Seating for up to seven passengers, ample cargo space, beautiful designs, and multiple trim levels are some of the perks drivers can expect from the 2018 Honda Pilot and Toyota Highlander SUVs. These family-friendly vehicles are both designed to be powerful yet fuel-efficient and come ready to impress with the latest technology. So, what one is the better deal? When it comes to interior space and comfort, that’s probably the Pilot. Although both SUVs have third-row seating, the Highlander’s is a bit smaller and narrower and also takes some space from its cargo area. The Pilot has more cubic feet of space in the trunk area to store all the family’s belongings. However, the Highlander edges out the Pilot in performance with three powertrain options available for its various trim levels. Standard with the base model is a 2.7-liter 4-cylinder engine and 6-speed automatic transmission, but a 3.5-liter V6 and 8-speed automatic is optional on each trim, while drivers can also opt for a hybrid version. The Pilot’s only engine – a 3.5-liter V6 – is a bit peppier in acceleration, but the Highlander’s hybrid engine wins in fuel economy with a rating of 29 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway.
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