2019 Nissan Pathfinder vs. 2019 Honda Pilot
The midsized SUV market is very competitive, especially with families who are looking to select the most ideal vehicle for their needs. One of the Nissan Pathfinder’s clear competitors is the Honda Pilot, which is similarly priced (in the base trim, at least) and offers essentially the same horsepower, fuel economy, and warranty (basic, powertrain, and corrosion) coverage. While the 2019 Nissan Pathfinder stacks up well versus the 2019 Honda Pilot, there are differences that ought to be mentioned.
The Pathfinder wins clearly in the towing category, as its maximum capacity is 6,000 pounds versus the Pilot’s 5,000-pound maximum. The Pathfinder also offers more leg room in its first two rows – as well as front-row headroom that leads the class. The base MSRPs are neck-and-neck, with the Pathfinder beating the Pilot by a mere $20, but that cost similarity is gone in the higher trims: the top-level Pathfinder Platinum has an MSRP just about $4,000 less than the highest Pilot trim, the Elite. Let’s compare some of their other major attributes below.
Power and Capability
The two Japanese SUV’s powerplants are on par, with a difference of just 4 horsepower between them: the Pathfinder’s 3.5-liter V6 makes 284 horses while the Pilot’s 3.5-liter V6 makes 280. The Nissan product uses a continuously variable transmission with two speeds, whereas the Honda has a nine-speed transmission. The drivetrains are also different, with the Pathfinder available as a 4×4 and the Honda available with all-wheel drive (two-wheel drive is standard on both). Four-wheel drive offers better traction in snow, sand, gravel, and other slippery conditions, and it allows for a higher towing capacity. The additional 1,000 pounds that the Pathfinder can pull (best-in-class 6,000 lb. over the Pilot’s 5,000 lb.) can really make a difference, for example, with a buyer who has a larger boat, an additional snowmobile, or some other increased need for towing capacity. Also, since 4WD is part-time – it’s only engaged as it’s needed – it can offer measurable fuel savings over AWD, which sends power to all four wheels all of the time.
Passenger Comfort and Space
With its three-passenger third-row seat, the Honda Pilot is set up to carry up to eight people, versus the Pathfinder’s capacity of seven (the rear seat holds two). That said, there is more leg room in the first two rows of the Nissan SUV. And while the Pilot offers more cargo room, it’s because it is wider, which means it can be more of a challenge to park, maneuver, and get into and out of in tight quarters. The materials in the SUVs’ cabins are of similar quality, with similar amenities coming standard on the highest trim: leather seating, heated and ventilated front seats, voice-activated navigation, a tilt/slide moonroof, and park assist technology.