Childre Nissan Compares 2014 Nissan Pathfinder VS 2014 Dodge Durango Near Atlanta, GA

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2014 Nissan Pathfinder

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2014 Dodge Durango

Safety Comparison

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For enhanced safety, the front, middle and rear seat shoulder belts of the Nissan Pathfinder are height-adjustable to accommodate a wide variety of driver and passenger heights. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages passengers to buckle up. The Dodge Durango doesn’t offer height-adjustable middle or rear seat belts.

The Pathfinder Platinum has a standard Around View ® Monitor to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The Durango 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 Durango have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, 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.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Nissan Pathfinder is safer than the Dodge Durango:

Pathfinder

Durango

Driver

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

Neck Compression

17 lbs.

18 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

647/657 lbs.

837/556 lbs.

Passenger

STARS

3 Stars

3 Stars

Chest Compression

.7 inches

.9 inches

Neck Injury Risk

40%

49%

Neck Compression

174 lbs.

186 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

264/572 lbs.

684/599 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does side impact tests on new vehicles. In this test, which crashes the vehicle into a flat barrier at 38.5 MPH and into a post at 20 MPH, results indicate that the Nissan Pathfinder is safer than the Dodge Durango:

Pathfinder

Durango

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Chest Movement

.8 inches

1 inches

Abdominal Force

132 G’s

185 G’s

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

109

120

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Spine Acceleration

31 G’s

39 G’s

Hip Force

641 lbs.

666 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

Warranty Comparison

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The Pathfinder’s 5 year corrosion warranty has no mileage limitations, but the corrosion warranty on the Durango runs out after 100,000 miles.

Reliability Comparison

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For smoother operation, better efficiency and fewer moving parts, the engines in the Pathfinder have an overhead cam design, rather than the old pushrod design of the 5.7 V8 in the Durango.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2013 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Nissan vehicles are more reliable than Dodge vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Nissan 19th in reliability. With 53 more problems per 100 vehicles, Dodge is ranked 31st.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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

Pathfinder

Durango

2WD

2.5 supercharged 4 cyl./CVT

25 city/28 hwy

18 city/25 hwy

3.6 V6 (290 HP)/Auto

AWD

2.5 supercharged 4 cyl./CVT

25 city/27 hwy

17 city/24 hwy

3.6 V6 (290 HP)/Auto

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

Pathfinder

Durango

2WD

3.5 V6/CVT

20 city/26 hwy

18 city/25 hwy

3.6 V6 (290 HP)/Auto

4WD

3.5 V6/CVT

19 city/25 hwy

17 city/24 hwy

3.6 V6 (290 HP)/Auto

Regenerative brakes improve the Pathfinder Hybrid’s fuel efficiency by converting inertia back into energy instead of wasting it. The Durango doesn’t offer a regenerative braking system.

In heavy traffic or at stoplights the Pathfinder Hybrid’s engine automatically turns off when the vehicle is stopped, saving fuel and reducing pollution. The engine is automatically restarted when the driver gets ready to move again. (Start/Stop isn’t accounted in present EPA fuel mileage tests.) The Durango doesn’t offer an automatic engine start/stop system.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

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The Pathfinder’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs standard on the Durango are solid, not vented.

The Pathfinder stops much shorter than the Durango:

Pathfinder

Durango

60 to 0 MPH

124 feet

142 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels Comparison

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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 Durango doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

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

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Pathfinder is 1.8 inches wider in the front and 1.6 inches wider in the rear than on the Durango.

The Pathfinder Platinum 4x4 handles at .75 G’s, while the Durango Limited 4x4 pulls only .74 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

Chassis Comparison

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The Nissan Pathfinder may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 600 to 800 pounds less than the Dodge Durango.

The Pathfinder is 4 inches shorter than the Durango, making the Pathfinder easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space Comparison

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The Pathfinder has 16.9 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Durango (157.8 vs. 140.9).

The Pathfinder has 2.3 inches more front headroom, 2 inches more front legroom, 2.2 inches more front shoulder room, 3.1 inches more rear legroom, .1 inches more rear hip room, 2.1 inches more rear shoulder room and 6.7 inches more third row shoulder room than the Durango.

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

The front step up height for the Pathfinder is 1.6 inches lower than the Durango (18.9” vs. 20.5”). The Pathfinder’s rear step up height is 1.1 inches lower than the Durango’s (19.5” vs. 20.6”).

Cargo Capacity Comparison

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The Pathfinder has a standard third row seat which folds flat into the floor. This completely clears a very large cargo area quickly. The Durango doesn’t offer seats that fold into the floor.

Ergonomics Comparison

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If the front windows are left down on the Pathfinder the driver can raise them using the key in the outside lock cylinder. On a hot day the driver can lower the windows from outside the vehicle using the key in the outside lock cylinder or the keyless remote. The driver of the Durango can only raise the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

The Intelligent Key standard on the Pathfinder SV/SL/Platinum allows you to unlock the driver’s door, cargo door and start the engine all without removing a key from pocket or purse. This eliminates searching for keys before loading groceries, getting in the vehicle in bad weather or making a hurried start to your trip. The Dodge Durango doesn’t offer an advanced key system.

Economic Advantages Comparison

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Insurance will cost less for the Pathfinder owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Pathfinder will cost $845 to $2225 less than the Durango over a five-year period.

The Pathfinder will cost the buyer less in the long run because of its superior resale value. The Intellichoice estimates that the Pathfinder will retain 40.19% to 47.04% of its original price after five years, while the Durango only retains 30.59% to 37.11%.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Pathfinder is less expensive to operate than the Durango because it costs $231 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost less on the Pathfinder than the Durango, including $33 less for an alternator, $138 less for a fuel pump and $34 less for a timing belt/chain.

Intellichoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Nissan Pathfinder will be $5337 to $8666 less than for the Dodge Durango.

Recommendations Comparison

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The Nissan Pathfinder outsold the Dodge Durango by 55% during the 2013 model year.

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