2010 Nissan Pathfinder vs. Its Competition

2010 Nissan Pathfinder
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Senior Editor

First off, more carlike choices such as the Ford Edge, Honda Pilot, Chevrolet Traverse, or Nissan's own Murano are all better choices than the 2010 Pathfinder if you don't plan to tow or haul regularly.

The Toyota 4Runner has been completely redesigned for 2010, and it ends up feeling better appointed inside and offers a bit more comfort.

Like the Pathfinder, the 4Runner is focused on off-roading and serious truck duty, though there's a new base four-cylinder 4Runner model that offers slightly better fuel economy.

The Kia Borrego is another alternative; introduced last year, the Borrego offers V-6 and V-8 engines plus body-on-frame construction.

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 2010 Nissan Pathfinder.

At the end of the day, each of these vehicles has poor fuel economy and a less-than-ideal ride.

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If you’re after serious off-roading ability, the Pathfinder is more than capable—otherwise, there are comfier options available.
If you're torn between an SUV and a pickup and cutting-edge styling isn't important, the 2010 Ford Explorer Sport Trac might be the answer.
The 2010 Toyota 4Runner is a brawny “true truck” worth serious consideration if tough off-roading capability for regular trail driving is one of your requirements—and it won’t sacrifice comfort the rest of the time.
The 2009 Kia Borrego isn’t the type of vehicle that’s especially popular or fashionable at this time, but it’s a home run against the competition.
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Gas Mileage   
12 MPG City / 22 MPG Hwy13 MPG City / 20 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 22 MPG Hwy
Gas V6Gas V6Gas I4Gas V6
EPA Class   
2WD Sport UtilityN/A2WD Sport Utility Vehicle2WD Sport Utility Vehicle
Style Name   
2WD 4-Door V6 S FE+RWD 4-Door XLTRWD 4-Door L4 SR5 (GS)2WD 4-Door V6 LX
Rear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive2 Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity   
Passenger Doors   
Body Style   
4 Door4 Door4 Door SR54 Door
AutomaticAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic
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