The 2016 Toyota Highlander standard features will surely give it an edge over some crossover SUVs, but can it stand up to West Michigan’s beloved 2016 Honda Pilot? We’ve seen how much area drivers love Honda’s SUV, and we think that when you put the Highlander side by side with the Pilot, it’s easy to see why there are so many of those shining silver H’s on the streets of West Michigan.
We looked at our 2016 Toyota Highlander review and pulled out some highlights for you to compare to what the Pilot has to offer.
Toyota Features vs. Honda Features
Honda has been redefining how drivers think of the idea of “standard features” for a few years now, and while we think Toyota has caught up with the 2013 models, Honda hasn’t slowed their innovation down. Each 2016 Pilot LX comes standard with the following amenities:
- Bluetooth HandsFreeLink for phone and audio
- Steering wheel–mounted controls for tech and cruise
- Multi-angle rearview camera
- In-dash LCD display screen
- Push-button ignition
Some similar amenities can be found on the Highlander, but Toyota is still requiring drivers to upgrade for floor mats, let alone advanced tech features. At the end of the day, the Highlander would need to be upgraded to be on par with the entry-level Pilot SUV.
One of the biggest advantages of the Pilot is its status as one of the safest SUVs in West Michigan thanks to the available Honda Sensing safety package. These advanced features offer accident prevention technologies like adaptive cruise control and collision mitigation braking and are available on EX, EX-L, Touring, and Elite trims. The Highlander’s comparable features don’t show up until the top trim level.
We’ve only touched on the features that set these SUVs apart; be sure to check out our full comparison that we linked above to see other important factors, like safety ratings, engine specs, and fuel economy.
See the Pilot Firsthand
The 2016 Honda Pilot has more to offer than its superior amenities, but we thought comparing to the 2016 Toyota Highlander standard features was a great start. Let us show you all that Honda’s crossover SUV has to offer—visit a West Michigan Honda Dealer near you for a test drive.