There's not as much choice in the larger crossover market as there is with compact and midsize models, but the competition between the ones we do have is pretty fierce. Let's take a look at two of the current crop by putting the 2018 Nissan Pathfinder head-to-head with the latest Honda Pilot.
2018 Nissan Pathfinder vs Honda Pilot
Power and Performance: Nissan Pathfinder
Full-size SUVs and crossovers are not the kind of vehicle where buyers worry too much about top speeds and 0 to 60 mph times, but that doesn't mean they can get away with being weak either. These vehicles will be called upon to haul some heavy loads of people and cargo at times, so plentiful power on tap is vitally important. The engine in the Nissan Pathfinder is a 284 horsepower V-6, which comes with a pretty good CVT transmission that helps make the most of its available power.
Although there's a choice of six and nine-speed automatic transmissions for the Honda Pilot, its V-6 engine has a little less power than the Nissan. The Pathfinder is better equipped to handle the bigger demands.
Fuel Economy: Nissan Pathfinder
Interior Space: Nissan Pathfinder
Although the Honda Pilot has a greater overall passenger volume, if you ask passengers which measurement matters most they're almost certain to say leg room. In the front seats of the Pathfinder, you'll find 42.2 inches of leg room compared to the 40.9 inches in the Pilot. When it comes to the all-important second-row seats, the Nissan can boast as much as 41.7 inches to the Honda's comparatively miserly 38.4 inches.
You'll get more leg room in the third row of the Honda, true. But since most third rows are occupied by children, the huge difference in the front two rows offer the most comfort overall for driver and most adult passengers.
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Any family is going to be well served by either of these large SUVs, and it's hard to think of two vehicles that are closer matched in the segment. Although the differences are small, there's a little more to like about the 2018 Nissan Pathfinder than the Honda Pilot.