2019 Honda Odyssey vs. 2019 Nissan Pathfinder

Detailed Review, Specifications & Comparison

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Safety

The Odyssey has a standard Whiplash Mitigation Front Seat Design, which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the Whiplash Mitigation Front Seat Design system moves the headrests forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The Pathfinder doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

The Odyssey EX/EX-L/Touring/Elite’s lane departure warning system alerts a temporarily inattentive driver when the vehicle begins to leave its lane and gently nudges the vehicle back towards its lane. The Pathfinder doesn’t offer a lane departure warning system.

Both the Odyssey and the Pathfinder have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front wheel drive, height adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available crash mitigating brakes, blind spot warning systems, front and rear parking sensors and rear cross-path warning.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Honda Odyssey is safer than the Nissan Pathfinder:

 

Odyssey

Pathfinder

OVERALL STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

 

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

HIC

176

337

Neck Injury Risk

27%

42%

Neck Stress

184 lbs.

464 lbs.

Neck Compression

18 lbs.

25 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

95/82 lbs.

516/475 lbs.

 

Passenger

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

247

248

Neck Injury Risk

32%

33%

Neck Stress

101 lbs.

137 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

324/302 lbs.

479/476 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does side impact tests on new vehicles. In this test, which crashes the vehicle into a flat barrier at 38.5 MPH and into a post at 20 MPH, results indicate that the Honda Odyssey is safer than the Nissan Pathfinder:

 

Odyssey

Pathfinder

 

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

66

114

Chest Movement

.5 inches

.9 inches

Abdominal Force

83 G’s

120 G’s

Hip Force

321 lbs.

457 lbs.

 

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Max Damage Depth

12 inches

18 inches

Spine Acceleration

41 G’s

42 G’s

Hip Force

472 lbs.

661 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

For its top level performance in IIHS driver-side small overlap frontal, moderate overlap frontal, side impact, rear impact and roof-crush tests, with its optional front crash prevention system, its “Good” rating in the new passenger-side small overlap crash test, and its available headlight’s “Acceptable” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Odyssey the rating of “Top Pick” for 2019, a rating granted to only 62 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Pathfinder was last qualified as a “Top Pick” in 2017.

Reliability

The engine in the Odyssey has a single overhead cam for simplicity. The engine in the Pathfinder has dual overhead cams, which add to the number of moving parts and the complexity of the cylinder heads.

Fuel Economy and Range

An engine control system that can shut down half of the engine’s cylinders helps improve the Odyssey’s fuel efficiency. The Pathfinder doesn’t offer a system that can shut down part of the engine.

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the Odyssey Touring/Elite’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The Pathfinder doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

The Odyssey has a standard cap-less fueling system. The fuel filler is automatically opened when the fuel nozzle is inserted and automatically closed when it’s removed. This eliminates the need to unscrew and replace the cap and it reduces fuel evaporation, which causes pollution. The Pathfinder doesn’t offer a cap-less fueling system.

Tires and Wheels

The Odyssey’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 60 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Pathfinder S/SV/SL’s standard 65 series tires.

Suspension and Handling

The Odyssey has standard front and rear gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The Pathfinder’s suspension doesn’t offer gas-charged shocks.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Odyssey’s wheelbase is 3.9 inches longer than on the Pathfinder (118.1 inches vs. 114.2 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Odyssey is 1.6 inches wider in the front and 1.5 inches wider in the rear than on the Pathfinder.

Chassis

The front grille of the Odyssey uses electronically controlled shutters to close off airflow and reduce drag when less engine cooling is needed. This helps improve highway fuel economy. The Pathfinder doesn’t offer active grille shutters.

The Odyssey uses computer-generated active noise cancellation to help remove annoying noise and vibration from the passenger compartment, especially at low frequencies. The Pathfinder doesn’t offer active noise cancellation.

Passenger Space

The Odyssey offers optional seating for 8 passengers; the Pathfinder can only carry 7.

The Odyssey has 9.6 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Pathfinder (163.6 vs. 154).

The Odyssey has 1.8 inches more front hip room, 2.2 inches more front shoulder room, .1 inches more rear headroom, 8.8 inches more rear hip room, 1.2 inches more rear shoulder room, .5 inches more third row headroom, 7.4 inches more third row legroom, 6.4 inches more third row hip room and 2.9 inches more third row shoulder room than the Pathfinder.

The front step up height for the Odyssey is 2 inches lower than the Pathfinder (17” vs. 19”). The Odyssey’s rear step up height is 1.8 inches lower than the Pathfinder’s (19” vs. 20.8”).

Cargo Capacity

The Odyssey’s cargo area provides more volume than the Pathfinder.

 

Odyssey

Pathfinder

Behind Third Seat

32.8 cubic feet

16.2 cubic feet

Third Seat Folded

88.8 cubic feet

n/a

Third Seat Removed

n/a

47.4 cubic feet

Max Cargo Volume

144.9 cubic feet

79.5 cubic feet

A low lift-over cargo hatch design makes loading and unloading the Odyssey easier. The Odyssey’s cargo hatch lift-over height is 22.5 inches, while the Pathfinder’s liftover is 31.5 inches.

The Odyssey’s cargo area is larger than the Pathfinder’s in every dimension:

 

Odyssey

Pathfinder

Length to seat (3rd/2nd/1st)

25”/56”/91”

19.2”/43.7”/78.9”

Max Width

50”

45.9”

Min Width

48”

45.4”

Height

54”

31.4”

Ergonomics

The Odyssey’s standard front power windows open or close fully with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The Pathfinder’s power window switches have to be held the entire time to close them fully. Only its driver’s window opens automatically. The Odyssey EX/EX-L/Touring/Elite’s front and rear power windows all open or close fully with one touch of the switches. With the Pathfinder SV/SL/Platinum’s power windows, only the front windows open or close automatically.

The Odyssey Elite’s standard wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically according to the amount of rainfall on the windshield. The Pathfinder SV/SL/Platinum’s intermittent wipers change speed with vehicle speed, but can’t turn on and off or change speed based on changing rainfall.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) conducts detailed tests on headlights for their range both straight ahead and in curves and to be certain they don’t exceed acceptable amounts of glare to oncoming drivers. The Odyssey’s available headlights were rated “Acceptable” by the IIHS, while the Pathfinder’s headlights are rated “Poor.”

While driving with high beams on, sensitive light sensors standard on the Odyssey EX/EX-L/Touring/Elite detect other vehicles which could be blinded and automatically switch to low beams. The Pathfinder doesn’t offer automatic dimming high beams.

The Odyssey Touring/Elite has a standard center folding armrest for the third row rear passengers. A center armrest helps make rear passengers more comfortable. The Pathfinder doesn’t offer a third row rear seat center armrest.

Economic Advantages

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Odyssey is less expensive to operate than the Pathfinder because it costs $900 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Odyssey than the Pathfinder, including $36 less for a water pump, $28 less for a muffler, $26 less for front brake pads, $64 less for a starter, $219 less for fuel injection, $101 less for a fuel pump, $67 less for front struts, $595 less for a timing belt/chain and $106 less for a power steering pump.

Recommendations

The Car Book by Jack Gillis recommends the Honda Odyssey, based on economy, maintenance, safety and complaint levels.

The Honda Odyssey outsold the Nissan Pathfinder by 57% during 2018.

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