Midsize SUVs are among the most popular vehicles in Canada, thanks to their spacious interiors, innovative features, impressive fuel economy, and incredible performance in all road conditions. Three of the most critically acclaimed SUVs available here in Canada include the 2019 Toyota Highlander, the 2019 Honda Pilot, and the 2018 Nissan Murano. But, which model is right for your family? We looked at the base models — including the 2019 Toyota Highlander LE V6 FWD, 2019 Honda Pilot LX 4dr AWD, and 2018 Nissan Murano S 4dr FWD — to determine the answer. Spoiler alert: It’s the 2019 Toyota Highlander.
The most important consideration for a midsize SUV is how well it will perform, whether it’s battling the cold conditions of a Canadian winter or towing a boat out to Sunshine Lake. The 2019 Honda Pilot and the 2018 Nissan Murano don’t even put up a strong fight against the 2019 Toyota Highlander in that regard. The Toyota Highlander’s engine, mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission, pumps out 295 horsepower and 263 lb-ft of torque. With this engine, the Highlander can tow up to 2,268 kg. The Honda Pilot’s engine only serves up 280 horsepower and 262 lb-ft of torque and enables just 680 kg of towing capacity. The Nissan Murano’s engine is even weaker, producing just 260 horsepower and 240 lb-ft of torque and towing up to 680 kg.
The 2019 Toyota Highlander also prioritizes passenger comfort by offering ample space. For example, the Highlander offers the most front legroom at 1,123.4 mm, compared to 1,040 mm in the 2019 Honda Pilot and just 1,029 mm in the 2018 Nissan Murano. The Highlander also offers more front headroom (1,033.7 mm compared to the Pilot’s 1,019 mm and the Murano’s 1,014 mm) and more third hip room (1,158 mm compared to the Pilot’s 1,132). The Murano does not offer a third row.
The 2019 Toyota Highlander is available for a test drive and purchase at High River Toyota.