The competition of 2013 Honda Pilot vs 2013 Toyota Highlander is a tough one for consumers. While both offer similar 3.5-liter V6 engines on the base models and very similar fuel mileage as well, the race must come down to the small things. The Pilot wins out in these “other” categories, with offerings like 18 cubic feet of cargo space with all seats in place in comparison to 10.3 cubic feet in the same category with the Highlander. With 250 horsepower and 253 pound-feet of torque, the Pilot also has the capability that consumers really need.
The Toyota Highlander is a solid choice in the market and stacks up pretty evenly with the Pilot. This makes the competition of 2013 Honda Pilot vs 2013 Toyota Highlander a difficult one to decide. The Highlander has a slight advantage in fuel economy, getting 2 MPG more in the city. But, in highway driving both models get 25 MPG* with their 3.5-liter V6 engines. The minor fuel economy advantage probably isn’t enough to tip the scales and make the Highlander the clear choice in this matchup.
When consumers are choosing a crossover, capability is a huge deciding factor. The 2013 Pilot has all the capability that consumers could need with 250 horsepower coming from the standard 3.5-liter V6 engine. And being that the engine is mated to a 5-speed automatic transmission, the fuel efficiency on the vehicle in pretty impressive for the segment at 18/25*. The 4-wheel-drive system operates automatically and actually offers a manual lock to help keeping you moving in rough terrain situations. This lock keeps stays in place up to 18 MPH.
The ride offered on the 2013 Honda Pilot is unlike many of the competitors in the segment. The Pilot is fitted with a 4-wheel independent suspension that allows occupants impressive comfort in all different terrain conditions. It also offers torsional rigidity as well as bend, creating a flow to the vehicle that allows the Pilot to handle well while it takes on the conditions.
The exterior of the Pilot was recently updated, giving the vehicle a fresh feel within the market. But it isn’t just a pretty face, as the Pilot has a lot of exterior features that make life easier for occupants. This includes the easy to operate tailgate which gets help in the lifting process thanks to gas-pressurized struts. The glass on the tailgate also lifts easily to offer full access to the rear compartments of the Pilot. The Honda crossover also features a hidden trailer hitch.
Safety is important to the 2013 Pilot as well, as the vehicle offers airbag systems throughout the cabin, including three-row side curtain airbags with rollover sensor. This is in addition to the dual-stage, multiple-threshold front airbags. The shell of the Pilot also keeps occupants safe with the Advanced Compatibility Engineering Body Structure. See all of these features and set up a test drive of the 2013 Honda Pilot at Benson Honda in San Antonio.
* Based on 2013 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your actual mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle.