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2023 Hyundai Santa Fe vs. 2023 Nissan Pathfinder Review

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2023 Hyundai
Santa Fe

MSRP*: $28,450 to $44,000
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Picture of the 2023 Nissan Pathfinder

2023 Nissan
Pathfinder

MSRP*: $35,000 to $49,870
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MPG - City 21 - 25 MPG 20 - 21 MPG
MPG - Hwy 25 - 28 MPG 23 - 27 MPG
Seating Capacity 5 seats 7 - 8 seats
Cargo Space 72.1 ft3 80.5 ft3
Engine
  • 191-hp, 2.5-liter, 4 Cylinder Engine (Gasoline Fuel)
  • 277-hp, 2.5-liter, 4 Cylinder Engine (Gasoline Fuel)
  • 284-hp, 3.5-liter, V6 Cylinder Engine (Gasoline Fuel)
  • 295-hp, 3.5-liter, V6 Cylinder Engine (Gasoline Fuel)
Transmission 8-Speed A/T 9-Speed A/T
Drivetrain All Wheel Drive, Front Wheel Drive Four Wheel Drive, Front Wheel Drive
Horsepower 191 - 277 hp 284 - 295 hp
Towing Capacity 2,000 - 3,500 lbs 3,500 - 6,000 lbs
Exterior Length 188.4 in 197.7 - 198.8 in
Exterior Width 74.8 in 77.9 in
Leg Room Front 44.1 in
Rear 41.7 in
Front 44.3 in
Rear 35.5 in
Head Room Front 39.5 - 41.2 in
Rear 37.8 - 39.0 in
Front 41.1 - 42.3 in
Rear 38.4 - 39.6 in

*MSRP and Invoice prices displayed are for educational purposes only, do not reflect the actual selling price of a particular vehicle, and do not include applicable gas taxes or destination charges.

Comparison Review

Comfort
Rear passengers will be able to stretch out a lot more in the Hyundai Santa Fe than in the Nissan Pathfinder. The Nissan Pathfinder offers just a little more front head- and legroom than the Hyundai Santa Fe, offering the driver and front passenger a bit more room and comfort.

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). When looking only at MSRP, the Hyundai Santa Fe will have less of an impact on your bank account than the Nissan Pathfinder.

Dimensions
Since the Hyundai Santa Fe is much slimmer than the Nissan Pathfinder, it'll be much easier to find a wide enough space in a crowded parking lot. The Hyundai Santa Fe is slightly shorter than the Nissan Pathfinder, which may make it easier to park.

Performance
In terms of towing capacity, the Nissan Pathfinder is clearly the choice over the Hyundai Santa Fe for pulling heavy loads. When it comes to horsepower, the Hyundai Santa Fe has a lot less horsepower than the Nissan Pathfinder.

Powertrain
The Hyundai Santa Fe has much lower torque than the Nissan Pathfinder, which generally means that it won't feel as fast or powerful.

Utility
The Hyundai Santa Fe has less seating than the Nissan Pathfinder, making the Nissan Pathfinder the better choice, if you need to chauffeur many passengers. The Hyundai Santa Fe has less cargo space than the Nissan Pathfinder, which is okay if you don't need to move a lot in one trip.