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Honda Pilot vs. Toyota Highlander Reliability

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Results are for year ending December 31, 2015. Only successfully completed repairs are currently included in the analysis. Routine maintenance, most wear items, recalls, and problems fixed with just a reflash or warning light reset are not included.
Year Make/Model Repair Trips Per 100 Cars Compared to all models for the same year    
2016 Honda Pilot 28
50% 50% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  36 Pilots, 3.6 months of data per Pilot, average 3600 miles

 

2015 Honda Pilot   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  21 Pilots, 7.8 months of data per Pilot, average 9000 miles

* Small sample, members only.
2015 Toyota Highlander 5
0% 0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  64 Highlanders, 7.8 months of data per Highlander, average 8100 miles

 

2014 Honda Pilot 43
90% 90% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  28 Pilots, 9.0 months of data per Pilot, average 16600 miles
2014 Toyota Highlander 42
80% 80% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  28 Highlanders, 11.2 months of data per Highlander, average 18800 miles

Redesigned for this model year.

 

2013 Honda Pilot 25
40% 40% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  34 Pilots, 9.9 months of data per Pilot, average 30900 miles
2013 Toyota Highlander 13
10% 10% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  38 Highlanders, 10.0 months of data per Highlander, average 31200 miles

 

2012 Honda Pilot 23
30% 30% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  55 Pilots, 9.3 months of data per Pilot, average 45000 miles
2012 Toyota Highlander 5
0% 0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  50 Highlanders, 9.8 months of data per Highlander, average 48500 miles

 

2011 Honda Pilot 21
20% 20% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  44 Pilots, 9.1 months of data per Pilot, average 63600 miles
2011 Toyota Highlander 19
10% 10% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  32 Highlanders, 10.0 months of data per Highlander, average 60400 miles

 

2010 Honda Pilot 30
30% 30% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  29 Pilots, 8.4 months of data per Pilot, average 68200 miles
2010 Toyota Highlander 33
30% 30% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  28 Highlanders, 10.3 months of data per Highlander, average 62400 miles

No clear reason why this stat should be higher than those for other model years.

 

2009 Honda Pilot 39
30% 30% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  47 Pilots, 9.9 months of data per Pilot, average 86800 miles

Redesigned for this model year.
2009 Toyota Highlander   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  22 Highlanders, 10.9 months of data per Highlander, average 76900 miles

* Small sample, members only.

 

2008 Honda Pilot 31
20% 20% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  27 Pilots, 10.1 months of data per Pilot, average 90600 miles
2008 Toyota Highlander 36
20% 20% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  42 Highlanders, 10.3 months of data per Highlander, average 94200 miles

Redesigned for this model year.

 

2007 Honda Pilot 44
30% 30% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  40 Pilots, 8.3 months of data per Pilot, average 107700 miles
2007 Toyota Highlander   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  19 Highlanders, 9.7 months of data per Highlander, average 108100 miles

* Small sample, members only.

 

2006 Honda Pilot 54
30% 30% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  55 Pilots, 9.7 months of data per Pilot, average 121400 miles

Refreshed. Common problem with radiator leaks.
2006 Toyota Highlander 46
30% 30% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  36 Highlanders, 10.1 months of data per Highlander, average 118200 miles

 

2005 Honda Pilot 41
20% 20% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  38 Pilots, 10.1 months of data per Pilot, average 132400 miles
2005 Toyota Highlander   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  16 Highlanders, 10.8 months of data per Highlander, average 128700 miles

* Small sample, members only.

 

2004 Honda Pilot 39
10% 10% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  44 Pilots, 9.7 months of data per Pilot, average 145600 miles
2004 Toyota Highlander 22
0% 0% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  27 Highlanders, 10.0 months of data per Highlander, average 118400 miles

 

2003 Honda Pilot 114
70% 70% Fewest Trips Most Trips
[?] see reported repairs
  35 Pilots, 9.0 months of data per Pilot, average 147600 miles

First model year.

 

2002 Toyota Highlander   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  12 Highlanders, 9.4 months of data per Highlander, average 134500 miles

* Very small sample, members only.

 

2001 Toyota Highlander   small sample, members only   see reported repairs
  12 Highlanders, 7.9 months of data per Highlander, average 134300 miles

* Very small sample, members only.

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Honda Pilot vs. Toyota Highlander Reliability Comparisons

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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 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 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.
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
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.
2008 4dr SUV 244-horsepower 3.5L V6 w/DoD
5-speed automatic FWD
Bulletptoof when compared to the majority of the market offerrings.
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 w/DoD
5-speed automatic FWD
Rated highest by CU family member works in maintance and claimed that repairs were very low.
Honda Pilot Reliability and Durability: Cons
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2012 4dr SUV 250-horsepower 3.5L V6
5-speed automatic AWD
We had owned a Honda Accord and a Honda CRV previously, and so we expected this Pilot to be as well built and trouble free. Not so. We've had multiple problems with the HVAC system. For example, the a/c turns itself on despite manual override. The color of the bumper is aging differently (yellowing) compared to the body. Motors in the side-view mirrors have repeatedly failed.
 

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
good reliability ratings in consumer reports
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
2009 4dr SUV 187-horsepower 2.7L I4
6-speed shiftable automatic FWD
Has been very reliable, no issues at all
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
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 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
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...