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Honda Pilot vs. Nissan Pathfinder

When we compare the Honda Pilot to the Nissan Pathfinder, the Honda Pilot has the advantage in the areas of interior volume and overall quality score. The Nissan Pathfinder has the advantage in the areas of new vehicle base pricing, typical lower range of pricing for one- to five-year-old used cars, and base engine power. The Honda Pilot and Nissan Pathfinder have the same fuel efficiency. Based on this comparison of the Honda Pilot versus the Nissan Pathfinder, the Nissan Pathfinder is a better car than the Honda Pilot.

Honda Pilot versus Nissan Pathfinder Pricing

A one- to five-year-old used Honda Pilot ranges from $31,798 to $45,877 while a used Nissan Pathfinder from the same model year range is priced between $25,498 to $37,575. For a new model, the Honda Pilot's price is between $38,798 and $51,617, with the Nissan Pathfinder priced between $34,834 and $50,826.

Honda Pilot versus Nissan Pathfinder Quality Rating

The iSeeCars Overall Quality rating for the Honda Pilot is 8.7 out of 10 while the Nissan Pathfinder's quality rating is 8.4 out of 10. This results in the Honda Pilot being ranked 2 out of 25 Best Midsize SUVs and the Nissan Pathfinder being ranked 6 out of 25. Out of 61 Best Crossover SUVs, the Honda Pilot is ranked 61 and the Nissan Pathfinder is ranked 9. The Honda Pilot is also ranked 4 out of 31 Best SUVs with 3 Rows while the Nissan Pathfinder is ranked 8 out of 31.

Engine Power and Fuel Efficiency Comparison

For engine performance, the Honda Pilot’s base engine makes 280 horsepower, and the Nissan Pathfinder base engine makes 284 horsepower. Both the Pilot and the Pathfinder are rated to deliver an average of 23 miles per gallon, with highway ranges of 527 and 500 miles respectively. Both models use regular unleaded.

Passenger Space Comparison

While both models are crossover/midsize SUVs, the Honda Pilot has the advantage of offering more front shoulder room, rear head room, rear shoulder room and rear leg room. The Nissan Pathfinder has the advantage in the areas of front head room, front leg room and trunk space.

Hauling, Towing, and Off-Road Capabilities Comparison

The Honda Pilot has the advantage of offering higher ground clearance and payload capacity, while the Nissan Pathfinder has the advantage of offering higher towing capacity.

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2022 Honda Pilot

2023 Nissan Pathfinder

Pricing

New Asking Price:

$38,798 - $51,617

Used Asking Price:

$31,798 - $45,877

5-Year Depreciation (lower is better):

44.4%

Pricing

New Asking Price:

$34,834 - $50,826

Used Asking Price:

$25,498 - $37,575

5-Year Depreciation (lower is better):

53%

iSeeCars Scores & Rankings

Overall Score:

8.7 / 10

Reliability:

8.6 / 10

Retained Value:

7.4 / 10

Safety:

10.0 / 10

iSeeCars Scores & Rankings

Overall Score:

8.4 / 10

Reliability:

8.3 / 10

Retained Value:

6.8 / 10

Safety:

10.0 / 10

iSeeCars Rankings

1 / 61
2 / 31
2 / 25
2 / 25
2 / 25
3 / 61
3 / 61
4 / 31
6 / 25
8 / 31
8 / 31
42 / 61

iSeeCars Rankings

5 / 25
6 / 31
6 / 25
7 / 61
8 / 61
8 / 31
8 / 25
8 / 25
9 / 61
10 / 31
14 / 31
44 / 61

Summary Review

The Honda Pilot is one of America’s favorite three-row family vehicles. All but two trim levels offer seating for eight passengers, though many buyers opt for the 7-passenger configuration with two large captain's chairs in the second row.

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Summary Review

The three-row Nissan Pathfinder was redesigned for the 2022 model year. The new model features a more boxy facade, additional standard safety features, a new nine-speed automatic transmission, and a more premium interior that can now seat up to eight passengers. This much-needed makeover of the aging Pathfinder, after nearly a decade, will better position the midsize SUV in this competitive segment.

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Pros and Cons

  • Seating for up to 8 in almost every trim 
  • Family-friendly features galore
  • Among the largest interior volume and cargo capacity of this segment’s SUVs
  • One of the most “made-in-America” models in this segment (Alabama)

  • No green (hybrid/electric) powertrain option available
  • Overdue for an update

Pros and Cons

  • “Right-sized” for this three-row segment (not huge, but certainly not small) 
  • Selectable modes to optimize optional AWD system
  • Impressive suite of standard safety features
  • Intuitive touchscreen infotainment system

  • No green (hybrid/electric) version available
  • Handling can be lackluster

Available Body Styles

SUV

Available Body Styles

SUV

Available Drivetrain Options

Gasoline

Available Drivetrain Options

Gasoline

Trim Levels

Sport, Touring-8P, TrailSport, SE, Touring-7P, Black Edition, Elite, EX-L

Trim Levels

Rock Creek, S, SL, SV, Platinum

Warranty Information

Warranty, Bumper-to-Bumper:

3 years / 36000 miles

Warranty, Powertrain

5 years / 60000 miles

Warranty, Roadside Assistance:

