The 2018 Honda Pilot and the Toyota Highlander are both excellent three-row crossover SUVs, serving up all the modern comfort, convenience, and safety your family deserves. Which model is best for you and your favorite passengers? Our comparison guide is here to help you decide between the two.
Optimal Interior Space & Comfort: 2018 Honda Pilot
If it's space you need, the Honda Pilot delivers in a big way. Up to eight passengers enjoy luxury-like accommodations, though without the luxury-like price tag. Head and leg room is abundant and iPad-wielding passengers are unlikely to rub elbows. Plush, supportive seating makes everyone feel at home. Leather upholstery is optional.
Like the Pilot, the Toyota Highlander represents some of the best this segment has to offer. On the highway, the Highlander supplies a smooth, quiet ride to keep you comfortable for hours on end. The Pilot does have a roomier third row, however, making it perhaps the better choice for big families.
Cutting-Edge Smartphone Integration: 2018 Honda Pilot
If you aim to stay connected without getting distracted from traffic, the Pilot is at your service. The mid-level Pilot EX-L and up come standard with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capabilities. Use these to interact with smartphone apps from the 8-inch touchscreen. You can even use your phone's maps app in lieu of paying extra for the navigation system. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto also give you the ability to use your phone's voice controls - all you need to do is press a button on the steering wheel.
The Toyota Highlander does offer an array of infotainment features, giving you the power to make hands-free calls or stream audio from devices. Unfortunately, you can't get Apple CarPlay and Android Auto - the latest in smartphone integration technology - on the Highlander.
Best EPA Ratings: It's a Tie!
Both the 2018 Honda Pilot and the Toyota Highlander earn up to 23 mpg combined. That means you can blend smooth power with proficient fuel economy, no matter which crossover you select. On that note, you'll also be pleased to know that both crossovers tow up to 5,000 pounds. If you've got a boat at home, either model can haul it to the beach for you.*
Standard Safety Lineup: 2018 Toyota Highlander
Here, the Highlander's standard safety bundle gives it an edge. The Pre-Collision System comes standard on every trim model. That means that all Toyota Highlander drivers enjoy extra peace of mind, with features like forward collision detection, automatic emergency braking, and a rearview camera to help them avoid accidents. The 2018 Honda Pilot also comes standard with a rearview camera to help you back up without incident. However, if you're looking for more advanced safety systems, you'll have to pay extra.**
Although both the 2018 Honda Pilot and the Toyota Highlander put up a good fight, we think the Honda Pilot is the best choice for family outings and vacations. The Pilot has the space you need to load your entire family and all of their belongings and still enjoy premium comfort. The Pilot also tows impressive loads, so you can take your favorite toys along for the ride. Every model comes with the latest in smartphone technology, so you can call home or switch music playlists without lifting a finger from the wheel.
*Any MPG listed is based on model year EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your actual mileage will vary, depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions, battery pack age/condition (hybrid only) and other factors. For additional information about EPA ratings, visit http://www.fueleconomy.gov/feg/label/learn-more-PHEV-label.shtml.
** Government 5-Star Safety Ratings are part of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's (NHTSA's) New Car Assessment Program. Model tested with standard side airbags (SABs). For additional information on the 5-Star Safety Ratings program, please visit www.safercar.gov.