2020 NISSAN PATHFINDER VS. 2020 FORD EXPLORER

KEY PATHFINDER ADVANTAGES

  • LATCH AND GLIDE®1 technology – Pathfinder’s seating design allows the passenger-side 2nd-row seat to move forward without having to remove an installed child restraint seat. Explorer does not offer this feature.
  • Easy-Fill Tire Alert2 – With Pathfinder’s standard Easy-Fill Tire Alert, the hazard lights flash during tire inflation. When the correct pressure is reached, the horn sounds. Explorer does not offer such a feature.
  • Available Intelligent Around View® Monitor3 (I-AVM) (vs. no Moving Object Detection system) – Pathfinder’s Intelligent Around View Monitor provides visual and audible warnings if a moving object is detected within the monitor image of the multi-view camera display. Explorer’s multi-view camera system does not offer moving object detection.
  • More 2nd-row leg room4 – Pathfinder offers 2.7 inches more leg room in the 2nd row than Explorer (41.7 in. vs. 39.0).
  • Higher maximum towing capacity5– Pathfinder’s maximum towing capacity when properly equipped is 6000 lbs. Explorer’s is 5000–5600 lbs.

Additional Advantages

  • Available reverse tilt-down outside mirrors
  • Available climate-controlled (heated and cooled) front seats (vs. heated and ventilated)
  • Reclining 3rd-row seatbacks6
  • Rear Door Alert7
  • Standard SiriusXM® Travel Link8 (vs. available)
  • Standard customizable vehicle information display (vs. available)
  • More front-row head room4
  • More 3rd-row shoulder and hip room4
  • Higher EPA estimated fuel economy9 (vs. V6 4WD)

2020 FORD EXPLORER OVERVIEW

Explorer is a 3-row SUV built on a unibody platform and is offered in four trim levels: XLT, Limited, ST, and Platinum. Powertrain choices are:

  • EcoBoost® turbocharged 2.3-liter DOHC 4-cyl.
    • 300 horsepower
    • Rear-wheel or Intelligent 4-wheel drive
    • 10-speed automatic transmission
  • EcoBoost® twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter DOHC V6
    • 365 hp (ST trim produces 400 hp)
    • Intelligent 4-wheel drive
    • 10-speed automatic transmission
  • Electric hybrid motor paired to normally aspirated 3.3-liter DOHC V6
    • 318 horsepower
    • Intelligent 4-wheel drive
    • 10-speed automatic transmission

The hybrid engine is available only as an option on the Limited trim. The performance-minded ST trim is tuned to produce 400 horsepower and 415 lb-ft of torque. Intelligent 4WD comes with Hill Descent Control and Terrain Management System.

Like Pathfinder, Explorer offers a blend of on-road comfort and SUV versatility, and it can be equipped with a range of advanced comfort and convenience, and driver-assist features. And the new ST trim offers an impressive performance option not often seen in the segment. Pathfinder offers unique modern styling and sophisticated comfort and convenience features.

WHAT’S NEW FOR 2020 FORD EXPLORER

Explorer is all-new for 2020 with the following notable features:

  • Revised exterior and interior styling
  • Four available trim levels:
    • XLT
    • Limited
    • ST
    • Platinum
  • 3.0 twin-turbocharged EcoBoost® V6 engine replaces 3.5-liter EcoBoost® V6
  • New Hybrid model with 3.3-liter V6 engine (option on Limited trim only)
  • New ST trim capable of 400 horsepower and 415 lb-ft of torque
  • Standard 10-speed automatic transmission with rotary shifter
  • Rear-wheel drive replaces front-wheel drive
  • Standard electric parking brake with brake hold function
  • Standard active grille shutter (except ST)
  • Standard LED low- and high-beam headlights
  • Standard power liftgate
  • Available Multicontour front seats with Active Motion®
  • Available 2nd-row captain’s chairs
  • Standard tri-zone climate control
  • Standard driver and front-passenger supplemental knee air bags
  • Standard Ford Co-Pilot360™
    • Auto high beam headlights
    • Blind Spot Information System
    • Lane Keeping Alert and Lane Keeping Assist
    • Automatic Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection
    • Rear Cross Traffic Alert
  • Available Ford Co-Pilot360™ Assist+
    • Intelligent Cruise Control with Stop and Go
    • Lane Centering
    • Traffic Sign Recognition
    • Evasive Steering Assist
    • Navigation System
  • Available Active Park Assist
  • Available factory-installed rear entertainment system

TRIM LEVEL MATCHUPS

Pathfinder Explorer
S
SV XLT
SL
SL with Rock Creek Edition Premium Package Limited
ST
Platinum Platinum
Limited Hybrid
 Source: All vehicle information is based on respective manufacturers’ websites. Information accurate at time of publication.
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1 Do not perform slide forward function with the Child Restraint System occupied.
2 Vehicle must be on for the Easy-Fill Tire Alert to operate.
3 Intelligent Around View Monitor cannot eliminate blind spots and may not detect every object. Driver should always turn and check surroundings before driving. See Owner’s Manual for safety information.
4 Final specifications subject to change prior to start of sale.
5 Towing capability varies by configuration. See Nissan Towing Guide and Owner’s Manual for additional information.
6 Do not ride in a moving vehicle when the seatback is reclined. For the most effective protection, the seat should be upright. See Owner’s Manual for safety information.
7 Does not detect people or cargo. Always check rear seat before exiting.
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9 2020 EPA Fuel Economy Estimates for Pathfinder: 20 city MPG/27 hwy MPG/23 combined MPG for 2WD; 19 city MPG/26 hwy MPG/22 combined MPG for 4WD S, SV, and SL trims; 19 city MPG/26 hwy MPG/21 combined MPG for 4WD Platinum trim. Actual mileage may vary with driving conditions. Use for comparison only.