2019 Honda Pilot vs 2019 Toyota Highlander 

2019 Honda Pilot Elite vs 2019 Toyota Highlander

Deciding on a three-row SUV can be a daunting task. Between pricing, power and interior space, there’s a lot to take into consideration. That’s why we’ve taken the time to sort through all the details and give it to you straight. Read on to see how the 2019 Honda Pilot and 2019 Toyota Highlander compare when we put them side-by-side in this model showdown. 

Behind the rear seats, the Pilot’s cargo area packs noticeably more space than the Highlander (16.0 cubic feet vs 13.6 cubic feet). For those extra demanding hauls, folding second- and third-row seats will score you an expanded cargo space in either model. In terms of max cargo potential, the two SUVs come about even, with the Pilot leading at 83.9 cubic feet and the Highlander following at 83.7 cubic feet. Check out the table below for more details on each model’s interior space and performance offerings.

2019 Honda Pilot 


2019 Toyota Highlander 

$31,450  Starting MSRP  $31,680 
280 hp  Standard Horsepower  185 hp 
3,500 to 5,000 lbs.**  Max Towing Capacity  1,500 to 5,000 lbs. 
152.9 cubic feet Passenger Volume  144.9 cubic feet

2019 Honda Pilot and 2019 Toyota Highlander Power & Performance Comparison 

Each 2019 Pilot model is powered by a robust 3.5-liter V6 good for 280 horsepower and 262 lb.-ft. of torque. The 2019 Highlander comes standard with a milder 2.7-liter 4-cylinder engine, which caps off at 185 horsepower and 184 lb.-ft. of torque. The Highlander’s optional 3.5-liter V6 (295 hp, 263 lb.-ft.) will bring you about even with the Pilot, but you’ll have to wander far from that starting MSRP to get there. 

With that 3.5-liter V6, the Pilot scores a max towing capacity of 3,500 lbs. for 2WD trims and 5,000 lbs. for AWD trims.** The Highlander’s base engine is far more lethargic, offering a max tow capacity of just 1,500 lbs. Again, the Highlander’s V6 will boost you to that 5,000-lb. max tow capacity, but it will cost you a pretty penny. 

* MSRP excluding tax, license, registration, $1,045.00 destination charge and options. Dealers set own prices. 

** Towing requires the addition of the Honda accessory towing kit, trailer harness and hitch ball. Please see your Honda dealer for details.