When you're seeking an SUV to get you and your family around the St. Charles, St. Louis, O'Fallon, and Saint Peters, Missouri, areas, you may want to consider the Nissan Pathfinder or the Ford Explorer. Both full-size SUVs offer a great deal to their drivers and passengers, but how do you know which vehicle is right for you?

In this article, we at St. Charles Nissan are going to give you a closer look at the 2022 Nissan Pathfinder vs. Ford Explorer by comparing them. We'll showcase their similarities and differences in terms of performance and efficiency, interior space and comfort, and entertainment and technology.

Through this vehicle comparison, deciding on the right SUV will be much easier. Read on for more information!


2022 Nissan Pathfinder vs Ford Explorer: Performance and Efficiency

Power under the hood cannot be underestimated when it comes to finding the right ride for you. When you look at the 2022 Nissan Pathfinder vs. the Ford Explorer, it depends on what you're looking for. What kind of strength do you lean toward?

The Nissan Pathfinder offers a robust 3.5-liter Direct Injection Gasoline™ V6 engine. Direct injection specifically enhances your driving experience because it improves efficiency as well as your fuel economy. You'll find that reflected in the Pathfinder's EPA-estimated 21 city/26 highway/23 combined MPG rating.*

This engine generates a powerful 284 horsepower and 259 lb-ft of torque. Paired with a 9-speed automatic transmission with Manual Mode, you'll be ready to explore the roads at length.

In contrast, the Explorer has a smaller 2.3L EcoBoost® 4-cylinder engine, which does provide 300 horsepower and 310 lb-ft of torque. That being said, the Pathfinder carries more fuel with an 18.5-gallon fuel tank compared to the Ford's 17.9 gallons.


Interior Space and Comfort

Hop behind the wheel of either the 2022 Nissan Pathfinder or the Ford Explorer. What do you see? The Pathfinder is equipped to carry eight passengers while the Explorer can only carry a maximum of seven. This puts the Pathfinder a little bit ahead of the latter, thanks to its capacity to welcome more riders. Each of these rides boast three rows of seating, which means extra space for family and furry friends…but there's more!

You'll have a plush cloth seat trim as well as a 6-way manual driver's seat with lumbar support in the Pathfinder. You'll also have the opportunity to opt for available climate-controlled front seats (heated and cooled), a heated and leather-wrapped steering wheel, and more.

Let's talk about what measurements have to do with comfort. When it comes to spaciousness within the cabin, the Nissan Pathfinder comes with a maximum front headroom of 42.3 inches, which overtakes the Explorer's 40.7 inches of front headroom. You'll also get more legroom in the Pathfinder with 44.3 inches compared to the Explorer's 43 inches.

If you're looking for enhanced comfort, the Nissan has what you're looking for.


Exterior Dimensions

We've already mentioned how measurements play a role in the comfort level inside your set of wheels. There's even more to talk about when it comes to the exterior. How do those numbers compare in the 2022 Nissan Pathfinder vs. Ford Explorer? Let's take a look.

Dimensions can change the way your drive experience feels. When you get behind the wheel to cruise in the Nissan Pathfinder, you'll find:

  • Wheelbase: 114.2 inches  
  • Length: 197.7 inches
  • Height: 70.9 inches
  • Width: 77.9 inches

Are you big on adventure? Good thing then! Exploration will be at its peak with the Pathfinder's track width of 66.9 inches and a ground clearance of 7 inches. In the Explorer, however, the exterior will look like:

  • Wheelbase: 119.1 inches
  • Length: 198.8 inches
  • Height: 69.9 inches
  • Width: 89.3 inches
  • Front Track: 66.9 inches

While the Explorer is slightly larger, it really comes down to your needs as a driver. Consider it for a moment: what are you specifically looking for?

The Pathfinder is more compact while providing greater space within the actual cabin for the driver's comfort, which in turn also allows you to navigate tight roads easily. Parallel parking is made easier in smaller vehicles, and you'll have all the opportunity in the world to explore them in your new set of wheels.


Entertainment and Technology

Stepping inside both the Nissan Pathfinder and the Ford Explorer are made more fun when you notice the infotainment systems at your fingertips. You'll find these rides equipped with a 6-speaker sound system to deliver audio entertainment from the radio as well as the CD player. That means listening to your favorite tunes in great quality sound.

Both of these vehicles feature an infotainment system for ease of accessing your media selections. For example, the Nissan Pathfinder offers a standard NissanConnect® 8-inch color touch-screen display. You'll also be able to enjoy an Advanced Drive-Assist® Display, voice recognition, and more.

The Nissan Pathfinder offers more amenities than the Ford Explorer. You can utilize Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ integration, so your podcasts will be handy for you to listen to as well.

You'll also be able to access a Bluetooth® Hands-free Phone System, which can be used for making hands-free phone calls and music streaming. There is even an available SiriusXM® Traffic and Travel Link with a 3-month trial subscription.


Learn More about the 2022 Nissan Pathfinder

In this article, drivers like you from the St. Charles, St. Louis, O'Fallon, and Saint Peters, MO, areas learned all about the 2022 Nissan Pathfinder vs. Ford Explorer. Now that we've read it over together, we've found that the Nissan Pathfinder offers more in each of the above categories. If you're looking for your next set of wheels, the Pathfinder might be the right one for you.

Of course, you could always learn a little more by getting behind the wheel of one. Schedule your test drive with us at St. Charles Nissan today!

* 2022 EPA Fuel Economy Estimates. 21 City MPG / 26 Highway MPG / 23 Combined MPG for Pathfinder® S, SV, SL, Platinum 2WD. 21 City MPG / 27 Highway MPG / 23 Combined MPG for Pathfinder S, SV, SL 4WD. 20 City MPG / 25 Highway MPG / 22 Combined MPG for Pathfinder Platinum 4WD. Actual mileage may vary with driving conditions. Use for comparison only.

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