Over the previous 12 months, a variety of family-friendly three-row SUVs have picked up main revisions, reinvigorating a hotly contested section and providing extra versatility and creature consolation than ever earlier than. The Honda Pilot, Mazda CX-90, Nissan Pathfinder, and Toyota Grand Highlander all convey one thing vital to the desk, so let’s break these SUVs down throughout a couple of classes and see how they stack up towards each other.
A little bit of housekeeping earlier than we begin: We’ll skip over off-road-oriented fashions for this comparability, which suggests we cannot be wanting on the Honda Pilot TrailSport, or the Nissan Pathfinder Rock Creek, as there aren’t any Mazda or Toyota analogues (but) to match them to. Additionally, the Toyota Grand Highlander is the newest reveal of the group and thus options the fewest uncooked numbers.
Magnificence is within the eye of the beholder, and we’re not right here to guage your aesthetic, so we’ll concentrate on the information. The Grand Highlander is the longest SUV of the group, coming in at 201.4 inches, simply forward of the CX-90 at 200.8, and the Pathfinder performs caboose at 197.7. The Mazda is the wheelbase champ at 122.8 inches, about six inches longer than the Grand Highlander. The Pilot is the tallest of the 4 at 71.0 inches, whereas the Mazda retains it compact at 68.2. Floor-clearance fanatics will dig the CX-90’s 8.0-inch determine, besting the Honda and Nissan by about an inch.
Sadly, the Mazda CX-90’s girthy dimensions don’t translate to an abundance of cargo house. The truth is, the Mazda is the least capacious of this collective, providing simply 14.9 cubic toes behind the third row, 40.0 behind the second, and 74.2 with the second and third rows folded down. Its 30.4 inches of third-row legroom is greater than the Pathfinder can muster, however the Pilot presents extra. The Grand Highlander is the undisputed legroom and cargo king, although, with a whopping 33.5 inches of third-row legroom, 20.6 cubic toes of storage behind the third row and 97.5 cubes with two rows folded. Seven- and eight-passenger configurations can be found on all 4 fashions.
Engine and Transmission
Honda and Nissan maintain it easy right here, with the Pilot and Pathfinder providing only a single engine. Each make the most of a 3.5-liter V6, though Honda’s is marginally extra highly effective, making 285 horsepower towards the Nissan’s 284. The Pilot wields a regular 10-speed computerized transmission, and the Pathfinder makes do with a nine-speed.
Issues are just a little extra complicated within the CX-90. Mazda’s lineup presents three powertrain flavors. A 3.3-liter inline-six produces 280 horsepower and 332 pound-feet in Turbo guise, whereas Turbo S fashions bump these numbers as much as 340 and 369, respectively. There’s additionally a plug-in hybrid getup that mates a 2.4-liter inline-four to a pair of electrical motors to supply 323 horsepower and 369 pound-feet. All three tiers bolt to an eight-speed computerized.
Toyota hasn’t divulged all of the Grand Highlander’s powertrain specs but, however there’s nonetheless loads to speak about. The gas-only choice pairs a 265-hp turbocharged 2.4-liter inline-four to an eight-speed computerized. The 243-hp hybrid makes use of a 2.5-liter inline-four and a repeatedly variable computerized transmission. On the high of the lineup is the Hybrid Max, which we imagine is similar setup because the Crown’s Hybrid Max trim, pairing a turbocharged 2.4-liter inline-4 with electrical motors to supply 362 horsepower and 400 pound-feet, which is shipped via a six-speed computerized.
Honda presents front- and all-wheel drive on all besides the highest two trims, that are solely AWD. Nissan presents FWD and AWD throughout its complete Pathfinder lineup. FWD and AWD are provided on the Grand Highlander’s gasoline and hybrid choices, whereas the Hybrid Max is AWD by default. AWD is customary on each CX-90.
MPG and Towing
Based mostly on all presently out there info, the Honda Pilot seems to be the least fuel-efficient SUV of this group, attaining an EPA-estimated 19 mpg metropolis, 27 mpg freeway, and 22 mpg mixed with front-wheel drive (AWD fashions lose 2 mpg freeway and 1 mpg mixed). In its thriftiest type, the Pathfinder sneaks forward of the Honda with 21 mpg metropolis, 27 mpg freeway, and 23 mpg mixed. Each 3.3-liter Mazdas come out on high at an EPA-estimated 23 or 24 mpg metropolis, 28 mpg freeway, and 25 mpg mixed. CX-90 PHEV variants have but to obtain official EPA figures. The one Grand Highlander determine we’ve is Toyota’s personal 34-mpg mixed estimate for the hybrid; gasoline and Hybrid Max fashions have an enormous, fats “TBA” subsequent to ’em.
For optimum tow score, the Pathfinder stands forward of the gang at 6000 kilos. The opposite three SUVs high out at 5000.
Throw sufficient cash at most SUVs, and you will find yourself with almost the identical gear, whether or not it is ventilated second-row seats, third-row USB ports, panoramic sunroofs, or auto-dimming mirrors. Base-trim customary gear is arguably extra vital, as a result of it exhibits what the skinflint patrons can get their fingers on. And with new-car costs on the rise, it is vital for budget-conscious patrons to not really feel like they’re solely allowed to drive rolling penalty packing containers.
The Grand Highlander has the best stage of ordinary gear of this group, which should not come as a shock, as a result of its base mannequin is technically a mid-level trim within the Toyotaverse. Commonplace gear features a 12.3-inch infotainment show with wi-fi Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, seven USB ports, heated entrance seats, blind-spot monitoring, and a collection of lively and passive security methods that features full-speed adaptive cruise management, traffic-sign recognition, and a trick lively distance management that may gently brake the automobile as wanted.
The CX-90 has the second largest customary show at 10.3 inches, with the Pathfinder behind it at 8.0 inches; the Pilot performs caboose with its paltry 7.0-incher. All three automobiles embrace 4 USB ports, with one Sort-C port on the Pilot and two on the Pathfinder. This triumvirate consists of heated seats, however they don’t seem to be customary. The CX-90 and Pathfinder have customary blind-spot monitoring, and the Pathfinder kicks it up an additional notch with customary rear parking sensors. Whereas all of the vehicles on this listing carry suites of driver aids, the Pathfinder is the one mannequin that does not provide adaptive cruise management on its base trim.
On the subject of base value, the $36,295 Pathfinder is the worth king; the Pilot’s base LX mannequin is $1000 costlier, and the CX-90 begins at a hair over $40,000. We count on the Grand Highlander to begin round $43,000, since its base XLE trim is a mid-tier getup on different Toyota SUVs. The Pathfinder tops out at $51,165, whereas the Pilot reaches its ceiling at $53,375, and we count on a top-trim Grand Highlander to land someplace round $56,000. Choosing the costliest CX-90 could trigger some pockets shock, with a 3.3 Turbo S Premium Plus maxing out at an eye-watering $61,325.