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Comparison: 2022 Honda Pilot vs. 2022 Nissan Pathfinder

Which of these popular mid-size 3-row SUVs is the better overall buy?

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2022 Honda Pilot 

Starting Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price: $49,620 CAD

Pros

  •  Loads of standard equipment
  •  Spacious and practical cabin
  • Refined road manners

Cons

  •  Low-end trims dropped for 2022
  • Rivals tow more

 

2022 Honda Pilot - Highlights

The 2022 Honda Pilot is a mainstay of the mid-size 3-row SUV segment. It does virtually everything right. It’s robust, safe, and reliable, with a spacious and well-equipped cabin. It can even tackle some mild off-roading.

For the 2022 model year, Honda Canada has dropped the two lowest-priced Pilot LX and EX trims, which started at just over $42,000 in Canadian dollars for 2021. As such, the $49,620 EX-L Navi is the starter Pilot and, as expected, is well-equipped with such niceties as navigation, leather-trimmed seating surfaces, heated and leather-wrapped steering wheel, heated front and second-row outboard seats, and seating for 8. The mid-line Touring trim comes standard as an 8-passenger ($55,420) or 7-passenger ($55,820) SUV, which gains 2nd-row captain’s chairs, as does the top-line $57,620 Black Edition.

Whatever trim you choose, the Pilot is spacious and comfortable. It’s quiet, civilized, and bearable on long road trips as well. Compared to the redesigned 2022 Nissan Pathfinder, the Honda offers more space for passengers in the 2nd- and 3rd-rows, plus more cargo space (524 litres versus 470) when all the seats are in use.

Secure family transport with predictable and safe handling, a smooth ride quality, and a composed character are the Pilot's driving traits. The lone engine, a 280-horsepower 3.5-litre 6-cylinder, has enough power for the kind of work the Honda has to carry out and runs with a quiet refinement. If gravel or snow-covered road needs negotiating, the Pilot can probably handle it. The Honda's standard 8-speed automatic transmission is mated to standard all-wheel-drive (AWD) with a terrain management system with snow, sand, and mud settings.

 

2022 Nissan Pathfinder 

Starting Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price: $43,798 CAD

Pros

  •  Lower-priced trims
  • 9-speed automatic replaces CVT
  •  Tows up to 6,000 pounds

Cons

  • Chassis updated, not totally new
  • Rivals offer more passenger and rear cargo space

 

2022 Nissan Pathfinder – Highlights

The Nissan Pathfinder mid-size 3-row SUV is all-new for 2022. At least from an aesthetic perspective, as Nissan’s designers have created a more rugged exterior based on a platform that debuted for the 2013 model year.

The Pathfinder is available in 5 trims; S, SV, SL, SL Premium and Platinum. With the base Pathfinder S starting at $43,798, the Nissan has a clear price advantage over its Honda rival. Standard equipment on the S trim includes Trailer Sway Control, ProPILOT Assist, Apple Carplay, and Tri-Zone Automatic Temperature Control. Comparing apples to apples, the mid-level $50,398 Pathfinder SL most closely matches the base Pilot EX-L Navi in pricing and content.

The Pathfinder's updated interior looks modern and spacious, highlighted by an available 12.3-inch digital instrument panel with several screen options. An available 10.8-inch head-up display allows the driver to see functions such as vehicle speed and navigational directions on the inside of the windshield. For the first time, a Pathfinder is available with 2nd-row captain's chairs, giving it a 2-2-3 seating configuration with a removable centre console in the top-line $54,398 Platinum trim. With the standard centre bench seat in place, the Pathfinder's seating capacity is 8.

Like the Pilot, every Pathfinder comes with a 3.5-litre 6-cylinder engine. It makes a similar 285 horsepower and AWD is standard. The V6 engine is responsive, and the new 9-speed automatic transmission delivers smooth and responsive shifts right when you want them. You also get 7 available drive modes (Standard, Sport, Eco, Snow, Sand, Mud/Rut, and Tow) that help optimize your experience based on driving conditions. Plus, the Pathfinder can tow up to 6,000 pounds (2,721 kilograms)—1,000 more than the Pilot.

 

Final Recommendation

The Honda Pilot and Nissan Pathfinder have been mid-size 3-row SUV mainstays for years. Both offer the room, practicality and capabilities that Canadians have come to expect from this crowded and competitive class.

If you can afford its higher-spec trims, the 2022 Honda Pilot offers plenty of standard equipment, more room for passengers and rear cargo space and a more refined driving experience over its Nissan rival.

That said, we think the 2022 Nissan Pathfinder is the better midsize 3-row SUV to consider. It accomplishes many of the tasks the Honda can perform, but with the added availability of lower-spec trims, slightly better fuel economy via the new 9-speed automatic transmission, and the ability to tow more.

 

Specs

2022 Honda Pilot

2022 Nissan Pathfinder

Engine

3.5-litre V6

3.5-litre 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

8-speed automatic

9-speed automatic

Drivetrain

All-wheel-drive

All-wheel-drive

Fuel Economy

11.0 L/100 km (12.4 city, 9.3 hwy)

10.5 L/100 km (11.6 city, 9.2 hwy)

Warranty

3 years/60,000 kms

3 years/60,000 kms

Max Seating Capacity

7-8

7-8

Wheelbase

2,820 mm

2,900 mm

Overall Length

4,991 mm

5,020 mm

Width

2,029 mm

1,978 mm

Height

1,794 mm

1,766 mm

Curb Weight

1,939-1,969 kgs

2,031 kgs

Headroom, Front

1,004 mm

1,075 mm

Headroom, 2nd-row

1,014 mm

1,008 mm

Headroom, 3rd-row

989 mm

961 mm

Legroom, Front

1,040 mm

1,126 mm

Legroom, 2nd-row

976 mm

902 mm

Legroom, 3rd-row

810 mm

712 mm

Shoulder Room, Front

1,576 mm

1,545 mm

Shoulder Room, 2nd-row

1,576 mm

1,515 mm

Shoulder Room, 3rd-row

1,463 mm

1,485 mm

Cargo Volume Behind 2nd-row Seats

1,183 L

1,274 L

Cargo Volume Behind 3rd-row Seats

524 L

470 L

Maximum Towing Capacity

3,500-5,000 lbs (1,588-2,268 kgs)

3,500-6,000 lbs (1,588-2,721 kgs)

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