2020 Honda Pilot vs Nissan Pathfinder


In this 2020 Honda Pilot vs. Nissan Pathfinder vehicle comparison, drivers from across the Miami, Doral, and Hialeah area will discover what makes the Honda Pilot a unique SUV. To do that, our team at Braman Honda will compare the interior, engine, and technology of these two vehicles side by side, so you can decide which vehicle is right for you.

Comparing Space in the Honda Pilot and Nissan Pathfinder


Enjoying more space is one reason drivers decide to buy an SUV. The 2020 Honda Pilot delivers with available seating for eight passengers and a total passenger volume of 153.1 cubic feet inside the Elite trim. Meanwhile, the Nissan Pathfinder settles with just 7-passenger seating and offers 154 cubic feet of maximum passenger volume.

Cargo room is another important component to consider when looking for a new SUV. Owners of the Honda Pilot will enjoy 83.9 cubic feet of cargo room, with 16.5 cubic feet available behind the third row. That’s enough room to fit you and seven friends plus an 82-quart cooler.

The Nissan Pathfinder only comes close to matching the cargo room of the Pilot. Specifically, the Pathfinder has only 79.5 cubic feet of cargo volume and 16.2 cubic feet of that volume behind the third row.

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Honda Pilot vs Nissan Pathfinder: Seating & Interior Dimensions

The Honda Pilot is more than spacious—it’s comfortable, too. Drivers will relax atop available 10-way power adjustment seating with included lumbar support. The Nissan Pathfinder also offers similar 10-way power seating.

Compared to the Pathfinder, however, both driver and passenger will have more room to spread out. In the second row, 40.2 inches of headroom offers slightly more space than the Pathfinder model’s 39.4 inches of headroom.

There’s more front hip room in the Pilot, too. To be exact, 59.1 inches as opposed to the Pathfinder model’s 56.8 inches of front hip room.

Honda Pilot vs Nissan Pathfinder: Performance

In addition to space, potential SUV drivers consider power. The 2020 Honda Pilot comes with a 3.5-liter V6 engine that delivers 280 horsepower and 262 lb-ft of torque. To help improve efficiency, this engine can be paired with a 9-speed automatic transmission, which provides smooth shifting between gears.

To promote even better fuel economy, the Pilot Touring and Elite models include Idle-Stop, which automatically turns off the engine while you’re stopped. Then, as soon as you take your foot off the brake, the engine turns back on.

The Nissan Pathfinder has a 3.5-liter V6 engine as well, although it only provides 260 horsepower, 259 lb-ft of torque, and is paired with an Xtronic® Continuously Variable Transmission.

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Honda Pilot vs Nissan Pathfinder: Fuel Economy

While the Pilot beats the Pathfinder in terms of engine performance, they do both offer commendable fuel economy. The Honda Pilot model’s Touring Trim achieves an EPA-estimated 20 city/27 highway MPG rating for 2WD 9AT trims, which matches the Pathfinder MPG.*

They also each feature a 19.5-gallon fuel tank capacity. Before you know it, you’ll be saying goodbye to the gas station, and waving hello to less interrupted journeys.

Honda Pilot vs Nissan Pathfinder: Technology

Passengers in the front seat of the 2020 Honda Pilot will have access to the 8-inch display audio touchscreen. Working much like your smartphone, you can swipe, tap, and pinch through menus to control music and other entertainment functions. In the back seat is a 9-inch screen for playing movies.

The Nissan Pathfinder provides comparable technology systems, although they may not be as intuitive for some drivers. In the end, you’ll have to decide for yourself which system you feel more comfortable using.

The Pilot beats the Pathfinder when it comes to sound systems, as well. Jam out to your favorite tunes through the Honda standard 215-watt audio system with seven speakers and a subwoofer. The Pathfinder model’s standard audio system only includes six speakers.


Honda Pilot vs Nissan Pathfinder: Convenience

From dropping the kids off at baseball practice to running errands, life can get busy. Luckily, the 2020 Honda Pilot is here to save the day with its suite of standard and available amenities.

Check out these handy accessories and perks, all designed to make life easier. They include:

  • Floor Mats
  • Optional Remote Trunk/Tailgate Release
  • Optional Tailgate Power Lock/Unlock
  • Third-Row Split Bench Seat

Looking at the Nissan, it does also offer floor mats, however you’ll have to purchase an optional upgrade to experience them. As for the rest of the above features, you won’t find them anywhere inside the Pathfinder.


Honda Pilot vs Nissan Pathfinder: Safety

One of the most important aspects of any vehicle is its ability to keep those you care for safe and sound. Thanks to the exclusive Honda Sensing®, your Pilot is more capable and confident than ever before. Let’s take a look at some of these safety features:

  • Collision Mitigation Braking System™ (CMBS™): CMBS™ helps to brake the vehicle if it senses a potential collision with a vehicle in front of you.
  • Road Departure Mitigation System (RDM): If you happen to cross over lanes without signaling, RDM will provide steering assist to help get you back on track and in your designated lane.
  • Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC): Gone are the days of manually changing your speed. With Adaptive Cruise Control, simply set a following interval on the highway, and your Pilot will help maintain it.

This is just one way Honda is working to help keep you safe. While the Pathfinder does offer similar systems, Honda Sensing® is exclusive to Honda, so you won’t get the same notable system as the Pilot.

Should I Buy the Honda Pilot or Nissan Pathfinder?

Interested in learning more about this 2020 Honda Pilot vs. Nissan Pathfinder vehicle comparison? Give us a call or visit us at Braman Honda. Serving the communities of Miami, Doral, Hialeah, and beyond, we’d be happy to help you discover what other great features the Honda Pilot has to offer.

For the most thorough review, schedule a test drive of the 2020 Honda Pilot using our online request form.

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*19 city/27 highway/22 combined mpg rating for 2WD 6AT trims. 18 city/26 highway/21 combined mpg rating for AWD 6AT trims. 20 city/27 highway/23 combined mpg rating for 2WD 9AT trims. 19 city/26 highway/22 combined mpg rating for AWD 9AT trims. Based on 2020 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions and other factors.