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2017 Honda Pilot vs 2017 Toyota Highlander

An SUV has to be tough, ready for anything, and provide plenty of room for both passengers and cargo alike. Find out which SUV performs in these metrics better with our 2017 Honda Pilot vs 2017 Toyota Highlander comparison.

For this comparison, we will be using the base model trim for both of these SUVs. For the Pilot that means we will be using the LX, and for the Highlander we will be using the LE. We should note that there are two engines available for the Highlander LE trim, but we chose to compare the 2.7-liter as it keeps the two vehicles more comparable in terms of MSRP and it is the powerplant that comes standard for 2017. If you want to see the new Honda Pilot inventory that we have here at Bob Rohrman Honda in Lafayette, then click the link below.

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2017 Honda Pilot LX VS 2017 Toyota Highlander LE 2.7-liter
280 Horsepower 185
3,500 Pounds Towing Capacity 1,500 Pounds
152.9 Cubic-Feet Passenger Volume 144.9 Cubic-Feet
Optional All-Wheel Drive Optional

Is the Pilot a better SUV than the Highlander?

That base model standard engine for the Toyota Highlander is a big weak spot for this SUV. An SUV with three rows that only has 185 horsepower is not going to impress anybody. On top of that, this power shortage rears its ugly head when it comes to the measly 1,500 pounds of available towing capacity of the Highlander.

On the opposite end of the spectrum, the Honda Pilot LX comes standard with a 3.5-liter V-6 that is capable of producing 280 horsepower while also generating 262 pound-feet of torque. This torque is far more than the 184 pound-feet of torque that the 2.7-liter Highlander engine provides. This abundance of Honda power is what allows the Pilot LX to tow up to 3,500 pounds. Now that’s enough to haul some toys.

Now we come to the interior where any passengers will find all the room they need in the Pilot LX. In fact, when it comes time to compare the Pilot to the Highlander, it isn’t even a close race as the Pilot LX offers 8 additional cubic-feet of passenger room. This means everyone will have a little more room to stretch out and relax.

Both of these models come with front-wheel drive standard, and both also feature an all-wheel drive configuration as an option, so you don’t have to concern yourself too much with that when making your decision. If you have already made your decision, and you think that the Pilot is right for you, then you should come see the inventory that we have here at Bob Rohrman Honda in Lafayette. We know you will be impressed.

2017 Honda Pilot with a surfboard on the roof
2017 Honda Pilot with a bike in the back
2017 Honda Pilot infotainment system
2017 Honda Pilot navigation

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