When we compare the 2018 Honda Pilot's and the 2018 Toyota Highlander's specifications and ratings, the 2018 Honda Pilot has the advantage in the areas of typical lower range of pricing for used cars, reliability, interior volume and base engine power. The 2018 Toyota Highlander has the advantage in the areas of resale value and overall quality score. The 2018 Honda Pilot and 2018 Toyota Highlander have the same fuel efficiency. Based on this comparison of the 2018 Honda Pilot's and the 2018 Toyota Highlander's specifications and ratings, the 2018 Honda Pilot is a better car than the 2018 Toyota Highlander.
2018 Honda Pilot vs. 2018 Toyota Highlander Pricing
A used 2018 Honda Pilot ranges from $20,498 to $33,998 while a used 2018 Toyota Highlander is priced between $23,477 to $36,331.
2018 Honda Pilot vs. 2018 Toyota Highlander Resale/Retained Value
Looking at the 5-year depreciation rate for both models, the 2018 Honda Pilot loses 44.4 percent of its value and the 2018 Toyota Highlander loses 38.1 percent of its value. This means the 2018 Toyota Highlander retains 6.3 percentage points more of its value and has the advantage of higher resale value versus the 2018 Honda Pilot.
2018 Honda Pilot vs. 2018 Toyota Highlander Quality Rating
The iSeeCars Overall Quality rating for the Honda Pilot is 8.8 out of 10 while the Toyota Highlander's quality rating is 9.0 out of 10. This results in the Honda Pilot being ranked 2 out of 21 Best 7-Seater SUVs and the Toyota Highlander being ranked 1 out of 21. Out of 30 Best SUVs with 3 Rows, the Honda Pilot is ranked 3 and the Toyota Highlander is ranked 2. The Honda Pilot is also ranked 3 out of 16 Best 8-seater SUVs while the Toyota Highlander is ranked 2 out of 16. The Honda Pilot is also ranked 4 out of 66 Best Crossover SUVs while the Toyota Highlander is ranked 2 out of 66. The Honda Pilot is also ranked 4 out of 30 Best Midsize SUVs while the Toyota Highlander is ranked 3 out of 30.
2018 Honda Pilot vs. 2018 Toyota Highlander Reliability Rating
iSeeCars’ Reliability Rating for the Honda Pilot is 9.1 out of 10. For the Toyota Highlander the reliability rating is 8.7 out of 10. This gives the Honda Pilot a slight advantage in reliability compared to the Toyota Highlander.
Engine Power and Fuel Efficiency Comparison
For engine performance, the 2018 Honda Pilot’s base engine makes 280 horsepower, and the 2018 Toyota Highlander base engine makes 185 horsepower. Both the Pilot and the Highlander are rated to deliver an average of 22 miles per gallon, with highway ranges of 527 and 461 miles respectively. Both models use regular unleaded.
Passenger Space Comparison
While both models are crossover/midsize SUVs, the 2018 Honda Pilot has the advantage of offering more front shoulder room, rear head room, rear shoulder room, and cargo space. The 2018 Toyota Highlander has the advantage in the areas of front head room and front leg room. The 2018 Honda Pilot and 2018 Toyota Highlander are comparable in regards to rear leg room.
Safety Ratings Comparison
When comparing crash test ratings from NHTSA, both the 2018 Honda Pilot and the 2018 Toyota Highlander have the same average safety rating of 5 out of 5 Stars.
Need to carry eight passengers but can’t stomach the thought of driving a
minivan? The Honda Pilot and Toyota Highlander – two of the most popular
midsize crossover SUVs on the market – are both worthy minivan alternatives. As
with most other Honda and Toyota models, the Pilot and Highlander are known
for their quality and reliability, though the Highlander performs slightly better in
both regards. Though much improved from the previous generation, the current
Pilot’s exterior styling is still bland compared to the handsome lines of the
Highlander. Both SUVs can tow up to 5,000 pounds, are available with all-wheel
drive, and have standard V6 power, but the Highlander offers an efficient,
optional hybrid powertrain that works with a CVT. Outward visibility, storage
options, and interior space are advantages for the Pilot; exterior styling, driving
dynamics, and fuel economy – especially for the Hybrid – are Highlander high
points. Third-row legroom isn’t particularly generous on either vehicle.