As times are changing, so is the automobile market and crossover SUV’s are clearly ruling the roost due to being a successful combination of sedan-like qualities with the spaciousness and features of bigger SUV’s. A good example of this trend would be the Honda Pilot and Toyota Highlander. 

What is new in 2016 SUV Crossover?

For 2016, the Pilot has been completely revamped, while the Highlander, being one of the first mid-size crossover SUVs sold in the United States has launched a hugely competitive model in 2016. 

The Pilot is much improved over previous generations of models, especially in terms of appearance, where it now has a more traditional crossover SUV look. The interiors are tastefully decorated using contemporary elements with better visibility when you drive.

On the other hand, the Highlander’s cabin is more roomy, comfortable, and lavishly designed. It has ventilated front seats, and those combined with the total seating can host 6 adults.

Performance analysis of the Pilot and Highlander 2016

Overall, both cars perform superbly and are a pleasure to drive. The 2016 Pilot features a 3.5-liter V6 engine that delivers an impressive 250 horsepower and 262 lb-ft of torque. An optional all-wheel drive system is incorporated that sends power to the front and back, as well as between the left and right wheels for improved handling.

This is in addition to the standard front-wheel drive.  The 2016 Highlander has two engine options – the 3.5-liter V6 engine and the 2.7-liter 4-cylinder engine. The 3.5-liter V6 produces a huge amount of power as well, with 270 horsepower and 248 lb-ft of torque. This includes a standard front-wheel drive with available all-wheel drive.

The car-like ground clearance could be an issue, but the firmer suspension damping makes the Pilot feel more connected than its predecessor while losing none of the comfort, with a taut chassis that can adequately respond to emergency maneuvers.

The Highlander tends to push more in turns with more body roll. Its curb weight of 4354 pounds is slightly heavier than the 4317-pound Pilot despite being a front-wheel drive, and is designed more to tackle inclement weather.

So which should you buy?

When it comes to the final verdict, both of these crossover SUVs are amazing and either will be a good choice in terms of features and specifications. Toyota’s electronic stability control and anti-lock brakes are also commendable – you are totally safe while driving to work or coming back late at night.

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