2021 Honda Pilot vs. 2020 Nissan Pathfinder

2021 Honda Pilot vs 2020 Nissan Pathfinder

2021 Honda Pilot LX


2020 Nissan Pathfinder S
Up to 8

Maximum Seating

Up to 7
109 cubic feet

Maximum Cargo Space

79.5 cubic feet

Adaptive Cruise Control


Apple Carplay®

Not Offered

Android Auto™

Not Offered


Lubbock drivers looking for a reliable three-row SUV may have narrowed down their search to the new Pathfinder or Pilot. While there are several comparable features, each crossover takes its own path in terms of cabin space, performance, and features. See which suits you best by comparing the 2021 Honda Pilot vs. 2020 Nissan Pathfinder, and then shop for your next SUV at Brown Honda of San Angelo.

Pathfinder or Pilot: Interior Dimensions 

While the Honda Pilot and Nissan Pathfinder are both classified as three-row SUVs, one major difference is that the Pilot provides seating for a total of eight passengers, while the Pathfinder only has seating for seven. When you fold down your rear seats, you’ll also have more versatile cargo space to transport large items in one trip in the Pilot over the Pathfinder. See the dimensions of the Pilot vs. Pathfinder below:

2021 Honda Pilot LX Interior Dimensions

Passenger Space

  • Headroom (front/middle/rear): 40.1 inches / 40.2 inches / 38.9 inches
  • Legroom (front/middle/rear): 40.9 inches / 38.4 inches / 31.9 inches
  • Shoulder Room (front/middle/rear): 62.0 inches / 62.0 inches / 57.6 inches
  • Hiproom (front/middle/rear): 59.1 inches / 57.3 inches / 44.6 inches

Cargo Space

  • Maximum Cargo Volume: 109 cubic feet

2020 Nissan Pathfinder S Interior Dimensions

Passenger Space

  • Headroom (front/middle/rear): 42.2 inches / 39.4 inches / 37.8 inches
  • Legroom (front/middle/rear): 42.2 inches / 41.7 inches / 19.8 inches
  • Shoulder Room (front/middle/rear): 60.9 inches / 60.4 inches / 57.1 inches
  • Hiproom (front/middle/rear): 56.8 inches / 56.0 inches / 42.0 inches

Cargo Space

  • Maximum Cargo Volume: 79.5 cubic feet

Pathfinder or Pilot: Performance Specs

In terms of the performance you’ll get from these crossovers on Midland roads, both sport similar base engines, while the Pilot delivers stronger torque numbers to deliver an extra boost to your commute. Both lineups offer standard 2WD capabilities, while the Pilot has an available AWD system and the Pathfinder offers 4WD upgrades. Take a look at the performance specs of the Pilot vs. Pathfinder:

Honda Pilot 

  • 3.5L V6 engine
  • 9-speed automatic transmission
  • 280 horsepower
  • 262 lb-ft of torque

Nissan Pathfinder 

  • 3.5L V6 engine
  • Xtronic CVT® 
  • 284 horsepower
  • 259 lb-ft of torque

Pathfinder or Pilot: Interior and Safety Features

Odessa families looking for more advanced features will appreciate the available Apple Carplay® and Android Auto™ integration offered in the Pilot, which is not offered to Pathfinder customers. Another advantage the Honda Pilot has over the Nissan Pathfinder is a stronger set of safety features with the Honda Sensing® suite of driver-assist technologies, which include several features not offered in the Pathfinder. The Honda Sensing® suite includes:

Honda Sensing® Safety Features

  • Collision Mitigation Braking System™ (CMBS™)* (Honda Sensing® feature)
  • Road Departure Mitigation System (RDM)* (Honda Sensing® feature)
  • Forward Collision Warning (FCW)* (Honda Sensing® feature)
  • Lane Departure Warning (LDW)* (Honda Sensing® feature)

Honda Sensing® Driver-Assist Features

  • Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS)* (Honda Sensing® feature)
  • Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC)* (Honda Sensing® feature)

Test Drive a New Honda Pilot for Sale at Brown Honda of San Angelo

Once you’ve checked out our overview of the 2021 Pilot vs. Pathfinder, experience the difference on Lubbock roads with your very own Honda SUV. Find a new Honda Pilot for sale at Brown Honda of San Angelo, and save on your favorite trim level when you browse our new vehicle specials. Check our more helpful vehicle comparisons, or get started with our online financing application online right from home. Contact us to schedule a test drive in San Angelo!

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