2020 Nissan Pathfinder vs. 2020 Honda Pilot


  • Available hill descent control – Hill descent control helps the driver maintain a controlled speed without having to use the brakes when going down steep inclines at slow speeds. Pilot does not offer this feature.
  • LATCH AND GLIDE®1 technology – Pathfinder’s seating design allows the passenger-side 2nd-row seat to move forward without having to remove an installed child restraint seat. Pilot does not offer this feature.
  • Available Intelligent Around View® Monitor2 (I-AVM) – Pathfinder’s Intelligent Around View Monitor provides views to the front, passenger side, and rear, and a composite view from above, to help enhance visibility when parking. It also provides visual and audible warnings if a moving object is detected within the displayed monitor image. Pilot’s multi-angle rearview camera provides views only to the rear and does not provide a Moving Object Detection system.
  • More front head room3 – Pathfinder offers 2.1 inches more front head room than Pilot (42.2 in. vs. 40.1).
  • More front and 2nd-row leg room3 – Pathfinder offers more leg room in the first two rows than Pilot.
    • Front-row leg room: 1.3 inches more (42.2 in. vs. 40.9)
    • 2nd-row leg room: 3.3 inches more (41.7 in. vs. 38.4)

Additional Advantages

  • DOHC engine (vs. SOHC)
  • Timing-chain-driven camshafts (vs. timing belt)
  • Xtronic CVT® (vs. 6-speed or 9-speed A/T)
  • 2-wheel or 4-wheel Active Brake Limited Slip (ABLS) (vs. 2-wheel only)
  • Vented rear disc brakes (vs. solid disc)
  • Available climate-controlled (heated and cooled) front seats (vs. heated and ventilated)
  • Standard Tri-zone Automatic Climate Control (vs. available)
  • Type-A and Type-C USB ports4 (vs. Type-A only)
  • Rear Door Alert5
  • Available full-speed range Intelligent Cruise Control6 (ICC) (vs. standard, but not full-speed range)
  • Standard hands-free text messaging assistant7 (vs. available)
  • Standard SiriusXM® Travel Link8 (vs. available)
  • Available dual-screen rear entertainment system (vs. single screen)
  • Higher maximum towing capacity9


Pilot is a 3-row, 8-passenger SUV built on a unibody platform shared with the Odyssey minivan and Ridgeline truck. Pilot is offered in five trim levels and one engine:

  • Direct-injected 3.5-liter SOHC V6 with 280 horsepower
  • Front-wheel or all-wheel drive
  • 6- or 9-speed automatic transmission (depending on trim level)

The engine uses a SOHC design (instead of DOHC) and timing-belt-driven camshafts (instead of timing chain).

Pilot can be equipped with a range of comfort and convenience features that most SUV buyers would expect, and a suite of Honda safety features. Pathfinder offers a modern engine design, plenty of room for passengers, and a long list of standard and available safety features. With a high maximum towing capacity and available hill descent control, Pathfinder offers SUV capabilities that owners will appreciate.


Pilot carries over with the following changes.

  • Adds Black Edition AWD trim level with exterior and interior styling enhancements


Pathfinder Pilot
SL with Rock Creek Edition Premium Package Touring
Black Edition (AWD)
Platinum (2WD)
Platinum (4WD) Elite (AWD)
Source: All vehicle information is based on respective manufacturers’ websites. Information accurate at time of publication.
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1 Do not perform slide forward function with the Child Restraint System occupied.
2 Intelligent Around View Monitor cannot eliminate blind spots and may not detect every object. Driver should always turn and check surroundings before driving. See Owner’s Manual for safety information.
3 Final specifications subject to change prior to start of sale.
4 Driving is serious business and requires your full attention. If you have to use the connected device while driving, exercise extreme caution at all times so full attention may be given to vehicle operation.
5 Does not detect people or cargo. Always check rear seat before exiting.
6 Intelligent Cruise Control uses limited braking and is not a collision avoidance or warning system. Driver should monitor traffic conditions and brake as needed to prevent collisions. See Owner’s Manual for safety information.
7 Use Hands Free Text Messaging when parked in a safe location. If you must use while driving, monitor traffic conditions and keep both hands on the steering wheel to prevent collisions. Compatible device required. Message and data rates may apply.
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9 6000 lbs maximum towing capacity for 2020 Pathfinder when properly equipped. Towing capacity varies by configuration. See Nissan Towing Guide and Owner’s Manual for additional information.