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Compare the 2018 Honda Pilot vs 2018 Toyota 4Runner

2018 Honda Pilot 2018 Toyota 4Runner Versus

2018 Honda Pilot


2018 Toyota 4Runner

19 city / 27 hwy*

Fuel Economy

17 city / 20 hwy
3.5L V6


4.0L V6
280 hp


270 hp

Serving Chantilly, VA, Washington, D.C., and Ashburn, VA

The Honda Pilot and the Toyota 4Runner are two midsize SUVs that provide the body style’s hallmark traits: ruggedness, cabin roominess, and all-weather drivability. While the 4Runner has been around for a much longer period of time, the Pilot has made great use of its three production cycles to become one of the top midsize SUV choices around. It’s no different for the 2018 model year, which finds the 4Runner unchanged as it goes deeper into its fifth generation of production. The Pilot, which also sports no changes, is still fresh into its third generation of production to prove itself as a better choice than its Toyota counterpart.


The 2018 Honda Pilot is powered by a 3.5-liter V6, which produces 280 horsepower. That’s an output that surpasses the 4.0-liter V6 on the 2018 Toyota 4Runner, which puts out 270 horsepower (10 less horsepower). Also, the Pilot powertrain is generally more efficient. Already with a smaller engine, the Pilot can be configured with a 9-speed automatic transmission and a front-wheel drivetrain to boost the fuel economy to 20 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway. Although front-wheel drive is also available on the 4Runner to maximize gas mileage, the transmission has five gears, which means that your shifter has longer spaces to travel—and, consequently, more energy to burn. Couple that with a larger engine, and the 4Runner can only peak at 17/21 mpg; that’s 3 less mpg in the city and 6 less mpg on the highway than the Pilot.


Although both the 2018 Honda Pilot and the 2018 Toyota 4Runner are designed and classified as midsize SUVs, the former has a greater maximum seating accommodation. Three rows of seats inside the Pilot provide the ability to hold up to eight people: with two seats in the front for the driver and a passenger and two bench-style seats behind them to accommodate three people each. Even though the top-level Elite trim swaps the bench-style seat in the second row with a pair of captain’s seats, maximum occupancy is still pretty good—at up to seven people. The 4Runner, on the other hand, sticks with the two-row, five-seater layout.


The 4Runner is only equipped with a rearview camera. In contrast the Pilot brings more to the table with a camera as well as a rear cross-traffic alert and a blind spot monitor. Furthermore, the Pilot options include a forward collision watch, a related autobrake, and a lane keeper. On top of that, it even provides a road departure system to assist Pilot drivers back to on the pavement. The 4Runner simply cannot match the Pilot's ingenuity.

Ready to take a ride in the 2018 Honda Pilot, rather than the 2018 Toyota 4Runner? Come see us at our dealership in Chantilly, Virginia, where we have served residents of the Washington, D.C. area for years. Call us today to set up an appointment with one of our Honda sales experts.

MSRP excludes destination, taxes, title and registration fees. Starting at MSRP refers to the base model, optional equipment not included. Pricing and offers may change at any time without notification. To get full pricing details, see your dealer.

*Based on 2018 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.

Current Inventory

There are currently no 2018 Honda Pilot AWD EX 4dr SUV for Sale in inventory


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NHTSA Government 5-Star Safety Ratings are part of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s New Car Assessment Program ( Model tested with standard side airbags (SAB).