- The Toyota Highlander and the Honda Pilot are two of the very best promoting mid-size household SUVs within the US.
- The bottom Toyota Highlander LE begins at $31,330 whereas the top-of-the-line Hybrid Restricted V6 Platinum AWD trim begins at $48,630.
- The bottom Honda Pilot LX begins at $31,450 whereas the top-spec Elite trim begins at $48,020.
- In the long run, the Honda Pilot’s easy trip, punchier powertrain, and superior infotainment tipped the competition in its favor.
The minivan’s reign over the American household has come to an finish. Gross sales of the infinitely sensible, however socially uncool household haulers are a mere fraction of what they had been throughout their heyday. In 2000, automakers offered 1.25 million minivans within the US. In accordance with information compiled by Kelley Blue E-book, that determine fell to simply 482,000 in 2018.
The brand new king of household transportation is the mid-size three-row crossover SUV. Final 12 months, the Ford Explorer and the Toyota Highlander mixed to outsell the complete minivan phase by about 24,000 models.
Thus, it is excessive time we take a more in-depth have a look at the household SUV phase. The Ford Explorer is the gross sales chief. However Ford solely not too long ago unveiled the subsequent technology Explorer. So we’ve not had an opportunity to expertise it in individual.
Nevertheless, we’ve got skilled the second and third finest sellers within the phase; the Toyota Highlander and the Honda Pilot.
The present third-generation Highlander arrived in 2014 and obtained a refreshed entrance fascia in 2016. Final 12 months, Toyota lent us a pair of 2018 Highlanders for analysis; a mid-grade SE V6 AWD in grey and a top-spec Hybrid Restricted Platinum V6 AWD in brown. (The 2019 Highlander is nearly unchanged from the 2018 mannequin.)
The present Pilot, additionally in its third iteration, has been round since 2016. For the 2019 mannequin 12 months, Honda gave its trusty SUV a mid-life refresh. Not too long ago, we had the prospect to spend per week with a fully-loaded 2019 Honda Pilot Elite.
Here is how the Toyota Highlander and the Honda Pilot stack up.