2011 Nissan Pathfinder vs. Its Competition

2011 Nissan Pathfinder 2WD 4-door V6 SV Angular Front Exterior View
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Deputy Editor

Nissan has its Murano for crossover shoppers, so the Pathfinder takes position in its lineup for those who need a serious truck.

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 was completely redesigned last year, 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 Jeep Grand Cherokee is all-new for 2011, and with smooth, responsive powertrains, a well-tuned chassis, and top-notch safety, the Grand is quite possibly the best vehicle in this class for those who need to tow but don't want to give up luxury.

But for those who are willing to sacrifice some 'truckiness' in the name of more frugal operation, the all-new Ford Explorer is a promising candidate.

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Quick Specs
6.4
The 2011 Nissan Pathfinder is a workhorse SUV that also offers decent comfort and an impressive feature set.
8.6
The 2011 Ford Explorer a formidable shot right at the heart of the crossover market--one that's sure to pull some of the remaining SUV loyalists off their very high horses.
8.6
The 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee is one capable, good-looking crossover—and a welcome sign of life from Chrysler.
8.2
If off-road capability is a top requirement, the brawny 2011 Toyota 4Runner is a good choice—with surprisingly good road manners to boot.
MSRP From   
$28,570$28,360$30,215$30,305
Gas Mileage   
13 MPG City / 22 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy
Engine   
Gas V6Gas V6Gas/Ethanol V6Gas V6
EPA Class   
2WD Sport UtilitySport Utility Vehicle - 2WD2WD Sport Utility VehicleSport Utility Vehicle
Style Name   
2WD 4-Door V6 SFWD 4-Door BaseRWD 4-Door LaredoRWD 4-Door V6 SR5 (GS)
Drivetrain   
Rear Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity   
7755
Passenger Doors   
N/AN/A4N/A
Body Style   
Sport Utility4 DoorSport Utility Vehicle4 Door SR5
Transmission   
AutomaticAutomatic w/ODAutomaticAutomatic w/OD
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