Money can often be a deciding factor in shopping for a new vehicle, especially if you’re looking for a new family car like an SUV. While the 2016 Nissan Pathfinder price does come in just a bit below some of its competitors, we think that once you see the trade-offs that have to be made for a little bit of savings, you’ll agree with us that the Pathfinder comes up short on value.
We compared the 2016 Pathfinder S—the basic trim—to the entry-level 2016 Honda Pilot to get an idea of what a competitor might look like. While the Pilot is a bit more expensive, it’s quite close to the Pathfinder as far as car prices are concerned:
- 2016 Pathfinder S FWD models have a base price of $29,803.
- The 2016 Honda Pilot 2WD LX has a base price of $30,145 (MSRP).*
Now let’s take a look at how their features compare.
Features: Nissan vs. Honda
While it’s not always the case that a more expensive vehicle includes more features, when we put the 2016 Nissan Pathfinder’s standard features up next to the 2016 Honda Pilot, we noticed the Honda having quite a few advantages.
You’ll find each of these features on the basic Pilot LX, but Nissan requires an upgrade for them (if they are available at all on the Pathfinder):
- Bluetooth HandsFreeLink for phone and audio
- Multi-angle rearview camera with guidelines
- USB audio input
- Push-button ignition
- Third-row split bench seat
- Automatic headlights
The Pathfinder still requires you to pay extra for floor mats, let alone these features that many drivers expect in a modern crossover.
Power: Pilot vs. Pathfinder
Not only do you sacrifice on amenities by choosing the Pathfinder, its V6 engine is less powerful than the Pilot’s:
- The 2016 Honda Pilot has a 3.5L V6 engine capable of 280 hp and 262 lb-ft of torque.
- The 2016 Pathfinder’s engine is only rated at 260 hp and 240 lb-ft of torque.
While the prices of the crossovers are close and the difference nearly negligible, that difference in power will be noticeable whenever you find yourself needing to push that pedal down just a bit further to get to work on time.
Test Drive a Pilot
We’ve given you a look at the things that we think make the Pilot offer a greater value than the 2016 Nissan Pathfinder price, and this is just at the basic trims. Let us show you some of the Pilot’s higher trim levels with a test drive at a West Michigan Honda Dealer near you.
*MSRP excluding tax, license, registration, $900.00 destination charge, and options. Dealers set their own prices.
West Michigan Honda Dealers includes Battle Creek Honda, Betten Honda, Crown Honda, Fox Honda, River Town Honda, and Zeigler Honda.