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2018 Toyota Highlander vs 2018 Honda Pilot

If you are in the market for a new three-row crossover, it’s likely that you are at least considering the top two leaders in the segment: the 2018 Toyota Highlander and the 2018 Honda Pilot. In terms of overall specs, these models are pretty even offering similar starting MSRPs, fuel economy scores, seating capacities, and cargo spaces. So, what sets them apart? It’s active safety and value. Learn more about the active safety in each model and which offers more bang for your buck below.
Split screen images of the 2018 Toyota Highlander and the 2018 Honda Pilot

2018 Toyota Highlander


2018 Honda Pilot

$31,030 Starting MSRP  $30,900
21/27 Fuel Economy  19/27
8 Max Seating Capacity  8
83.7 cubic feet  Max Cargo Space  83.9 cubic feet

Standard and Available Safety Features

Both Toyota and Honda have their own in-brand active safety suites named Toyota Safety Sense and Honda Sensing respectively. SUV shoppers interested in purchasing a new ride for the whole family may be interested in the additional safety and peace of mind that these systems provide.

The good news for 2018 Toyota Highlander customers is that the Toyota Safety Sense bundle is included as standard on every single trim level of the SUV. That means, even with the base 2018 Highlander model SUV owners will drive home with an SUV equipped with automatic high beams, a pre-collision system with pedestrian detection, automatic emergency braking, dynamic radar cruise control, and lane departure alert with steering assist.

The 2018 Honda Pilot also comes with the available Honda Sensing suite, but unfortunately, it isn’t standard, so SUV shoppers will have to pay more money for a higher trim level or an add-on package. The Honda Sensing suite includes a collision mitigation braking system, a road departure mitigation system, adaptive cruise control, and a lane keeping assist system.

Overall, we think the 2018 Toyota Highlander offers more bang for your buck, especially when comparing the active safety that comes standard on every 2018 Highlander. Car shoppers near Knoxville interested in checking out the 2018 Highlander in person are encouraged to stop by the Fox Toyota dealership in Clinton for additional information and/or a test drive.