Comparison: 2017 Honda Pilot vs 2017 Nissan Pathfinder

Comparison: 2017 Honda Pilot vs 2017 Nissan Pathfinder

The 2017 Honda Pilot and the 2017 Nissan Pathfinder are family-friendly alternatives to the minivan, each earning 2017 Top Safety Pick titles from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and both the 2017 Pilot and 2017 Pathfinder earned 5-Star Overall Ratings from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.‡

Plus, both popular SUVs feature capable 3.5-liter V6 engines that make about 280 horsepower. 

But for Richmond area drivers who need seating and cargo for the whole crew, as well as the tech to keep them safe and entertained, the Honda Pilot pulls ahead of the race. Read on to see how these two utes compare, then visit us in South Chesterfield for a test drive.

Seating and Cargo

Honda Pilot

The Pilot is a three-row SUV with seating for up to eight passengers, or seven passengers if you choose second-row captain's chairs. Trims include the LX, EX, EX-L, Touring, and Elite. The Pilot LX comes standard with rear privacy glass, a tilting/telescoping steering column, illuminated steering wheel-mounted controls, and fabric seating.

The EX adds three-zone climate control and a 10-way driver’s seat. Available features include leather or perforated leather seats, heated front and second-row seats, ventilated front seats, heated steering wheel, and a panoramic roof.

The 2017 Pilot has up to 16.5 cubic feet of cargo space behind the third row, and up to 83.9 cubes with the rear seats folded. The Honda SUV is also available with a Dual-Position Reversible Cargo Lid and a Flexible Cargo Management System.

Nissan Pathfinder

The 2017 Pathfinder also has three rows of seating, but the tiny third row only features two seats, so it’s maxed out at seven passengers. Trims include the S, SV, SL, and Platinum. The base model features a tilting/telescoping steering wheel, illuminated wheel-mounted controls, cloth seating, and three-zone climate control.

The SV adds an 8-way driver’s seat and a heated steering wheel. The Nissan SUV is available with leather-appointed seating, heated front and second-row outboard seats, dual-panel moonroof, and ventilated front seats.

As for cargo space, the Pathfinder has 16 cubic feet behind the third row and 79.8 cubes with all seats folded. It’s available with a rear cargo cover, but no cargo management system.

Entertainment and Tech

Honda Pilot

Standard tech on the 2017 Pilot includes a multi-angle rearview camera with guidelines, Bluetooth HandsFreeLink and streaming audio, USB Audio Interface, and a 4.2-inch multi-information display. The EX adds SMS text message function, 8-inch Display Audio, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and Sirius XM Radio. This lower trim is also equipped with the Honda LaneWatch advanced blind spot monitor and the Honda Sensing suite of driver-assistance features.

Upper trims feature the Honda Satellite-Linked Navigation System with voice recognition and HD Digital Traffic, as well as the Blu-ray Rear Seat Entertainment System with 115-volt outlet, HDMI interface, and second-row sunshades. The Elite comes standard with all mentioned features, plus a Blind Spot Information System with cross-traffic monitor.

Nissan Pathfinder

The 2017 Pathfinder does not come available with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, a LaneWatch equivalent, rear-seat entertainment system, or voice-activated navigation. Lower trims have an 8-inch color display, Sirius XM Travel, RearView Monitor, Bluetooth, HD Radio, and dual USB ports.

Available tech on the Pathfinder includes a rear sonar system, Nissan Intelligent key, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Blind Spot Warning, Moving Object Detection, and Forward Emergency Braking.


Honda Pilot

Starting at $30,745 MSRP**

Nissan Pathfinder

Starting at $30,290 MSRP**

‡Government 5-Star Safety Ratings are part of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s New Car Assessment Program ( Model tested with standard side airbags (SAB). 2017 Honda Pilot with Honda Sensing TM and specific headlights.

**Prices shown are Honda Suggested Retail Prices only and do not include taxes, license or a destination and handling charge. Actual vehicle/accessory costs, labor and installation vary. Dealers set their own prices. Please consult your selected dealer.

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