2018 Honda Pilot

Starting Price: $31,875 | Price yours

Above Average: Thoughtful, versatile interior, comfortable carlike ride, fantastic resale and reliability

Below Average: Infotainment interface

Consensus: A practical, smart choice that also offers a rewarding driving experience


2018 Nissan Pathfinder

Starting Price: $32,015 | Price yours

Above average: People space, cargo space, cruising capability and comfort

Below Average: Infotainment, cabin charm

Consensus: May not rule the segment, but still boasts plenty of buyer appeal


The Honda Pilot, KBB's Midsize SUV Best Buy for 2018, has a reputation for bulletproof engineering that makes this 8-passenger crossover a family-friendly cruiser that still manages to retain amazing resale value. Its excellent driving characteristics and stout V6 engine, which nearly matches the fuel economy of its competitor here, which for both, remains average for the segment. Refreshed in 2017, the Nissan Pathfinder features more power to get off the line quicker and pass highway cruising big rigs with ease. Mildly off-road capable, its all-wheel-drive system includes hill descent control for navigating steep slopes. Rear door alert remembers the rear door was opened prior to driving, and will alert the driver if it is not opened again after being turned off. Stepping up in trim levels yields two well-equipped models with 3-row seating, V6 power and a very comfortable carlike ride.

Honda Pilot Advantages

Updated more recently, with an improved navigation system. Honda Collision Sensing Suite with lane departure and collision warnings, active cruise control, and lane keep assist.

Nissan Pathfinder Advantages

Heavily revised in 2017, Nissan continues by adding automatic emergency braking as standard, along with a rear door alert that reminds you to check your back seat for anything you may have forgotten, including people and pets. Automatic Emergency Braking alerts drivers to an impending shunt, and if they fail to respond applies brakes to mitigate or prevent a collision.


Available all-wheel drive on both models. Neither the Honda Pilot nor the Nissan Pathfinder are overtly stylish, but both feature handsome, if conservative, good looks.

Final Recommendations

With near equal power and similar styling, save for the grille, it’s a toss-up. Do you need to carry seven or eight passengers? If you ever go off-road, the Nissan is an apt choice for some buyers while Honda’s reputation for reliability will carry the day for others.

  2018 Honda Pilot 2018 Nissan Pathfinder
Popular Powertrains    
Engine 3.5-liter V6 3.5-liter V6
Horsepower 280 hp @ 6,000 rpm 284 hp @ 6,400 rpm
Torque 262 lb-ft @ 4,700 rpm 259 lb-ft @ 4,800 rpm
Transmission Automatic, 9-spd Continuously Variable
Fuel Economy 22 mpg (19 city/27 hwy) 23 mpg (20 city/27 hwy)
Also Available Automatic, 6-spd  
Warranty 3 years or 36,000 miles 3 years or 36,000 miles
NHTSA Overall Safety Rating 5 Stars 5 Stars
Max Seating Capacity 8 passengers 7 passengers
Wheelbase 111.0 inches 114.2 inches
Overall Length 194.5 inches 198.5 inches
Width 78.6 inches 77.2 inches
Height 69.8 inches 70.2 inches
Turning Diameter 39.4 feet 38.7 feet
Headroom, 1st row 39.5 inches 42.2 inches
Headroom, 2nd row 39.9 inches 39.4 inches
Headroom, 3rd row 38.9 inches 37.8 inches
Legroom, 1st row 40.9 inches 42.3 inches
Legroom, 2nd row 38.4 inches 41.7 inches
Legroom, 3rd row 31.9 inches 30.7 inches
Shoulder Room, 1st row 62.0 inches 60.7 inches
Shoulder room, 2nd row 62.0 inches 60.4 inches
Shoulder Room, 3rd row 57.6 inches 57.1 inches
EPA Passenger Volume 151.7 cu. ft. 157.8 cu. ft.
EPA Cargo Volume 83.8 cu. ft. 79.8 cu. ft.
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