2017 Nissan Pathfinder

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The 2017 Honda Pilot LX for sale near Phoenix at your Valley Honda Dealers continues to lead the pack as one of the most popular SUV choices for on-the-go families. However, the best-selling Pilot has many competitors trying to knock it off of the top of the SUV food chain. One of them is the 2017 Nissan Pathfinder, which competes with the Pilot in the hotly contested midsize SUV category.

So how does the Pathfinder match up against Honda’s Kelly Blue Book 2017 “Best Buy of the Year” award-winner? Let’s find out.

Pilot’s Contemporary New Look.

Putting the Pilot and Pathfinder next to each other, the Pilot’s look is sleeker, sportier, more proportional, and more contemporary; whereas the Pathfinder tries to look rugged and truck-like with a more upright stance and boxier appearance.

Spacious 2017 Pilot Elite Interior

Spacious 2017 Pilot Elite Interior. Photo:

Spacious 2017 Pilot Elite Interior.

Pilot Offers More Space & Versatility.

The spacious Pilot pulls ahead with a cabin that offers more room, more convenience, more luxury, and a better use of space. The Pilot bests the Pathfinder in just about every spatial category, offering more headroom, legroom, cargo volume, total passenger volume, and passenger seating.

In fact, with both seats down, the Pilot gives you up to 108.5 cubic feet of cargo space compared to the Pathfinder’s rather puny 79.8 cu. ft. of space. You can also choose between a split-folding bench and comfortable captain’s chairs with walk-through access to the 3rd-row. Press a button, and the 2nd-row seats magically fold forward. If you want the ultimate family and gear-hauler, then the Pilot’s for you.

Available Rear DVD Blu-Ray Entertainment System

Available Rear DVD/Blu-Ray Entertainment System. Photo:

Pilot Offers Superior Technology.

The Pilot also triumphs over the Pathfinder regarding technology. You’ll find an available 8-inch, tablet-sized Display Audio Touchscreen in the dash and a customizable 7-inch driver information display in the instrument cluster that’s much bigger than the Pathfinder’s. Additionally, the Pilot also offers the connectivity and convenience of both Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™, allowing effortless smartphone integration so you can access many of your favorite apps, services, and features right from the Display Audio Touchscreen. Nissan chooses to go with its own in-house NissanConnect™ system that simply doesn’t have all the bells and whistles compared to the Pilot.

Pilot Performance & Handling Are Tops.

The Pilot also scores in the performance and handling department. While the Pathfinder tries to adhere to its off-roading roots, the Pilot’s highway demeanor is more poised, polished, and precise; thanks, in part, to it sharing the same underpinnings as the upmarket Acura MDX.

Even though the Pilot’s 280-hp, i-VTEC™ 3.5-liter V6 gives up 4 ponies to the Pathfinder’s 284-hp, 3.5-liter V6, the Pilot still packs more clout when it comes to torque, which is where it counts. The Pilot also offers a choice of either a 6-speed or 9-speed automatic transmission, as well as an exclusive multi-mode feature for snow, mud, or sand. You’ll get a continuously variable transmission (CVT) on the Pathfinder, which some find lacking in finesse and precision.

Finally, both the 2017 Honda Pilot Elite AWD for sale near Phoenix and the 2017 Nissan Pathfinder Platinum offer an array of advanced safety technologies. In addition to a standard multi-angle rear backup camera and energy absorbing ACE™ body structure, the Pilot can be equipped with Honda Sensing™, the automaker’s comprehensive suite of advanced active safety technologies. The Pilot gets both an IIHS Top Safety Pick+ and NHTSA 5-star rating.

Pilot Is The Clear Winner.

The auto experts at sum it all up for us when they named the 2016 Pilot their “Best Car to Buy” choice, calling the Pilot the “clear winner” when compared to the Pathfinder.

But don’t take our word for it. Visit one of our conveniently located Valley Honda Dealers near Phoenix and make your own comparison. We’re sure you’ll agree that the 2017 Honda Pilot takes the prize. Hands down.

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