Do you have a growing family? Do you need lots of space for your weekend adventures outside Montgomeryville, Lansdale, or Doylestown, PA? Do you want an extended vessel that doesn’t compromise on space or power? If any of the above applies, you’re definitely in the market for the Nissan Pathfinder or the Mitsubishi Outlander.
At Montgomeryville Nissan, we’re ready to put an end to your car-buying journey with this Nissan Pathfinder vs. Mitsubishi Outlander comparison! Continue reading to uncover the SUV you’ll be driving home.
Vehicles like the Nissan Pathfinder and the Mitsubishi Outlander are built for adventure. As such, you’ll want to make sure they have the necessary power to take you and your fellow explorers to new destinations.
Large SUVs need a lot of power to get them rolling. Fortunately, the Nissan Pathfinder offers a heart-pumping performance right out of the gate. You’ll find its 3.5-liter V6 engine generates 284 horsepower and 259 lb-ft of torque!
On the other hand, the Mitsubishi Outlander falls behind on standard performance. Its 2.5-liter engine cranks out a balanced 181 horsepower and 181 lb-ft of torque. Although it’s powerful in its own right, the Pathfinder can offer quicker acceleration—perfect when you need to run the kids to school before departing for work.
More engine power also means better towing capabilities. The Outlander can tow up to 2,000 pounds, while the Pathfinder can tow up to 6,000 pounds when properly equipped.* This 4,000-pound difference means you can tow heavier items, like a small hard-sided RV, a small recreational boat, or a couple jet skis—items far too heavy for the Outlander to haul.
When you drive the Pathfinder or the Outlander, most likely you’ll have others accompanying you on the road. No matter where you’re headed, it’s important to have adequate space to accommodate everyone—and everything—on board.
In terms of cabin space, the Nissan Pathfinder and the Mitsubishi Outlander have a few differences. For starters, the Pathfinder can carry up to eight passengers in its standard model, while the Outlander can transport up to seven.
Even with an added seat on board, the Nissan offers more wiggle room for passengers across all three rows:
|Headroom (first/second/third row)||42.3 inches/39.6 inches/37.8 inches||40.6 inches/39.1 inches/34.5 inches|
|Legroom (first/second/third row)||44.3 inches/35.5 inches/28 inches||41.7 inches/39.9 inches/18.7 inches|
|Hip Room (first/second/third row)||58.3 inches/56.3 inches/46.7 inches||54 inches/53.3 inches/42.1 inches|
|Total Passenger Volume||148.5 cubic feet||125.5 cubic feet|
All that added passenger space means your tallest to smallest passengers can enjoy a comfy ride around the area or out of state.
Speaking of road trips and adventures, both the Nissan Pathfinder and the Mitsubishi Outlander offer plenty of space for your trip essentials. However, you’ll find the Pathfinder opens up more room across the board:
|Cargo Capacity Behind First Row||80.5 cubic feet||79.7 cubic feet|
|Cargo Capacity Behind Second Row||45 cubic feet||33.5 cubic feet|
|Cargo Capacity Behind Third Row||16.6 cubic feet||11.7 cubic feet|
Regardless if you’re on the road for five minutes or five hours, today’s drivers demand in-vehicle technology to keep them informed, connected, and entertained. Not only that, but modern safety tech is a must-have, whether you’re traveling with a cabin full of friends and family or are flying solo.
No work commute or away-game carpool is complete without some entertainment. Fortunately, both the Nissan Pathfinder and the Mitsubishi Outlander are well equipped in this department. Both models feature 8-inch touch-screen displays that can be upgraded to 9-inch screens.
Plus, drivers can hook up their smartphones to these infotainment systems via:
However, with three rows of seats on board, it will be tricky for your rear-row passengers to control the infotainment. Not to worry! In both vehicles, you can opt for wireless Apple CarPlay®, so anyone from the first row to the third can share their desired playlist. However, only the Nissan Pathfinder makes available a Wi-Fi Hotspot.
Of course, the most important technologies are those that help keep you and your passengers safe and secure whenever you’re behind the wheel. Both models come with a plethora of driver-assistance features as part of their standard safety arsenals. They each have brand-specific versions of the following:
Meanwhile, the Pathfinder takes its proactive approach to safety one step further by providing available Traffic Sign Recognition. It recognizes speed limit, stop, and Do Not Enter signs, among others, and displays them on the central screen so you’ll always be in the loop—including information you may have missed. Although the Outlander offers a similar system, it’s only available on the highest trim levels.
Let’s be honest—both the Nissan Pathfinder and the Mitsubishi Outlander put up a good fight. They’d each be a great option for growing families living in Montgomeryville, Lansdale, or Doylestown, PA. However, due to its stronger engine, larger interior dimensions, and easy connectivity, we believe the Pathfinder will better help carve out your desired path.
Do you agree? If so, schedule a test drive at Montgomeryville Nissan at your earliest convenience.
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* Maximum towing capacity when properly equipped. Towing capability varies by configuration. See Nissan Towing Guide and Owner’s Manual for additional information.