2017 Nissan Pathfinder vs. Its Competition

2017 Nissan Pathfinder
Kirk Bell Kirk Bell Senior Editor

The 2017 Nissan Pathfinder is a large, family-friendly crossover.

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

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 power.

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

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Quick Specs
7.0
The 2017 Nissan Pathfinder offers good space for seven in a composed, quiet environment and it manages a some decent capability for off-road duty and towing.
6.5
The 2017 Chevrolet Traverse has aged gracefully; it's still one of GM's best minivan replacements.
6.7
The 2017 Dodge Durango tows like an SUV, drives like a crossover—but crash test scores are a dull spot.
6.7
The 2017 Ford Explorer adds a sport appearance package and Sync 3, both of which are important to today's SUV buyers.
7.0
The Toyota Highlander gets a stronger, more responsive powertrain for 2017, but the main strengths are the ride quality, the cabin refinement, and the space for eight.
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.
MSRP From     
$30,290$28,700$29,995$31,660$30,630$30,345
Gas Mileage     
19 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 22 MPG Hwy14 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy16 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 28 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy
Engine     
Regular Unleaded V-6Gas V6Regular Unleaded V-6Regular Unleaded V-6Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded V-6
EPA Class     
Small Sport Utility Vehicles 2WD2WD Sport Utility VehicleN/AStandard Sport Utility Vehicles 2WDSmall Sport Utility Vehicles 2WDSmall Sport Utility Vehicles 2WD
Style Name     
FWD SFWD 4-Door LS w/1SMSXT RWDBase FWDLE I4 FWD (Natl)2WD 4-Door LX
Drivetrain     
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
785788
Passenger Doors     
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Body Style     
Sport UtilitySport UtilitySport UtilitySport UtilitySport UtilitySport Utility
Transmission     
CVT w/ODAutomaticAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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