Vehicle Comparisons:
2017 Nissan Pathfinder vs 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe

There are a ton of outstanding crossover sport utility vehicles on the market today. Even the most knowledgeable and discerning drivers across the Philadelphia region, including Doylestown and Lansdale, PA, can have a hard time determining which one is really the best option for their everyday needs. When it comes to large crossover SUVs, the Nissan Pathfinder and Hyundai Santa Fe are consistently at the head of the pack, and for good reason. Both companies have a legacy of performance, comfort and outstanding technology offerings. Let’s explore the full range of features and options available between the Nissan Pathfinder and Hyundai Santa Fe to see which one comes out on top.

Nissan Pathfinder vs Hyundai Santa Fe

In 2017, the Pathfinder received a substantial number of updates, including a more powerful engine, minor tweaks to the front and back visual profile, improved towing capacity and improvements to the infotainment system, including a larger touchscreen, and additional features. It also got upgraded steering and suspension. The Santa Fe, by comparison, also got revised styling in the front and back, new daytime running lights, a standard 7-inch touchscreen, third-row USB charge port, and a number of new optional safety features that can be added on at higher levels. However, a number of these characteristics were already available on the Pathfinder, so the Santa Fe is playing catch-up in this area.

Nissan Pathfinder Specs

A direct, by-the-numbers comparison of the two vehicles puts the Pathfinder just slightly ahead overall. When it comes to specs, the Nissan Pathfinder offers 284 horsepower from its base engine, a maximum towing capacity of 6,000 lbs when properly equipped, and achieves an EPA-estimated 20 city/27 highway MPG, and a total of 157.8 cubic feet of passenger space in the cabin.

Hyundai Santa Fe Specs

By comparison, the Santa Fe puts out a bit more horsepower at 290 for its base engine, but tows only up to 5,000 lbs. It achieves an EPA-estimated 18 city/25 highway MPG, and it only gets 146.6 cubic feet of passenger space in the cabin. Overall, the Nissan Pathfinder comes out slightly ahead.

Base Trim Levels

Both SUVs are equipped well at their base trim levels. The Hyundai comes standard with automatic headlights, LED running lights, heated exterior mirrors, dual-zone automatic climate control, power driver seat, Bluetooth, rearview camera, 7-inch touchscreen with Hyundai BlueLink infotainment system, Android Auto and a sound system with six speakers, CD player and HD radio/satellite tuner. At the base level, the Nissan comes with LED running lights, tri-zone automatic climate control, keyless ignition and entry, rearview camera, Bluetooth connectivity, 8-screen touchscreen interface for NissanConnect® infotainment services, sound system with six speakers, satellite radio, HD radio, CD player and USB port for media interface. The offerings are slightly different but comparable here.

Nissan Pathfinder at Montgomeryville Nissan

When it comes down to it, both of these large crossover SUVs are outstanding vehicles, but the Nissan Pathfinder just edges out over the Hyundai Santa Fe. If you’d like to test drive the Nissan Pathfinder to see for yourself in the Philadelphia, Doylestown, and Lansdale areas, stop into Montgomeryville Nissan today!

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