2020 Honda Pilot LX 2WD

2020 Honda Pilot

2019 Nissan Pathfinder FWD S

2019 Nissan Pathfinder

2020 Honda Pilot vs. 2019 Nissan Pathfinder

2020 Honda Pilot

2019 Nissan Pathfinder

Maximum Seating

109 cubic feet

Maximum Cargo Space

79.5 cubic feet
158 cubic feet

Maximum Passenger Volume

138 cubic feet

Adaptive Cruise Control


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In the crowded midsize SUV market, the 8-seat Honda Pilot has become an outlier by excelling where others compromise in categories like comfort, cargo space, and safety. One of those “others” is the 2019 Nissan Pathfinder, a powerful and efficient SUV that misses the mark in other categories when compared to the Honda Pilot. In this 2020 Honda Pilot vs. 2019 Nissan Pathfinder side-by-side comparison from our Valley Honda pros, we’ll highlight the differences so you can feel confident in your next Naperville commuter SUV.

Pathfinder or Pilot: Interior Dimensions

At nearly identical prices (the 2020 Honda Pilot has a starting MSRP of $31,550*; the 2019 Nissan Pathfinder starts at $31,530), you might assume this Pathfinder vs. Pilot matchup will be a draw. That assumption is untrue when it comes to the superior passenger space and cargo volume provided by the 2020 Honda Pilot interior. Not only does the Pilot seat eight while the Pathfinder only seats seven, the Pilot provides more space for passengers in general during your Chicago drives:

2020 Honda Pilot Interior Dimensions

  • Passenger Space
    • Headroom (front/middle/rear) 40.1 in / 40.2 in / 38.9 in
    • Legroom (front/middle/rear) 40.9 in / 38.4 in / 31.9 in
    • Shoulder Room (front/middle/rear) 62.0 in / 62.0 in / 57.6 in
    • Hiproom (front/middle/rear) 59.1 in / 57.3 in / 44.6 in
    • Passenger Volume: 152.9 cubic feet
  • Cargo Space
    • Maximum Cargo Volume: 109 cubic feet
2019 Nissan Pathfinder with Moonroof Interior Dimensions

  • Passenger Space
    • Headroom (front/middle/rear) 41.1 in / 38.5 in / 36.5 in
    • Legroom (front/middle/rear) 42.2 in / 42.7 in / 19.8 in
    • Shoulder Room (front/middle/rear) 56.8 in / 56 in / 42 in
    • Hiproom (front/middle/rear) 60.9 in / 60.4 in / 57.1 in
    • Passenger Volume: 138 cubic feet
  • Cargo Space
    • Maximum Cargo Volume: 79.5 cubic feet

Of course, with so many interior dimensions, results are not cut-and-dry. There’s no denying that the Nissan Pathfinder has roomy headroom for front-row passengers, but we’ve got to ask: Where are third-row passengers in the Nissan Pathfinder going to put their legs? At just 19.8 inches of third-row legroom to the Pilot’s 31.9 inches, this seems like a valid question to ask.

2020 Pilot or Pathfinder: Safety Features

When it comes to safety ratings, this Honda Pilot vs. Nissan Pathfinder match is too close to call. However, when you peek at the safety technology and driver-assist features of both SUVs, the Honda Pilot zooms ahead of the competition. At all trim levels, the Pilot has Honda Sensing®, a suite of driver-assistive safety technologies, in the driver’s toolbox. The 2019 Nissan Pathfinder offers Automatic Emergency Braking on the base S trim, but doesn’t include certain Honda Sensing® features:

  • 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)
2020 Honda Pilot taking a curve

Hop Inside the 2020 Pilot at Valley Honda in Aurora

Interested in the 2020 Honda Pilot features but worried about the pricetag? You’re in luck! A newer certified pre-owned Honda will come equipped with most of the same features that make its successor great! Once you’ve checked out our new Pilot and specials Honda Pilot offers, schedule a test drive at Valley Honda to find out for yourself why so many Bolingbrook drivers love the Pilot.

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* MSRP excluding tax, license, registration, $1,095.00 destination charge and options. Dealers set own prices.

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