SUV Comparison: 2021 Honda Pilot Vs. 2020 Toyota Sequoia

SUV Comparison: 2021 Honda Pilot Vs. 2020 Toyota Sequoia
2021 Honda Pilot
2020 Toyota Sequoia
Honda Pilot LX Standard Vehicle Comparison Toyota Sequoia SR5
$32,250* Base Price MSRP $49,980
20 / 27** Fuel Economy (city / highway) 13 / 17
9-Speed Automatic Transmission 6-Speed Automatic
AWD Available Drivetrain 4WD
18.5 cu. ft. Cargo Volume Behind 3rd Row 18.9 cu. ft.
Up to 8 Seating Capacity Up to 8
3,982 pounds Curb Weight 5,730 pounds
196.5 inches Length 205.1 inches
70.6 inches Height 77.0 inches
Honda Sensing®, Standard Driver-Assist Suite Toyota Safety Sense™, Standard
Seven Available Trims Five
Features On The Honda Pilot
Available Features
Features On The Toyota Sequoia
  • Leather-Trimmed Seats
  • One-Touch Power Moonroof
  • Wireless Phone Charger
  • Hands-Free Access Power Tailgate
  • Rear Entertainment System
  • Heated 2nd-Row Captain's Chairs
  • Apple CarPlay® & Android Auto™
  • 590-Watt Premium Audio System with 10 Speakers
  • Panoramic Roof
  • Heated and Ventilated Front Seats
  • Heated Steering Wheel
  • Leather-trimmed seating
  • Power liftgate
  • Leather-trimmed power fold-flat third-row seat
  • Rear-seat Blu-ray Disc™ player
  • Apple CarPlay® & Android Auto™
  • Heated and ventilated front seats
  • Second-row captain's chairs
  • Moonroof
  • Three-zone climate control

Comparing Honda & Toyota Three-Row SUVs

Drivers shopping for a spacious three-row SUV have plenty of options today, so how do you choose the right one for your family? There are plenty of factors to consider, including your needs for passenger space and seating capacity, cargo volume, fuel efficiency and overall value for your money.

Two SUVs that may catch your attention are the new Honda Pilot and Toyota Sequoia. The 2021 Honda Pilot is now available and includes seating for up to eight in its three rows. Likewise, Toyota's 2020 Sequoia also offers three rows of seating for up to eight. So what's the difference? Well, there are plenty of ways that these popular sport-utes differ, and we'll review them now in this detailed comparison.

While we've covered some of the key differences in the comparison table above, let's dig a little deeper and discuss why one of these SUVs may be a better choice for you and your family.

Honda's Pilot is a mid-size SUV that boasts standard three-row seating and presents a brilliant balance of agility and maneuverability with passenger space, cargo capacity and overall versatility. The Toyota Sequoia, on the other hand, is a traditional full-size SUV. The Sequoia is certainly bulkier than the Pilot, but inside, you'll find that there's not much difference in overall space and hauling capabilities.

Every 2021 Pilot SUV gets Honda's dependable 3.5-liter V6 engine, coupled with a 9-speed automatic transmission for highly efficient performance. With its EPA-estimated fuel economy ratings of up to 20 city and 27 highway mpg**, the Pilot presents the best of both worlds: efficiency and versatility!

The 2020 Toyota Sequoia is a powerful full-size SUV, but it can't compete with the Honda Pilot on the fuel efficiency front. Its standard V8 and 6-speed automatic transmission only return a maximum EPA-estimated 13 city and 17 highway mpg -- far off the Honda SUV's numbers!

When Size Matters

In some ways, the 2021 Honda Pilot and 2020 Toyota Sequoia couldn't be more different as far as SUVs go. The Pilot is ideal for most families seeking a smooth, refined and overall optimized drive, with ample power for hauling and towing, plus impressive city and highway mpg.

The Toyota Sequoia doesn't offer that much more space inside its cabin than the smaller and more agile Pilot. If you're buying a full-size SUV mainly for towing a large boat or trailer, the Sequoia could be a good option, but if you're mainly after the seating and cargo space, Honda's Pilot makes more sense.

We encourage all prospective Honda Pilot and Toyota Sequoia buyers to drive these vehicles to compare their performance, fuel efficiency, maneuverability and overall driving feel. We are confident that Honda's new Pilot is the right choice for the vast majority of families, and we think you'll agree!

Now, let's consider what amenities are standard and available on these three-row SUVs, and compare pricing and overall value.

Features & Value

If you've glanced at the starting MSRP of the 2021 Honda Pilot and 2020 Toyota Sequoia in the comparison table above, you may have been shocked by the difference. That's right; the Honda Pilot starts at just $32,250*, whereas the Toyota Sequoia will cost you at least $49,980 based on its starting MSRP.

Guess what? Even if you went for the top-trim 2021 Honda Pilot Black Edition with standard all-wheel drive (AWD), 20-inch alloy wheels and leather interior, its MSRP of $49,920* still comes in below the 2020 Toyota Sequoia base model!

Both of these SUV models include standard features like 8-passenger seating and a suite of driver-assistive and safety technologies. A 7-passenger configuration is available within both lineups. While these sport-utes each get a host of standard safety technologies like adaptive cruise control and an automatic pre-collision braking system, only one gets a multi-angle rearview camera -- and that's the Honda Pilot!

Every 2021 Pilot is equipped with a backup camera that provides three viewing modes: normal, wide and top-down. You won't find this advanced camera setup on the Toyota Sequoia. This is interesting because the Sequoia is larger and more difficult to maneuver in tight spaces than the Honda!

We've covered the massive price disparity of these three-row SUVs, but what about your choices of trims? Well, the pricier Toyota Sequoia presents just five grades, while the new Honda Pilot lets you select from seven trims. For 2021, the Pilot offers a new Special Edition, as well as the Black Edition, which are two distinct versions that feature unique styling cues and amenities that are sure to attract many drivers and families.

Tour the New Honda Pilot SUV at Our Longview, WA, Dealership

If you're searching for a new family SUV around Chehalis, Washington, that gives you seating for up to eight, advanced safety features and efficient performance at an affordable price, a 2021 Honda Pilot from Stirling Honda is your answer.

Our new and pre-owned Honda auto dealership in Longview, WA, is a local source for Honda's complete SUV lineup, including the family-friendly new Pilot. We welcome you to shop our new Honda inventory online, contact our sales specialists and schedule a test drive. You could be upgrading your family to a new Honda in no time!

The Honda Pilot boasts attractive pricing and our auto dealership provides new and used car specials plus finance and lease offers to sweeten the deal for your new family vehicle. Send us a completed financing application to get pre-qualified for an auto loan or contact our team for further assistance with your upcoming upgrade!

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*MSRP excluding tax, license, registration, $1120 destination charge and accessories. Dealer prices may vary. MSRP does not include $395 charge for select premium colors.
**20 city/27 highway/23 combined mpg rating for 2WD trims. 19 city/26 highway/22 combined mpg rating for AWD trims. Based on 2021 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions and other factors.