If you're a Florida family searching for a roomy and refined new vehicle that offers three rows of seating, you'll want to take a close look at the 2020 Honda Pilot. Honda's largest vehicle in its award-winning SUV lineup comes with seating for up to eight, along with a premium cabin that treats every passenger to a comfortable journey. This modern family SUV continues to be a hit with motorists across the country due to its standard V6 performance, advanced cabin and safety technologies and refined ride.
Going up against the Pilot is Toyota's Highlander, another three-row, mid-size SUV that offers similar features and pricing. Here, we'll compare the 2020 Honda Pilot against the 2020 Toyota Highlander so that SUV shoppers can see where these two popular options differ.
The 2020 Honda Pilot SUV starts at an MSRP of just $31,550* with the well-equipped LX trim, making it an attractive option for many families. Toyota's new Highlander sees a significant price jump from last year's model. The 2020 Toyota Highlander starts at $34,600 MSRP, or thousands of dollars more than a comparable Honda Pilot.
Some of the 2020 Honda Pilot's standard features that you won't find on the 2020 Toyota Highlander include a convenient capless fuel filler and Honda's famed Multi-Angle Rearview Camera that provides three viewing modes while in reverse gear. It's innovative features like these that make the Pilot a Honda and a top choice among mid-size crossovers and SUVs!
As Honda's dedicated family SUV, the 2020 Pilot comes standard-equipped with thoughtful amenities like rear privacy glass and seating for up to eight. Plus, there is a generous 152.9 cubic feet of total passenger volume. Available features that elevate this family-hauler include the Advanced Rear Entertainment System that boasts a 10.2-inch display for viewing movies and more, plus integrated second-row sunshades. There are even an available wireless phone charger and 590-Watt Premium Audio System that make this one high-tech ride!
Both the Pilot and the Toyota Highlander offer 7- or 8-passenger seating configurations, including available second-row captain's chairs. These family SUVs also boast standard driver-assistive technologies like adaptive cruise control, a pre-collision braking system and automatic high beam headlights across each trim level.
When it comes to three-row family vehicles, seating capacity doesn't tell you the full story. For instance, even though both of these mid-size SUVs offer seating for up to eight occupants in three rows, one of them is far roomier. The 2020 Honda Pilot features a stellar 152.9 cubic feet of space for its passengers. In the 2020 Highlander from Toyota, passengers will find just 141.3 cubic feet of space. If you tour both of these models with your family, you are all sure to find that each row of the Honda Pilot feels more spacious and relaxing than the cramped quarters of the 2020 Toyota Highlander.
Drivers looking to upgrade to a highly capable new three-row SUV at an affordable price will find that the 2020 Honda Pilot LX base trim offers impressive performance. Every version of the new Pilot comes equipped with a 280-hp direct-injected, i-VTEC® V6 engine that allows this spacious SUV to tow up to 3,500 pounds with two-wheel drive (2WD), or 5,000 pounds when equipped with all-wheel drive (AWD).
Toyota's Highlander is all-new for 2020, and finally does away with the previously standard inline 4-cylinder engine, which simply didn't have enough power to move this large crossover with much confidence. The Highlander's newly standard V6 engine generates similar horsepower and torque figures to the Honda Pilot, but the Toyota weighs more than the Honda. With similar output, each edition of the Highlander tips the scales at around 100 pounds heavier than a comparable Pilot.
Thanks to its powerful and robust V6 engine and lower curb weight, the 2020 Honda Pilot is a smart option when you're after a highly capable new mid-size SUV.
When you're after a new family SUV that delivers style, comfort, safety, technology and efficient performance as standard, turn to the 2020 Honda Pilot. If you are located near the Osprey, Florida, area, our nearby Honda dealership is your local source for the complete lineup of 2020 Pilot SUVs. Shop at Venice Honda online and apply for financing now or visit us in Venice, FL, at your convenience for a tour and test drive of any one of our new Honda automobiles for sale.
*MSRP excluding tax, license, registration, destination charge, options and accessories. Dealers set own prices.