Childre Nissan Compares 2015 Nissan Pathfinder VS 2015 Chevrolet Traverse Near Dublin, GA

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2015 Nissan Pathfinder

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2015 Chevrolet Traverse

Safety Comparison

When descending a steep, off-road slope, the Pathfinder 4WD’s standard Hill Descent Control allows you to creep down safely. The Traverse doesn’t offer Hill Descent Control.

The Pathfinder (except S/SV) offers an optional 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.

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 Chevrolet Traverse:

Pathfinder

Traverse

Passenger

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

248

277

Neck Injury Risk

33%

34%

Neck Stress

137 lbs.

188 lbs.

Neck Compression

44 lbs.

51 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 Chevrolet Traverse:

Pathfinder

Traverse

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Abdominal Force

120 G’s

129 G’s

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

101

110

Hip Force

557 lbs.

704 lbs.

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Hip Force

661 lbs.

677 lbs.

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

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 Car and Driver the Nissan Pathfinder is faster than the Traverse LS/LT:

Pathfinder

Traverse

Zero to 60 MPH

7.2 sec

7.6 sec

Zero to 100 MPH

18.6 sec

20.6 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

7.7 sec

8.2 sec

Quarter Mile

15.6 sec

15.9 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

92 MPH

88 MPH

Top Speed

121 MPH

113 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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

Pathfinder

Traverse

2WD

Auto

20 city/27 hwy

17 city/24 hwy

4WD

Auto

19 city/26 hwy

16 city/23 hwy

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The Pathfinder stops much shorter than the Traverse:

Pathfinder

Traverse

70 to 0 MPH

170 feet

194 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

116 feet

124 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

145 feet

161 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels Comparison

The Pathfinder S/SV/SL’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 S/SV/SL 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 200 to 400 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.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

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

Ergonomics Comparison

The Pathfinder SV/SL/Platinum’s front power windows both open or close with one touch of the switches. The Traverse LTZ’s front passenger window doesn’t close automatically.

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 Traverse can only operate 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 Chevrolet Traverse doesn’t offer an advanced key system.

The Pathfinder has a standard locking fuel door with a remote release located convenient to the driver. A locking fuel door helps prevent vandalism, such as sugar in the tank and fuel theft. The Traverse doesn’t offer a locking fuel door.

The Pathfinder SV/SL/Platinum’s standard wipers speed up when the vehicle does, so that the driver doesn’t have to continually adjust the speed of the wipers. The Traverse’s manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

To improve rear visibility by keeping the rear window clear, the Pathfinder has a standard rear fixed intermittent wiper with a full on position. The rear wiper standard on the Traverse only has an intermittent setting, so in a hard rain visibility isn’t as good.

Both the Pathfinder and the Traverse offer available heated front seats. The Pathfinder SL/Platinum also has standard heated second row seats to keep those passengers extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated second row seats aren’t available in the Traverse.

The Pathfinder has a standard dual zone air conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. Dual zone air conditioning costs extra on the Traverse and isn’t available on the Traverse LS.

The Pathfinder’s standard automatic temperature control maintains the temperature you set, automatically controlling fan speed, vents and temperature to maintain a consistent, comfortable environment. The Traverse LS doesn’t offer automatic air conditioning.

Economic Advantages Comparison

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Pathfinder is less expensive to operate than the Traverse because typical repairs cost much less on the Pathfinder than the Traverse, including $102 less for a water pump, $147 less for an alternator, $120 less for front brake pads, $21 less for a fuel pump, $26 less for front struts, $435 less for a timing belt/chain and $741 less for a power steering pump.

Intellichoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Nissan Pathfinder will be $2939 to $3215 less than for the Chevrolet Traverse.

Recommendations Comparison

The Nissan Pathfinder won two awards in Kiplinger’s 2014 car issue. The Chevrolet Traverse didn't win any award.

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