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2017 Nissan Pathfinder vs 2017 Chevy Traverse

This is truly the age of the sport utility vehicle. With so many advances in engineering and innovation, you can drive an SUV that offers plenty in the way of power, capability, and even fuel efficiency with the development and rise of the crossover model, which blends the worlds of SUVs and cars together to make one delicious dish. Midsize crossovers are particularly useful if you need to carry a lot of cargo and people along for the ride, and if you are in the market for one of these models, you are in luck—they are quite plentiful now! With all these options, how do you know which one is right for you? Let's look at the 2017 Nissan Pathfinder vs the 2017 Chevy Traverse.

There is no question that each model is a quality example of what makes a midsize crossover SUV so appealing, but when you place the two side-by-side, the Pathfinder stands out in a few key areas.

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2017 Nissan Pathfinder vs 2017 Chevy Traverse
284 HP Horsepower 281 HP
20/27 City/Hwy MPG Fuel Economy 15/22 City/Hwy MPG
6,000 Pounds Base Maximum Towing Capacity 5,200 Pounds
Standard SiriusXM® Satellite Radio Available in Higher Trims

More horsepower and better fuel efficiency in the Pathfinder

You expect an SUV to pack a punch under the hood, and the 2017 Pathfinder delivers. It comes equipped with an engine capable of delivering 284 horsepower, which edges out the standard engine of the Traverse, which produces 281 horsepower. Being a more powerful vehicle, you might suspect that the Pathfinder does not have a better fuel economy as a result. That, however, is not the case, as the 2017 Pathfinder still gets an EPA-estimated 20 city and 27 highway miles per gallon. That significantly surpasses the 15 city and 22 highway miles per gallon from the Traverse.

Something else the Pathfinder can do better is tow more weight behind it. You may want to bring your boat up to the lake for a weekend of fishing, or perhaps check out a new campsite with your brand new trailer. That's easier to do with the Pathfinder.

The base model of the 2017 Nissan Pathfinder offers such features as NissanConnectRearView Monitor, and SiriusXM® Satellite Radio. Combine that with the power and towing capabilities, and you have a winning SUV with the Pathfinder.

blue 2017 Nissan Pathfinder exterior top front side
woman using foot activated liftgate on blue 2017 Nissan Pathfinder
2017 Nissan Pathfinder interior steering wheel and dashboard
2017 Nissan Pathfinder cup holders