Watch: Toyota Fires Shots at the 2022 Honda Pilot With the 2022 Toyota Highlander

Shots fired! Toyota has taken aim at fellow Japanese automaker Honda and its midsize SUV model. The company uploaded a video to its YouTube channel that pits the 2022 Toyota Highlander against the 2022 Honda Pilot. Which midsize SUV model is truly the better buy?

The 2022 Toyota Highlander won’t back down from a challenge

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The 2022 Toyota Highlander starts at $35,405. It uses a 3.5-liter V6 engine to make 295 horsepower. The midsize SUV achieves 21 miles per gallon in the city and 29 miles per gallon on the highway.

According to Car and Driver, the Highlander has an attractive appearance and plenty of standard features. The three-row SUV offers plenty of value for passengers, but drivers may find it boring.

The 2022 Toyota Highlander comes with a smart key system and push-button start. It includes five USB ports and a 4.2-inch color LCD Multi-Information Display. The midsize SUV features an 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple Carplay and Android Auto.

The 2022 Honda Pilot is extremely spacious and comfortable

The 2022 Honda Pilot | Honda

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The 2022 Honda Pilot starts at $37,580. It uses a 3.5-liter V6 engine to make 280 horsepower. The Pilot gets 20 miles per gallon in the city and 27 miles per gallon on the highway.

The Honda Pilot is a well-rounded midsize SUV model that balances a smooth ride quality with exhilarating driving dynamics. It also comes with plenty of standard features as well.

The Pilot comes standard with heated front seats. It includes one-touch second-row seats. The midsize SUV comes with front, center console, and second-row USB ports. It features Smart Entry with Walk Away Auto Lock. The Pilot includes an 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

2022 Toyota Highlander vs. 2022 Honda Pilot: Which midsize SUV is better?

Celestial Silver Metallic 2022 Toyota Highlander parked next to a marsh.
Celestial Silver Metallic 2022 Toyota Highlander | Toyota

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In the video above, Toyota champions the many trims and configurations available for the 2022 Toyota Highlander. The Highlander has a more affordable starting price. It also has more options, making it better for consumers who want a hybrid option or a different engine option.

Toyota makes a case for the Highlander’s comfortable 8-passenger interior and standard tech features. All in all, the new Toyota Highlander is a better family SUV deal because of its lower price, slightly better fuel economy, and features. The Honda Pilot is the more driver-centric SUV model because of its superior driving dynamics.

Toyota does an excellent job at giving Honda props for what the Pilot does well. Ultimately, the company comes to the conclusion that the Highlander is, in fact, the better midsize SUV. It’s important to note that Toyota discusses available trims, options, and warranties rather than a strict comparison of both vehicles’ base models. Which midsize SUV do you think is the better buy?

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