When it comes to the 2021 Ford Explorer and the Nissan Pathfinder, everything from their names to their capabilities are extremely similar. With all they have in common, how can you decide which SUV is best for your commuting needs around Missoula, Kalispell, Coeur d'Alene, and Helena?

Well, our Lithia Ford of Missoula team decided to take a closer look at the specs and features of the Ford Explorer vs. Nissan Pathfinder to see what these two models offer in terms of cabin space, performance, and safety. The results? Keep on reading to find out for yourself!

Pathfinder vs Explorer: Passenger Space

Both SUVs offer seating for seven and over 152 cubic feet of passenger volume inside their respective cabins. That means they are equally comfortable for you and your passengers, right?

Not quite. When sitting inside the 2021 Ford Explorer, you'll notice the nearly extra inch of legroom it provides when sitting behind the wheel. Second-row passengers will also have more room in the Explorer since it provides two extra inches of headroom.

While both rides also provide a third row of seating. The Pathfinder's back seats have 36.5 inches of headroom and 19.8 cubic feet of legroom. Meanwhile, the third row of the Ford Explorer supplies passengers with 38.9 inches of headroom and 32.2 inches of legroom for a much more spacious and comfortable ride.

A Look Under the Hood of the Explorer vs Pathfinder 

Within the Nissan Pathfinder, you will find a powerful 3.5L V6 engine. Generating 284 horsepower and 259 lb-ft of torque, this engine helps keep this SUV steadily moving forward. However, this is the only powertrain option in the Pathfinder, so you are stuck with a single maximum output.

With the Explorer, though, there are three different engine choices. Therefore, it is capable of providing up to 400 horsepower and 415 lb-ft of torque for a sportier and more exciting driving experience with its available 3.0L twin-turbocharged EcoBoost® V6 engine.

Looking to get the most gas mileage in your new SUV instead? Then turn to the available hybrid powertrain in the 2021 Explorer, which gets an EPA-estimated 27 city/28 highway MPG. Again, since the Nissan Pathfinder only has its V6 engine, at most it gets an EPA-estimated 20 city/27 highway MPG.

More Confidence While Driving

With either SUV, you will also gain a vehicle that's ready to help make sure you'll safely reach your destination each time you head out on the roads. That is thanks to the various driver-assistive features found in these two models.

Since the 2021 Explorer comes standard with Co-Pilot360™, you'll enjoy even more of these safety systems without having to upgrade trim levels. This includes the Blind Spot Information System with Cross-Traffic Alert. This feature can help when you want to change lanes or are just backing up your Explorer since it can alert you of any cars approaching from your side or behind you.

There are even some advanced safety systems you can only get with the Ford Explorer. That includes its Active Park Assist 2.0. With this, you can easily parallel park your SUV. All you have to do is hold down a button while the Explorer navigates its way into the open space.

Choosing Between the Ford Explorer vs Nissan Pathfinder

Whether you are commuting in downtown Missoula, cruising around Helena, or taking a trip out to Kalispell or Coeur d'Alene, the Ford Explorer is a well-rounded SUV built to excel wherever you are headed.  

See exactly what it is like sitting behind the wheel of the 2021 Ford Explorer here at Lithia Ford of Missoula! Contact us now to schedule a test drive.

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