No matter what you're trying to accomplish on the roads of Doylestown, Philadelphia, and Warminster, you've got to be fully stocked with the industry's most advanced technologies.

With either the 2018 Nissan Pathfinder or the 2018 Ford Explorer, you'll be armed with plenty of technology, safety amenities, and handling capabilities. When it comes to truly dominating the highway, only one of these SUVs will get the job done right.

Let's find out which of these family transporters will make easy work of your next road trip by diving into this Nissan Pathfinder vs. Ford Explorer vehicle comparison created by the team at Fred Beans Nissan. Before long, you'll know which automobile is perfect for your next adventure. Contact us with any questions or comments while reading.


2018 Nissan Pathfinder

2018 Ford Explorer

Infotainment Display

8-inch display

4.2-inch display

Active Safety Features


Only in upper trim levels

Terrain Management System

Straightforward options

More confusing

Fuel Economy

EPA-estimated 20 MPG city/ EPA-estimated 27 MPG highway (1)

EPA-estimated 17 MPG city/ EPA-estimated 24 MPG highway

Maximum Towing Capacity

6,000 pounds

5,000 pounds


Technology and Intelligence

 When the road starts to get crowded, you've got to make sure you're equipped with a responsive infotainment menu to avoid moving your eyes from what's ahead. That's why the 2018 Pathfinder offers up the standard 8-inch NissanConnect℠ display with access to voice recognition, Bluetooth®, optional navigation, and so much more.

On the other hand, the 2018 Ford Explorer features a 4.2-inch screen, which may prove to be a bit more difficult to select from while staying focused on the road.

Without the available Intelligent Around View® presented by the Nissan Pathfinder, maneuvering the Ford Explorer into a tight parking spot could be a bit more challenging.

Pathfinder vs Explorer: Safety

Your family's safety shouldn't be a second thought. To ensure that you and your loved ones remain protected on the road, the Nissan SUV supports you with a selection of intelligent driver assistance amenities.

For example, Autonomous Emergency Braking comes standard in this SUV and emits audible alerts when it senses that you're approaching the vehicle in front of you too quickly. If corrective actions aren't taken, this gadget can autonomously engage the braking system to help you avoid an accident.

Also included in this collection are tools like optional Intelligent Cruise Control, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, and Blind Spot Warning.

While the 2018 Ford Explorer also offers a few active safety features, none of them are contained in the base model. That means that you'll likely have to pay more for the same amenities that are standard inside the Nissan Pathfinder.

Terrain Handling and Performance

During your next journey, you should feel confident knowing that your SUV can handle any landscape thrown its way.

Inside the luxurious cabin of the Nissan, you'll have access to the Intelligent 4x4 all-wheel drive (4WD) system with selectable modes, such as 2WD, Auto, or 4WD Lock. That way, your SUV will immediately adjust to any type of road or weather condition.

Alternatively, the 2018 Ford Explorer does present a few terrain management options, but without the straightforward options and rugged handling found with the setup in its Nissan counterpart, this system may be more confusing to operate.

The Verdict

While you're cruising along the roads of Doylestown, Philadelphia, and Warminster, your vehicle should pull out all the stops to help you tackle every curveball. With the 2018 Nissan Pathfinder as your comrade, you'll soar along the path to your destination without a hitch.

Don't hesitate to take advantage of all the perks of this impressive SUV. Instead, stop by the showroom at Fred Beans Nissan, or schedule your test drive today!


  1. Actual mileage may vary with driving conditions - use for comparison only.



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