The Pathfinder is looking like more of a niche vehicle with each passing year.
More carlike choices such as the Ford Edge, Honda Pilot, Chevrolet Traverse, or Nissan's own Murano are simply better choices if you plan to carry passengers more often than serious towing or off-roading.
But among tough truck-based alternatives, the Toyota 4Runner was redesigned just two years ago, and it's better appointed inside and offers a bit more comfort.
The Jeep Grand Cherokee has smooth, responsive powertrains, a well-tuned chassis, and top-notch safety, and it's quite possibly the best vehicle in this class for those who need to tow but don't want to give up luxury.
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|13 MPG City / 22 MPG Hwy||17 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy||12 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy||17 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy|
|Gas V6||Gas V6||Gas/Ethanol V6||Gas V6|
|2WD Sport Utility||Sport Utility Vehicle - 2WD||2WD Sport Utility Vehicle||Sport Utility Vehicle 2WD|
|2WD 4dr V6 S||FWD 4dr Base||RWD 4dr Laredo||RWD 4dr V6 SR5 (Natl)|
|Rear Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive|
|Sport Utility||Sport Utility Vehicle||Sport Utility Vehicle||Sport Utility Vehicle|
|Automatic||Automatic w/manual shift||Automatic||Automatic w/Manual Shift|