“Would You Rather” is a game wherein players challenge each other with a decision of theoretical inquiries. For instance, okay rather have as your solitary type of transportation a llama or a quite manageable ostrich? Vehicle devotees play it somewhat better, and we wound up asking “Either?” while looking at the highest point of-the-line renditions of the Honda Pilot and Toyota Highlander.
The Honda Pilot and Toyota Highlander we assembled to share a great deal. Both are fair size three-push hybrids with space for seven, and every ha a V-6 powertrain and all-wheel drive. Our models both accompanied costs only north of $50,000. Despite these numerous likenesses, Honda Pilot and Toyota Highlander moved toward the structure unexpectedly.
The Pilot has a rough stylish that endeavors to conceal its minivan roots (with blended outcomes), and its roomy inside organizes common sense over vanity. The Highlander, then again, has smoothed out bodywork and a flashier lodge that pushes it toward the extravagance end of the range. That polarity makes one wonder: Would you rather seem as though you’re going climbing or made a beeline for supper?
The present Honda Pilot showed up for 2016 and is a nearby cousin to the Honda Odyssey minivan and Ridgeline pickup. A year ago, the Honda Pilot experienced a mid-cycle invigorate that incorporates harder looking styling, and for 2020 it includes a couple of more highlights and another range-beating Black Edition. To summarize Henry Ford, “You can have any shading you need as long as it’s Crystal Black Pearl.” The monochromatic outside treatment stretches out to the standard 20-inch haggles the entirety of the outside trim.
Inside, it has dark cowhide upholstery, embellished Black Edition logos, and a sprinkling of red accents. It comes outfitted with all the standard hardware found on the Elite model including all-wheel drive, warmed and ventilated front seats, warmed second-push chief’s seats, an all-encompassing sunroof, and remote charging. Our Pilot stickered for $50,840 with no extra alternatives, which speaks to a $1500 upcharge over the Elite model.
Toyota upgraded the Highlander from the beginning for 2020. Presently in its fourth era, the refreshed three-push staple is currently based on the organization’s TNGA-K stage that likewise supports the Toyota Camry and RAV4. Alongside a progressively present-day outside and inside, the Toyota Highlander likewise gets improved driver-help innovation and a refreshed infotainment framework.
Our best in class Platinum trim analyzer has a silver-painted front guard and back sash in addition to extraordinary 20-inch wheels to recognize it from the lesser Highlanders. It additionally comes standard with a 12.3-inch touchscreen, a camera-based rearview reflect, a head-up show, warmed and ventilated front seats, warmed second-push commander’s seats, and an all-encompassing sunroof.
The front-drive Highlander Platinum begins at $49,920. All-wheel drive is an extra $1525 and a joined $1192 for its unique light-blue Moon Dust paint, covered floor mats, rooftop-mounted crossbars, and general tablet holders that put its as-tried cost at $51,112.
On the Road
The two SUVs can run after an expressway entrance ramp or make a brisk pass on a two-path street. Toyota fits a 295-hp 3.5-liter V-6 and an eight-speed programmed transmission into the Toyota Highlander, and they work easily and unobtrusively. In our testing, the 4504-pound Toyota Highlander showed up to 60 mph in 6.7 seconds and spurted from 50 to 70 mph in 5.3 ticks.
We enjoyed the Highlander’s brisk throttle reaction and responsive gear changes, yet the Pilot is the speedier of the two. It’s down five ponies to the Toyota, yet the Honda’s 290-hp 3.5-liter V-6 has 177 fewer pounds to drag around.
The outcome is a 6.4-second hurry to 60 mph. Matched with a nine-speed programmed, the Pilot’s V-6 slips out of the spotlight while cruising and enlisted a rich 66 decibels at 70 mph, to the Highlander’s 69-decibel perusing. In any case, we incline toward how the Highlander reacts to goads of the quickening agent and the transmission’s readiness to rapidly adjust to our differed driving conduct.
The Toyota Highlander goes not far off with a smooth dexterity that is proper for a three-push SUV. We quickly drove the Highlander at its dispatch, and our initial introductions hold up in the wake of living with it for half a month. Its controlling has a decent heave and is precise and direct in its movement. The Honda Pilot seems to be excessively light in exertion and as though it’s retention data about what the tires are experiencing.
