2015 Toyota Highlander vs Honda Pilot, Jeep Grand Cherokee, Ford Explorer (866) 778-3304

Highlander features a stylish, athletic exterior, complemented by a sophisticated interior. With its overall capability and versatility, Highlander continues to set the standard among mid-size SUVs. Everyday Capability With seating for up to 8 passengers, 83.7 cubic feet of maximum cargo volume, smart storage appointments like an in-dash shelf and large soft-touch center console with convenient roll-top, and available Dynamic Torque Control AWD the 2015 Toyota Highlander offers great capability inside and out. The Toyota Highlander's main competition comes from Ford Explorer, Jeep Grand Cherokee, Honda Pilot, and Nissan Pathfinder. Offering an impressive package of safety, style, comfort and practicality, The 2015 Toyota Highlander is the smart choice.

2015 Highlander Limited AWD vs. 2015 Honda Pilot Touring 4WD

The Honda Pilot hasn't seen any major changes since 2009, but for 2015, Pilot adds even more value with a Special Edition model. Both Pilot and Highlander offer families an affordable and comfortable ride through city streets and beyond, but the 2015 Highlander offers a level of luxury with greater utility, technology and value making it a sure winner.

PERFORMANCE: 2015 Highlander is athletic and powerful with more horsepower than Pilot, offering more maximum towing capacity while still maintaining optimal fuel efficiency.

STYLING: The 2015 Highlander offers standard LED Daytime Running Lights on Limited and standard projector-beam halogen smoked chrome headlights on every trim level, features not offered by Pilot.

CONNECTIVITY: Highlander features impressive standard and available upscale technology including standard HD Radio and integrated apps, features not standard for Pilot for any trim level.

CONVENIENCE: Highlander offers a variety of practical in-cabin amenities including standard heated and ventilated front seats on Limited models and driver easy speak standard on XLE and Limited models, both unavailable on Pilot.

SAFETY: Highlander comes with eight standard airbags, while Pilot has six. Plus, Highlander offers standard Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert on Limited, safety features unmatched by Pilot.

VALUE: With standard ToyotaCare and its no-cost scheduled maintenance plan for 2 years or 25,000 miles, whichever comes first, and an "Excellent" value rating and lower 5-year cost of ownership from IntelliChoice.com, Highlander offers value unmatched by Pilot.

2015 Highlander XLE/Limited AWD vs. 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited 4WD

Grand Cherokee is a capable off-road vehicle with three available four-wheel drive systems alongside Selec-Terrain traction control system and Quadra-Lift air suspension, not to mention eye-catching exterior features and in-cabin refinement. Highlander, meanwhile, returns for 2015 as a capable, versatile SUV featuring a sporty exterior with standard smoked-chrome accent headlights, available LED lighting, impressive upscale technology and exceptional value.

PERFORMANCE: While Grand Cherokee Limited features Quadra-Trac II full-time 4WD system with Selec-Terrain, Highlander's proactive Dynamic Torque Control AWD System starts in 2WD and provides added traction and stability only as needed. It automatically distributes power from front to rear and manages vehicle braking from side to side as necessary, resulting in well-balanced traction and reduced driveline wear for efficient everyday driving. In fact, Highlander beats Grand Cherokee Limited in city and combined EPA-mpg estimates

STYLING: Highlander Limited's exterior is complemented by several stylish features not found standard on Grand Cherokee Limited, like 19-in. 5-spoke Chromtec wheels, projector-beam halogen smoked chrome accent headlights and LED Daytime Running Lights. While Grand Cherokee has projector-beam headlamps, it only offers standard 18-in. alloy wheels and LED DRLs at an extra cost.

COMFORT: Highlanders have greater cargo volume with more standard seats, and features unavailable on Grand Cherokee entirely, like second-row retractable sunshades, sliding/reclining second-row seats, and three-zone automatic climate control.

TECHNOLOGY: Highlander XLE and Limited outshine Grand Cherokee Limited in both standard and available technology features, from a larger high-resolution touch-screen display with split-screen function, to standard navigation, HD Radio and subscription-free integrated mobile app access, all extra-cost options on Grand Cherokee Limited. Plus, Highlander XLE and above all come standard with Driver Easy Speak, a feature not available on any Jeep.

SAFETY: Highlander features eight standard airbags while Grand Cherokee has seven. Plus, Highlander Limited comes standard with Blind Spot Monitor w/ Rear Cross-Traffic Alert (extra-cost on Grand Cherokee Limited) and backup camera with dynamic gridlines (whereas Grand Cherokee's backup camera does not feature dynamic gridlines).

VALUE: Highlander comes standard with ToyotaCare, including no-cost scheduled maintenance for two years or 25,000 miles, whichever comes first, and both XLE and Limited all-wheel drive models received "Excellent" value ratings from IntelliChoice.com. Grand Cherokee Limited 4WD has a "Below Average" rating and when comparing estimated 5-year cost of ownership, costs nearly $5,600 more than Highlander XLE AWD and $3,738 more than Highlander Limited AWD. Plus, as noted below, Highlander's numerous third-party accolades help its case as a value leader in its segment.

2015 Highlander Limited AWD vs. 2015 Ford Explorer Limited 4WD

Without seeing any major changes from its 2014 model, the 2015 Ford Explorer still remains a hard contender when matched with the 2015 Toyota Highlander. Both offer families an SUV full of impressive utility, comfort and connectivity, however, Highlander's sporty styling and sophisticated cabin offer customers another level of rewarding value.

PERFORMANCE: The 2015 Highlander is fun-to-drive, with enhanced handling and ride comfort, while still maintaining optimal fuel efficiency unmatched by Explorer.

STYLING: 2015 Highlander is athletic and stylish with LED Daytime Running Lights and projector-beam halogen smoked chrome headlights, features not offered by Explorer.

TECHNOLOGY: 2015 Highlander features impressive standard and available upscale technology including standard split-screen audio display and navigation on XLE and Limited models, features not standard for Explorer on any trim level.

CONVENIENCE: Highlander is conveniently packed with plenty of amenities, including standard reclining 2nd and 3rd-row seats on every trim level and three-zone automatic climate control on LE Plus, XLE and Limited, features unavailable on Explorer.

SAFETY: Highlander comes with eight standard airbags, while Explorer has seven. Plus, Highlander offers standard Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert on Limited, these features are extra-cost options on Explorer Limited.

VALUE: With standard ToyotaCare and its no-cost scheduled maintenance plan for two years or 25,000 miles, whichever comes first, and an "Excellent" value rating and lower 5-year cost of ownership from IntelliChoice.com, Highlander offers potential savings over Explorer.

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