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The Battle Of The Mid-Size SUVs

Finally, after several years of its reign, the minivan can take a rest from the limelight. The new king of family transportation is the mid-size SUV. The mid-size SUV segment is probably the most competitive in the North American market, with plenty of options available for buyers. The large number of options makes it much harder for buyers to decide which car best suits their needs.

Two of the go-to cars for drivers in Utah looking to buy a three-row SUV are the Toyota Highlander and the Honda Pilot. Redesigned and recently upgraded, the Toyota Highlander provides an attractive and comfortable interior and quiet ride. Contrarily, the Honda Pilot offers plenty of cargo space, a smooth ride, and a functional cabin.

Buyers in Logan face a difficult task trying to choose from these two cars. To help you make the right choice, your friends at Young Toyota have prepared this detailed comparison for you.


The Toyota Highlander has upgraded from the 2.7-liter 4 cylinder engine to the 3.5-liter V6 petrol engine delivering 295 horsepower and 263 lb-ft of torque. With the Highlander, you also get the option of a 2.5-liter engine that is available for the hybrid powertrains only. This engine is capable of delivering 243 horsepower, which is very powerful for a hybrid. The 3.5-liter V6 engine is offered in tandem with a smooth and quiet eight-speed automatic transmission available in both front- and all-wheel drive options. This vehicle is also very fuel-efficient, with an EPA rating of 20 MPG in the city and 27 MPG on the highway.

Just like the Highlander, the Honda Pilot is also powered by a 3.5-liter V6 engine. However, its engine is only capable of 280 horsepower, unlike the Highlander's whopping 295 horsepower. Their torque is almost identical, but their transmission differs. The Honda Pilot comes with a six-speed automatic transmission, and you will be required to upgrade to the higher trims to access the much better nine-speed automatic transmission. Similarly, the Honda Pilot still does not match the Highlander's fuel economy with an EPA rating of 19 MPG in the city and 26 MPG on the highway.


The Toyota Highlander offers several impressive features, among them being its spruced up infotainment system. With the Highlander, you have the option of choosing between the 8.0-inch and the 12.3-inch touchscreen infotainment system. Both systems come with Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, Sirius XM, Alexa, and a JBL surround system. Moreover, the Highlander comes equipped with a three-zone climate control feature that is available even in the base trim.

The Honda Pilot comes with only an 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system that only available to the EX trim and above. Similar to the Highlander, the infotainment system is equipped with Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, and Sirius XM. An impressive feature in the Pilot is the rear infotainment system, which is only available on the higher trims, just like the climate control feature.



You can never be too careful, especially while driving. This can be seen with the amount of safety technology that is included in both SUVs. The Toyota Highlander comes with the basic standard safety features required for all cars and the renowned Toyota Safety Sense 2.0, which is available in all trims. This complete active safety system includes several safety features, including:
  • A pedestrian detection system.
  • Lane-keeping assist.
  • Lane departure alert with steering assist.
  • Road sign assist.
  • Automatic pre-collision braking.
  • Forward collision alert.
  • Adaptive cruise control.
Similarly, the Honda Pilot comes with its own active safety system - Honda Sensing. Honda Sensing comes with a package similar to the Highlander that includes adaptive cruise control, lane-keeping assist, and forward collision alert. However, you need to upgrade to higher trims to access the blind-spot monitoring and cross-traffic alert.

Although it may look like the two SUVs are evenly matched, the Toyota Highlander pulls ahead of the Honda Pilot thanks to its impressive performance, technology, and safety features.

The Highlander offers excellent power on the road as well as a smooth and quiet ride. Additionally, the vehicle is tuned to keep you comfortable and entertained on the road with its superior infotainment system. Though the two cars have a similar package of safety features, more is offered on the base trim of the Highlander compared to the Pilot which makes it the safer option.

In a head-to-head match, the Toyota Highlander knocks out the Honda Pilot to win the battle of the mid-size SUV.
2022 Toyota Highlander
2022 Toyota Highlander SUV

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