2018 Nissan Pathfinder vs. 2018 Ford Explorer

The SUV class is maybe the most crowded in the entire automotive industry. Automaker brands are constantly creating new and more advanced SUVs year after year that are better than ever. When it comes to choosing between them, it can be extremely difficult to separate the good from the great.

That's why we're comparing two of the most popular SUVs on the market today, the 2018 Nissan Pathfinder and the 2018 Ford Explorer. Both are brand new models made by proud brands that carry strong reputations. Specifically, we're going to be looking at each model's starting MSRP, its fuel economy, its torque capabilities, and their total passenger volume. Note that we are comparing the base models of the two so it is as fair as possible.

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2018 Nissan Pathfinder
2018 Ford Explorer
$30,790 MSRP $31,990
20/27 MPG Fuel Economy (City/Highway) 17/24 MPG
259 lb.-ft. Torque 255 lb.-ft.
154 Cubic Feet Passenger Volume 152 Cubic Feet

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As you can see, in many of the categories the two models are very close to almost even. Both offer good value as SUVs, however, there is a noticeably slight advantage to the 2018 Nissan Pathfinder. Probably the most notable is the difference when it comes to the two SUVs' starting MSRP and fuel economy. The 2018 Nissan Pathfinder is over $1,000 less than its Ford counterpart. It may not seem like much when we're taking about $30,000, but you'll find that every bit counts. Plus, the 2018 Nissan Pathfinder will save you even more money in the long run, by getting a better EPA-estimated mpg in the city and on the highway. Again, it may not seem like much, but with a 19-gallon fuel tank capacity (standard for both), three extra miles per gallon adds up to 57 more miles. Times that by how many times you fill up, and that adds up to a lot of extra money in your pocket.

Then there's the torque capabilities and total passenger volume for each. It may seem like the difference is negligible, but you'll feel the torque difference when you're driving and accelerating. Also, and trust me on this, just two extra feet of space for your passengers can go a long way towards everyone being much more comfortable.

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What’s in Each Trim Level of the 2018 Pathfinder?

The 2018 Nissan Pathfinder is officially on the market. With the latest model of SUV comes four trim levels, being the S, SV, SL and Platinum. Each trim level comes with its own unique features and capabilities, but which one is right for you? Here are all the trim level differences in the 2018 Nissan Pathfinder.