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2016 Honda Pilot vs 2015 Toyota Highlander Canada

2016 Honda Pilot 2015 Toyota Highlander
3.5-litre i-VTEC V-6 Engine 3.5-litre V-6
280 HP Horsepower 270 HP
2268 kg Towing Capacity 2268 kg
*12.4 city / 8.8 highway L/100km Fuel Economy 12.5 city / 9.3 highway L/100km

2016 Honda Pilot vs 2015 Toyota Highlander Canada

2016 Honda Pilot interior

Few vehicles have had as intense a competition as the Honda Pilot and Toyota Highlander. These two SUV models have been involved in a fierce matchup for years in an already competitive segment. With the soon to be released 2016 Honda Pilot, the competition looks to become even more exciting. If we look at the 2016 Honda Pilot vs 2015 Toyota Highlander, we can see that both of these vehicles have a lot to offer and it is clear why they have been leading the SUV market.

Both the new Honda Pilot and new Toyota Highlander offer a spacious interior with seating for 8 passengers. Each SUV is also powered by a 3.5-litre V-6 engine and can tow up to 2268 kg. The Pilot and Highlander also both offer an impressive amount of power, with the Pilot achieving up to 280 horsepower and the Highlander achieving up to 270 horsepower. When it comes down to the performance, a test drive will be the best option to determine which you prefer.

Since these vehicles offer incredibly similar performance and capability, which one is truly the better buy? If we look at what is offered by these two vehicles, it becomes clear that there are actually quite a few areas where the 2016 Honda Pilot is superior to the 2015 Toyota Highlander.

Differences Between 2016 Honda Pilot vs 2015 Toyota Highlander

One of the areas where the 2016 Honda Pilot succeeds over the 2015 Toyota Highlander is in its fuel economy. Though they have the same type of engine, the new Honda Pilot actually has a slightly better fuel economy rating than the Toyota Highlander. The estimated fuel economy rating of the 2016 Pilot is *12.4 city and 8.8 highway litres per 100 kilometers as opposed to the 2015 Highlander's estimated fuel economy rating of 12.5 city and 9.3 highway litres per 100 kilometers. The new Honda Pilot also has a much more spacious interior than the Toyota Highlander, with the Pilot offering 3,092 litres of space behind the front row and the Highlander only offering 2,370 litres of space behind the front row.

In the 2016 Honda Pilot, you can find an available 9-speed transmission along with its standard 6-speed transmission, where the 2015 Toyota Highlander only has a 6-speed transmission. There are also quite a few features available in the new Honda Pilot that cannot be found in the Toyota Highlander, like LED brakelights, glovebox lighting, LED low-beam headlights, and rain sensing windshield wipers.

Where the new Honda Pilot especially rises above the Toyota Highlander is in the safety features it offers. Apart from the LX trim, all models of the 2016 Honda Pilot have standard LED daytime running lights and many standard features from the Honda Sensing safety suite. Some of these great high-tech features include Lane Departure Warning, Forward Collision Warning, Adaptive Cruise Control, and Road Departure Mitigation. Though these Honda Sensing features are not standard on the LX model they are available to drivers who want them. Unfortunately, for the Toyota Highlander, the only few high-tech safety features it offers are just available on its highest trim, the Limited model.

When it comes down to it, by offering more space, better fuel economy, and more features, the 2016 Honda Pilot is truly a better value than the 2015 Toyota Highlander. The new Honda Pilot is highly anticipated here in Edmonton, AB, and you can find on the Wheaton Honda beginning in the fall of 2015. If you are interested in learning more about the 2016 Honda Pilot, fill out the form below and you can be one of the first to test drive this incredible SUV.

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*Estimated fuel economy based on Government of Canada’s 5-cycle testing method. Your actual fuel consumption will vary based on driving habits and other factors – use for comparison only

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