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Honda Pilot vs. Toyota Highlander Reliability Comparisons

You won't find Honda Pilot or Toyota Highlander reliability information like this anywhere else. Actual repair frequencies, not just vague dots, to make it clear how much the Honda Pilot and the Toyota Highlander truly differ in reliability.

These stats are promptly updated four times a year, to much more closely track Honda Pilot and Toyota Highlander reliability as the cars age. Others tell you how reliable the Honda Pilot and the Toyota Highlander were a year ago, when the cars were a year younger and had 12,000 fewer miles on them. Only TrueDelta tells you how reliable the Honda Pilot and the Toyota Highlander have been recently.

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Year Make/Model Repair Frequencysuccessful repair trips per 100 cars per year Compared to all models for the same year  
2014 Honda Pilot   15 Pilots, 4.3 months of data per Pilot, average 4400 miles

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2013 Honda Pilot 32 Pilots, 8.2 months of data per Pilot, average 11600 miles23
30% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2013 Toyota Highlander 36 Highlanders, 8.6 months of data per Highlander, average 11800 miles12
10% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2012 Honda Pilot 43 Pilots, 9.0 months of data per Pilot, average 21400 miles15
10% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2012 Toyota Highlander 39 Highlanders, 9.6 months of data per Highlander, average 26100 miles6
0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2011 Honda Pilot 42 Pilots, 9.4 months of data per Pilot, average 41400 miles31
30% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2011 Toyota Highlander 26 Highlanders, 10.0 months of data per Highlander, average 40300 miles14
0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2010 Honda Pilot 30 Pilots, 10.0 months of data per Pilot, average 55600 miles44
40% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2010 Toyota Highlander 29 Highlanders, 9.2 months of data per Highlander, average 49200 miles22
10% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2009 Honda Pilot 55 Pilots, 10.0 months of data per Pilot, average 70600 miles

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30% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2009 Toyota Highlander   21 Highlanders, 9.4 months of data per Highlander, average 60200 miles

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2008 Honda Pilot 33 Pilots, 8.7 months of data per Pilot, average 81800 miles38
20% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2008 Toyota Highlander 38 Highlanders, 9.8 months of data per Highlander, average 74500 miles

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19
0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2007 Honda Pilot 37 Pilots, 10.4 months of data per Pilot, average 87000 miles6
0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2007 Toyota Highlander   16 Highlanders, 8.8 months of data per Highlander, average 99900 miles

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2006 Honda Pilot 52 Pilots, 9.8 months of data per Pilot, average 97000 miles43
20% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2006 Toyota Highlander 32 Highlanders, 9.5 months of data per Highlander, average 100900 miles24
0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2005 Honda Pilot 43 Pilots, 9.3 months of data per Pilot, average 122700 miles36
10% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2005 Toyota Highlander   16 Highlanders, 10.3 months of data per Highlander, average 112400 miles

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2004 Honda Pilot 41 Pilots, 9.7 months of data per Pilot, average 131600 miles52
10% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2004 Toyota Highlander 28 Highlanders, 9.0 months of data per Highlander, average 112400 miles43
0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2003 Honda Pilot 41 Pilots, 9.3 months of data per Pilot, average 139500 miles

First model year.
82
40% Fewest Trips Most Trips
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2002 Toyota Highlander   11 Highlanders, 9.0 months of data per Highlander, average 124900 miles

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2001 Toyota Highlander   15 Highlanders, 8.8 months of data per Highlander, average 131100 miles

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What People Are Saying about Reliability and the Honda Pilot

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What Our Members Are Saying about the Reliability and Durability of the Honda Pilot

Honda Pilot Reliability and Durability: Pros
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2011 4dr SUV 250-horsepower 3.5L V6
5-speed automatic AWD
Personal history & research
2011 4dr SUV 250-horsepower 3.5L V6
5-speed automatic AWD
Consumer reports show excellent reliability, and resale value is high.
2009 4dr SUV 250-horsepower 3.5L V6
5-speed automatic AWD
honda quality and resale value.
2009 4dr SUV 250-horsepower 3.5L V6
5-speed automatic FWD
THis suv is an excellent driving auto. There is a ton of room and perfect for my family of 4. The 3rd row seats are an excellent addition so family and friends can go in one car. THe interior is well thought out and ergonomic. Its an excellent suv.
2009 4dr SUV 250-horsepower 3.5L V6
5-speed automatic FWD
HOnda just has a good rep
2009 4dr SUV 250-horsepower 3.5L V6
5-speed automatic AWD
Honda offers very reliable vehicles and I know first had as I typically do many of the maintenance items.
2009 4dr SUV 250-horsepower 3.5L V6
5-speed automatic AWD
The previous style has been around for 5 years and the results are strong, so the new one should be just as reliable and dependable.
2008 4dr SUV 244-horsepower 3.5L V6 w/DoD
5-speed automatic FWD
Rated highest by CU family member works in maintance and claimed that repairs were very low.
2008 4dr SUV 244-horsepower 3.5L V6
5-speed automatic AWD
Its a Honda, they are always rated very high in all the publications i subscribe to
2008 4dr SUV 244-horsepower 3.5L V6
5-speed automatic AWD
very high build quality-although we have a transmission leak.
 

What Our Members Are Saying about the Reliability and Durability of the Toyota Highlander

Toyota Highlander Reliability and Durability: Pros
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2012 4dr SUV 270-horsepower 3.5L V6
5-speed shiftable automatic FWD
Outstanding reliabilty. No problems at all.
2011 4dr SUV 270-horsepower 3.5L V6
5-speed shiftable automatic AWD
Reputation and history as reported in Consumer Reports is unbeatable.
2010 4dr SUV 270-horsepower 3.5L V6
5-speed shiftable automatic AWD
quality and coverage of extended guarantee, past history of reliability (found on web and in research on net malice the programme for maintenance and pre-fixed prices for regular check-ups
2010 4dr SUV 270-horsepower 3.5L V6
5-speed shiftable automatic AWD
good reliability ratings in consumer reports
2009 4dr SUV 187-horsepower 2.7L I4
6-speed shiftable automatic FWD
Has been very reliable, no issues at all
2008 4dr SUV 270-horsepower 3.5L V6
5-speed shiftable automatic AWD
I am confident that the vehicle is well made and is a good investment for my money
2008 4dr SUV 270-horsepower 3.5L V6
5-speed shiftable automatic AWD
It just goes and goes. I had a 2001 and got this one and have not been disappointed. Never had a problem - just oil changes and routine maintenance.
2008 4dr SUV 209-horsepower 3.3L V6 Hybrid
CVT AWD
No reports of any problem yet
2008 4dr SUV 270-horsepower 3.5L V6
5-speed shiftable automatic AWD
Legendary toyota reliability
2007 4dr SUV 155-horsepower 2.4L I4
4-speed automatic FWD
I bought it used and after 1 year, it works solidly with no problems
Toyota Highlander Reliability and Durability: Cons
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2009 4dr SUV 270-horsepower 3.5L V6
5-speed shiftable automatic FWD
At under two years from purchase [new], the rear hatch motor failed/malfunctioned and jammed the lock shut with the hatch/door offset. Unfortunately the mileage was beyond the warantee. Cost of repairs was $2500.00. There has since been a TSB issued regarding the faulty original hinges that contribute to the failure/malfunctions of these hatch motors. Now at under four years/73K miles, the electric power steering assist motor failed. The car had to be towed to the dealer who says the repairs will be around $2000.00. The car isn't even paid for yet and already at $4500.00 in unexpected failure repairs. All I can do about it is post here and at the NTSB site. Less than two weeks after the steering motor repair, the noise is back...