Childre Nissan Compares 2017 Nissan Pathfinder VS 2017 Dodge Journey Near Atlanta, GA

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2017 Nissan Pathfinder

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2017 Dodge Journey

Safety Comparison

The Pathfinder Platinum has standard Forward Emergency Braking, which use forward mounted sensors to warn the driver of a possible collision ahead. If the driver doesn’t react and the system determines a collision is imminent, it automatically applies the brakes at full-force in order to reduce the force of the crash or avoid it altogether. The Journey doesn't offer collision warning or crash mitigation brakes.

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

The Pathfinder SL/Platinum has a standard Around View® Monitor to allow the driver to see objects all around the vehicle on a screen. The Journey 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.

The Pathfinder (except S)’s optional blind spot warning system uses digital cameras monitored by computer to alert the driver to moving objects in the vehicle’s blind spots where the side view mirrors don’t reveal them. The Journey doesn’t offer a system to reveal objects in the driver’s blind spots.

To help make backing safer, the Pathfinder (except S)’s optional cross-path warning system uses wide-angle radar in the rear bumper to alert the driver to vehicles approaching from the side, helping the driver avoid collisions. The Journey doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

The Pathfinder (except S) offers optional NissanConnect, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to help track down your vehicle if it’s stolen or send emergency personnel to the scene if any airbags deploy. The Journey doesn’t offer a GPS response system, only a navigation computer with no live response for emergencies, so if you’re involved in an accident and you’re incapacitated help may not come as quickly.

Both the Pathfinder and the Journey 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, daytime running lights 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 Journey:

 

Pathfinder

Journey

 

Passenger

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

HIC

248

321

Chest Compression

.6 inches

.6 inches

Neck Injury Risk

33%

52%

Neck Stress

137 lbs.

164 lbs.

Neck Compression

44 lbs.

49 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

479/476 lbs.

631/373 lbs.

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

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 Journey:

 

Pathfinder

Journey

Overall Evaluation

GOOD

POOR

Restraints

GOOD

MARGINAL

Head Neck Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Head injury index

39

98

Peak Head Forces

0 G’s

0 G’s

Steering Column Movement Rearward

3 cm

12 cm

Chest Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Max Chest Compression

15 cm

24 cm

Hip & Thigh Evaluation

GOOD

MARGINAL

Femur Force R/L

2.3/.1 kN

6.3/2.9 kN

Hip & Thigh Injury Risk R/L

0%/0%

22%/0%

Lower Leg Evaluation

GOOD

MARGINAL

Tibia index R/L

.52/.37

.8/.83

Tibia forces R/L

.8/.1 kN

1/2 kN

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 Journey:

 

Pathfinder

Journey

 

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Chest Movement

.9 inches

1 inches

Abdominal Force

120 G’s

138 G’s

 

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

101

135

Hip Force

557 lbs.

973 lbs.

 

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Spine Acceleration

42 G’s

51 G’s

Hip Force

661 lbs.

953 lbs.

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

For its top level performance in all IIHS frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, and with its optional front crash prevention system, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Pathfinder the rating of “Top Pick” for 2017, a rating granted to only 107 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Journey was not even a “Top Pick” for 2016.

Warranty Comparison

The Pathfinder’s 5 year corrosion warranty has no mileage limitations, but the corrosion warranty on the Journey runs out after 60,000 miles.

Reliability Comparison

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 Dodge vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Nissan 10th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 16 more problems per 100 vehicles, Dodge is ranked 21st, below the industry average.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2016 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 27th in reliability. With 35 more problems per 100 vehicles, Dodge is ranked 32nd.

Engine Comparison

The Pathfinder’s 3.5 DOHC V6 produces 111 more horsepower (284 vs. 173) and 93 lbs.-ft. more torque (259 vs. 166) than the Journey’s standard 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl. The Pathfinder’s 3.5 DOHC V6 produces 1 more horsepower (284 vs. 283) than the Journey’s optional 3.6 DOHC V6.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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

 

 

Pathfinder

Journey

 

2WD

n/a

19 city/25 hwy

2.4 4 cyl./Auto

 

3.5 V6/CVT

20 city/27 hwy

17 city/25 hwy

3.6 V6/Auto

4WD

3.5 V6/CVT

19 city/26 hwy

16 city/24 hwy

3.6 V6/Auto

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

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

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Pathfinder has larger tires than the Journey (235/65R18 vs. 225/65R17).

