If you want a vehicle capable of towing about 5,000 pounds and hauling eight passengers, Toyota Highlander and Honda Pilot are the best two options. Read on to learn how they compare.
The Pilot is capable of seating seven to eight passengers in the three rows. The captain chairs in the second row are available on the top trims. The cargo space behind the third row is about 16.5 cubic feet and 83.9 cubic feet with all the seats folded. The accommodation for the passengers is roomy as well. This vehicle is powered by a 3.5 L V6 engine paired with a 9-speed automatic that offers a horsepower of 280 HP and a torque of 262 pound-feet. It is sufficiently powerful, smooth, and can tow about 5,000 pounds. The average fuel economy of the Pilot is good as well.
It is a comfortable and capable SUV but is not particularly sporty. However, with its torque vectoring technology, it offers secure handling. Other standard safety features include forward-collision warning, lane-keeping assistance, adaptive cruise control, and automatic emergency braking. Rear cross-traffic alert and blind-spot monitoring are offered on every trim except the base LX.
The Toyota Highlander is known to offer reliability, good fuel economy, and value. You have the option to choose from a 4-cylinder hybrid engine or V6 engine that offers 295 HP. The hybrid won’t be as quick as the V6 and will be able to tow only 3,500 pounds vs the V6 with a towing capability of 5,000 lbs. However, its fuel economy is quite impressive. Available in six trim levels, there is a sporty XSE available in 2021 models. There are four trims in the hybrid model. You have the option to go for a second-row bench or captain’s chairs. With all the Highlanders, you will get the robust safety suite from Toyota that includes automatic emergency braking, forward-collision warning, lane tracing assist, and lane-departure warning. Rear cross-traffic alert and blind-spot monitoring are offered as standard on all trims excel the base L model.
Both vehicles have the NHTSA five-star rating and ample cargo space. However, the Toyota Highlander offers a few trim versions, a hybrid option and is more fuel-efficient, making it the better choice.
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