When comparing the Honda Pilot Elite's and the Toyota Highlander Platinum's specifications and ratings, the Honda Pilot Elite has the advantage in the areas of reliability, interior volume and base engine power. The Toyota Highlander Platinum has the advantage in the areas of new vehicle base pricing, typical lower range of pricing for one- to five-year-old used cars, and fuel efficiency, resale value and overall quality score. Based on this comparison of the Honda Pilot Elite's and the Toyota Highlander Platinum's specifications and ratings, the Toyota Highlander Platinum is a better car than the Honda Pilot Elite.
Honda Pilot Elite vs. Toyota Highlander Platinum Pricing
A used 2023 Honda Pilot Elite ranges from $49,995 to $57,901 while a used 2023 Toyota Highlander Platinum is priced between $47,478 to $56,871. For a new model, the Honda Pilot Elite's price is between $52,833 and $55,715, with the Toyota Highlander Platinum priced between $50,258 and $56,183.
Honda Pilot Elite vs. Toyota Highlander Platinum Resale/Retained Value
Looking at the 5-year depreciation rate for both models, the Honda Pilot Elite loses 44.4 percent of its value and the Toyota Highlander Platinum loses 38.1 percent of its value. This means the Toyota Highlander Platinum retains 6.3 percentage points more of its value and has the advantage of higher resale value versus the Honda Pilot Elite.
Honda Pilot Elite vs. Toyota Highlander Platinum 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.
Honda Pilot Elite vs. Toyota Highlander Platinum 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 Honda Pilot Elite’s base engine makes 285 horsepower, and the Toyota Highlander Platinum base engine makes 265 horsepower. The Elite is rated to deliver an average of 21 miles per gallon, with a highway range of 463 miles. The Platinum is rated to deliver an average of 25 miles per gallon, with a highway range of 519 miles. This gives the Toyota Highlander Platinum the fuel efficiency and maximum range advantage over the Honda Pilot Elite. Both models use regular unleaded.
Passenger Space Comparison
While both models are crossover/midsize SUVs, the Honda Pilot Elite has the advantage of offering more front head room, front shoulder room, rear head room, rear shoulder room, rear leg room, and cargo space. The Toyota Highlander Platinum has the advantage in the area of front leg room.
Safety Ratings Comparison
When comparing crash test ratings from NHTSA, both the Honda Pilot Elite and the Toyota Highlander Platinum have the same average safety rating of 5 out of 5 Stars. When comparing IIHS evaluations, both the Honda Pilot Elite and the Toyota Highlander Platinum have the same Top Safety Pick+ award.
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.