2017 Nissan Pathfinder vs 2017 Ford Explorer

The 2017 Nissan Pathfinder vs 2017 Ford Explorer can seem like a tough choice. The two vehicles are relatively similar in look, the same in seating capacity, and are well-known SUV models. However, when you get into the nitty gritty of cargo space, price, performance, and capability, the comparison shows that the 2017 Nissan Pathfinder rises above the 2017 Ford Explorer. A perfect marriage of power, efficiency, prime features, and versatility, the 2017 Nissan Pathfinder is a class leader.

The Pathfinder has four different trim levels so you can customize your features and technology, as well as performance to fit your individual needs. It is truly a unique SUV. It has three drive modes: 2WD, 4WD, and Auto Mode. The Pathfinder lets you have choices at your fingertips. Switch between 2WD and 4WD on your own or let the Pathfinder choose for you in Auto Mode. Autonomously, the vehicle will switch between driving modes to cater to the changing road conditions. This combined with smart safety features, the 2017 Nissan Pathfinder is one intelligent vehicle.

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2017 Nissan Pathfinder vs 2017 Ford Explorer
$29,990 Starting msrp $31,660
7 Seats 4 Doors Passenger Capacity 7 Seats 4 Doors
6,000 lbs. Max Towing 5,000 lbs.
79.8 cu. ft. Cargo Space 81.7 cu. ft.

Key Differences and Similarities Between the 2017 Nissan Pathfinder and the 2017 Ford Explorer

Price is one difference, and a key aspect of the car-buying process. Starting msrp places the Pathfinder at $29,990. This is in comparison to the $31,660 at which the Ford Explorer begins. While this is not a huge difference, it can make an impact when deciding if you want to spring for those extra features or not.

Cargo capacity is a point at which these two vehicles are relatively similar. Fill it up with seven passengers, and the Pathfinder still has room for up to 16 cubic feet of cargo. Drop the 3rd row and you have 47 cubic feet, or drop both the 2nd and 3rd rows and you’ve got a virtually flat space with 79.8 cubic feet of cargo for your serious carrying capacity.

There’s also a large under-floor storage area that keeps valuables out of sight. It’s easily accessed whether the 3rd row is folded or upright, giving added cargo room even when you have seven passengers along for the ride. On the Ford Explorer, you can have up to 81.7 cubic feet, fold the second and third rows for a flat load surface. These two specifications are very similar, only differing by a mere 1.9 cubic feet. Not even a big enough difference for an extra suitcase.

 Aside from these factors, whatever specifications are most important to you, the decision about which SUV is the best option will ultimately be your choice. If you need help making the decision, the best way to get an idea of how these vehicles function and what they offer will be to test drive them. If you would like more information about the 2017 Nissan Pathfinder or you would simply like to schedule a test drive, feel free to contact our staff here at Glendale Nissan.

2017 Nissan Pathfinder Front Grille View in Blue
interior View of the 2017 Nissan Pathfinder in Cream
2017 Nissan Pathfinder Exterior View in Red
Exterior View of the 2017 Nissan Pathfinder in Blue

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