Ancira Nissan Compares 2017 Nissan Pathfinder VS 2017 Honda Pilot Near New Braunfels, TX

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2017 Nissan Pathfinder

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2017 Honda Pilot

Safety Comparison

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.

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, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available all-wheel drive, crash mitigating brakes, 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

The camshafts in the Pathfinder’s engine are driven by a hardened steel chain, with no maintenance needs. The Pilot’s camshafts are driven by a rubber belt that needs periodic replacement. If the Pilot’s cam drive 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’ 2016 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 10th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 18 more problems per 100 vehicles, Honda is ranked 23rd, below the industry average.

Engine Comparison

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

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

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

180 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

Suspension and Handling Comparison

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

The Pathfinder has 4.9 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Pilot (157.8 vs. 152.9).

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.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

To make loading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the Pathfinder SL/Platinum’s cargo door can be opened just by waving your foot, leaving your hands completely free. The Pilot doesn’t offer a hands-free gesture to open its cargo door, forcing you to put cargo down if your hands are full.

Ergonomics Comparison

The Pathfinder’s power mirror controls are mounted on the armrest for easy access. The Pilot’s power mirror controls are on the dash, hidden behind the steering wheel, where they 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.

Economic Advantages Comparison

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 $26 less for a water pump, $43 less for an alternator, $55 less for a starter and $20 less for front struts.

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