Childre Nissan Compares 2020 Nissan Pathfinder VS 2020 Honda Pilot Near Warner Robins, GA

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2020 Nissan Pathfinder

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2020 Honda Pilot

Safety Comparison

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For enhanced safety, the front, middle and rear seat shoulder belts of the Nissan Pathfinder are height-adjustable to accommodate a wide variety of driver and passenger heights. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages passengers to buckle up. The Honda Pilot doesn’t offer height-adjustable middle or rear seat belts.

In the past twenty years hundreds of infants and young children have died after being left in vehicles, usually by accident. When turning the vehicle off, drivers of the Pathfinder are reminded to check the back seat if they opened the rear door before starting out. The Pilot doesn’t offer a back seat reminder.

When descending a steep, off-road slope, the Pathfinder 4WD’s standard Hill Descent Control allows you to creep down safely. The Pilot doesn’t offer Hill Descent Control.

The Pathfinder SL/Platinum has a standard Around View® Monitor to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The Pilot only offers a rear monitor and front and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the sides.

Both the Pathfinder and the Pilot have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front wheel drive, height adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available all wheel drive, blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Nissan Pathfinder is safer than the Honda Pilot:

Pathfinder

Pilot

Passenger

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

Chest Compression

.6 inches

.6 inches

Neck Injury Risk

33%

35%

Neck Compression

44 lbs.

478 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does side impact tests on new vehicles. In this test, which crashes the vehicle into a flat barrier at 38.5 MPH and into a post at 20 MPH, results indicate that the Nissan Pathfinder is safer than the Honda Pilot:

Pathfinder

Pilot

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

101

233

Spine Acceleration

41 G’s

42 G’s

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

338

406

Spine Acceleration

42 G’s

45 G’s

Hip Force

661 lbs.

838 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

Reliability Comparison

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A hardened steel chain, with no maintenance needs, drives the camshafts in the Pathfinder’s engine. A rubber cam drive belt that needs periodic replacement drives the Pilot’s camshafts. If the Pilot’s belt breaks, the engine could be severely damaged when the pistons hit the opened valves.

To reliably power the ignition and other systems and to recharge the battery, the Pathfinder has a standard 150-amp alternator. The Pilot’s 130-amp alternator isn’t as powerful.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Nissan vehicles are better in initial quality than Honda vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Nissan 7th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 12 more problems per 100 vehicles, Honda is ranked 16th, below the industry average.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Nissan vehicles are more reliable than Honda vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Nissan 15th in reliability. With 9 more problems per 100 vehicles, Honda is ranked 16th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 Auto Issue reports that Nissan vehicles are more reliable than Honda vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Nissan 1 place higher in reliability than Honda.

Engine Comparison

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The Pathfinder’s 3.5 DOHC V6 produces 4 more horsepower (284 vs. 280) than the Pilot’s 3.5 SOHC V6.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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On the EPA test cycle the Pathfinder gets better fuel mileage than the Pilot:

MPG

Pathfinder

FWD

3.5 DOHC V6

20 city/27 hwy

AWD

3.6 DOHC V6

20 city/27 hwy

Platinum 3.5 DOHC V6

19 city/26 hwy

Pilot

FWD

3.5 DOHC V6

20 city/27 hwy

3.5 DOHC V6

19 city/27 hwy

AWD

3.5 DOHC V6

19 city/26 hwy

3.5 DOHC V6

18 City/26 hwy

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

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The Pathfinder’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs on the Pilot are solid, not vented.

The Pathfinder stops much shorter than the Pilot:

Pathfinder

Pilot

70 to 0 MPH

170 feet

183 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

116 feet

128 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

145 feet

153 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels Comparison

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For better traction, the Pathfinder SV/SL’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Pilot (255/60R18 vs. 245/60R18).

Suspension and Handling Comparison

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For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Pathfinder’s wheelbase is 3.2 inches longer than on the Pilot (114.2 inches vs. 111 inches).

For better maneuverability, the Pathfinder’s turning circle is .7 feet tighter than the Pilot’s (38.7 feet vs. 39.4 feet).

Passenger Space Comparison

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The Pathfinder has 2.1 inches more front headroom, 1.4 inches more front legroom and 3.3 inches more rear legroom than the Pilot.

Ergonomics Comparison

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The Pathfinder’s power mirror controls are mounted on the armrest for easy access. The Pilot’s power mirror controls are on the dash where they are possibly hidden by the steering wheel and are awkward to manipulate.

The Pathfinder has a standard dual zone air conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. Dual zone air conditioning is only available on the Pilot EX/EX-L/Touring/Elite/Black Edition.

Economic Advantages Comparison

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According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Pathfinder is less expensive to operate than the Pilot because typical repairs cost less on the Pathfinder than the Pilot, including $28 less for a water pump, $35 less for a fuel pump, $5 less for front struts and $34 less for a power steering pump.

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