Dare to Compare: Pathfinder vs. Competitors


The 2017 Nissan Pathfinder, Ford Explorer, and Toyota Highlander are all popular competitors in the SUV segment. They're great options for families looking for an accommodating and capable ride, in addition to offering efficiency and power. But which one is best?


Fuel Economy

The 2017 Toyota Highlander gets 20 mpg in the city and 24 mpg on the highway,* which pulls ahead of the 2017 Explorer's fuel rating of 17 mpg city/24 mpg highway* in terms of city efficiency. The 2017 Nissan Pathfinder, however, defeats both with its 20 mpg city/27 mpg highway rating.*

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Power and Performance

The Toyota Highlander is the weakest with a rating of 185 hp for its standard 2.7-liter inline-four-cylinder engine. The Nissan Pathfinder and the Ford Explorer are much closer in competition. Both have 3.5-liter V6 engines under the hood, with the Pathfinder putting out 284 hp while the Ford Explorer has a negligible lead of 290 hp.


When comparing the three vehicles against one another, the Nissan Pathfinder came out on top as the one that's the longest, tallest, and widest, making plenty of extra room in the interior. In fact, the Pathfinder came out on top when we compared numbers for legroom in the two backseat rows, so you won't have to worry about your passengers feeling cramped.



Out of the three, the 2017 Nissan Pathfinder is undeniably the best. It gets comparable power to the Ford Explorer while providing a more fuel-efficient driving experience, and it also has plenty of room for the whole family to stretch their legs.


If you're interested in getting more information on the 2017 Nissan Pathfinder, call us or stop by here at Blackburn Nissan. We have plenty of popular Pathfinder models in our inventory and our trained staff can help find the one for you.