When it comes to SUVs, both the Nissan Pathfinder and Ford Explorer are popular choices. The 2023 Nissan Pathfinder has been redesigned with a sleeker and more modern look, while the Ford Explorer was redesigned in 2020 and is a bit larger than the Pathfinder.

One of the key factors that many buyers consider when choosing an SUV is towing capacity, and in this area, the Nissan Pathfinder comes out on top. It can tow up to 6,000 pounds, which is 400 pounds more than the Ford Explorer's maximum towing capacity of 5,600 pounds. This could be a significant difference for those who need to tow heavy loads.

In terms of engine power, the Ford Explorer just barely edges out the Nissan Pathfinder. The Explorer's engine has 300 horsepower, while the Pathfinder has 295 horsepower. However, the difference may not be noticeable to the average driver, as both vehicles have plenty of power for daily driving.

When it comes to fuel efficiency, the Nissan Pathfinder comes out on top again. It gets 21 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway, compared to the Ford Explorer's 18 mpg in the city and 24 mpg on the highway. The Nissan Pathfinder's better gas mileage may save buyers money in the long run, especially if they do a lot of highway driving.

In terms of interior space and features, both SUVs are comparable. The Nissan Pathfinder has a spacious cabin with plenty of legroom for both front and rear passengers, while the Ford Explorer has a bit more space for cargo. Both vehicles offer a variety of standard and available features, such as touchscreen infotainment systems, advanced safety features, and premium audio systems.

Overall, the Nissan Pathfinder and Ford Explorer are both excellent SUVs that offer plenty of features and capabilities. The Nissan Pathfinder's superior towing capacity and fuel efficiency may make it a better choice for those who need to tow heavy loads or do a lot of highway driving. On the other hand, the Ford Explorer's extra horsepower and slightly larger cargo space may be more appealing to some buyers. Ultimately, the choice between the two will come down to personal preferences and needs.

Fuel Economy (City/Hwy MPG)** 21/27 18/24
Front Headroom** 42.3" 40.7"
Front Legroom** 44.3" 43"
Cargo Size 79.8 maximum cu ft 87.8 maximum cu ft
Max Seats Available 8* 7
**All comparisons are based on information on Nissan and Ford manufacturers’ websites for 2023 Nissan Pathfinder and 2023 Ford Explorer. 2023 Nissan Pathfinder has the capability to seat 8, depending on options selected.

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