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2014 Nissan Pathfinder Hybrid vs. 2015 Ford Explorer Review

Comparison Review

Comfort
The Nissan Pathfinder Hybrid offers rear passengers about the same room to stretch out as the Ford Explorer, with comparable head- and legroom. The Nissan Pathfinder Hybrid will be popular with taller drivers and passengers in the front seat, due to its greater front head- and legroom than the Ford Explorer.

Convenience
The Nissan Pathfinder Hybrid requires fewer stops at the gas station than the Ford Explorer, making it more convenient to drive.

Cost
There are a lot of factors to consider when calculating the overall cost of a vehicle. The main consideration is Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP). The Nissan Pathfinder Hybrid is somewhat more expensive than the Ford Explorer. Another consideration is the Destination Charge, which is a standard charge for transporting the vehicle to the dealer from where it's built. Both the Nissan Pathfinder Hybrid and the Ford Explorer have similar Destination Charges.

Dimensions
Since the Nissan Pathfinder Hybrid is much slimmer than the Ford Explorer, it'll be much easier to find a wide enough space in a crowded parking lot. When looking at overall length, the Nissan Pathfinder Hybrid takes up about the same amount of space in your garage as the Ford Explorer.

Drivetrain
With its lower torque engine, the Nissan Pathfinder Hybrid doesn't do as good a job transmitting power to its wheels as the Ford Explorer.

Handling
The Nissan Pathfinder Hybrid has the same turning radius as the Ford Explorer, so they both maneuver the same in and out of tight spots.

Performance
When considering towing capacity, the Nissan Pathfinder Hybrid is clearly the choice over the Ford Explorer for pulling heavy loads. When it comes to horsepower, the Nissan Pathfinder Hybrid has a lot less horsepower than the Ford Explorer.

Utility
In terms of seating, you'll be able to fit about the same number of people in both the Nissan Pathfinder Hybrid and the Ford Explorer. You'll be able to fit about the same amount of groceries in the Nissan Pathfinder Hybrid as you will in the Ford Explorer.

Warranty
The Nissan Pathfinder Hybrid comes with essentially the same basic warranty as the Ford Explorer.

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2014 Nissan
Pathfinder Hybrid

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MSRP*: $35,300 - $44,550

2015 Ford
Explorer

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MSRP*: $30,700 - $43,100
Cash Back Rebate: Up to $500 Up to $1,000
Low APR Loan: -- As low as 0.00%
Lease Incentive: As low as 3.05% --
City MPG: 25 16 - 17
Highway MPG: 27 - 28 22 - 24
Engine(s): Inline-4 V-6
Seating Capacity: 7 - 7 7 - 7
Basic Warranty: 3 years/36,000 miles 3 years/36,000 miles
Overall Safety Rating
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Frontal Crash Rating
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Side Crash Rating
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Invoice*: $32,548 - $41,065 $28,935 - $40,191

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