highlander and how it can compete against the 2020 Honda Pilot today by calling 203-403-6890.

On the most basic level, the 2020 Toyota Highlander and 2020 Honda Pilot share a few elements. Each model comes with three rows of seating which can hold seven or eight passengers, depending on trim and available options. While both crossover SUVs can hold the same number of people, the 2020 Highlander offers a small, but important advantage in cargo volume over its Honda competitor. When the inside of the 2020 Toyota Highlander is properly configured, it will offer up to 84.3 cubic-feet of cargo volume. On the other hand, a 2020 Pilot in its maximum cargo-hauling configuration will make 83.9 cubic-feet available. Additionally, passengers in the second row in the Highlander will have more maximum legroom than those in the 2020 Honda Pilot. Finally, the 2020 Highlander offers universal access to connectivity technology, including Apple CarPlay®, Android Auto™, Amazon Alexa and a 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot.

2020 Toyota Highlander


2020 Honda Pilot

3.5-L, V-6 Standard Engine 3.5-L, V-6
295/263 Horsepower/Torque 280/262
84.3 cu.-ft. Max. Cargo Volume 83.9 cu.-ft.
5,000 lbs. Max. Towing 5,000 lbs.

Performance Specs

The 2020 Toyota Highlander uses a 3.5-liter, V-6 engine attached to an eight-speed transmission on all trim grades. It will make 295 horsepower and 263 pound-feet of torque and be able to tow up to 5,000 pounds. Toyota is only equipping the hybrid variant of the Highlander with the four-cylinder engine for 2020. Honda has employed a 3.5-liter, V-6 of its own, making 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. About half of the Pilot’s trim ladder uses a six-speed automatic transmission with the three top-end trims using a nine-speed automatic. Only a 2020 Pilot with all-wheel-drive can match the towing capability of the 2020 Highlander. Versions of the Honda crossover SUV with front-wheel-drive top out at 3,500 pounds.

A photo of the front seats in the 2020 Toyota Highlander.
A photo of the cargo area in the 2020 Toyota Highlander.
A photo of the touchscreen equipped in the 2020 Toyota Highlander.
A photo of the driver's cockpit in the 2020 Toyota Highlander.