Any search for a new three-row crossover SUV will likely include mainstays in this segment: the Honda Pilot and Toyota Highlander. The 2020 Honda Pilot is a highly capable performer that compares favorably to the 2020 Toyota Highlander in some key areas. Here we'll review how these spacious CUVs stack up in a range of categories.
At Muller Honda of Gurnee, we encourage you to weigh all of your options when shopping for a new crossover or SUV. While we may prefer the 2020 Honda Pilot over Toyota's new Highlander, we invite you to consider our detailed review before you make your final purchase or lease decision. As always, our team of sales associates is here to assist you during your search for the right vehicle at the right price!
Honda automobiles consistently outperform others in their vehicle segment when it comes to interior volume and cabin versatility, and the 2020 Pilot three-row crossover SUV is no different. With 151.7 cubic feet of passenger space compared to just 139.1 cubic feet in the Toyota, it's clear that you and your passengers will find a roomier ride by choosing the Honda Pilot.
Versatility goes well beyond interior space, though. With its standard One-Touch 2nd-Row Seats, the 2020 Honda Pilot Touring edition gives you simple and seamless access to the back row of seating in this three-row ride. Unfortunately, the 2020 Highlander Limited doesn't offer you the same convenience when it comes to its second-row seating.
While their specifications appear similar on paper, the 2020 Pilot delivers more robust acceleration, thanks to its lively Honda 3.5-liter V6. With its optimal gearing and strong feel, the new Honda Pilot gives you the on-road confidence that you may lack in the Toyota Highlander. The same goes for ride and handling, where the Pilot's smooth and poised ride makes it feel more nimble and confident in both city and highway driving.
Honda's 2020 Pilot Touring is one high-tech ride, what with its Wi-Fi hotspot capability and Rear Entertainment System. Believe it or not, both of these tech features come standard on this edition of the new Pilot, and only a similar rear entertainment system is optional on Toyota's Highlander. If you're looking for go-anywhere connectivity that a built-in Wi-Fi hotspot affords you, then go with the Honda!
The 2020 Pilot is also home to the Honda Sensing® suite of driver-assistive technologies like a Road Departure Mitigation System that can keep you on the right track by providing gentle steering assistance when lane drifting is detected. This is just one of the many innovative features that the automaker has built into its Honda Sensing® package of advanced safety features!
Both of these three-row crossover SUVs accommodate up to eight occupants, but one of them does so with a greater level of comfort, and that's the Honda Pilot. Tour the new Toyota Highlander and you'll quickly discover that its third row has very little room, even for the smallest of the kiddos. Meanwhile, over at Honda, the 2020 Pilot presents ample space in every seating position, including that back row!
Reclining and sliding second-row seats are featured in both mid-size crossovers, and each model offers the option of a 7-passenger configuration when the optional second-row captain's chairs are selected. Still, no matter which versions you tour and test out for yourself, we're confident that you'll come to the same conclusion as us: the Pilot provides the plush seating you and your family are after!
From its spacious and comfortable cabin to its maximum towing capacity of 5,000 pounds, the 2020 Honda Pilot is the ideal family crossover SUV in so many ways. If you're intrigued by this Honda's amenities and capabilities, then we encourage you to schedule a test drive, where you can also tour its tech-packed cabin. Remember, comparing the Pilot to its Toyota competition on paper only goes so far, so for a complete picture of what makes the Honda the winner, head over to Muller Honda of Gurnee!
Before your test drive, you can secure competitive financing rates or an affordable lease offer on your new Honda Pilot of choice through our full-service auto dealership in Gurnee, IL. Reach out to our dealership team for more information on a particular Honda automobile that has caught your attention or to learn more about the warranty package that comes with your new Honda.