Nissan Pathfinder vs Honda Pilot

Nissan Pathfinder

Trying to choose between the Nissan Pathfinder and the 2018 Honda Pilot? You’re in the right place! We at Faulkner Nissan Jenkintown are here with this detailed comparison to show you how these two capable full-size SUVs stack up against each other.

Shoppers in Jenkintown, Abington, Glenside, and Philadelphia should read ahead to see how the Pathfinder and the Pilot compare when it comes to performance, comfort, and technology. Let’s get started!


Both the 2018 Nissan Pathfinder and the 2018 Honda Pilot are standardly equipped with a high-powered 3.5L V6 engine and front-wheel drivetrain. However, you’ll see these two vehicles start to differ under the hood when it comes to the capabilities offered by their powertrains.

The Pathfinder’s engine is paired with Direct Injection Gasoline™ technology as well as Nissan’s iconic Xtronic CVT® (Continuously Variable Transmission). This transmission allows the Pathfinder to achieve a respectable EPA-estimated 27 highway/20 city MPG1. The lack of the CVT in the Pilot, though, results in a decrease in fuel economy.
On top of being efficient, the Pathfinder also offers quite a bit of high-powered capability. The Pathfinder offers a best-in-class2 standard towing capacity of 6,000 pounds3. The Pilot, on the other hand, can only standardly tow 1,500 pounds.


Inside the 2018 Nissan Pathfinder and the 2018 Honda Pilot, you’ll have plenty of packing space for all of your cargo. Both models offer around 16 cubic feet of cargo space behind the third row of seats. However, you can utilize the split-folding capabilities of the rear seats in both models to exponentially expand your cargo capabilities.

However, the Pathfinder keeps going with plenty of wiggle room for every passenger. In the front two seats, you’ll have 42.2 inches of headroom while the second-row of seats sports a whopping 41.7 inches of legroom. Compare this to the Pilot’s 40.1 inches of front headroom and 38.4 inches of rear legroom.


The interiors of the 2018 Nissan Pathfinder and the 2018 Honda Pilot aren’t just spacious – they’re packed with advanced technology features, too. Both models are standardly equipped with multi-faceted infotainment systems that offer Bluetooth® connectability, SiriusXM® satellite radio capabilities, and available turn-by-turn navigation.

One of the many impressive technology features you’ll miss out on in the Pilot is an available intelligent Around View® Monitor. This advanced feature, which is offered by the Pathfinder, gives you a 360-degree bird’s-eye view of what’s going on around your vehicle. In the Pilot, you’ll have to settle for just a rear-view camera.
The Pilot also only caters to the entertainment needs of the front two passengers. In the Pathfinder, rear passengers can enjoy an available Tri-Zone Entertainment system which includes dual head restraint-mounted 8-inch monitors and a DVD player.


As you can see, the new Nissan Pathfinder takes the cake in every category. Come see what else this full-size SUV can do at Faulkner Nissan Jenkintown. Shoppers in Jenkintown, Abington, Glenside, and Philadelphia can schedule a test drive today by giving us a call!

1 2018 EPA Fuel Economy Estimates 20 city / 27 highway (front-wheel drive) and 19 city / 26 highway (4-wheel drive). Actual mileage may vary with driving conditions – use for comparison only.
2 Comparison based on 2018 Pathfinder vs. 2018 Ford Explorer, 2017 Honda Pilot, and 2018 Toyota Highlander. Based on manufacturers’ websites. Towing capability varies by configuration. See Nissan Towing Guide and Owner’s Manual for additional information.