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Honda Pilot vs. Toyota Highlander Reliability by Model Generation

Results are for year ending September 30, 2016. 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 and Model Percent of Average  
2014 - 2016 Toyota Highlander
19.1428571429% Best 71% Worst
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2016 Honda Pilot
67.7142857143% Best 156% Worst
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2012 - 2015 Honda Pilot
20.2857142857% Best 73% Worst
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2008 - 2013 Toyota Highlander
12.8571428571% Best 60% Worst
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2009 - 2011 Honda Pilot
35.7142857143% Best 100% Worst
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2003 - 2008 Honda Pilot
29.4285714286% Best 89% Worst
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2004 - 2007 Toyota Highlander
19.7142857143% Best 72% Worst
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TrueDelta Reviews the Reliability And Durability of the Honda Pilot

Honda Pilot Reliability And Durability: Neutral
YearComment
2016 Since it's so new, the 2016 Honda Pilot's reliability is not yet known. But the related Acura MDX has been glitchy, and car owners have been complaining about the nine-speed automatic employed in the Touring and Elite in a number of different cars. In contrast, the Toyota Highlander has a proven record, making it a safer bet. full 2016 Honda Pilot review
 

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 full 2011 Honda Pilot review
2011 4dr SUV 250-horsepower 3.5L V6
5-speed automatic AWD
Consumer reports show excellent reliability, and resale value is high. full 2011 Honda Pilot review
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. full 2009 Honda Pilot review
2009 4dr SUV 250-horsepower 3.5L V6
5-speed automatic AWD
honda quality and resale value. full 2009 Honda Pilot review
2009 4dr SUV 250-horsepower 3.5L V6
5-speed automatic FWD
HOnda just has a good rep full 2009 Honda Pilot review
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. full 2009 Honda Pilot review
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. full 2009 Honda Pilot review
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 full 2008 Honda Pilot review
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. full 2008 Honda Pilot review
2008 4dr SUV 244-horsepower 3.5L V6
5-speed automatic AWD
very high build quality-although we have a transmission leak. full 2008 Honda Pilot review
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. full 2012 Honda Pilot review
 

TrueDelta Reviews the Reliability And Durability of the Toyota Highlander

Toyota Highlander Reliability And Durability: Pros
YearComment
2014 The Toyota Highlander's top draw remains reliability. While the crossover has been thoroughly revised, its engines and transmission have been around for years. Direct injection as in the Hyundai? A continuously variable transmission (CVT) as in the Pathfinder? You'll find neither raising doubts about long-term durability beneath the hood of the Toyota. Looking at past Highlanders, you'll find a happy face for every year with sufficient responses in our car reliability survey (which covers through the end of 2013 at the time of this review). Both the Nissan and the Hyundai have experienced teething pains over the past year. full 2014 Toyota Highlander review
 

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. full 2012 Toyota Highlander review
2011 4dr SUV 270-horsepower 3.5L V6
5-speed shiftable automatic AWD
Reputation and history as reported in Consumer Reports is unbeatable. full 2011 Toyota Highlander review
2010 4dr SUV 270-horsepower 3.5L V6
5-speed shiftable automatic AWD
good reliability ratings in consumer reports full 2010 Toyota Highlander review
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 full 2010 Toyota Highlander review
2009 4dr SUV 187-horsepower 2.7L I4
6-speed shiftable automatic FWD
Has been very reliable, no issues at all full 2009 Toyota Highlander review
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. full 2008 Toyota Highlander review
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 full 2008 Toyota Highlander review
2008 4dr SUV 270-horsepower 3.5L V6
5-speed shiftable automatic AWD
Legendary toyota reliability full 2008 Toyota Highlander review
2008 4dr SUV 209-horsepower 3.3L V6 Hybrid
CVT AWD
No reports of any problem yet full 2008 Toyota Highlander review
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 full 2007 Toyota Highlander review