2020 Honda Pilot vs 2020 Nissan Pathfinder
2020 Honda Pilot 2020 Nissan Pathfinder
Seating Capacity
  8 Passengers 7 Passengers
Apple CarPlay & Android Auto
  Standard on Pilot EX & above Not available
Cargo Space *
  109.0 cu. ft. 79.5 cu. ft.

2020 Honda Pilot vs 2020 Nissan Pathfinder

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Picking out a new crossover that lives up to all of your expectations can be challenging because of all of the possibilities available. However, if you need the functionality of a third row of seats, you can quickly narrow down the options to the 2020 Honda Pilot and the 2020 Nissan Pathfinder. With relatively comparable pricing and several standard features, you could easily assume that you would be thrilled with either of these models. However, an in-depth review of their features, trims, and abilities reveals the differences that could guide your crossover selection.


The Pilot offers seating for eight adults across all trim levels, and its functionality extends throughout its many exterior features. While the 2020 Pilot has LED lighting and confident ground clearance, it also has round foglamps, a hands-free liftgate, a power moonroof, and roof rails. Its façade is easy on the eyes with subtle definition and prominent accent lines through the sides. The 2020 Nissan Pathfinder, on the other hand, has no updates to the exterior design. Compared to the Pilot, it has a pulled look through the profile. This is highlighted by the Pathfinder’s relatively low ground clearance and the dip in the side accent pieces as they run along the doors.


From trim to trim, the 2020 Pilot and the 2020 Pathfinder have a few shared features. Depending on the trims you are comparing, you could find SiriusXM, leather seats, smart device integration, a navigation system, and other preferred features in these models. In the higher-level trims, the 2020 Honda Pilot also comes with heated rear seats, a rear entertainment center, sunshades in the second row, wireless phone charging, and more.


Honda Sensing® is standard for all 2020 Pilot trim levels. This is a premium suite of assistive technologies combined with standard features like airbags, tire pressure monitoring, child safety seat latches, and more. Included Honda Sensing® features are lane keep assist, adaptive headlights, collision mitigation braking, adaptive cruise control, road departure mitigation, and a few other items. In comparison, the assistive technologies in all Pathfinder trim levels for 2020 are rear or around-view monitors, auto emergency braking, airbags, traction control, and hill start assist.

Which 2020 Honda Pilot trim is ideal for you? Our Cardinal Honda team is ready to help you make that decision. Contact our Honda associates today for assistance with your crossover SUV research.

* Based on SAE J1100 cargo volume measurement standard plus, where applicable, floor space between seating rows and seats in their forward-most and upright position.