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Vehicle Comparisons:
2014 Nissan Pathfinder vs 2014 Lexus RX

The 2014 Nissan Pathfinder is one of the most popular midsize SUVs in the world. Let’s see how this year’s iteration of the Pathfinder stacks up against a luxury vehicle such as the 2014 Lexus RX.


For the interior of modern vehicles, technology is the name of the game, and the Pathfinder delivers. Passenger media screens, a touch-screen interface with navigation and Bluetooth connectivity are just a few of the tech features in the Pathfinder. In addition, the Pathfinder has plenty of room: 157.8 cubic feet of passenger space, seating up to seven people.

The RX equals the Pathfinder in every way when it comes to technology. However, the RX lacks space. It only seats up to five people and has about 38% less passenger space overall with only 99.7 cubic feet.


2014 Nissan Pathfinder Off RoadThe Pathfinder’s body is loaded with sleek, stylish curves that scream luxury. Its agile build and muscular front end, though, let drivers know it can handle all types of driving conditions.

The RX fits right in with the rest of Lexus’ somewhat conservative luxury styling. It’s an angular, beautiful vehicle, but it doesn’t look like something you would want to drive in rugged conditions.

Driving Performance

With 260 horsepower across all trim packages, the Pathfinder has plenty of juice. The big surprise, however, comes from the vehicle’s steering, which is surprisingly tight despite its strong frame.

With between 270 and 295 horsepower, all RX trim packages boast plenty of power. This also means that the RX can move pretty fast for an SUV. (Lexus even goes as far as to post the 0-60 time of the RX on its website.) However, since you’re driving an SUV and not a racecar, there are more important points to worry about. Ultimately, the vehicle has received a great deal of criticism for its handling and harsh ride.

Fuel Efficiency

Both of these vehicles are highly efficient despite being SUVs. However, with 26 mpg highway, the Pathfinder edges out the RX’s 25 mpg highway for overall fuel efficiency.


The Pathfinder comes loaded with a bevy of safety features, including airbags, crumple-zone body design, reinforced steel beam doorguards and an energy-absorbing steering column. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety(IIHS) gave the Pathfinder a grade of good, which is its highest rating for collisions.

When it comes to safety, the RX is a great choice. It contains a package of safety features that are virtually identical to those included with the Pathfinder. Like the Pathfinder, the RX has also received a good rating from the IIHS.

The Lexus RX is a great vehicle, but the Nissan Pathfinder proves that luxury is little more than a word because despite not announcing its presence as a luxury vehicle, it can clearly go toe to toe with any SUV on the market.

Contact Nissan 24 to Learn More

When it’s time to buy your next SUV, visit Nissan 24. They are one of the top Nissan dealers in Massachusetts and located just minutes away from Boston, just off of Route 24 at 1016 Belmont Street in Brockton, MA.