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Old 09-18-2018, 07:17 PM   #1
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Any Cautions Before Buying a Honda Pilot For Our 19?

Our Highlander has over 170K miles on it by now, and it's towed our 19' Escape nearly 40K miles, plus a Casita before that. We're considering a Honda Pilot with the 5,000 pound tow package. We test drove an F-150 also. The Ford has lots of power, sits tall, and was fun to drive. The Honda is a lot like our Highlander...adequate. We really want some of the modern technologies like lane assist, blind spot protection, etc, so that pushes us in to higher-level packages. That makes for a very expensive truck vs a moderately (by today's norms) expensive SUV. I should also add that my wife is a bit challenged handling a larger vehicle, so going to the local grocery with the F-150 would be a problem. So, the Honda seems like it will do the job and is probably easier for us to live with day-to-day. We're leaning toward the Pilot instead of another Highlander, largely because the new Highlanders have a ridiculous roof rack with very narrow-spaced, fixed crossbars that would not work well with our tandem kayak or a canoe. We're about to pull the trigger on the Pilot, but I thought I'd ask if we're missing anything in our deliberations. I've weighed our Escape and confirmed we're well within Highlander load limits, so I assume the same is true of the Honda. I read some previous threads here that discussed the F-150 and Pilots, but they've gone pretty quiet by now. Grateful for any comments.
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You can buy after market kayak and canoe carriers that are more suited to the job. Last time I looked at a Highlander build, it cost something like $300 for crossbars for the roof rack.

Son-in-law has a 2008 Pilot. It feels huge to me and looks larger than the newer Pilot. When reading reviews and the like, make sure you are comparing apples to apples.

I'd make sure your wife is on side, or she might use the F150 to haul your coffin the the graveyard.
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Old 09-18-2018, 07:29 PM   #3
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We love our 2011 Pilot, pulling our 3rd Escape: a 17B, then a 19 and now the 2nd gen 19. That's nearly 60,000 trouble-free miles, knock on wood.
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Old 09-18-2018, 07:43 PM   #4
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You can buy after market kayak and canoe carriers that are more suited to the job. Last time I looked at a Highlander build, it cost something like $300 for crossbars for the roof rack.

Son-in-law has a 2008 Pilot. It feels huge to me and looks larger than the newer Pilot. When reading reviews and the like, make sure you are comparing apples to apples.

I'd make sure your wife is on side, or she might use the F150 to haul your coffin the the graveyard.
The new Highlanders have streamlined rails with no place to connect aftermarket cross bars like the Yakima ones we have on our 08 model. The factory cross bars screw into one location fore and aft.

Definitely need to accommodate what my wife will want to drive. She really enjoyed the truck out on the highway, but it would be a challenge driving it day-to-day. And really, towing would be our only need for the truck at this point in our lives.
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The new Highlanders have streamlined rails with no place to connect aftermarket cross bars like the Yakima ones we have on our 08 model. The factory cross bars screw into one location fore and aft.

Definitely need to accommodate what my wife will want to drive. She really enjoyed the truck out on the highway, but it would be a challenge driving it day-to-day. And really, towing would be our only need for the truck at this point in our lives.
So far, in reading past threads on this subject, I've heard nothing but good comments about the Pilot, and the Highlander for that matter. It has certainly served us well.
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My buddy has a recent Highlander ( don't remember the year ). Major irritation he has is that the maps in navigation are only updated once a year and that it costs $250 for western US and Canada, and another $250 for eastern US and Canada.

I'd discuss with the dealer ( Honda or Toyota ) and try to get them to toss in updates.
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We have a 2011 Pilot to tow a 17. We love it. When evaluating tows, it came down to the Highlander or the Pilot. Both are tops in reliability and longevity. Both have about the same HP and torque. For us, it was the local dealers. The Honda dealer, and specifically the service advisors, are great. Toyota dealer, not so much. We have a Prius, and as soon as we hit the year/mileage mark for free or discounted service, I had had enough. We now take it to an independent. The Honda, at 115,000 miles: we still go to the dealer.
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I donít own either of these but here is what Consumer Reports says...
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Hi Parker
I was dismayed that you might go over to the Honda side from the Highlander. Then I saw your reason and thought it totally reasonable. Best of luck with your new Pilot if you go that way. I had a 2005 Honda Accord, one of the best cars we ever owned. Though I’ve only had the 2018 Highlander since May, I thought the salesman said the GPS was free, but I did not ask about maps. I usually don’t use them so I’m not too concerned. I do like the blind spot monitoring and adaptive cruise control ( when not towing). The 8 speed transmission and 25
more horses are nice too. Fully loaded 21 towed 1680 miles last week at 62 mph got 14.4 miles per gallon. No brag, no complaint, just a fact.
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Old 09-19-2018, 09:31 AM   #10
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I donít own either of these but here is what Consumer Reports says...
Thank you! The Highlander certainly looks good in their analysis. I drove ours this morning, and I have to say I was quite comfortable in it. I'm starting to think there are Honda People and Toyota People. Both seem to be great choices with very similar capabilities. I'm going to dig a little deeper into the Toyota roof rack situation, which really should not be a show-stopper.
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