We additionally saw that the Highlander managed large effects through the suspension and structure with more beauty than the Pilot. The Toyota’s suspension and sound stifling quieted the effects quicker and better than empty sounding hits we heard in the Honda Pilot.
In corners, the Honda Pilot rolls more. It doesn’t influence strength yet gives you a stop when adjusting an on-ramp. The Toyota Highlander additionally outstripped the Pilot, giving a marginally bigger proportion of security for sly moves.
The Toyota Highlander likewise appreciated a favorable position in slowing down tests, where it halted from 70 mph in 167 feet to the Pilot’s 172. We additionally favored the Highlander’s firmer brake pedal. The Honda Pilot likewise experienced moderate blur during our six progressives prevents from 70 mph.
Taking into account how comparable the Honda Pilot and the Toyota Highlander are, it is anything but an unexpected that the EPA efficiency gauges for the all-wheel-drive Highlander and Honda Pilot are exceptionally close. The Toyota Highlander is appraised at 20 mpg city, 27 parkway, and 23 joined.
The Honda surrenders 1 mpg in each of the three classifications. Be that as it may, we were dazzled with the amount Honda has improved the Pilot’s programmed stop-start highlight, which can now subtly and rapidly restart the motor. In our consistent 75-mph thruway test, the Pilot returned 25 mpg to the Highlander’s 28 mpg.
The Inside View
Maybe it’s nature, yet the Pilot’s inside strikes us as utilitarian as opposed to energizing. As in the best Hondas, there’s a lot of traveler space and no deficiency of inside cubby stockpiling. Its front seats are agreeable for all body sizes, and the driver appreciates an instructing perspective out and about ahead.
Honda’s infotainment framework incorporates an 8.0-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and a Wi-Fi hotspot. We welcome the physical volume handle and enormous onscreen symbols, yet changing the radio broadcast and exploring menus is more diligently than it ought to be.
Our Black Edition additionally flaunts includes that make child-rearing simpler, including a back seat theater setup and a radio called CabinTalk that lets front-seat travelers converse with (or censure) the back two columns. Getting into the third column is simple because the second-push commander’s seats move well off the beaten path.
When you’re in the third column, there’s more space than in the Highlander. In our bag test, the Pilot held similarly the same number of roller-sack portable items as the Toyota behind its third column (four), and it held eight more with all the back seats collapsed (38 aggregate).
The Highlander’s inside looks and feels extensively more extravagant than its Honda rival. Our Platinum model had the attractive Harvest Beige calfskin upholstery and probably the best case of phony wood trim that we’ve seen.
The instrument board is commanded by an enormous touchscreen that bolsters Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and a Wi-Fi hotspot. Underneath it is a lot of HVAC controls and warmed seat controls just as an implicit rack that is ideal for putting away little things.
The middle support container offers extra stockpiling, however its little opening and remote charging cushion force size limitations. While we saw the Highlander’s driving situation as more pleasing than the Pilot’s, its confined third line left us sitting with our knees in our chest.
The Bottom Line
Both the Honda Pilot and the Toyota Highlander nail the reasonableness and individuals pulling some portion of the brief—even though the Highlander’s third-push seats don’t match the Pilot’s. Close to the Highlander, and regardless of the invigorating, the Pilot feels like the more seasoned vehicle.
It does not have the upmarket intrigue of the Highlander’s inside. On the off chance that we were looking for a stacked Pilot, we’d stay away from the Black Edition and go for the $49,340 Elite trim level. The Pilot doesn’t do a lot of wrongs, yet regardless of its more significant expense, the Toyota Highlander Platinum appears to be justified, despite all the trouble.
It has Lexus-commendable inside plan and materials, it’s increasingly refined and calmer as it continues ahead, and we preferred driving the Highlander more than the Honda Pilot.
Anyway, there you have the response to the inquiry: Would you rather purchase the priciest Honda Pilot or the fanciest Toyota Highlander? Because of our testing, we’d pick the Toyota. To respond to the previous inquiry, we’d most likely go llama.