2016 Honda PilotThe 2016 Highlander features represent an improvement over the SUV’s older models, but is it able to compare to competing crossovers and SUVs in West Michigan? We put Toyota’s SUV up against the popular eight-passenger 2016 Honda Pilot to give area drivers an idea of what their options really look like when shopping for a new vehicle. Which one do you think came out ahead?

Comparing the Pilot and Highlander

We’re firm believers that the 2016 Honda Pilot is one of the best family SUVs on the road, and comparing it to competitors like the Highlander is one of the easiest ways to show that. While the 2016 Highlander features might put it above some other crossovers and SUVs, it struggles to keep up with the state-of-the-art 2016 Honda Pilot. Here is how their trims compare:

  • Base Models: While these two SUVs are closely matched on connectivity and safety features, the Pilot edges ahead with a multi-angle rearview camera to the Highlander’s standard camera, active noise cancellation for a quiet drive, and rear privacy glass.
  • Top Trims: The Highlander Limited Platinum and the Pilot Elite are both high-end SUVs, but the Pilot offers a higher ride with 20-inch alloy wheels, front and rear parking sensors, and Honda-exclusives like Honda Sensing safety features and HondaLink telematics.

Perhaps most troublesome for West Michigan drivers is the Highlander’s base engine, which is just a 185-hp 4-cylinder; the Pilot has a 280-hp V6 as standard to give it enough power to merge and pass without worry. That added boost in power also lets it tow 3,500 pounds (5,000 pounds with AWD) while the Highlander only tows 1,500 pounds on its base engine.

The Pilot has a handful of victories over the 2016 Highlander features at the base trim, the top trim, and the levels in between, and when that’s combined with its superior standard engine, we think Honda has a clear winner here. Be sure to read our 2016 Toyota Highlander review for more.

Test Drive a Pilot

Visit a West Michigan Honda Dealer near you today to see one or more of the 2016 Honda Pilot’s five trims and find out which one is right for your family. We’ve only taken a glimpse at the features and the advantages they have over the Highlander, so be sure to ask about what comes standard and how easy it is to use features like the available Apple CarPlay and Android Auto systems.


West Michigan Honda Dealers includes Battle Creek Honda, Betten Honda, Crown Honda, Fox Honda, River Town Honda, and Zeigler Honda.