Let’s compare the new 2013 Nissan Pathfinder to the Ford Explorer and the Toyota Highlander; all of which are multi-passenger vehicles that are perfect for on-the-go families or road trips, and provide ample storage for items like sports equipment.
Reviewers have noted that while the 2013 Ford Explorer feels bigger than its previous model, it actually has less storage space inside. It has also gotten poor drivability ratings–test drivers report slow response time and other difficulties behind the wheel.
In contrast, the 2013 Toyota Highlander has been praised for its maneuverability; reviewers have noted that it handles like a car. One criticism that surfaces often with this model, however, is that the steering is a little too tight.
The new 2013 Nissan Pathfinder is bigger than last year’s model, and comfortably seats seven. You might assume this means a bulky ride, but hold on! Nissan included speed-sensitive steering to help you glide into those turns.
The 2013 Pathfinder is at the head of its class when it comes to fuel efficiency. This model may be bigger, but it’s not heavier, and you can expect to get 20 miles to the gallon when city driving, and 26 miles to the gallon on highways.
Neither the new Explorer nor the new Highlander can compete with the Pathfinder when it comes to fuel economy. Both the Highlander and the Explorer have faced criticisms for failing to make strides in efficiency.
The new Explorer boasts a luxurious cabin, though third-row passengers may feel a bit cramped. Pilot seats are roomy and recline comfortably, but again, the father back you go into the car, the tighter the space becomes.
When it comes to customization, the Highlander has a short options list, though it does include audio system and other entertainment options, such as a rear seat DVD system.
The Nissan Pathfinder remains elegant, in spite of its size, with curves and softer lines. Take a step up with the Pathfinder Platinum, which features alloy wheels and chrome exteriors.
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