2021 Honda Pilot vs. 2021 Toyota Highlander

2021 Honda Pilot vs 2021 Toyota Highlander
2021 Honda Pilot LX 2WD
with 9-speed automatic transmission


2021 Toyota Highlander
$32,550 MSRP*

Starting MSRP

$35,085 MSRP

Seating Capacity

3.5L V6


3.5L V6
280 / 262 lb-ft of torque

Engine Output

295 hp / 263 lb-ft of torque
152.9 cubic feet

Passenger Volume

141.3 cubic feet
31.9 inches

Third-Row Legroom

27.7 inches

If you’re looking for a three-row SUV that can seat up to seven or eight passengers, the 2021 Honda Pilot and the 2021 Toyota Highlander are almost certainly two of the top names on your list! Although these two models are certainly competitive, our 2021 Honda Pilot vs. Toyota Highlander comparison shows that the Pilot is the bigger, better choice for Painesville families. Find out what we mean by reading on!

Honda Pilot vs. Toyota Highlander: Pricing

Pilot or Highlander? There’s no reason to spend more than you have to. The Honda Pilot LX 2WD with 9-speed automatic transmission starts at $32,550 MSRP*, which makes it a better choice than the Highlander. If you want to drive the Toyota, you’ll need to spend at least $35,085 MSRP.

If the starting price of the Honda Pilot looks good to you, find out how much you could save with our new vehicle specials or value your trade-in today.

Honda Pilot vs. Toyota Highlander: Dimensions

For many drivers who compare the Honda Pilot vs. Toyota Highlander, everything comes down to a close look at each model’s interior dimensions! Here, the more affordable Honda Pilot proves its value once again:

2021 Honda Pilot

  • Passenger Volume — 152.9 cubic feet
  • Legroom (1st/2nd/3rd Row) — 40.9 inches / 38.4 inches / 31.9 inches
  • Headroom (1st/2nd/3rd Row) — 40.9 inches / 39.5 inches / 38.9 inches
  • Front Shoulder Room — 62.0 inches / 62.0 inches / 57.6 inches
  • Cargo Volume (Rear Seats Upright/Flat): 16.5 cubic feet / 83.9 cubic feet

2021 Toyota Highlander

  • Passenger Volume — 141.3 cubic feet
  • Legroom (1st/2nd/3rd Row) –42.0 inches / 41.0 inches / 27.7 inches
  • Headroom (1st/2nd/3rd Row) — 38.4 inches / 37.1 inches / 36.1 inches
  • Front Shoulder Room — 59.0 inches / 58.7 inches / 55 inches
  • Cargo Volume (Rear Seats Upright/Flat): 16 cubic feet / 84.3 cubic feet

The Highlander and the Pilot offer first and second rows that are more or less equally spacious. They also offer nearly identical amounts of cargo volume. However, the Pilot notches an easy win by offering four more inches of rear legroom than its rival. With more third-row headroom and third-row shoulder room, too, the Pilot is simply a better fit for families who actually need eight seats! Need even more space? Check out the Honda Odyssey interior too!

Find a 2021 Honda Pilot for Sale in Mentor

Now that you’ve compared the Honda Pilot vs. Toyota Highlander in detail, prepare for the next steps by learning how to shop and buy online! Our dealership is easy to reach from anywhere near Willoughby or Eastlake, and our team is here to help you get more out of every ride.


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*MSRP excluding tax, license, registration, $1,225 destination charge and accessories. Dealer prices may vary. MSRP does not include $395 charge for premium colors.

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