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These two high-end SUVs are no strangers to car shoppers around the country. As two of the best values on the market, both the 2017 Honda Pilot and Nissan Pathfinder have bones to pick with each other. In our Pilot vs. Pathfinder comparison, we’ll ascertain which vehicle makes the grade, and which is bound for a second-place finish. If you’re stuck in SUV-buying limbo, read on to discover why the Pilot is destined to find a spot in your driveway this spring.

Third-Row Space: The Final Frontier

For families, the 8-passenger Honda Pilot is a breath of fresh air; its 152ft3 of passenger volume beats out the Pathfinder’s 120ft3, and that extra space is most evident in the SUV’s third-row seat. The Pilot’s rear row offers a tremendous amount of room for head, shoulders, knees, and toes (knees and toes). At nearly 39 inches, third-row headroom in the Pilot is about 2 inches more than the Pathfinder. The 2017 Pilot also offers 31.9 inches of room for legs, 47.6 inches of shoulder space, and 44.6 inches of hip room—all of which top the newest 7-passenger Nissan Pathfinder.

Third-Row Space_The Final Frontier

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Let’s move into the cargo area, shall we? The Pilot, which is never satisfied with simply winning, also provides cargo space that rivals the best full-size SUVs on the market. A static 16.5ft3 of cargo space is available with the seats up, but the 2017 Pilot truly shines when the third- and second-row seats are folded down. At 83.9 cubic feet, the Pilot’s maximum cargo volume beats the Pathfinder’s 79.8 ft3 to a pulp. And we haven’t even taken into consideration the Pilot’s low floor, split-folding heated seats, and incredible second-to-third-row accessibility.

The New Pilot: Doing the Safety Dance

The New Pilot_Doing the Safety Dance

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The Nissan Pathfinder, in its current refreshed form, is a stickler for safety, offering improved crash test scores and a surround-view camera. What it lacks, however, are all the things the Honda Pilot offers. With the 2017 Honda Pilot, Honda has crafted an SUV that takes no fuss from the road. An IIHS Top Safety Pick+, the Pilot comes with available LaneWatch technology, lane-departure and forward-collision warning, active lane control, and road-departure mitigation systems. Honda also introduced is a feature that slips the Pilot into “park” if the driver’s door is open or seat belt is unclicked. It’s these little sparks of ingenuity that allow the 2017 Honda Pilot to flourish as a five-star crossover in this competitive SUV market.

A Feature-Filled Conundrum!

Both the Pilot and Pathfinder thrive in the “features” department, making it difficult for the average SUV shopper to decide which one should be their new best friend. However, the slight edge goes to Honda in this Pilot vs. Pathfinder comparison. With the Pilot, second-row seats can slide forward and back with the magical push of a button. Pilot EX-L models also include a luxurious moonroof, heated seats, and a power liftgate. For any shopper looking for a modern yet versatile family-friendly vehicle, look no further than Honda’s premier full-size SUV.

If you live in South Florida, don’t wait to explore all the nooks and crannies of this year’s premier 2017 Honda Pilot! Visit our South Florida Honda Dealers near Fort Lauderdale, Hollywood, and Miami to take this world-class vehicle for a spin. Locate your nearby Honda car dealership today, and take advantage of our great pricing and vehicle incentives on the newest Pilot or any other new Honda models in our inventory.

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Sources & Photos:

https://automobiles.honda.com/pilot

https://www.nissanusa.com/suvs/pathfinder

http://www.thecarconnection.com/news/1102135_honda-pilot-vs-nissan-pathfinder-compare-cars

http://www.iihs.org/iihs/ratings/vehicle/v/honda/pilot-4-door-suv/2017