2016 Nissan Pathfinder vs. 2016 Ford Explorer
Those in the Cherry Hill, Mount Laurel and Collingswood regions seeking an SUV that can handle year-round family travel are quick to consider both the midsize and large SUV sectors. The 2016 Nissan Pathfinder is a proud and polished midsize SUV that delivers topnotch fuel efficiency, seating for seven and a lavish interior. Another model that might catch your eye is the largescale 2016 Ford Explorer that touts a powerful motor selection, seating for seven and ample load space.
Which SUV is the better pick for what you’re after? Check out Cherry Hill Nissan’s full comparison of the *2016 Nissan Pathfinder and the 2016 Ford Explorer* below to find out.
V6 to V6
Though they belong to slightly different classes, both the Nissan Pathfinder and the Ford Explorer run on advanced six-cylinder engines. As a slightly more compact ride, the Pathfinder’s 3.5-liter V6 puts out a few less horses than the Ford Explorer at 260 hp vs the Explorer’s 290. However, test drivers report that both models are gifted when it comes to base power proficiency.
Efficiency is another story, though. The 2016 Pathfinder’s smooth-shifting gear, Nissan’s Xtronic Continuously Variable Transmission, is behind the model’s impressive EPA-estimated stats of 20/27 mpg city/highway. Up against the Pathfinder’s strong economy standing, the 2016 Explorer’s efficiency marks of 17/24 mpg aren’t as fuel-savvy.
Out on the roads of Cherry Hill, both models handle well. All-wheel drive capability is offered across the board. Each model is well-suited for the role of go-to family vessel for wintertime travel. One aspect that could hinder Explorer drivers is the vehicle’s eclipsed outward view. Big beams and a generally hefty build means those in the driver seat need to take extra caution during tricky maneuvers.
The Pathfinder and the Explorer provide seating for seven across three rows. But, as with many SUVs, these three rows are not created equal. To overcome this difficult-to-defy problem, the Pathfinder offers nearly half a foot of free space that can be distributed where it’s needed by easily sliding the second row forward or back. The Nissan Pathfinder <https://www.cherryhillnissan.com/type/new-inventory/model_Pathfinder> further includes a handy mechanism at its middle seating row known as Latch and Glide that allows hassle-free access to the back seats.
Despite its larger size, the Ford Explorer isn’t so smart when it comes to seating space. Without any wiggle room offered in terms of available row movement, passengers (especially taller kids or adults) may have to contort their positioning in order to get comfortable.
Standard features in these SUVs are abundant. Each comes equipped with a six-speaker stereo and connection via auxiliary cable (Pathfinder) and USB port (Explorer). The *2016 Nissan Pathfinder* additionally comes with push button ignition and tri-zone temperature control. Explorer buyers get Ford Sync voice recognition.
Though the 2016 Pathfinder has yet to be rated in government-administered safety crash tests, its predecessor’s A+ scores (Top Safety Pick from the IIHS, and 5-Star Overall Rating from the NHTSA) point to great things for the new model year. The 2016 Ford Explorer also received the NHTSA’s highest designation, but did not attain the credentials needed for the Top Safety Pick award from the IIHS.
Your Path Starts Here
If you’re looking for a capable SUV that gets great gas mileage and comes equipped with the versatility needed for family travel, the next stop in your journey is Cherry Hill Nissan! Sign up to test drive the over-achieving SUV of the midsize category, the 2016 Nissan Pathfinder, with us today. Interested buyers in Cherry Hill, Mount Laurel and Collingswood can reach our dealership on Route 38 in just minutes. We look forward to seeing you soon!