2016 Toyota Highlander vs. 2016 Honda Pilot

Crossover SUVs are becoming increasingly popular for drivers in the South Brunswick, Freehold, and Lawrence area who have a growing family. In fact, that trend is growing all over the country. The once mighty minivan is giving way in the growing family market to crossovers like the 2016 Toyota Highlander and the 2016 Honda Pilot. These SUVs offer modern conveniences mixed with sleek designs and innovative safety features.

If you are searching for a stylish and safe vehicle for your growing family and live near Dayton Toyota, learn about the features these two SUVs have to offer. Then you can decide which is a better fit for you.

Interior Space

Part of the appeal of these types of SUVs is the fact that they offer the performance of a sedan without the smaller interior. Both the 2016 Toyota Highlander and the 2016 Honda Pilot feature roomy interiors capable of seating eight people. Additionally, the Highlander has an option for premium captain's seats in the second row.

The major difference that could appeal to parents, however, is the front row head and legroom. The 2016 Toyota Highlander has 40.7 inches of headroom in the forward most seat, compared to only 40.1 in the Honda Pilot.

The real kicker, though, is the legroom. The Pilot has 40.9 inches, while the Highlander stretches out to 44.2 inches, more than three full inches of extra room. That kind of disparity means that the adults in the front seats can sit and stretch their legs out much more comfortably in the 2016 Toyota Highlander.


Nowadays, your vehicle is more like a second home. You spend hours every week driving the kids to and from school, baseball practices, piano lessons, and birthday parties; that doesn't even include your own commute time. Any parent knows you will need help keeping the little ones entertained on even the shortest trips.

Both of these SUVs have hands-free audio streaming systems unique to their respective lines, so you can stream whatever toddler tunes you have on your mobile device seamlessly. Both are controlled through screens located on the dash. The screen on the 2016 Toyota Highlander is a 6.1-inch high-resolution touchscreen, which is significantly bigger than the 5-inch LCD screen offered on the Pilot. This makes it easier to see what you are doing so your attention stays where it needs to be.

The Child's Place: the Back Seat

Whether still in a car seat or not, children should always sit in the back seat. It is the safest place in the car and your most precious cargo belongs in the safest place. Of course, a child's place will also need to come with some amenities that children can appreciate and utilize.

While they may not be as fascinated by the safety features on your dash, they will undoubtedly be appreciative of the three different 12-volt DC power outlets the 2016 Toyota Highlander comes equipped with. That means that cell phones, tablets, handheld games, laptops, and all sorts of electrical devices can keep and maintain charges for longer periods, thus ensuring more entertainment on longer drives. The Pilot only features two such outlets.

Additionally, the Highlander has more seat-back storage pockets than the Pilot, perfect for toys, books, and drink containers. Your kids are bound to be more satisfied with their own safe space in the 2016 Toyota Highlander.

Test Drive the 2016 Toyota Highlander at Dayton Toyota

Both the 2016 Toyota Highlander and the 2016 Honda Pilot are fine vehicles and among the best in their class. They are loaded with amenities and the best of modern technological innovations. However, if you have young ones in your growing family and you want to make sure your next vehicle is right for them, the 2016 Toyota Highlander is the choice for you.

Drivers in Freehold, Lawrence, or South Brunswick who are interested in this SUV can schedule a test drive at Dayton Toyota. Our friendly sales staff can answer any questions you may have. Contact us today!

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