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2017 Nissan Pathfinder vs 2017 Honda Pilot

It can be easy to forget what SUV truly means. Sure, it stands for sport utility vehicle, we can all agree on that much, but what does that truly mean? Sport implies athleticism and cunning abilities to outsmart opponents. Utility implies something that is tremendously useful for a variety of situations. And vehicle...well, you know what vehicle implies, which is why you are here in the first place. Sometimes, though, with such a saturated market of SUVs, the true meaning of what this style of vehicle was meant to do gets lost amidst a gaggle of bells and whistles that are not needed. Think: Why do you want an SUV? Do you have a big family? Do you like to go off on weekend adventures? Then an SUV is right up your alley, and you should drive one that can handle what you throw its way. Which one is right for you? Let’s take a look at the 2017 Nissan Pathfinder vs the 2017 Honda Pilot.

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2017 Nissan Pathfinder vs 2017 Honda Pilot
284 HP Horsepower 280 HP
20/27 City/Hwy MPG Fuel Economy 19/27 City/Hwy MPG
6,000 Pounds Maximum Towing Capacity

3,500 Pounds 2WD

5,000 Pounds AWD

$30,290 Base MSRP $30,745

More horsepower and towing capacity for a lower base price

If you are looking for a vehicle to take you and your family on summer vacations as well as weeknight errands, you need one that can handle the workload. The beating heart of the 2017 Nissan Pathfinder is a 3.5-liter V6 engine capable of delivering 284 horsepower and 259 lb-ft of torque. That edges out the 280 horsepower offered by the 2017 Honda Pilot.

Back in the days of yore, SUVs had a reputation for guzzling gas like there was no tomorrow. Well, tomorrow has arrived, and these vehicles no longer have to be a strain on your wallet in terms of fuel efficiency. The Pathfinder and Pilot are just about even in terms of their respective fuel economies, which is admirable, and it just goes to show that you do not have to sacrifice such efficiency when you have a powerful engine under the hood.

If you do plan to go on trips, you may not be able to fit everything you need into the cargo area, or perhaps you would like to tow the boat up to the lake for a weekend of fishing. The Pathfinder can tow as much as 6,000 pounds behind it, while the Pilot falls short of that.

With the Pathfinder, you get more horsepower, better city fuel economy, and more towing capacity, and all for a lower base price—a number that you actually want to be lower. 

blue 2017 Nissan Pathfinder exterior top front side
red 2017 Nissan Pathfinder towing a boat
2017 Nissan Pathfinder interior steering wheel and dashboard
woman using foot activated liftgate on blue 2017 Nissan Pathfinder