The midsize crossover SUV with three rows is one of the hottest vehicle segments in North America, and two of the most popular options in that crowded field are the Highlander from Toyota and Pilot from Honda. With that in mind, we’re going to compare the 2023 Toyota Highlander vs 2023 Honda Pilot and see how the latest versions of these models measure up. The 2023 Toyota Highlander available at Toyota of Erie arrives with some big updates, including a new powertrain, digital instrumentation and power-folding side mirrors, and it’s available in six trims: L, LE, XLE, XSE, Limited and Platinum. The 2023 Honda Pilot has been completely redesigned for this model year, including more rear passenger room and cargo space, and it’s available in six trim levels as well: LX, Sport, EX-L, TrailSport, Touring and Elite.
The 2023 Toyota Highlander available at Toyota of Erie and the 2023 Honda Pilot are both midsize crossovers, but the Toyota is the smaller vehicle overall. It has an 8.0-inch ground clearance, a 112.2-inch wheelbase and a 194.9-inch length, which is about 16.2 feet. The Pilot, on the other hand, has a 7.3-inch ground clearance, a 113.8-inch wheelbase and a 199.9-inch length. LED headlamps and 18-inch aluminum wheels are standard in both cases, and both automakers offer 20-inch wheels as an upgrade. Roof rails and a hands-free liftgate are available as upgrades as well in both cases.
Both the Highlander and Pilot are available in either a seven- or eight-passenger configuration. Headroom is similar in both models except in the third row where the Honda model has the advantage. The Toyota provides an additional inch of front legroom at 42 inches. The Pilot is more spacious in the second row, but the Highlander is quite roomy at about 39 inches, and the Honda model has an advantage in the third row where it provides about 33 inches. Dedicated and overall cargo space are comparable. The Honda Pilot does have more on paper, but it’s important to note that cargo space measurements aren’t standardized and vary between automotive brands.
In comparing the 2023 Toyota Highlander vs 2023 Honda Pilot, it’s interesting that Honda introduces its next generation and decides to continue on with its V6 engine. Mid-generation, Toyota has made the switch to a turbocharged four-cylinder, and these modern four-cylinders are able to deliver comparable output while also allowing for better fuel performance. The Honda has a 10-speed automatic transmission. The Toyota has an eight speed. Front-wheel drive is standard. All-wheel drive is optional across the board with the exception of the new Honda TrailSport, which includes it. Trailering equipment is available for the Highlander and Pilot, and both can tow up to 5,000 pounds. However, this towing rating requires choosing AWD with the Honda, which is not the case with the Toyota.
The 2023 Toyota Highlander and 2023 Honda Pilot are also comparable in terms of the infotainment technologies that you get in the base packages. Toyota Safety Sense is more robust than Honda Sensing. The standard adaptive cruise control system in the Toyota, for instance, is much more advanced with features like traffic sign recognition and automatic lane centering. The two brands offer similar options, and those include a surround-view camera system and a head-up display.
Do you have any questions that we didn’t cover in our break down of the 2023 Toyota Highlander vs 2023 Honda Pilot? Call or email our dealership. Our team can also discuss brand incentives and dealer promotions, explore finance and lease options, provide custom quotes and much more. You can also reach out to us through chat if you shop with us online, and if you want to test-drive the new Highlander, no appointment is needed. Visit our Toyota of Erie showroom at your earliest convenience.