2019 Nissan Pathfinder vs The Competition

Overview

There is a lot of great competition within the mid-sized SUV class. There are very popular picks such as the Honda Pilot, sportier/sleeker picks such as the Mazda CX-9, domestic options like the Chevrolet Traverse, and even eco-friendly alternatives, like the Toyota Highlander Hybrid. But if you want a good mix of the best qualities, the 2019 Nissan Pathfinder should be at the top of the list. It comes in four trim levels – S, SV, SL, and Platinum – and great standard and optional features that others can’t quite compete with.


 

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Guts and Volts

At the heart of every ’19 Nissan Pathfinder is the standard 3.5-liter 284 horsepower V6 engine paired with a continuously variable transmission. This engine gives the Pathfinder its best-in-class maximum towing capacity of 6,000 pounds. Compare this to the 2019 Ford Explorer, which has a standard engine that can only tow up to 3,000 lb.; even with Ford’s more powerful 3.5-liter V6, the Explorer is still 1,000 lb. shy of the Pathfinder’s maximum capability.

But this power doesn’t mean the Pathfinder is a fuel hog; it achieves better-than-class-average fuel efficiency with an EPA-rated 20 mpg city and 27 mpg highway. Comparably, the 2019 Chevrolet Traverse also has a respectable fuel efficiency, at an EPA-rated 18 city and 27 highway with their 3.6-liter FWD engine. While the highway fuel efficiency of these two SUVs is the same, if you find yourself driving in a lot of traffic, the 11% increase in fuel efficiency should help cut weekly costs when you choose the Pathfinder over the Traverse.

Technology often is a point of difference between vehicles, and the 2019 Pathfinder has been modernized at every trim level with more safety features. Most notably, they have made their rear parking sensors standard on all trim levels. Also available is the Intelligent Around View monitor, which provides a 360-degree composite image of the Pathfinder’s with moving object detection. While other vehicles in the class offer a 360-degree image only, Nissan offers the moving object detection.


Dimensions

One of the most crucial features of an SUV is its ability to transport a higher number of passengers. While many SUVs in this class offer seating for seven, not all can do it comfortably. Pulling well ahead of the Ford Explorer, Honda Pilot, and Toyota Highlander, the Nissan Pathfinder gives passengers 157.8 cubic feet of volume, and the third-row seat is comfortable. The Toyota Highlander, on the other hand, only provides 144.9 cu. ft. of volume. This is over a cubic foot of difference between the two mid-sized vehicles. The Pathfinder’s 42.4 inches of front headroom beats the Highlander’s by 1.5 inches.

All in all, if you need the space of a mid-sized SUV and are looking for a well-rounded vehicle, look no further than the Nissan Pathfinder. While its rival SUVs do indeed have some remarkable qualities, they often have to give up functionality to achieve those, and this is where the 2019 Pathfinder finds its strengths.