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Toyota Highlander vs. Honda Pilot

Compare repair costs, reliability, and owner reviews

Toyota Highlander

2016 Toyota Highlander
$460
Annual Repair Cost
on average

Honda Pilot

2016 Honda Pilot
$517
Annual Repair Cost
on average

Overall Reliability Rating

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.

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.

Reliability Rating Breakdown

Cost
Average annual repairs total
$460
inexpensive
very expensive
$517
inexpensive
very expensive
Frequency
Average annual repair shop visits
0.4
not often
way too often
0.6
not often
way too often
Severity
Percentage of annual repairs that are urgent
11%
minor issues
major issues
11%
minor issues
major issues

Overall Car Ratings & Details

(31 Reviews)
(43 Reviews)
Rating Details
5 star
(12)
4 star
(15)
3 star
(3)
2 star
(1)
1 star
(0)

The Toyota Highlander ranks highest in engine and ranks lowest in body.

Read more detailed reviews here.

“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...”

Rating Details
5 star
(8)
4 star
(26)
3 star
(7)
2 star
(1)
1 star
(1)

The Honda Pilot ranks highest in exhaust and ranks lowest in brakes.

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“ 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...”

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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