2019 Toyota Highlander vs 2019 Honda Pilot

2019 Toyota Highlander Exterior Passenger Side Front Profile vs 2019 Honda Pilot Exterior Driver Side Front Profile

Crossovers are quickly becoming the dominant species in the automotive industry. For over a century, sedans have always been where it’s at, and we’re not sure we ever would’ve expected that to change. But the current market says otherwise, and while we’re sure sedans aren’t going anywhere, their bulkier, more versatile counterparts are much more popular today. That’s why we thought we’d see how one of our favorite crossovers compares to one of its biggest competitors, by pitting the 2019 Toyota Highlander vs 2019 Honda Pilot.

While the Highlander came out at the turn of the century, the Pilot followed just a couple of years later, making both fairly experienced front runners in the midsize crossover segment. To make this comparison, we compiled some of their pertinent stats into the table below. Give that data a once over and read on to see just how well they measure up to one another.

2019 Toyota Highlander


2019 Honda Pilot

295 HP Horsepower 280 HP
8-speed Automatic Standard Transmission 6-speed Automatic
23 mpg Combined Fuel Efficiency 22 mpg
13.8 cu. ft. Cargo Capacity 16.5 cu. ft.

Advantages of the 2019 Highlander

As you can see, these two crossovers are quite comparable to one another, but each has its advantages. We started things off by looking at the two vehicles’ horsepower ratings, which is important in any automotive segment. The Highlander generates an extra 15 horsepower, which isn’t a huge advantage but certainly gives the Toyota model a leg up. The second row highlights the standard transmission that comes with each model, which is where Highlander extends its lead by offering a superior automatic.

The third row is a great example of just how comparable they were to one another, as it shows that the two crossovers essentially provide the exact same fuel economy ratings. The Highlander does, again, have a slight advantage in the form of a single mile per gallon, which will translate into saving some pocket change in the long run, but wouldn’t be super noticeable.

The final row highlights cargo capacity, which is the one area that the Pilot unfortunately fires back, offering an extra 2.7 cubic feet of space. However, dropping the seats flat opens the two crossovers up to 83.7 cu. ft. and 83.9 cu. ft. respectively, significantly lessening that advantage. If you’re interested in a 2019 Toyota Highlander of your own, don’t be afraid to reach out.