2008 Nissan Pathfinder vs. Its Competition

2008 Nissan Pathfinder 2WD 4-door V6 SE Angular Front Exterior View
Martin Padgett Martin Padgett Editorial Director

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.

An alternative might be the Dodge Durango, which offers a slightly larger package overall, though the Durango doesn't handle the road especially well.

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 Pathfinder 2WD 4-door V6 SE Angular Front Exterior View2008 Nissan Pathfinder
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2008 Chevrolet TrailBlazer 2WD 4-door SS w/1SS Front Exterior View2008 Chevrolet TrailBlazer
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2008 Dodge Durango SXT2008 Dodge Durango
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2008 Ford Explorer RWD 4-door V6 XLT Angular Rear Exterior View2008 Ford Explorer
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2008 Toyota 4Runner SR52008 Toyota 4Runner
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Quick Specs
If you tow and off-road with the family, the 2008 Nissan Pathfinder is one of the better traditional truck-based SUVs available.
You should only consider the 2008 Chevrolet TrailBlazer if you frequently tow; even then, most truck-based alternatives handle much better.
If you plan to tow, a 2008 Dodge Durango with a V-8 will work nearly as well as a Tahoe or Expedition, at a lower price.
As the perennial best-selling truck-based SUV, the Ford Explorer is still the one to beat.
The 2008 Toyota 4Runner isn’t as roomy or as efficient as newer crossover designs, but if you need towing or off-road capabilities, it’s a good, safe choice.
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Detailed Spec Comparison
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