Compare the 2018 Toyota Highlander Against the Honda Pilot and Ford Explorer

With so much competition in the midsize SUV market, drivers may wonder which option is best. The Toyota Highlander continues to set the standard for its class thanks to its impressive power and versatility. Taking on models like the new Honda Pilot, the Highlander is back and better than ever. Koons Annapolis Toyota has a wide selection of new Highlander models and experts ready to assist you today. We take pride in our extensive new and used Toyota inventory and will work to get you on the road in your Highlander today. Venture cross-country or across town in your new Toyota Highlander from Koons Annapolis Toyota. For more information on how the Highlander stacks up against the Pilot, continue reading or contact our friendly sales associates today.

Toyota Highlander vs Honda Pilot
  • One of the key factors the Toyota Highlander has over the Honda Pilot is safety. The Highlander received a five-star overall crash test rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration as well as a Top Safety Pick+ designation from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
  • The Highlander also comes with more technology than the Pilot with an easy-to-use, standard 6.1-inch touchscreen infotainment system and smartphone integration.
  • Both models have incredible fuel efficiency with the Highlander averaging an EPA-estimated 24 miles per gallon on the highway.
  • Drivers will get more standard power with the new Highlander than in the Pilot. Under the hood, the Highlander comes with a 295-horsepower six-cylinder engine paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission.
  • The Highlander comes with impressive reliability as well earning a 3.5 out of five rating from J.D. Power. This SUV also comes with a three-year/36,000-mile limited warranty and a five-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty for added peace of mind on the road.

Toyota Highlander vs Ford Explorer
  • The Toyota Highlander seats eight passengers, rather than seven, due to its split bench seating in the second and third rows. The Ford Explorer, however, features second row bucket seating, thus, has room for seven passengers. If you have a larger family or larger carpool, this might make a huge difference in your commute.
  • If you enjoy listening to CDs or have an MP3 player, you'll be happy to know that the Toyota Highlander is compatible with both, even in the base trim. However, these are both items that come in higher trim levels on the Ford Explorer and are absent from the base trim.
  • The Toyota Highlander is considerably more lightweight than the Ford Escape, overall, with a curb weight of 4,165 pounds and a Gross Vehicle Weight Ratio (GVWR) of 5,665 pounds. Whereas, the Ford Explorer weighs in with a 4,165-pound curb weight and a GVWR of 6,160 pounds. If an SUV is more lightweight, it will have more maneuverability and better fuel efficiency.
  • The Toyota Highlander comes standard with a few more safety and driver-assistive technologies, thanks to Toyota Safety Sense™ P (TSS-P). Such technologies give you an enhanced view of the SUV from right in the driver's seat and include the Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection (PCS w/PD), Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist (LDA w/SA), Automatic High Beams (AHB) and Dynamic Radar Cruise Control (DRCC).
  • For a little extra safety, the Toyota Highlander comes standard with front fog lights, which even come available on the base trim of this SUV. These type of lights provide better illumination in dense fog and other adverse weather conditions, but are absent from the base trim of the Ford Explorer and must be added on with a higher trim level.


Visit Koons Annapolis Toyota Today!

For more information on the new Toyota Highlander and to take a test drive, make your way to Koons Annapolis Toyota. Your satisfaction is our goal, and we want to assist you with your purchase today. Our knowledgeable finance team is available and ready to get you approved quickly and easily. Whether you're buying or leasing, let us find you an incredible deal in no time. And when it is time to have your vehicle serviced, make your way over to our service department. We have certified technicians on site to keep you on the road for years to come. Visit us today for more information on our services and available offers.

When it comes to providing a more family-friendly journey with plenty of extra conveniences and safety features, the Toyota Highlander is one large SUV that has what a lot of its competitors don't, even in its most base of trim levels. Discover one for yourself and test drive the all-new Toyota Highlander here at Koons Annapolis Toyota! We're located right here in Annapolis, MD at 1107 West Street and we're proudly serving the good folks of Glen Burnie and Clarksville areas as well! If you have any questions, don't hesitate to reach out to our sales team at (410) 268-6480!