2021 Toyota Highlander vs. 2021 Honda Pilot

2021 Toyota Highlander vs. 2021 Honda Pilot
2021 Toyota Highlander


2021 Honda Pilot

Starting MSRP

3.5L V6 Engine


3.5L V6 Engine
21 MPG City/29 MPG Highway

EPA-Estimated Fuel Economy

20 MPG City/27 MPG Highway
295 hp


280 hp

Hybrid Configurations?

Toyota Safety Sense™ 2.5+ (TSS 2.5+)

Safety System

Honda Sensing®

If you are shopping for a new mid-size SUV that can offer all the interior space needed for your busy Normal area family, you’ll want to take a look at the 2021 Toyota Highlander and 2021.Honda Pilot. These are two of the most popular SUVs currently on the market, and either one can provide the performance capabilities and convenient features that can enhance any drive in and around Bloomington. But there are some differences in standard interior features and performance that you should take note of before deciding which SUV you’ll be driving home. Learn more in this Honda PIlot vs. Toyota HIghlander comparison from Sam Leman Toyota Bloomington.

Highlander vs. Pilot: Price & Features

While the Toyota Highlander is a few thousand dollars more than the Honda Pilot, you will get more standard features overall, as well as all-new Toyota Safety Sense™ 2.5+ (TSS 2.5+), which is standard on each of the Highlander trim levels. Explore the features on each of the entry-level Highlander and Pilot models below:

  • 2021 Highlander L– $35,085*: Offers 5 USB ports, three-zone climate control, Toyota Safety Sense™ 2.5+ (TSS 2.5+), a Smart Key System, and much more. 
  • 2021 Honda Pilot LX – $32,250: Requires upgrades to its trim level or features to get the same convenience features that are standard with the HIghlander L trim.

Looking to save on your new Toyota Highlander? Explore our new vehicle specials and Highlander lease offers to find some of the best deals in the Morton area.

Highlander vs. Pilot: Performance

Comparing the Honda Pilot vs. Toyota Highlander in terms of performance reveals that even though they both are equipped with a 3.5L V6 engine, the Toyota SUV not only delivers more horsepower, but is also more fuel efficient than the Honda.

Toyota Highlander

  • Engine: 295-hp, 3.5L V6 engine
  • Transmission: 8-speed automatic. 
  • MPG Ratings:EPA-estimated fuel economy of 21 mpg city/29 mpg highway

Honda Pilot

  • Engine: 280-hp, 3.5L V6 engine
  • Transmission: 9-speed automatic
  • MPG Ratings: EPA-estimated fuel economy of 19 mpg city/27 mpg highway 

Looking for even better fuel efficiency on Springfield roads? The Toyota Highlander also offers a hybrid model that features a 2.5-L L4HV Double Overhead Cam (DOHC) 16-Valve D-4S Injection Atkinson Cycle Engine with Dual VVT-iE. This hybrid powertrain has earned an EPA-estimated 36 city/35 highway.

Test Drive the Toyota Highlander at Sam Leman Toyota Bloomington

Now that you’ve had a chance to check out our Highlander vs. Pilot comparison, visit our dealership in Bloomington to get behind the wheel of the exciting new Highlander model of your choice today! Our finance team can help you secure the loan or lease plan that is the perfect fit with your budget, and for your convenience, you can apply for financing with us online and get pre-approved from the comfort of your home or office.

*MSRP excludes the Delivery, Processing, and Handling Fee of $995 for Cars (Yaris HB, Yaris, Yaris iA, 86, Corolla, Corolla HB, Camry, Camry HV, Prius LB, Prius c, Prius Prime, Mirai, Avalon, Avalon HV, Supra), $1,175 for Small/Medium Trucks, SUVs and Van (C-HR, RAV4, RAV4 HV, Highlander, Highlander HV, 4Runner, Sienna, Tacoma), $1,365 for Large SUVs (Sequoia, Land Cruiser), and $1,595 for Large Truck (Tundra). (Historically, vehicle manufacturers and distributors have charged a separate fee for processing, handling and delivering vehicles to dealerships. Toyota’s charge for these services is called the “Delivery, Processing and Handling Fee” and is based on the value of the processing, handling and delivery services Toyota provides as well as Toyota’s overall pricing structure. Toyota may make a profit on the Delivery, Processing and Handling Fee.) Excludes taxes, license, title and available or regionally required equipment. The Delivery, Processing and Handling Fee in AL, AR, FL, GA, LA, MS, NC, OK, SC and TX will be higher. The published prices do not apply to Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Actual dealer price will vary.

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