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Toyota Highlander vs. Honda Pilot

Compare repair costs, reliability, and owner reviews

Toyota Highlander

$460
Average Annual
Repair Cost

Honda Pilot

$517
Average Annual
Repair Cost

Overall Reliability Rating

4
1
2
Group 4
Group 4
Excellent
The Toyota Highlander Reliability Rating is 4.5 out of 5.0, which ranks it 8th out of 26 for midsize SUVs. The average annual repair cost is $460 which means it has lower than average ownership costs. The frequency and severity of repairs are both fairly average when compared with all other vehicles.
4
Group 4
Group 4
Above Average
The Honda Pilot Reliability Rating is 4.0 out of 5.0, which ranks it 18th out of 26 for midsize SUVs. The average annual repair cost is $517 which means it has lower than average ownership costs. While the frequency of repairs is higher than normal, the severity of those issues is average, so your Pilot may have a few more shop visits when compared to other models.
Cost
Average annual repairs total
$460
inexpensive
expensive
$517
inexpensive
expensive
Frequency
Average annual repair shop visits
0.41
not often
very often
0.61
not often
very often
Severity
Percentage of annual repairs that are urgent
11%
not urgent
urgent
11%
not urgent
urgent

Overall Car Ratings & Details

5
(12)
4
(15)
3
(3)
2
(1)
1
(0)
The Toyota Highlander ranks highest in engine and ranks lowest in body.
“I bought the 2002 Highlander Limited used with 52,000 miles. The best vehicle that I have ever owned. I had the transmission rebuilt at 212,000 and just replaced both knock sensors at 223,500 mil...”
“I bought the 2002 Highlander Limited used with 52,000 miles. The best vehicle that I have ever o...”
5
(8)
4
(26)
3
(7)
2
(1)
1
(1)
The Honda Pilot ranks highest in exhaust and ranks lowest in brakes.
“ I bought my Honda pilot new in 2007 I have replaced tires , brakes , wiper blades ,one cracked windshield and one radiator that was hit by a stone and punctured it. I have 88937miles on my car...”
“ I bought my Honda pilot new in 2007 I have replaced tires , brakes , wiper blades ,one cracked ...”

Vehicle Comparison Rundown

The Toyota Highlander and the Honda Pilot are both midsize, three-row SUVs with a lot of similarities. Both come with front-wheel drive standard and offer all-wheel drive as an option. Both provide about the same amount of cargo volume and offer a maximum towing capacity of 5,000 pounds when properly configured. 

But under the hood, there are some significant differences between the Highlander and Pilot. The Highlander gives you the option of a four-cylinder engine with 185 horsepower, a six-cylinder engine with 295 horsepower, and a gasoline-electric hybrid version. The Pilot offers only a six-cylinder engine with 280 horsepower.

Safety equipment also differs between the two. The Highlander comes standard with adaptive cruise control, automatic high beams, lane keep assist and a pre-collision system. These items are optional on the Pilot. 

As similar as these two vehicles are, the Toyota Highlander gives you more power options and better standard safety equipment. These advantages give the Highlander the edge over the Honda Pilot.

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