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2016 Honda Pilot vs 2016 Toyota Highlander near Washington, DC

Two Great SUVs. Only One Winner

If you’re looking at large SUVs, you’re looking for room. Well, you’ve certainly come to the right place. Honda of Chantilly has put together a comparison between the 2016 Honda Pilot vs the 2016 Toyota Highlander near Washington, DC, two great large SUVs, and we’re going to compare space, fuel efficiency, and engine capability. Let’s get started!

We’ll begin with fuel efficiency – we all know that the larger the vehicle, the harder it is to save at the pump. The Honda Pilot really makes an effort to increase fuel frugality and is able to provide you with a solid 20/27/23 MPG city/hwy/combined1 with a FWD and 9-speed transmission. The Highlander can’t achieve the same, only clocking in at 19/25/21 MPG city/hwy/combined2 on their own FWD V6 configuration. There’s quite a bit of discrepancy when it comes to engines on this two SUVs. Honda recognized that a 4-cylinder just wasn’t going to cut it to get this large vehicle moving and eschewed that from the Pilot lineup entirely, providing an efficient but powerful 3.5-liter V6 engine that’s capable of producing 280 horsepower and 262 lb.-ft. of torque. The Highlander struggles to chug along with its standard 2.7-liter 4-cylinder engine that’s only capable of generating 185 horsepower and 184 lb.-ft. of torque.

There’s still more to talk about when it comes the decisions made in regards to the engines between the 2016 Honda Pilot vs the 2016 Toyota Highlander near Washington, DC. Both the Pilot and Highlander V6 engines can tow 5,000 lb.3, but not both are capable of accelerating quickly and quietly when merging on to the Interstate X. The Pilot dashes from 0-60 MPH in 6.4 seconds4, while the Highlander dallied its way from 0-60 MPH in 7.6 seconds4. That’s quite a big difference there.

Let’s get to the real reason that large SUVs exist, though: space. Both proffer a fair amount of cargo room, but which uses it more judiciously? The Pilot gives you 83.9 cubic ft. of space5, and the Highlander is competitive there, providing 83.7 cubic ft. of space6, both with all seats down. When it comes to actually filling your vehicle with passengers, though, that third row you intended to utilize on the Highlander might come up short. With only 35.9 inches of headroom, the Highlander’s third row is really only suited for small children. The Pilot, on the other hand, gives a whopping 38.9 inches of headroom in the third row, allowing adults to utilize the space.

At Honda of Chantilly, we want to find the best vehicle to suit your needs, which is why we hope that this comparison between the 2016 Honda Pilot vs the 2016 Toyota Highlander near Washington, DC, has been helpful to you. Give us a call at 855-971-9539 if you have any questions at all! 


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1. 20 city/27 highway/23 combined mpg rating for 2WD 9AT models. Based on 2016 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions and other factors. 

2. EPA-estimated. Actual mileage my vary. 

3. Before towing, confirm your vehicle and trailer are compatible, hooked up and loaded properly and that you have any necessary additional equipment. Do not exceed any Weight Ratings and follow all instructions in your Owner’s Manual. The maximum you can tow depends on base curb weight plus the total weight of any cargo, occupants, and added vehicle equipment. “Added vehicle equipment” includes additional standard/optional equipment and accessories added by the manufacturer, dealers, and/or vehicle owners. The only way to be certain of your vehicle’s exact curb weight is to weigh your vehicle without passengers or cargo.

4. Acceleration testing performed by Edmunds.com editors. Always obey the posted speed limit, where your seatbelt, and drive responsibly. 

5. Honda reminds you to properly secure items in the cargo area.

6. Cargo and load capacity limited by weight and distribution.


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