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2016 Honda Pilot vs 2016 Toyota Highlander near Washington, D.C.

And the Winner is...

What do you get when you put two of the top SUVs in a comparison against one another? A healthy competition. The 2016 Honda Pilot vs 2016 Toyota Highlander near Washington, D.C., is that comparison. When it comes to performance and a commodious interior, the Pilot proves to be the top contender.

Under the hood of these mighty SUVs await a whirlwind of power – but only one hosts more. Even though the Highlander is outfitted with two engines, it doesn’t come close to what the Pilot is capable of with its sole powertrain. In the Highlander, the 2.7L engine delivers 185 horsepower and 184 lb.-ft. of torque, while the 3.5L puts out 270 horsepower and 248 lb.-ft. of torque. Impressive enough numbers, but not when compared to the Pilot. This SUV’s standard V6 powertrain cranks out a wild 280 horsepower and 262 lb.-ft. of torque every time you hit the gas.

For bringing along a camper-trailer to Greenbelt Park on a weekend getaway, or for chartering a fishing boat to the Potomac River, the Pilot and Highlander are both well-equipped to handle all of your needs. Though both sport a maximum 5,000-lb. towing capacity1, 2, the Highlander’s minimum towing capacity2 caps out at 1,500 lb., while the Pilot has a 3,500-lb. towing1 starting point.

If you don’t need that kind of capability, the interior of these SUVs are just as impressive. Although, the Pilot has a lot more room than the Highlander in this 2016 Honda Pilot vs 2016 Toyota Highlander near Washington, D.C, comparison. In the rear, the Pilot boasts 18.5 cubic ft. of space3, while the Highlander only has 13.8 cubic ft. of room4. Fold the third-row flat, and the Pilot achieves a 55.9 cubic ft. rating3, and 109 cubic ft. of total space3 with the second-row folded flat as well. In the 2016 Highlander, there’s 42.3 cubic ft. of space4 behind the second row, and a total of 83.7 cubic ft. with all rows collapsed4.

For utmost convenience, the Pilot is sprinkled with innovative designs to evoke a commodious interior. With the standard Push Button Start, you’ll be able to get on the road easier and quicker than ever. This feature is only available in higher trims of the 2016 Highlander. A total of 15 beverage holders come equipped in the Pilot: five in the front, six in the second row, and four in the third row. The Toyota Highlander falls short, as it only provides you with 12 cup holders throughout its cabin.

As for the 2016 Honda Pilot vs 2016 Toyota Highlander near Washington, D.C., comparison, it comes as no surprise that the Pilot is the clear-cut winner. To experience this outstanding SUV for yourself, come on down to Pohanka Honda to discover what else is has in store.


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1. 5,000 lbs. maximum towing capacity for AWD models with accessory ATF cooler; 3,500 lbs. for AWD models without accessory ATF cooler and 2WD models. Towing requires accessory towing equipment. Please see your dealer for details.

2. Before towing, confirm your vehicle and trailer are compatible, hooked up and loaded properly and that you have any necessary additional equipment. Do not exceed any Weight Ratings and follow all instructions in your Owner's Manual. The maximum you can tow depends on base curb weight plus the total weight of any cargo, occupants, and added vehicle equipment. “Added vehicle equipment” includes additional standard/optional equipment and accessories added by the manufacturer, dealers, and/or vehicle owners. The only way to be certain of your vehicle's exact curb weight is to weigh your vehicle without passengers or cargo.

3. Carrying too much cargo or improperly storing it can affect the handling, stability and operation of this vehicle. Follow applicable load limits and loading guidelines.

4. Cargo and load capacity limited by weight and distribution.

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