Childre Nissan Compares 2016 Nissan Pathfinder VS 2015 Lincoln MKT Near Macon, GA

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2016 Nissan Pathfinder

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2015 Lincoln MKT

Safety Comparison

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 Lincoln MKT doesn’t offer height-adjustable middle or rear seat belts.

When descending a steep, off-road slope, the Pathfinder 4WD’s standard Hill Descent Control allows you to creep down safely. The MKT 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 MKT only offers a rear monitor and front and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the sides.

Both the Pathfinder and the MKT 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, available all wheel drive, blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.

For its top level performance in all IIHS frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety rates the Pathfinder as a “Top Pick” for 2015. The MKT is not a “Top Pick” for 2015.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Pathfinder FWD gets better fuel mileage than the MKT FWD with its standard engine (20 city/27 hwy vs. 17 city/25 hwy).

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Nissan Pathfinder uses regular unleaded gasoline. The MKT with the 3.5 turbo V6 engine requires premium for maximum efficiency, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

The Pathfinder has almost a gallon more fuel capacity than the MKT (19.5 vs. 18.6 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Tires and Wheels Comparison

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 MKT doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Pathfinder SL 4x4 handles at .76 G’s, while the MKT AWD pulls only .75 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

For better maneuverability, the Pathfinder’s turning circle is 2.8 feet tighter than the MKT AWD’s (38.7 feet vs. 41.5 feet). The Pathfinder’s turning circle is 3.7 feet tighter than the MKT’s (38.7 feet vs. 42.4 feet).

Chassis Comparison

The Nissan Pathfinder may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 300 to 450 pounds less than the Lincoln MKT.

The Pathfinder is 10.4 inches shorter than the MKT, making the Pathfinder easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space Comparison

The Pathfinder has 15.5 cubic feet more passenger volume than the MKT (157.8 vs. 142.3).

The Pathfinder has 2.1 inches more front headroom, 1.1 inches more front hip room, 2.1 inches more front shoulder room, .4 inches more rear headroom, .2 inches more rear hip room, 2.3 inches more rear shoulder room, 4.3 inches more third row headroom, 1.4 inches more third row hip room and 8 inches more third row shoulder room than the MKT.

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

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Pathfinder’s cargo area provides more volume than the MKT.



Third Seat Folded


39.6 cubic feet

Third Seat Removed

42.4 cubic feet


Second Seat Folded

79.8 cubic feet

75.9 cubic feet

Ergonomics Comparison

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 MKT doesn’t offer a locking fuel door.

When the Pathfinder SL/Platinum is put in reverse, both rearview mirrors tilt from their original position. This gives the driver a better view of the curb during parallel parking maneuvers. Shifting out of reverse puts the mirrors into their original positions. The MKT’s mirrors don’t automatically adjust for backing.

Economic Advantages Comparison

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 45.28% to 49.01% of its original price after five years, while the MKT only retains 40.34% to 40.6%.

Intellichoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Nissan Pathfinder will be $4586 to $13458 less than for the Lincoln MKT.

Recommendations Comparison

The Nissan Pathfinder won three awards in Kiplinger’s 2015 car issue. The Lincoln MKT didn't win any award.

The Nissan Pathfinder outsold the Lincoln MKT by over 18 to one during the 2015 model year.

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