2018 Ford Explorer vs. 2018 Nissan Pathfinder

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  • 2018 Ford Explorer

    2018 Ford Explorer

    Starting at

    $23,580

    2018 Nissan Pathfinder

    2018 Nissan Pathfinder

    Starting at

    $31,040

    39Highway MPG27
    365 hpHorsepower284 hp
    350 lb-ftTorque259 lb-ft

    The 2018 Ford Explorer vs. 2018 Nissan Pathfinder are two SUVs have a lot to offer for everyday living and extraordinary adventures. From expansive seating big enough to hold the entire family to superior features smart enough to make even parking a breeze, neither of these rides can be considered unremarkable.
    That being said, when it comes to vehicles only one can win the honor of being driven home, and when that vehicle is the 2018 Ford Explorer, the honor is all yours. Even though they are in the same classification and equally large and versatile, the 2018 Explorer offers better acceleration and utilizes its space more efficiently than the 2018 Pathfinder. In addition to that, the features available in the Ford Explorer also exceed expectations. So, if only one can of these two take that space in your driveway, the 2018 Ford Explorer will always be the clear option.

  • Performance

    Both the 2018 Ford Explorer and 2018 Nissan Pathfinder offer an impressive amount of towing capacity and 4×4 off-roading options, but the 2018 Ford Explorer has Ford’s signature style of built Ford tough to push it above and beyond when it comes to acceleration and durability.

    2018 Ford Explorer

    Like most Ford vehicles, the 2018 Ford Explorer offers best-in-class engine performance options. The three options include a 3.5L EcoBoost V6 engine with 365 hp and 350 lb-ft of torque, the standard 2.3L EcoBoost engine with the still impress 280 hp and 310 lb-ft of torque, or the 3.5L Ti-VCT (twin independent variable camshaft timing) V6 with 290 hp and 255 lb.-ft of torque. Overall, you will get 27 mpg highway and an impressive 5,000 pounds of raw towing potential with an Explorer. Just like the name Explorer implies, this ride offers a brilliant off-roading system that will make any terrain or weather condition feel like a barefoot stroll on the beach.

    2018 Nissan Pathfinder

    The 2018 Nissan Pathfinder offers a respectable 3.5L V6 engine with 284 hp and 259 lb-ft of torque, and the towing potential when fully equipped does push itself to around 6,000 pounds. It offers the same fuel efficiency as the Explorer at 27 mpg highway and offers an intelligently designed 4-wheel drive system that will allow you to go anywhere, anytime without having to worry about terrain or weather.

  • Technology

    Cars all across the country of the nation are using technology to become more convenient, comfortable, entertaining, and safe each and every year. What we have now was only dreams of just years ago, and now that dream lives with the Ford Explorer and Nissan Pathfinder of 2018. Having both implemented only the best tech the world has to offer, as SUV generally do, the battle for who has the better technology out of the two will be hard-won.

    2018 Ford Explorer

    Much of the technology offered as standard features for the 2018 Ford Explorer is nothing short of inspiring and innovative.
    One feature every tech-savvy driver will enjoy is the intuitive Sync3 system, an interactive display that not only pairs with your smartphone to access a number of useful applications, but it also allows you to control your car with simple voice commands. Make hands-free calls and texts without your eyes leaving the road, or just blast your personalize and commercial-free playlist with the optional 9 or 12-speaker audio system
    For those that prioritize safety in their vehicles, if the 2018 Explorer gaining a 5-star safety rating isn’t enough to ease your mind then allow the hefty list of advanced safety tech put that worry to rest. With a rearview camera, an advanced airbag system, anti-lock braking, tire pressure monitoring, SOS post-crash alert system, anti-theft technology, and stability and curve control all on the list of standard features alone, you should never doubt the Ford Explorer when it comes to keeping you safe. Getting into the optional features would take a while, but a few highlights are blind-spot awareness, park assist, and front collision warning.

    2018 Nissan Pathfinder

    The 2018 Nissan Pathfinder so equally plentiful with its basket of technological goodies. The tri-zone entertainment system with screens at every section of the vehicle paired with an optional 13-speaker sound system is definitely one feature the whole family can enjoy no matter how long, and tiresome the journey becomes. Nissan also offers its own infotainment system with Bluetooth connectivity to your smartphones and USB ports or easy charging and pairing.
    When it comes to safety, the Nissan Pathfinder also received 5-stars and does not skimp on safety features. Brake assist, advanced airbag system that covers all three rows, multiple alert systems for the front back and side of the Pathfinder, as well as traction control, are just a few of the highlighted safety features that will protect you from any situation that could occur on and off the road.

  • Utility

    Obviously, utility is kind of an important in a sports utility vehicle. These were vehicles designed specifically to have plentiful space that can be easily configured in multiple ways to adapt to your everyday life. While generally bigger is better, the 2018 Nissan Pathfinder despite being the larger of the two options offers less cargo space than the 2018 Explorer. This proves utility is less about the overall size of the vehicle, and more about how the ability to implement it efficiently.

    2018 Ford Explorer

    Obviously, utility is kind of an important in a sports utility vehicle. These were vehicles designed specifically to have plentiful space that can be easily configured in multiple ways to adapt to your everyday life. While generally bigger is better, the 2018 Nissan Pathfinder despite being the larger of the two options offers less cargo space than the 2018 Explorer. This proves utility is less about the overall size of the vehicle, and more about how the ability to implement it efficiently.

    2018 Nissan Pathfinder

    The 2018 Nissan Pathfinder is just barely the larger of the two options measuring at 199″ L x 77″ W x 70″ H. Although it can also hold seven adults, the cargo space has been cut to 16.2 cubic feet of cargo space if they are all on board. Without the rear seating though you will get 78.9 cubic feet of cargo space to utilize. This honestly shows a lack of efficiency in the 2018 Pathfinder by being unable to match the same amount of cargo space as the Explorer despite their nearly identical size. This is still an impressive amount of space for any vehicle, but comparably the 2018 Nissan Pathfinder is just not as efficient as it could be.

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