Which Large SUV’s Best for Your Family?
Researching your family’s next SUV? Two top 3-row models you’re bound to come across are the 2020 Honda Pilot and 2020 Pathfinder. One of these large SUVs has enough seating for 8 passengers, offers an exceptional amount of cargo room, and is equipped with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility. The other is the Nissan Pathfinder.
That’s not to say the new Pathfinder is terrible; the Nissan just can’t compete with Honda’s 8-seater when it comes to the characteristics that families expect in their SUV. Let’s take a peek at those characteristics.
Pilot vs. Pathfinder: Technology
In the year 2020, all SUVs are equipped with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility – right? Nissan Pathfinder is the exception. Pathfinder’s infotainment system doesn’t support either piece of smartphone technology, making it one of the only SUVs in its class to be behind the times.
Additionally, the 2020 Pathfinder is without some key features found in the Pilot. In Pilot Elite and Black Edition trims, wireless phone chargers are standard; Pathfinders don’t have wireless phone charging. Multi-Zone Audio, which allows front-seat riders to adjust the volume in all rows, is equipped in Honda Pilot Touring trims and up; Pathfinders don’t feature a comparable audio system. An in-cabin PA system (CabinTalk) is available in the Pilot; Pathfinders don’t have one. The Honda Pilot can be had with Wi-Fi* service; Pathfinders, as you’d guessed, cannot.
Honda Pilot is certainly one for the ages, especially when compared side-by-side with the aging Nissan Pathfinder.
Pilot vs. Pathfinder: Cargo Space
Flexibility: It’s the main reason to buy a large 3-row SUV. From the tailgate to the front row, Honda Pilot offers more in this department. Behind Pilot’s back seat, you’ll have up to 16.5* cubic feet of room. Fold both back rows down, and the Pilot offers an astounding 83.9-cubic-foot* clip of space.
The 2020 Nissan Pathfinder’s respective cargo capacity comes in at 16.2 and 79.5 cubic feet. Even with its clever Cargo Area Under-Floor Storage compartment – which is matched by Honda’s Hidden Storage Well – Pathfinder’s still no match for the Pilot.
Pilot vs. Pathfinder: Seats
Sadly, just seven passengers can trek onward in the new Nissan Pathfinder, and its rear row is reserved for children, pets and the most disliked coworkers in your office. Pathfinder’s 3rd-row legroom comes in at 30.7 inches, while hip room and shoulder room sit at 42 inches and 57.1 inches, respectively.
A true 8-seater, the Honda Pilot is far roomier than the Pathfinder. The sly engineers in Honda-land get an “A” grade in composing Pilot’s rear seat, which boasts 31.9 inches of legroom, 44.6 inches of hiproom and 57.6 inches of shoulder room—all of which beat the Pathfinder’s listed specs. Even taller humans in the very back are afforded more air to breathe, as Pilot’s amount of headroom (38.9 inches) puts Nissan’s SUV to shame (37.8 inches).
Critics Agree: Pilot Beats Pathfinder
“The Honda has a smoother ride, more standard safety features, and seating for up to eight. It also supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Go with the Pilot.” – U.S. News
“Good luck finding much comfort [in Pathfinder’s back row], however: the bottom cushions are low to the floor and legroom is scarce, making it a place for short trips only—at least for adults.” – Car and Driver
“Pathfinder is a bit of a letdown. The native infotainment system feels about five years behind, and the lack of Apple CarPlay or Android Auto means there’s no workaround. Other drawbacks include mediocre outward visibility, less cargo space than some top rivals offer, and some harshness in the ride quality.” – Edmunds
“The Pathfinder is nearing the end of its life cycle and is due for a redesign if it’s to compete in the 3-row midsize SUV segment.” – Autotrader
“Unlike the amazing new Kia Telluride and Hyundai Palisade, not to mention longtime benchmarks such as the Honda Pilot and Toyota Highlander, the 2020 Nissan Pathfinder lacks technology like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and active safety features like lane-departure warning.” – Kelley Blue Book
The choice between Honda Pilot and Nissan Pathfinder should be clear. But if you’d like to see for yourself, visit our South Florida Honda Dealers to get up close and personal with the 2020 Honda Pilot. Find your nearest Honda dealership around Miami, and we’ll get you set up with a test drive.
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Disclaimers: *Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi Direct are registered trademarks of Wi-Fi Alliance®. Requires AT&T data plan. *Honda wireless phone charger is compatible with both Qi and Powermat wireless charging standards. Check with your device’s manufacturer for wireless capability. *Cargo volume based on SAE J1100 cargo volume measurement standard.