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2023 Nissan Pathfinder vs. 2023 Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport Review

Picture of the 2023 Nissan Pathfinder

2023 Nissan
Pathfinder

MSRP*: $35,000 to $49,870
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Picture of the 2023 Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport

2023 Volkswagen
Atlas Cross Sport

MSRP*: $34,460 to $51,625
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MPG - City 20 - 21 MPG 18 - 21 MPG
MPG - Hwy 23 - 27 MPG 24 - 25 MPG
Seating Capacity 7 - 8 seats 5 seats
Cargo Space 80.5 ft3 77.8 ft3
Engine
  • 284-hp, 3.5-liter, V6 Cylinder Engine (Gasoline Fuel)
  • 295-hp, 3.5-liter, V6 Cylinder Engine (Gasoline Fuel)
  • 235-hp, 2.0-liter, 4 Cylinder Engine (Gasoline Fuel)
  • 276-hp, 3.6-liter, V6 Cylinder Engine (Gasoline Fuel)
Transmission 9-Speed A/T 8-Speed A/T
Drivetrain Four Wheel Drive, Front Wheel Drive All Wheel Drive, Front Wheel Drive
Horsepower 284 - 295 hp 235 - 276 hp
Towing Capacity 3,500 - 6,000 lbs 2,000 - 5,000 lbs
Exterior Length 197.7 - 198.8 in 195.5 in
Exterior Width 77.9 in 78.3 in
Leg Room Front 44.3 in
Rear 35.5 in
Front 41.7 in
Rear 40.4 in
Head Room Front 41.1 - 42.3 in
Rear 38.4 - 39.6 in
Front 39.4 in
Rear 37.8 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
Passengers in the backseat will be able to stretch out a lot more in the Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport than in the Nissan Pathfinder, due to its greater head- and legroom. The Nissan Pathfinder will be popular with taller drivers and passengers in the front seat, due to its greater front head- and legroom than the Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport.

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 Nissan Pathfinder will have less of an impact on your bank account than the Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport.

Dimensions
The Nissan Pathfinder is about the same width as the Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport. When looking at overall length, the Nissan Pathfinder takes up about the same amount of space in your garage as the Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport.

Performance
In terms of towing capacity, the Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport is clearly the choice over the Nissan Pathfinder for pulling heavy loads. In terms of horsepower, it's a virtual tie between the Nissan Pathfinder and the Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport.

Powertrain
With similar torque, the Nissan Pathfinder and the Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport are about even in transmitting their respective horsepower to the wheels.

Utility
The Nissan Pathfinder offers greater seating capacity than the Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport, making it a better choice for those who find themselves chauffeuring others around. You'll be able to fit about the same amount of groceries in the Nissan Pathfinder as you will in the Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport.