2018 Nissan Pathfinder vs 2018 Ford Explorer

The SUV has become an insanely popular class of vehicle in recent years. Drivers love having the power and space capabilities, which is why more and more car brands have been stepping their game up with their SUVs. Since there are so many, it can be really difficult to determine which brand-new SUV fits your ideal price point and range of features. Fortunately, Fenton Nissan of Legends is here to help with our 2018 Nissan Pathfinder vs 2018 Ford Explorer comparison. We will be comparing the latest model of Nissan mid-sized SUV with the newest model of Ford mid-sized SUV. In order to ensure a fair and accurate comparison, we will be comparing the trim levels of each vehicle that are closest to each other in terms of price range and number of features. For both the 2018 Nissan Pathfinder and the 2018 Ford Explorer, this is the base trim, which both 4 doors and front-wheel drive. If you want to see the exterior appearance of each of these mid-sized SUVs, you can see them side by side in the following picture. If you want to see them compared with more specific metrics, you can continue reading below. If you live or work in the Kansas City area, and are already considering purchasing the new Nissan Pathfinder, you can click the link to our inventory below.

2018 Nissan Pathfinder


2018 Ford Explorer

2-Speed CVT Transmission 6-Speed Automatic
Standard Keyless Access System Not Available
6,000 lbs Max Trailer Weight 2,000 lbs
Dual Zone Front Automatic Air Conditioning Manual

Which Mid-Sized SUV is Right for You?

When comparing the two mid-sized SUVs directly, it quickly becomes apparent which of these is the superior vehicle. The all-new 2018 Nissan Pathfinder is the more secure vehicle, the more practical vehicle and the more convenient vehicle between the two. While it may not be one of the more obvious advantages to the new Pathfinder, the continuously variable transmission in the vehicle, compared to the automatic transmission in the Ford Explorer, is sure to give you a smoother ride and easier acceleration than you've ever experienced. A great technological feature to the all-new Pathfinder is the standard keyless access system, which is not available in the 2018 Ford Explorer. It not only makes it more convenient for you to enter and exit your car, but it makes your car much more secure than having to use a key. One of the biggest differences is in the towing capacity of these two vehicles. The 2018 Nissan Pathfinder can tow an impressive 6,000 pounds, compared to 2,000 pounds for the Ford Explorer, which is more than enough for moving, traveling or any other use you may have.
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