3 years / 36000 miles

Warranty Information

Warranty, Bumper-to-Bumper:

3 years / 36000 miles

Warranty, Powertrain

5 years / 60000 miles

Warranty, Roadside Assistance:

3 years / 36000 miles

Safety Ratings

NHTSA Safety Rating (last 5 year average):

5 out of 5 Stars

IIHS Safety Rating:

Not yet available

Safety Ratings

NHTSA Safety Rating (last 5 year average):

5 out of 5 Stars

IIHS Safety Rating:

Not yet available

Base Drivetrain Specifications

Horsepower:

280 hp @ 6000 rpm

Torque:

262 foot-lbs @ 4700 rpm

Power-to-Weight Ratio (higher is better):

0.069 hp per pound

Towing Capacity:

Not yet available

Base Drivetrain Specifications

Horsepower:

284 hp @ 6400 rpm

Torque:

259 foot-lbs @ 4800 rpm

Power-to-Weight Ratio (higher is better):

0.066 hp per pound

Towing Capacity:

3500 lbs

Engine Specifications

Engine Size:

3.5 liters

Engine Configuration:

V

Number of Cylinders:

6

Transmission:

Automatic

Standard/Optional Drivetrain Type:

FWD / AWD

EPA Fuel Economy (City/Highway/Combined MPG):

20 / 27 / 23

Range (city/hwy):

390 / 527 miles

Recommended Fuel Type:

Regular Unleaded

Engine Specifications

Engine Size:

3.5 liters

Engine Configuration:

V

Number of Cylinders:

6

Transmission:

Automatic

Standard/Optional Drivetrain Type:

FWD / 4X4

EPA Fuel Economy (City/Highway/Combined MPG):

20 / 27 / 23

Range (city/hwy):

370 / 500 miles

Recommended Fuel Type:

Regular Unleaded

Standard/Optional Features

Apple CarPlay:

Standard

Android Auto:

Standard

Wireless Smartphone Charging:

Available

Keyless Entry:

Standard

Keyless Ignition:

Standard

Adaptive Cruise Control:

Standard

Heated Seats:

Standard

Cooled/Ventilated Seats:

Available

Leather Upholstery:

Available

Navigation System:

Standard

Sunroof/Moonroof:

Available

Heated Steering Wheel:

Available

Standard/Optional Features

Apple CarPlay:

Standard

Android Auto:

Standard

Wireless Smartphone Charging:

Available

Keyless Entry:

Standard

Keyless Ignition:

Standard

Adaptive Cruise Control:

Available

Heated Seats:

Available

Cooled/Ventilated Seats:

Available

Leather Upholstery:

Available

Navigation System:

Available

Sunroof/Moonroof:

Available

Heated Steering Wheel:

Available

Safety Equipment

Forward Collision Warning:

Standard

Pedestrian Detection:

Standard

Lane Departure Warning:

Standard

Lane Keeping Assist:

Standard

Blind Spot Monitoring:

Standard

Rear Cross-Traffic Alert:

Standard

360-Degree Camera:

N/A

Rear Seat Reminder:

N/A

Driver Attention Monitoring:

N/A

Safety Equipment

Forward Collision Warning:

Standard

Pedestrian Detection:

Standard

Lane Departure Warning:

Standard

Lane Keeping Assist:

Available

Blind Spot Monitoring:

Standard

Rear Cross-Traffic Alert:

Standard

360-Degree Camera:

Available

Rear Seat Reminder:

Standard

Driver Attention Monitoring:

Standard

Interior Dimensions

Front Head Room:

40.1 inches

Front Leg Room:

40.9 inches

Front Shoulder Room:

62 inches

Rear Head Room:

40.2 inches

Rear Leg Room:

38.4 inches

Rear Shoulder Room:

62 inches

Cargo Space:

16.5 cubic feet

Cargo Space, 2nd-row seat folded down:

83.8 cubic feet

Overall Interior Volume:

169.4 cubic feet

Interior Dimensions

Front Head Room:

42.3 inches

Front Leg Room:

44.3 inches

Front Shoulder Room:

60.8 inches

Rear Head Room:

39.6 inches

Rear Leg Room:

35.5 inches

Rear Shoulder Room:

59.6 inches

Cargo Space:

16.6 cubic feet

Cargo Space, 2nd-row seat folded down:

80.5 cubic feet

Overall Interior Volume:

164.6 cubic feet

Exterior Dimensions

Curb Weight:

4030 lbs

Width:

78.6 inches

Height:

70.6 inches

Length:

196.5 inches

Wheelbase:

111 inches

Ground Clearance:

7.3 inches

Exterior Dimensions

Curb Weight:

4317 lbs

Width:

77.9 inches

Height:

70.9 inches

Length:

197.7 inches

Wheelbase:

114.2 inches

Ground Clearance:

7.1 inches

Standard Wheel/Tire Information

Wheel Size:

20.0 x 8.0 inches

Wheel Type:

painted alloy

Tire Size:

245/50R20

Standard Wheel/Tire Information

Wheel Size:

18.0 x 7.5 inches

Wheel Type:

aluminum alloy

Tire Size:

255/60R18