Vehicle Comparisons:
Nissan Pathfinder vs Ford Explorer

2017 Nissan Pathfinder (c)Living in the Brockton, Randolph, or Stoughton area means that residents will have to put up with some pretty harsh winters. Naturally, with all that snow and ice, it’ll make for some hazardous driving. To protect yourself, you’ll need a formidable SUV.

However, which model can offer the most stability and off-road capability while keeping down fuel costs? Our team at Nissan 24 will compare the 2017 Nissan Pathfinder and the 2017 Ford Explorer to show you.

Nissan Pathfinder vs. Ford Explorer Performance

When we choose an SUV, we aren’t just choosing comfort. We’re also choosing premium handling and power. The 2017 Ford Explorer seeks to embody these qualities by equipping a 3.5L six-cylinder engine with available four-wheel drive (4WD).

However, the 2017 Nissan Pathfinder takes things a bit farther. Instead of adding some garden variety 4WD system, it adds its very own all-mode 4×4-i intuitive 4WD. This advanced technology can handle with far greater precision.

Its 3.5L V6 also includes several enhancements that the Explorer does not, such as the continuously variable valve timing control system (CVTCS). CVTCS allows the Pathfinder to maintain 26 mpg highway and 19 mpg city,1 putting the competition’s 23 mpg highway and 16 mpg city to shame.

2017 Nissan Pathfinder vs 2017 Ford Explorer: Towing

When you have all that muscle under the hood, you’re going to want to put it to good use, perhaps by towing a trailer or some other off-roading gear. Thanks to all the enhancements its engine has received the Pathfinder is able to tow an impressive 6,000 pounds.

The Explorer falls behind in this category. Without those extra features to improve power flow and drivetrain efficacy, it can only tow 5,000 pounds. Unfortunately, the Explorer may not be able to handle your bigger hauls.

Major SUV Protection

If you have to drive in poor weather conditions, then you’re going to need a little extra peace of mind. Luckily, the 2017 Nissan Pathfinder was designed specifically for your protection.

2017 Nissan Pathfinder Interior (c)Beyond its many safety technologies, including vehicle dynamics control and active brake limited slip, the Pathfinder includes and advanced impact absorbing body. This Zone construction includes:

  • Front and rear crumple zones
  • Hood buckling creases
  • Pipe-style steel side-door guard beams
  • Energy absorbing steering column

These features help the Pathfinder to earn a TOP SAFETY PICK from the Insurance Institute for highway Safety, a commendation not granted to the Explorer. This could be due to its lack of framework fortifications or advanced safety features.

2017 Nissan Pathfinder vs 2017 Ford Explorer Car Comparison

When our Brockton, Randolph, and Stoughton area customers head out on rough or slippery roads, we want them to be protected. The 2017 Ford Explorer, despite its well-muscled engine, simply cannot deliver the same protection or economy as the 2017 Nissan Pathfinder.

Of course, these aren’t the only benefits available in the Pathfinder. If you’d like to learn more about its many capabilities, contact Nissan 24 today. Our experts are ready to help you fall in love with the all new Nissan Pathfinder.



1 2017 EPA Fuel Economy Estimates 20 city / 27 highway (front-wheel drive), 19 city / 26 highway (4-wheel drive). Actual mileage may vary with driving conditions – use for comparison only.

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