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2017 Nissan Pathfinder vs 2017 Ford Explorer

Amp up power, performance and capability when you upgrade to the midsize SUV segment. A wealth of passenger and cargo space make models in this segment the perfect fit for family vacations, neighborhood carpools and adventures that will take you off the beaten path. Drivers who are interested in a versatile, capable and athletic edition may want to consider the Nissan Pathfinder. Learn more about the Nissan Pathfinder and how it stands up against a perennial class leader in a 2017 Nissan Pathfinder vs 2017 Ford Explorer comparison.

A premier competitor in the midsize SUV segment, the 2017 Nissan Pathfinder is available in five grades - S, SV, SL, Platinum and the blacked-out Midnight Edition. With passenger space for seven, the Nissan Pathfinder has room for the whole family plus a few tagalongs. When you add an impressive 79.8 cubic feet of available cargo space to the equation, the Nissan Pathfinder checks all the boxes. Highlight features include a Tri-Zone Climate Control System, an available Around View Monitor and a NissanConnect infotainment system.

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2017 Nissan Pathfinder VS 2017 Ford Explorer
$30,290 Base MSRP $31,660
284-Horsepower 3.5-Liter V-6 Standard Engine 290-Horsepower 3.5-Liter V-6
20 MPG City/27 MPG Hwy Fuel Economy 17 MPG City/24 MPG Hwy
6,000 Pounds Maximum Towing Capacity 5,000 Pounds

What Are the Advantages of the Nissan Pathfinder Over the Ford Explorer?

Performance, affordability and utility are key assets of the Nissan Pathfinder in this 2017 Nissan Pathfinder vs 2017 Ford Explorer comparison. With a base MSRP that stands at just $30,290, the Nissan Pathfinder S is the more affordable option in this debate and comes with the added bonus of frugal fuel-economy ratings and powerful towing numbers. Top-of-the-line Pathfinder Platinum editions start at $42,070 and add a smorgasbord of luxury amenities. Base Ford Explorer editions start at $31,660 with elite Explorer Platinum trim levels priced at an exorbitant $53,235.

Power and performance are the name of the game in the midsize SUV class and the Nissan Pathfinder delivers thrills at every turn. An impressive 284-horsepower 3.5-liter V-6 engine serves as the standard powertrain of the Nissan Pathfinder. Mated to an ultra-efficient Xtronic CVT® continuously variable transmission, the potent Pathfinder makes an incredible 20 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway. An available All-Mode 4x4-i 4WD system adds driver-selectable terrain modes and mud-slingin’ thrills to the spec sheet.

Ford Explorer models provide impressive power with three available engine options that include a 290-horsepower 3.5-liter V-6, a 280-horsepower 2.3-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder and a 365-horsepower 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6 engine. Married to a standard six-speed automatic transmission, the base Ford Explorer achieves a lackluster 17 mpg in the city and 24 mpg on the highway. Equipped with the fuel-efficient 2.3-liter EcoBoost, the Ford Explorer still falls short of the Nissan Pathfinder with 19 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway.

Utility is an added asset of the 2017 Nissan Pathfinder that car shoppers have come to love. When equipped with the Trailer Tow Package that includes an integrated tow hitch receiver and a seven-pin wiring harness, the Pathfinder will tow an impressive 6,000 pounds of cargo. Even when equipped with the powerful 3.5-liter EcoBoost, the Ford Explorer will tow just 5,000 pounds.

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Overhead View of 2017 Nissan Pathfinder on Highway
Blue 2017 Nissan Pathfinder in Desert
2017 Nissan Pathfinder Dashboard with NissanConnect Touchscreen
2017 Nissan Pathfinder White Interior and Dashboard