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2017 Nissan Pathfinder vs 2017 Honda Pilot

What is it about sport utility vehicles that makes them seem so attractive to buyers? Is it the added passenger or cargo capacity that SUVs have? How about the more potent engine? Perhaps it is the ability to tow a lot of weight behind it for a number of work- or play-related events. The truth is probably a mixture of all of the above. If you have a large family, an adventurous spirit, or both, SUVs in particular can be a great option for getting you and your loved ones where you need to go in comfortable fashion, all while still being able to haul your trusty kayak on the roof rack or tow your jet skis on a trailer behind it. The added seat height doesn’t hurt, either, giving you a much more commanding view of the road ahead. SUVs are quite popular these days, and many options are available to you. Which one is the right one for you? Let’s take a look at the 2017 Nissan Pathfinder vs 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 Towing Capacity 3,500 Pounds
Standard Rearview Camera Standard

More horsepower and towing capacity in the Nissan Pathfinder

A couple of the biggest draws to SUVs are the horsepower and towing capacity. You want to be able to use your SUV for weekends on the lake or vacations up to the cottage with your friends and family. In order to make the most of that, your SUV needs to be able to tow some of your favorite toys, such as your boat, your little camping trailer, and anything else you can think of. You may also need to use the towing capabilities for work as well, like hauling a trailer to help a friend move. The maximum towing capacity of the 2017 Pathfinder is almost double that of the 2017 Pilot.

Having a slight edge in terms of horsepower certainly helps the Pathfinder pull ahead as far as how much weight it can pull. The 284-horsepower engine under the hood of the Pathfinder can carry seven people, 6,000 pounds of weight behind it, and 16 cubic feet worth of cargo behind the third-row seats all at once. Color us impressed. Speaking of colors, you have your choice of nine vibrant colors for the Pathfinder, with the Pilot falling short of that at eight options.

Both of these SUVs are good example of why this style has become so popular these days, but when it comes to a few key areas, the Pathfinder outdoes the Pilot. 

red 2017 Nissan Pathfinder crossing bridge
2017 Nissan Pathfinder interior steering wheel and dashboard
blue 2017 Nissan Pathfinder exterior top front side
closeup of front grille of 2017 Nissan Pathfinder