I want to trade in my 2006 Toyota Highlander for a 2011 Honda Pilot because I need more space for a larger family. Is that a good decision?
With the Pilot, you’ll have more luggage room behind the third row, additional overall cargo volume when the seats are folded and a roomier third row for passengers. You also can cram eight occupants in the Pilot, compared with seven in the Highlander.
The extra space doesn’t come without compromise. The Pilot is 6.3 inches longer, 4.4 inches taller and 6.6 inches wider than your 2006 Highlander.
In 2008 the Highlander was redesigned and grew compared with the previous generation. The Pilot still has size advantages over the new Highlander, having more cargo space behind the third row. The Pilot also has more Latch anchors — four total — than either the new or old Highlander. If your larger family includes kids that use child-safety seats, the Pilot has added versatility for securing those seats.
The Pilot and Highlander are midsize crossover SUVs. If you think the Pilot is too small, you may have to look at larger crossovers like the Ford Flex, Chevrolet Traverse and Mazda CX-9.
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