Key Advantages: 2017 Toyota Highlander XLE AWD - vs - 2017 Honda Pilot EX-L AWD
- Highlander XLE has two more airbags than the Pilot EX-L (6): a driver knee airbag and a front passenger seat cushion airbag.
- With 295 horsepower and 263 lb.-ft. of torque, Highlander has more power than Pilot, which has 280 horsepower and 262 lb.-ft. of torque.
- Toyota Safety Sense P is standard on all Highlander models; similar features are only offered on Pilot EX-L as part of an extra-cost package.
- Highlander XLE AWD received EPA fuel estimates of 20/26/22 mpg (city/hwy/comb), beating Pilot EX-L AWD's ratings of 18/26/21 mpg.
- ToyotaCare provides Highlander buyers with the standard two-year No Cost Maintenance Plan; Pilot offers no similar maintenance plan.
At first glance, Pilot EX-L looks like a strong competitor, but digging a little depper reveals Highlander XLE to be the value winner. Its 3.5-liter V6 makes more power, while still getting an EPA-estimated combined fuel rating of 22 mpg, beating Pilot EX-L in both categories. Highlander XLE's cabin is equipped with standard features such as eight airbags, Entune Premium Audio with Integrated Navigation, three-zone automatic climate control and heated power front seats. Toyota Safety Sense P and the ToyotaCare Maintenance plan are also significant advantages for Highlander, with similar features either costing extra or unavailable with Pilot EX-L.
Toyota Safety Sense P, Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, Entune Premium JBL Audio with Navigation, Rear-sea Blu-ray DVD, Driver Easy SPeak, Heated front seats, Smart Key System on front doors and liftgate. Second-row 120V auxiliary AC power outlet.