How does one choose between two spacious, capable crossovers like the 2019 Nissan Pathfinder and Honda Pilot? Both come through with the traditional crossover promise of modern comfort and sporty utility, so it's easy to see why the decision might be a tough one. But don't worry, our comparison guide will sort you out.
Best Three-Row Seating: 2019 Nissan Pathfinder
If you want the most leg room and the best access to third-row seats, the Pathfinder is a shoo-in. Even if the quick access to all three rows doesn't make your family move any faster, once they're inside they're certain to appreciate the Pathfinder's excellent passenger seating. No matter where you settle in, the seats are plush and supportive.
While the Pathfinder seats up to seven passengers, some Honda Pilot cabins will seat up to eight. If you need one extra seat, you may have to turn to this mid-size crossover. However, we do think that the Pathfinder has the more comfortable layout. The Pilot seats are a bit upright - especially the driver seat.
Savviest Safety Features: 2019 Nissan Pathfinder
Both crossovers offer the same high-tech safety systems you'll find in most modern cars. That means forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking, blind-spot warning, and rearview cameras. These systems keep you on your toes, alerting you to common dangers so you can avoid them. However, we think that the Pathfinder safety systems are preferable. They're less likely to overreact in normal traffic than the Honda safety systems.
Save Money at the Pump: It's a Tie!
Here, too, these crossovers have lots in common. Depending on how you configure yours, both the 2019 Nissan Pathfinder and the Honda Pilot, each of these models earns max EPA ratings of 20 city/27 highway mpg. However you look at it, these are two mid-size crossovers that help you balance premium power with fuel mileage.
Tows the Biggest Trailer: 2019 Nissan Pathfinder
In this category, the Pathfinder has a definitive lead. With the proper equipment, this three-row crossover tows up to 6,000 pounds. Compare that to the Pilot's max tow ratings of 5,000 pounds. If you've got an especially big boat or a collection of Jet Skis at home, only the Pathfinder will do.
Hauling around a big crew around has its challenges, but the 2019 Nissan Pathfinder makes life a little easier with its comfortable, accessible seating. While both crossovers earn similar fuel mileage, the Pathfinder provides extra utility with bigger tow ratings and street-smart safety systems. We think you'll agree that it's the best crossover to handle your big family and busy schedule.