When competition is as close as the rivalry between the 2013 Nissan Pathfinder vs 2013 Ford Explorer, it really comes down to which vehicle offers the most value. The 2013 Nissan Pathfinder is outfitted with the 3.5-liter V6 engine that tops out at 260 horsepower. Its 240 lb-ft of potential torque is used to deliver a best-in-class towing capacity of up to 5,000 pounds. All of this power and the Pathfinder still manages to achieve 26 mpg hwy, a 30 percent increase from its preceding model. Although the Explorer has 2 mpg on the Pathfinder, the Nissan SUV has so many best-in-class features and class-exclusive amenities it seems to make up for it.

With a best-in-class fuel economy of 28 mpg hwy, it’s not surprising that the 2013 Ford Explorer piques the interest of SUV drivers across the industry. Its 80.7 cubic feet of storage space keeps passengers and their cargo comfortable in three rows of seating. With 4WD capabilities and the available Terrain Management System, the Explorer handles a variety of driving conditions and environments effortlessly. However, it’s hard to go up against a vehicle like the Pathfinder, which offers best-in-class passenger volume and gives drivers the choice of 2WD, 4WD, and Auto driving modes with its class-exclusive All-Mode Dial.

The 2013 Nissan Pathfinder is so full of class exclusives and best-in-class details it’s hard to believe there are any vehicles left in its class. Drivers turn to SUVs for their functionality and capability, and the Pathfinder certainly delivers in every aspect. Its best-in-class towing capacity and class-exclusive All-Mode driving adjustments are the tip of the iceberg. The class-exclusive EZ Flex Seating System allows the second-row seat to move seamlessly to give ample access to the third-row, which also reclines making the Pathfinder the only SUV in its class with that convenience feature. Best-in-class passenger volume and cargo room up to 79.8 cubic feet make the Pathfinder one of the most comfortable and versatile SUVs to date.

 

Also exclusive to the Pathfinder are the heated and cooled leather-appointed seats. On those dehydrating days in San Antonio that require a cool-down, the Pathfinder can cure perspiration with cooling seats. Another class-exclusive detail is the available Around View Monitor (AVM). In order to make quick maneuvers and challenging park jobs, the Pathfinder uses the monitor to take a composite image of the vehicle and display it on the touchscreen monitor. Drivers will be able to assess their position on the road in order to make safe, clean turns and movements.

Equipped with over 50 standard safety features, the Pathfinder puts its innovation to the test by keeping its passengers safe under any circumstance. Protection from vehicle impact or hazardous driving conditions comes standard, and six standard airbags give everyone peace of mind in the event of an emergency. The vehicle also keeps drivers updated on its status with features like the class-exclusive Easy-Fill Tire Alert. When filling up the tires the Pathfinder alerts the driver when it’s at the appropriate pressure, so there will never be any doubt that tire pressure is correct.

The 2013 Ford Explorer is a capable and performance-savvy vehicle in its own right, but there really is no competition when the 2013 Nissan Pathfinder takes to the road. Designed to make the lives of its drivers easier and more functional, the Pathfinder is clearly a leader in innovative technology and performance. At a more reasonable price, the Pathfinder is the clear winner when it comes to value.