2016 Nissan Pathfinder vs. Its Competition

2016 Nissan Pathfinder
Kirk Bell Kirk Bell Senior Editor

The 2016 Nissan Pathfinder is a large, family-friendly crossover.

The Chevrolet Traverse has considerably more space inside, but it weighs significantly more—a burden than can be felt from the driver's seat.

The Toyota Highlander and Ford Explorer are quite similar, though the Explorer offers more safety tech.

The Dodge Durango is more rugged than the Pathfinder, and it offers a V-8.

The toughest competition comes from the Honda Pilot, which is similarly sized but offers more versatile rear seating.

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Quick Specs
8.0
The 2016 Nissan Pathfinder lacks sporty or off-road intentions, instead offering space for seven in a composed, quiet environment.
7.8
The 2016 Chevy Traverse is a smooth and comfortable alternative to the minivan or full-size SUV.
8.4
The 2016 Dodge Durango hits a sweet spot between crossovers and SUVs—if you're willing to overlook the thirst, that is.
8.4
The 2016 Ford Explorer doesn't need to rely on hardcore off-road tools--not with its firm road manners, plush interiors, and choice of turbocharged power.
8.8
The 2016 Honda Pilot has axed its hard edges: it's once again a smooth, capable family wagon, one that raises the bar for refinement.
8.2
The 2016 Toyota Highlander isn't all that exciting to look at or to drive, but it's very versatile and handsome enough to be a great minivan alternative.
MSRP From     
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Gas Mileage     
19 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 22 MPG Hwy14 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy
Engine     
Regular Unleaded V-6Gas V6Regular Unleaded V-6Regular Unleaded V-6Regular Unleaded V-6Regular Unleaded I-4
EPA Class     
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Style Name     
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Drivetrain     
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
787788
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Body Style     
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Transmission     
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Detailed Spec Comparison
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