2016 Honda Pilot LXIf you want a powerful and capable SUV in West Michigan, will the 2015 Nissan Pathfinder horsepower be enough for you? While Nissan’s SUV certainly offers up more power than some smaller crossovers, when you compare its powertrain to that of the new 2016 Honda Pilot, it struggles. Despite the superior power, the Pilot has no trouble going head-to-head with the Pathfinder on fuel economy, too.

Let’s take a look at those specs so that you can get a better idea of which SUV is right for you.

Honda’s Superior Engines

Both the Pilot and the Pathfinder are powered by a 3.5L V6 engine, but Honda engineers have found a way to give their vehicle a bit more power without sacrificing efficiency.

  • The 2015 Nissan Pathfinder’s V6 engine is rated at 260 hp and 240 lb-ft of torque, earning 27 mpg on the highway.
  • The 2016 Honda Pilot 2WD LX has a 3.5L V6 engine with 280 hp and 262 lb-ft of torque, rated at an EPA-estimated 27 highway mpg.*

At least part of the Pilot’s success comes from its standard variable cylinder management technology. When you need all six cylinders of your engine, it fires them all up, but if you’re cruising, it can switch down to as few as three cylinders to help improve overall fuel economy.

The difference in power might seem negligible at first, but when you’re running behind and need to make up for lost time or have to merge onto the highway, you’ll be grateful for every one of those 280 horses.

The 2016 Pilot is built to be one of the most capable SUVs on the road, too. That 3.5L V6 gives you enough power to tow as much as 3,500 pounds (5,000 pounds on AWD models), serving you well whether taking the boat out for a weekend or moving the kids off to college.

Test Drive a Pilot

Let us show you what the 2016 Honda Pilot is capable of, and you can see all the ways it excels beyond besting the 2015 Nissan Pathfinder’s horsepower numbers. Visit a West Michigan Honda Dealer near you today for a test drive.

*Based on 2016 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on driving conditions, how you drive and maintain your vehicle, battery-pack age/condition (for hybrids), and other factors.
West Michigan Honda Dealers includes Battle Creek Honda, Betten Honda, Crown Honda, Fox Honda, River Town Honda, and Zeigler Honda.