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2013 Nissan Pathfinder vs Ford Explorer and Toyota Highlander

Car buyers in the market for a large premium sport utility vehicle will often find themselves comparing the 2013 Nissan Pathfinder with the 2013 versions of the Ford Explorer and the Toyota Highlander, weighing the benefits and drawbacks of each SUV.pathfinder

Diligent shoppers who do their research will discover that the 2013 Pathfinder holds a definitive advantage against the Explorer and the Highlander, its primary rivals in the premium SUV segment, in nearly every category.

The Pathfinder enjoys a decided edge in the area of comfort, especially for taller drivers and those with longer legs. The Pathfinder offers more headroom and legroom in the front seating area than the Explorer and more headroom and legroom in the rear compared with the Highlander, allowing passengers more latitude to stretch out and relax.

The Pathfinder is more fuel-efficient than both the Explorer and the Highlander, giving Nissan owners a welcome break at the gas pumps. The Pathfinder generates an estimated 19 to 20 miles per gallon in city driving, compared with 17 to 20 miles per gallon for the Highlander and just 16 to 17 miles per gallon for the Explorer. On the highway, the Pathfinder gets an average of 25 to 26 miles per gallon, which compares favorably to the estimates of 22 to 25 miles per gallon for the Highlander and just 22 to 24 miles per gallon for the Explorer.pathfinder2

The base manufacturer’s suggested retail price for the Pathfinder is lower than the base price for either the Explorer or the Highlander. The Pathfinder starts at $26,127, compared with $26,358 for the Highlander and $27,427 for the Explorer. The final price of any of the vehicles will vary depending on options selected by the buyer, destination charges and possible sales or rebates.

As for the physical dimensions of the vehicles, the Pathfinder hits a sweet spot between its two rivals. It is slimmer than the Explorer and wider and slightly longer than the Highlander.

The Pathfinder handily beats the Explorer in its capacity to tow heavy loads while the Pathfinder and the Highlander are about equal in towing capacity. The standard warranty is approximately the same in all three vehicles.

Car buyers with a family will appreciate the 2013 Pathfinder’s flexible rear seats that effortlessly slide forward to provide easy access to the third-row seating area. All drivers will applaud the Pathfinder’s quiet ride and its 260-horsepower, 3.5-liter V6 engine.

Visit your local Nissan dealership today to learn more about the benefits of owning a 2013 Pathfinder and test drive one yourself. Nissan’s professional customer service staff will answer any questions you might have about the Pathfinder while offering expert advice in a comfortable, no-pressure environment.