The Nissan Pathfinder continues to be one of the most popular three-row SUVs in Clearwater Florida and throughout the United States. The Pathfinder provides ample passenger and cargo volume, is loaded with advanced technologies and the latest amenities and can tow 6,000 pounds. The 2022 edition that is now available at Lokey Nissan has been completely redesigned inside and out. Updates include a more modern exterior design, even more tech and a refined powertrain. One of the top alternatives to the Pathfinder is the Pilot from Honda, and in this review, we compare the all-new Pathfinder against the updated Honda Pilot to determine how these two vehicles measure up.
The Pathfinder now boasts one of the most distinctive designs in the segment. It is more modern, rugged and upright than the outgoing aesthetic. But it is similar in terms of the fundamentals. Wheelbase remains the same at 114.2 inches. Ground clearance has been increased ever so slightly from 7.0 to 7.1 inches. The overall length is 1.5 inches less at 197.0 inches, which is about 16.4 feet. The new Pathfinder is also a bit taller—70.9 vs 69.5 inches—and a smidge wider: 77.9 vs 77.3 inches. The 2022 Honda Pilot is a tad smaller overall. The wheelbase is 111.0 inches. The ground clearance is 7.3 inches. The overall length is 196.5 inches. The height is 70.6 inches, and the width is 78.6 inches. In both cases, 18-inch alloy wheels are standard, and alloy wheels as large as 20 inches are available.
Interior spaciousness is a big selling point of any three-row SUV and will therefore be a focal point of any 2022 Nissan Pathfinder 2022 Honda Pilot comparisons. Nissan has increased the overall passenger volume from 137.8 to 148.0 cubic feet. That puts it more in line with the Pilot, which is 153.1 cubic feet. The Pathfinder provides more than 41 inches of front headroom compared to less than 40 inches in the Pilot. It also provides more than 44 inches of front legroom. Honda offers almost 41 inches, and that absolutely can make a difference for taller drivers. The Pilot does offer a bit more second-row and third-row legroom on paper but neither of these differences are significant in practice. Both vehicles offer similar cargo area with the Nissan providing more dedicated space and the Honda more overall.
One of the big updates for the 2022 Nissan Pathfinder available in Clearwater Florida is that Nissan swapped out the continuously variable automatic transmission with a more sophisticated nine-speed automatic. The engine is carried over from the previous generation: a 3.5-liter V6 that makes 284 horsepower and 259 pound-feet of torque. However, the nine-speed provides smoother shifting and better acceleration. One of the reasons for the CVT was better fuel performance, but the nine-speed outperforms there as well, and as with the CVT, it gives you the choice of either front- or all-wheel drive. The 2022 Honda Pilot has a similar setup: a nine-speed, a 280-hp V6 engine and the choice of either front- or all-wheel drive. But the Nissan offers better max towing capabilities—6,000 vs 5,000 pounds—and a number of automotive magazines favored the Pathfinder powertrain in direct comparisons.
Technologies is another intriguing aspect of 2022 Nissan Pathfinder 2022 Honda Pilot comparisons because both of these automakers have earned positive reputations for adding the latest technologies. As you would expect, both vehicles have a robust suite of driver-assistance technologies. Nissan does require you to step up to the up-level trim for adaptive cruise control, but it adds a number of base features that Honda does not, such as rear automatic braking. That is on top of automatic emergency braking, blind-spot monitoring and so forth. Nissan also offers some tech that you cannot get on the Honda period. This includes a head-up display that allows you to view important data without having to take your eyes off the road.
The team at Lokey Nissan welcomes you to test-drive the 2022 Nissan Pathfinder in Clearwater Florida at your earliest convenience. No appointment is necessary. You can also call for information on current specials and to request custom quotes or reach us via text or email. Online shoppers have access to all of the tools they need through our website, including live assistance via web chat.*This article is for informational purposes only. Please contact the dealership for complete and current details.