Childre Nissan Compares 2018 Nissan Pathfinder VS 2018 BMW X5 Near Atlanta, GA

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2018 Nissan Pathfinder

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2018 BMW X5

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 BMW X5 doesn’t offer height-adjustable seat belts.

In the past twenty years hundreds of infants and young children have died after being left in vehicles, usually by accident. When turning the vehicle off, drivers of the Pathfinder are reminded to check the back seat if they opened the rear door before starting out. The X5 doesn’t offer a back seat reminder.

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 X5 doesn’t offer a cross-path warning system.

Both the Pathfinder and the X5 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available all-wheel drive, blind spot warning systems and around view monitors.

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 BMW X5:







5 Stars

5 Stars

Neck Stress

137 lbs.

155 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, results indicate that the Nissan Pathfinder is safer than the BMW X5:





Front Seat


5 Stars

5 Stars

Abdominal Force

120 G’s

143 G’s


Rear Seat


5 Stars

5 Stars

Spine Acceleration

41 G’s

42 G’s

Hip Force

557 lbs.

685 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 144 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The X5 has not been fully tested, yet.

Warranty Comparison

Nissan’s powertrain warranty covers the Pathfinder 1 year and 10,000 miles longer than BMW covers the X5. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 5 years or 60,000 miles. Coverage on the X5 ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

There are over 3 times as many Nissan dealers as there are BMW dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Pathfinder’s warranty.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Pathfinder gets better fuel mileage than the X5:







3.5 V6/Auto

20 city/27 hwy

18 city/25 hwy

3.0 V6/Auto


3.5 V6/Auto

19 city/26 hwy

18 city/24 hwy

3.0 V6/Auto

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Nissan Pathfinder uses regular unleaded gasoline. The X5 requires premium, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The Pathfinder stops much shorter than the X5:





70 to 0 MPH

170 feet

178 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

116 feet

129 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 X5 doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Pathfinder is 1.1 inches wider in the front and .9 inches wider in the rear than on the X5.

For better maneuverability, the Pathfinder’s turning circle is 3 feet tighter than the X5’s (38.7 feet vs. 41.7 feet).

Chassis Comparison

The Nissan Pathfinder may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 350 to 450 pounds less than the BMW X5.

The design of the Nissan Pathfinder amounts to more than styling. The Pathfinder has an aerodynamic coefficient of drag of .326 Cd. That is lower than the X5 (.32 to .34) 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 26.6 cubic feet more passenger volume than the X5 (157.8 vs. 131.2).

The Pathfinder has 2.4 inches more front headroom, 1.9 inches more front legroom, .2 inches more front shoulder room, 1.1 inches more rear headroom, 5.1 inches more rear legroom and 2.1 inches more rear shoulder room than the X5.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Pathfinder’s middle and third row seats recline. The X5’s third row seats don’t recline.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Pathfinder’s cargo area provides more volume than the X5.




Behind Third Seat

16 cubic feet

12 cubic feet

Third Seat Removed

47.8 cubic feet

35.8 cubic feet

Second Seat Folded

79.8 cubic feet

76.7 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 X5 doesn’t offer seats that fold into the floor.

The Pathfinder’s liftgate lifts up in one piece, completely out of the way of loading and unloading, while sheltering the cargo loading area. The X5’s tailgate’s top part raises up, but the bottom part lowers, getting in the way of loading and making an uneven surface for sliding cargo.

To make loading groceries and cargo easier when your hands are full, the Pathfinder’s liftgate can be opened just by waving your foot, leaving your hands completely free. The X5 doesn’t offer a hands-free gesture to open its tailgate, forcing you to put cargo down if your hands are full.

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 X5 doesn’t offer a remote starting system.

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 X5 doesn’t offer a house-current electrical outlet.

Economic Advantages Comparison

Insurance will cost less for the Pathfinder owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Pathfinder will cost $1220 to $3605 less than the X5 over a five-year period.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Pathfinder is less expensive to operate than the X5 because typical repairs cost much less on the Pathfinder than the X5, including $312 less for a water pump, $866 less for an alternator, $124 less for front brake pads, $162 less for a starter, $158 less for fuel injection, $10 less for a fuel pump, $373 less for front struts and $332 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 $19687 to $24041 less than for the BMW X5.

Recommendations Comparison

The Nissan Pathfinder outsold the BMW X5 by 60% during 2017.

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