2024 Nissan Pathfinder v. 2024 Honda Pilot: Understated Changes Make All the Difference

March 9th, 2024 by

Nissan of Fort Pierce 2024 Nissan Pathfinder

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The 2024 Nissan Pathfinder and 2024 Honda Pilot are among the many three-row SUVs in a crowded segment. They are similar in numerous areas, but one has more enviable qualities down the line. This article will compare the Pathfinder and Pilot to determine which mid-size SUV has greater long-term clout.

Under the Hood

The Pathfinder and Pilot have remarkably similar features in regards to their powertrains. For example, both SUVs house a 3.5-liter V-6 engine and produce nearly identical power outputs. In the Pilot, the V-6 accelerates up to 285 horsepower and delivers 262 pound-feet of torque. The 2024 model retired the relatively dated nine-speed automatic transmission in favor of a ten-speed unit. On the other hand, the Pathfinder vehicle’s V-6 generates 284 horsepower and 259 pound-feet of torque. That said, the Pathfinder has a distinct advantage over the Pilot. 

In the Nissan’s Rock Creek trim, drivers receive a more potent V-6 engine harnessing 295 horsepower and 270 pound-feet of torque, making it more powerful than the Honda. Moreover, the Pathfinder has more towing capacity than the Pilot. Lower-tier Pathfinder trims can tow up to 3,500 pounds but 6,000 pounds when properly equipped. Meanwhile, the 2024 Honda Pilot with front-wheel drive can tow 3,500 pounds. Even though adding all-wheel drive increases the towing capacity to 5,000 pounds, the Pilot lags behind the Pathfinder.


The 2024 Nissan Pathfinder boasts an 8.0-inch infotainment touchscreen unit that runs the NissanConnect software interface. Higher-level trims have a larger 9.0-inch display, while Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard for all trims. The 2024 Honda Pilot also has Android Auto and Apple CarPlay integration but a smaller 7.0-inch infotainment touchscreen. 

However, like the Pathfinder, the Pilot gives its upper trims a larger 9.0-inch infotainment display. It is worth noting that the Pathfinder has crisper and more colorful graphics, particularly with the smaller screen. It also has abundant physical controls, a welcome change from more touch-reliant interfaces of today (2024).


Honda took a minimalist approach to the Pilot SUV’s interior design aesthetic. It is subtle in its sophistication and has slightly more useful storage up front than the Pathfinder. To that end, the Nissan exudes indulgence. Its interior looks and feels modern, with quality materials. There is an ample amount of soft-touch surfaces and solid fit and finish. 

The Pathfinder can seat seven or eight people across three rows, depending on configuration. Second-row captain’s chairs with a removable center console are optional on all trims except the Rock Creek, where they come standard. Seating is comfortable and supportive, with plenty of head- and legroom in the first two rows. The third row is more accommodating than what buyers will find in various competitors – it can actually fit adults.

Overall Evaluation

Ultimately, the choice between the 2024 Nissan Pathfinder and the 2024 Honda Pilot boils down to personal preference. Nonetheless, although the Pathfinder does little to stand out, its many qualities make it a solid pick. For one, it is a more rugged vehicle for those consumers who want a three-row SUV to drive daily and occasionally hit a trail or two. Additionally, it offers seamless operation and an added layer of capability.

If the 2024 Nissan Pathfinder is an appealing option for you, please come visit Nissan of Fort Pierce. After all, we are here to assist you with any financial help, needs, or pressing questions to make paying for a vehicle easier. Stop by and see what we can do for you right now.