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post #1 of 26 (permalink) Old 11-21-2016, 05:00 PM Thread Starter
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2017 Pilot vs 2017 Highlander

My 2013 Pathfinder Limited lease is up in February and I've been told if I want to get either the Pilot or the Highlander I had better do it soon if I want delivery by February.

I'm vacillating between leasing the 2017 Highlander Limited vs the 2017 Pilot Elite. Any opinions one way or the other?
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My 2013 Pathfinder Limited lease is up in February and I've been told if I want to get either the Pilot or the Highlander I had better do it soon if I want delivery by February.

I'm vacillating between leasing the 2017 Highlander Limited vs the 2017 Pilot Elite. Any opinions one way or the other?
Only you can make that decision my friend. I suggest you check them both out when they hit the lots.

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One thing I know is Highlander does not have carplay, if this is the thing you will like. Also, personally, I do not like the back of the Highlander, but Toyota is the best in vehicle assembly, Honda only has the best engine failure rate.
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One thing I know is Highlander does not have carplay, if this is the thing you will like. Also, personally, I do not like the back of the Highlander, but Toyota is the best in vehicle assembly, Honda only has the best engine failure rate.

Engine failure rate?
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Engine failure rate?
Check this link:German cars 'among worst for engine failures' | Auto Express
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I just went through the decision making process and just bought a certified 2016 Pilot. I made a comparison list of some of the key features and they are really similar. Good luck! Can't go wrong either way.
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I just looked at a similar comparison. The Highlander is much smaller, especially in the 3rd row.
This Video helped me: go to youtube and search 2016 Honda Pilot vs Explorer vs Pathfinder vs Highlander vs Traverse Mega Mashup Review
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Its a comparison of a lot of 3 row SUV's. It's not scientific, but real.

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I just went through the decision making process and just bought a certified 2016 Pilot. I made a comparison list of some of the key features and they are really similar. Good luck! Can't go wrong either way.
Thanks Ahkim! That list is really helpful. You happy with your choice?
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Drove both this past weekend and the space difference is huge! I couldn't get into the 3rd row and my teenage children's heads hit the ceiling in the Highlander. In the Pilot I could sit comfortably in the 3rd row. There is also much more trunk space in the Pilot (with or without 3rd row up). Also I don't feel like the driving experience is that much different (didn't feel like the Pilot was larger while driving it). We are going with the Pilot.
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Drove both this past weekend and the space difference is huge! I couldn't get into the 3rd row and my teenage children's heads hit the ceiling in the Highlander. In the Pilot I could sit comfortably in the 3rd row. There is also much more trunk space in the Pilot (with or without 3rd row up). Also I don't feel like the driving experience is that much different (didn't feel like the Pilot was larger while driving it). We are going with the Pilot.
The third row is what sold me on the pilot vs highlander. I'm 6.0, and in the pilot I can sit in all 3 rows with the seats all the way back and not have my knees up in my face, and not having my head tilted down. You need to try them though, see what you prefer. I test drove both and honestly the driving portion was very good in both. Again, 3rd row was the sell.

Also, when I was looking at the pathfinder, I was reading a lot of complaints about the SVT being crap. It was off the list just for that (didn't even bother to test drive it).
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I just test drove the pathfinder and found it to be between the honda and the highlander.
better 3rd row than highlander
better interiors than pilot

wondering if I should pick this one instead of this confusion between honda and toyota.
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I just test drove the pathfinder and found it to be between the honda and the highlander.
better 3rd row than highlander
better interiors than pilot
wondering if I should pick this one instead of this confusion between honda and toyota.
You should definitely go with the Kia Sorento.

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You should definitely go with the Kia Sorento.
you make a good point, I need to checkout kia and hyundai as well.
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2017 Pilot vs. 2017 Highlander

Anyone shopped a 2017 Pilot vs. the Highlander? Assuming you picked the Pilot if you are here, so how did you decide?


We have a 2006 Pilot. Love it, but would love to have some technology!! (you know, basics! backup cam, Bluetooth, etc).


Considering 2017 EX-L AWD with Sensing, or a 2017 Highlander XLE AWD. Pretty stuck on these 2 choices as we want the 3rd row for occasional use. We plan to do some light towing with pop-up tent. We have 2 children in booster seats.


The Highlander feels a bit smaller, but the newest models come standard with the "sensing" equivalent of the Pilot and 5,000 lb towing capacity. Both have similar mpg. Pilot has Apple Car Play, Toyota does not.


MSRP is pretty comparable, but Honda does not offer much in the way of promotions or incentives to buy. I know there is wiggle room in there, but Toyota frequently offers cash back and financing options.


Any suggestions? Pros? Cons? Feedback welcome!
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For me, I watched a video of how much better the Pilot AWD system is and that was enough.

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