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 Journey. The Pathfinder Platinum’s 20-inch wheels are larger than the 19-inch wheels on the Journey Crossroad/GT.

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 Journey doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Pathfinder has vehicle speed sensitive variable-assist power steering, for low-effort parking, better control at highway speeds and during hard cornering, and a better feel of the road. The Journey doesn’t offer variable-assist power steering.

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Pathfinder is 3.9 inches wider in the front and 3.4 inches wider in the rear than on the Journey.

Chassis Comparison

The design of the Nissan Pathfinder amounts to more than styling. The Pathfinder has an aerodynamic coefficient of drag of .326 Cd. That is significantly lower than the Journey (.368) and many sports cars. A more efficient exterior helps keep the interior quieter and helps the Pathfinder get better fuel mileage.

Passenger Space Comparison

The Pathfinder has 36.1 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Journey (157.8 vs. 121.7).

The Pathfinder has 1.4 inches more front headroom, 1.5 inches more front legroom, 3 inches more front hip room, 3.2 inches more front shoulder room, 5.6 inches more rear legroom, 1.7 inches more rear hip room, 3.5 inches more rear shoulder room, .1 inches more third row headroom, 7.3 inches more third row legroom, 2 inches more third row hip room and 13.6 inches more third row shoulder room than the Journey.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

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

 

Pathfinder

Journey

Behind Third Seat

16 cubic feet

10.7 cubic feet

Third Seat Removed

42.4 cubic feet

39.6 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

79.8 cubic feet

67.6 cubic feet

The Pathfinder’s cargo area is larger than the Journey’s in almost every dimension:

 

Pathfinder

Journey

Length to seat (3rd/2nd/1st)

19.2”/43.7”/78.9”

16”/41.5”/75”

Min Width

45.4”

41.4”

To make loading and unloading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the Pathfinder’s cargo door can be opened just by waving your foot, leaving your hands completely free. The Pathfinder also SL/Platinum has a standard power cargo door, which opens and closes automatically by pressing a button. The Journey doesn’t offer a power or hands-free opening cargo door.

Ergonomics Comparison

When two different drivers share the Pathfinder SL/Platinum, the memory system makes it convenient for both. Each setting activates different, customized memories for the driver’s seat position, steering wheel position (with optional power wheel adjuster) and outside mirror angle. The Journey doesn’t offer a memory system.

The Pathfinder SL/Platinum’s standard easy entry system glides the driver’s seat back when the door is unlocked or the ignition is switched off, making it easier for the driver to get in and out. The Journey doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

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 Journey can only raise the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

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

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 Journey’s mirrors don’t automatically adjust for backing.

Both the Pathfinder and the Journey 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 Journey.

Standard air-conditioned seats in the Pathfinder Platinum keep the driver and front passenger comfortable and take the sting out of hot seats in summer. The Journey doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats.

To keep a safe, consistent following distance, the Pathfinder Platinum has a standard Intelligent Cruise Control, which alters the speed of the vehicle without driver intervention. This allows the driver to use cruise control more safely without constantly having to disengage it when approaching slower traffic. The Journey doesn’t offer an adaptive cruise control.

Bluetooth wireless connectivity is standard on the Pathfinder, connecting the driver and passenger’s cell phones to the vehicle systems. This allows them to use the vehicle’s stereo and hand controls to place calls safely and easily. Bluetooth costs extra on the Journey.

Economic Advantages Comparison

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Pathfinder is less expensive to operate than the Journey because typical repairs cost much less on the Pathfinder than the Journey, including $808 less for an alternator, $43 less for front brake pads, $194 less for a fuel pump and $155 less for front struts.

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