Do the 2016 Toyota Highlander Safety Features Offer the Protection You Need?

August 12th, 2016 by

2016 Honda PilotIf you’re among the many consumers who are in the market for an SUV, safety features are likely high on your list of must-haves—whether you’re looking to go off-road or just to transport your family members around town.

As you browse current SUV models, you may wonder if the 2016 Toyota Highlander safety features include the advanced protective elements you want. Will the Highlander keep you and yours as safe as possible—or will you be better protected in a competing model like the 2016 Honda Pilot?

Cutting-edge Safety

As you take a look at the safety features found in the Honda Pilot vs. the Toyota Highlander, it’s clear that there are various protective amenities found in the Pilot that the Toyota Highlander does not have, including:

  • Front parking sensors (standard in the Pilot Touring and Elite models) that alert the driver to vehicles, obstacles, or pedestrians in front of the vehicle. The Highlander models do not feature front parking aids.
  • Front active head restraints (standard in all of the Pilot models but not offered standard in the Highlander), which use special headrests to protect vehicle occupants from whiplash. In rear-end collisions, the active head restraint system moves the headrests forward to help safeguard against spine and neck injuries.
  • ACE body structure, or “advanced compatibility engineering” body structure, which is a Honda-exclusive vehicle construction designed to reduce the effects of accidents by distributing collision energy evenly throughout the vehicle’s front. ACE body structure comes standard in all of the Honda Pilot models but is not available in the Toyota Highlander.
  • Rain-sensing windshield wipers (standard in the Pilot Elite trim but not available in the Highlander models), which help drivers stay focused on the road by automatically turning on and adjusting according to the amount of rain sensed on the windshield, so the driver doesn’t have to manually locate and adjust the wiper control while also trying to drive.
  • Fog lights (offered as an accessory in the Pilot base model but not available in the base-model Highlander), which help drivers more safely navigate in poor visibility conditions.

Take the Pilot for a Spin

Drivers can further explore the state-of-the-art offerings found in the 2016 Honda Pilot at any West Michigan Honda Dealers location. Stop by any of our associated dealerships today to learn more about this outstanding SUV and to take it for a test drive.

Posted in 2016 Vehicles, Pilot