The 2022 Honda Pilot vs. the 2022 Toyota Highlander: Let’s Compare
Drivers Have Plenty of Options for 3-Row SUVs. Which One Is Right for You?
Whether you’re looking for a weekend adventuring companion or reliable transportation for an entire little-league baseball team, there are a lot of awesome options in the world of 3-row SUVs. Two vehicles in particular: the 2022 Honda Pilot and the 2022 Toyota Highlander have been making strong impressions for offering robust space and plenty of advanced features.
Unless you’re transporting an entire little league, however, you’re not likely to need both SUVs at once. To that end, let’s compare these two vehicles in the areas that matter most for SUVs: use of space, driver features, under-the-hood performance, and price so you can see which one is best for you!
The 2022 Honda Pilot is perfect for drivers who want all of the benefits of a minivan without committing to the sliding doors or weekly drives to soccer practice. Its spacious backseats can accommodate between 7 and 8 passengers, depending on trim levels. Beyond its seat surface, the Honda Pilot is the roomiest SUV in its class, offering at least 152 cubic feet of passenger volume with an additional 16 cubic feet of designated storage space.
As a bonus, it has 16 cup holders, ensuring that everyone inside is treated to a comfortable ride.
While the 2022 Toyota Highlander comes with a comparably spacious interior, its biggest benefits are locked behind higher trims. At base levels, drivers can expect 135 cubic feet of passenger volume with another 16 cubic feet of storage space.
There’s a lot to be excited about in the 2022 Honda Pilot’s lineup of driver assistance features. Every trim level features a suite of sophisticated safety tech including forward-collision warnings with automated emergency braking, lane-departure warnings (with a lane-keeping assist), and adaptive cruise control. Much of the Honda Pilot’s interior functionality can be controlled through a central touchscreen, which allows for SiriusXM satellite radio, integration with Apple CarPlay or Android Auto, along with other voice-controlled apps that include full-service navigation!
If that last sentence sounded like it had A LOT, it’s because it did–the Pilot features a full suite of intuitive features that are available at every trim level.
Meanwhile, the 2022 Toyota Highlander features a comparable suite of safety features, including emergency braking, blind-spot monitoring, and lane departure warnings. Drivers can look forward to SiriusXM satellite radio, 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot, along with integration for Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, and Amazon Alexa.
It shouldn’t come as a surprise that the 2022 Honda Pilot packs plenty of power under the hood. Every model features a 3.5-liter V6 engine that produces 280 horsepower with 262 lb-ft. of torque. Drivers can expect to see a reliable 20 MPG in city drives with a consistent 27 MPG on the highway.
Meanwhile, the 2022 Toyota Highlander features a 3.5-liter V6 engine that generates 295 horsepower and 263 lb-ft. of torque. The V6 version of this vehicle produces 20 MPG during city drives which increases to 28 MPG on the highway.
The 2022 Honda Pilot begins at $40,285 for the EX-L trim, representing a slightly higher starting point than its competition. However, this base trim includes features that aren’t bundled until top-level features on comparable models from other brands. The $51,845 price tag on the Black Edition trim places the Pilot into full-on luxury vehicle territory–without the six-digit price!
To get behind the wheel of the 2022 Toyota Highlander, drivers can expect to pay an estimated $37,000 MSRP for its base L model. As noted above, many of the Highlander’s better features–and seating arrangements–are locked behind higher trims, meaning that drivers will have to shell out at least $46,000 for the Limited Trim to get everything.
While these two models might seem evenly matched from a distance, the difference between them becomes immediately apparent once you get behind the wheel of the 2022 Honda Pilot. It offers a degree of responsiveness and power that no other vehicle on the market can quite match–and the spacious seating doesn’t hurt either! This is one of the first vehicles where sitting in the back seat during long road trips doesn’t feel like a punishment for passengers, and that’s a priceless benefit if you ask us!