So you’re in the market for a mid-sized crossover SUV, and you’ve narrowed things down to two of the top contenders – the 2014 Nissan Pathfinder and the Honda Pilot. How do you choose between two rigs with great customer satisfaction, good reviews, plentiful features, and unique style? Well, there are a few areas where one vehicle truly stands above the other, and that’s what we’re going to look into today.
Round One – Fuel Economy
A real make-or-break area for any vehicle in today’s market is fuel efficiency. Here, the Honda Pilot does well in its class, with a 3.5L V-6 sucking down gas at 17–18 mpg in the city and 24–25 mpg on the highway. The winner in this round is the Nissan Pathfinder, with a 3.5L V-6 that sips fuel at around 19-20 mpg city and 25-26 mpg on the highway.
Round Two – Safety Rating
This is a close one. The Honda Pilot earns a five-star NHTSA rating for side-impact collisions, but receives just four stars for frontal crashes – leading to an overall four-star safety rating. Nissan’s 2014 Pathfinder, on the other hand, pulls in NHTSA’s top score of five stars for the overall safety score. The Pathfinder also has a five-star side-impact rating and a four-star frontal-collision score.
Round Three – Style
While more subjective than mpg numbers or NHTSA safety ratings, style is still an important factor in choosing the crossover SUV that’s right for you. The key difference between Honda and Nissan’s 2014 mid-size crossover SUV offerings is simply that the Nissan Pathfinder offers all new styling with fresh, clean lines and a more “car-like” feel. The Honda offers a chunkier exterior, giving a more rough-and-ready appearance. Both offerings have a variety of equipment levels to personalize the interior and exterior to suit your needs – but only the Honda offers that coveted eight-person seating arrangement. Pathfinder fans will still have to settle for a seven seater.
Round Four – Cost
At the end of the day, money talks. The 2014 Pathfinder has an invoice price of $26,399 to $37,686, depending on the equipment level. Honda’s Pilot rings up at $27,137 to $37,854. While there might not be much difference in that initial price tag, putting that together with the mileage, equipment level and safety rating make the 2014 Pathfinder a clear winner.