The Pathfinder's design is already several years old, but it feels thoroughly modern next to the Chevrolet TrailBlazer, which mates dated styling with a cramped interior and subpar performance.
The Ford Explorer has a nicely updated, comfortable interior with more standard safety features across the line, but it doesn't possess the sturdy off-road ability of the 2008 Nissan Pathfinder.
The Toyota 4Runner is another possibility, with plenty of off-road ability, though it has a noisier interior and a harder ride and can get quite expensive at the top of the line.
Each of these vehicles has poor fuel economy and a less-than-ideal ride, and most shoppers--if they don't need to tow frequently--would be better suited with a modern crossover design from these automakers, such as the GMC Acadia, Dodge Journey, Ford Edge, or Toyota Highlander.
|2008 Nissan PathfinderBrowse Used Listings||2008 Chevrolet TrailBlazerBrowse Used Listings||2008 Dodge DurangoBrowse Used Listings||2008 Ford ExplorerBrowse Used Listings||2008 Toyota 4RunnerBrowse Used Listings|
|12 MPG City / 22 MPG Hwy||12 MPG City / 20 MPG Hwy||13 MPG City / 19 MPG Hwy||13 MPG City / 20 MPG Hwy||14 MPG City / 21 MPG Hwy|
|Gas V6||Gas I6||Gas V6||Gas V6||Gas V6|
|2WD Sport Utility||N/A||2WD Sport Utility Vehicle||N/A||2WD Sport Utility Vehicle|
|2WD 4-Door V6 S||2WD 4-Door LT w/1LT||2WD 4-Door SXT||RWD 4-Door V6 XLT||RWD 4-Door V6 SR5 (Natl)|
|Rear Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive|
|4 Door||4 Door||4 Door||4 Door||4 Door SR5|
|Automatic||Automatic w/OD||Automatic||Automatic w/OD||Automatic w/OD|