Childre Nissan Compares 2017 Nissan Pathfinder VS 2017 Audi Q7 Near Warner Robins, GA

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2017 Nissan Pathfinder

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2017 Audi Q7

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 Audi Q7 doesn’t offer height-adjustable middle or rear seat belts.

Both the Pathfinder and the Q7 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, height adjustable front shoulder belts, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available all-wheel drive, crash mitigating brakes, blind spot warning systems, around view monitors and rear cross-path warning.

A significantly tougher test than their original offset frontal crash test, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety does 40 MPH small overlap frontal offset crash tests. In this test, where only 25% of the total width of the vehicle is struck, results indicate that the Nissan Pathfinder is safer than the Q7:

 

Pathfinder

Q7

Overall Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Restraints

GOOD

GOOD

Head Neck Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Head injury index

39

225

Peak Head Forces

0 G’s

0 G’s

Chest Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Max Chest Compression

15 cm

30 cm

Hip & Thigh Evaluation

GOOD

ACCEPTABLE

Femur Force R/L

2.3/.1 kN

5.5/.1 kN

Hip & Thigh Injury Risk R/L

0%/0%

4%/0%

Lower Leg Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Tibia index R/L

.52/.37

.57/.7

Tibia forces R/L

.8/.1 kN

4.2/.3 kN

Warranty Comparison

Nissan’s powertrain warranty covers the Pathfinder 1 year and 10,000 miles longer than Audi covers the Q7. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 5 years or 60,000 miles. Coverage on the Q7 ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

There are almost 4 times as many Nissan dealers as there are Audi dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Pathfinder’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

To reliably power the ignition and other systems and to recharge the battery, the Pathfinder has a 150-amp alternator. The Q7’s standard 120-amp alternator isn’t as powerful.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2016 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Nissan vehicles are better in initial quality than Audi vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Nissan 10th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 9 more problems per 100 vehicles, Audi is ranked 14th, below the industry average.

Engine Comparison

The Pathfinder’s 3.5 DOHC V6 produces 32 more horsepower (284 vs. 252) than the Q7 2.0T’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Nissan Pathfinder uses regular unleaded gasoline. The Q7 requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The Pathfinder stops shorter than the Q7:

 

Pathfinder

Q7

 

60 to 0 MPH

116 feet

121 feet

Motor Trend

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 Q7 doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.

The Pathfinder has a standard space-saver spare tire so you can replace a flat tire and drive to have the flat repaired or replaced. A spare tire isn’t available on the Q7; it requires you to depend on its run-flat tires, which limits mileage and speed before they are repaired. If a run-flat is damaged beyond repair by a road hazard your vehicle will have to be towed. Some models of the Q7 don’t even offer run-flats.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

For better maneuverability, the Pathfinder’s turning circle is 2 feet tighter than the Q7’s (38.7 feet vs. 40.7 feet).

Chassis Comparison

The Nissan Pathfinder may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 450 to 650 pounds less than the Audi Q7.

Passenger Space Comparison

The Pathfinder has 3.8 inches more front headroom, .6 inches more front legroom, 1.2 inches more front shoulder room, .6 inches more rear headroom, 2.9 inches more rear legroom, 1.9 inches more rear shoulder room, 1.9 inches more third row headroom, 1.5 inches more third row legroom and 7.7 inches more third row shoulder room than the Q7.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Pathfinder’s middle and third row seats recline. The Q7’s third row seats don’t recline.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Pathfinder’s cargo area provides more volume than the Q7.

 

Pathfinder

Q7

Behind Third Seat

16 cubic feet

14.8 cubic feet

Third Seat Folded

n/a

37.5 cubic feet

Third Seat Removed

42.4 cubic feet

n/a

Second Seat Folded

79.8 cubic feet

71.6 cubic feet

The Pathfinder has a standard third row seat which folds flat into the floor. This completely clears a very large cargo area quickly. The Q7 doesn’t offer seats that fold into the floor.

Ergonomics Comparison

The Pathfinder offers a remote vehicle starting system, so the vehicle can be started from inside the driver's house. This allows the driver to comfortably warm up the engine before going out to the vehicle. The climate system will also automatically heat or cool the interior. The Q7 doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

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 Q7 only has an intermittent setting, so in a hard rain visibility isn’t as good.

The Pathfinder SL/Platinum has a 115-volt a/c outlet on the center console, allowing you to recharge a laptop or run small household appliances without special adapters that can break or get misplaced. The Q7 doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

Economic Advantages Comparison

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Pathfinder is less expensive to operate than the Q7 because typical repairs cost much less on the Pathfinder than the Q7, including $454 less for an alternator, $96 less for front brake pads, $298 less for a starter, $187 less for fuel injection, $321 less for a fuel pump, $1549 less for front struts, $496 less for a timing belt/chain and $310 less for a power steering pump.

Recommendations Comparison

The Nissan Pathfinder outsold the Audi Q7 by almost three to one during the 2016 model year.

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