Childre Nissan Compares 2013 Nissan Pathfinder VS 2013 Chevrolet Traverse Near Macon, GA

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2013 Nissan Pathfinder

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2013 Chevrolet Traverse

Safety Comparison

The Pathfinder Platinum has a standard Around View ® Monitor to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The Traverse only offers a rear monitor and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the front or sides.

Both the Pathfinder and the Traverse have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front wheel drive, height adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding and available all wheel drive.

Warranty Comparison

The Pathfinder’s corrosion warranty is unlimited miles longer than the Traverse’s (unlimited vs. 100,000 miles).

Engine Comparison

As tested in Motor Trend the Nissan Pathfinder is faster than the Traverse LTZ:



Zero to 60 MPH

7.6 sec

7.7 sec

Quarter Mile

15.9 sec

16 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

90.1 MPH

86.9 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Pathfinder gets better fuel mileage than the Traverse:





20 city/26 hwy

17 city/24 hwy



19 city/25 hwy

16 city/23 hwy

Tires and Wheels Comparison

The Pathfinder’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 65 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Traverse LS’ standard 70 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Pathfinder has standard 18-inch wheels. Smaller 17-inch wheels are standard on the Traverse LS.

The Pathfinder has a standard easy tire fill system. When inflating the tires, the vehicle’s integrated tire pressure sensors keep track of the pressure as the tires fill and tell the driver when the tires are inflated to the proper pressure. The Traverse doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Pathfinder has standard front and rear stabilizer bars, which help keep the Pathfinder flat and controlled during cornering. The Traverse’s suspension doesn’t offer a rear stabilizer bar.

For better maneuverability, the Pathfinder’s turning circle is 1.7 feet tighter than the Traverse’s (38.7 feet vs. 40.4 feet).

Chassis Comparison

The Nissan Pathfinder may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 350 to 500 pounds less than the Chevrolet Traverse.

The Pathfinder is 6.5 inches shorter than the Traverse, making the Pathfinder easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space Comparison

The Pathfinder has 7 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Traverse (157.8 vs. 150.8).

The Pathfinder has 1.8 inches more front headroom, 1 inch more front legroom and 4.9 inches more rear legroom than the Traverse.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Pathfinder’s middle and third row seats recline. The Traverse’s third row seats don’t recline.

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