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2018 Honda Pilot vs 2018 Nissan Pathfinder

Passenger side exterior view of a gray 2018 Honda Pilot on the left "vs" front exterior view of a blue 2018 Nissan Pathfinder on the right

Finding the right fit SUV these days can become complicated in a hurry. The sheer volume of options available can be overwhelming while searching for your new SUV. The 2018 Honda Pilot and the 2018 Nissan Pathfinder are two attractive SUVs that offer efficient and powerful drivetrains along with versatile interior space that can easily accommodate multiple combinations of cargo and passengers. You can see all of the similarities and differences between the 2018 Honda Pilot and the 2018 Nissan Pathfinder below to help you decide which one of these SUVs is right for you.

2018 Honda Pilot


2018 Nissan Pathfinder

3.5L V6 Standard Engine 3.5L V6
280 HP/ 262 LB-FT Horsepower/ Torque 284 HP/ 259 LB-FT
6-Speed Automatic Standard Transmission Continuously Variable
19 MPG City/ 27 MPG HWY Fuel Economy* 20 MPG City/ 27 MPG HWY
*Based on 2018 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on driving conditions, how you drive and maintain your vehicle, battery package/condition, and other factors.

Compare the 2018 Pilot & the 2018 Pathfinder

The chart above depicts the standard drivetrains of the 2018 Pilot and the 2018 Pathfinder. Neither the 2018 Honda Pilot nor the 2018 Nissan Pathfinder offer an upgrade from their standard engines. However, both the Honda Pilot and the Nissan Pathfinder make All-Wheel Drive (AWD) available across all of their trim levels. The 2018 Honda Pilot also makes a 9-Speed Automatic Transmission available on its Touring and Elite trim levels for increased fuel economy.

On the interior, the 2018 Honda Pilot has standard seating for eight people while the 2018 Nissan Pathfinder only has seating for seven. The 2018 Pilot also provides passengers with more third-row headroom, legroom, shoulder room, and hip room than the 2018 Pathfinder offers. The 2018 Honda Pilot also has 16.5 cubic feet of standard cargo room while the 2018 Pathfinder only has 16 cubic feet. Both the 2018 Pilot and the 2018 Pathfinder have convenient split-folding rear seats for optimal passenger and cargo flexibility, but the 2018 Pilot can hold up to 83.9 cubic feet of cargo with its seats folded flat and the 2018 Nissan Pathfinder can only handle a total of 79.8 cubic feet. The 2018 Honda Pilot and the 2018 Nissan Pathfinder are quite similar SUVs but the Pilot’s available 9-Speed Transmission and increased interior cargo and passenger space give it the edge over the 2018 Pathfinder.