Childre Nissan Compares 2018 Nissan Pathfinder VS 2018 Dodge Grand Near Atlanta, GA

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2018 Nissan Pathfinder

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2018 Dodge Grand

Safety Comparison

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 Grand Caravan doesn’t offer a back seat reminder.

The Pathfinder has standard Automatic 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 Grand Caravan doesn't offer collision warning or crash mitigation brakes.

The Pathfinder offers all-wheel drive to maximize traction under poor conditions, especially in ice and snow. The Grand Caravan doesn’t offer all-wheel drive.

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 Grand Caravan 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) offers optional NissanConnect, which uses a global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver and a cellular system to get turn-by-turn driving directions, help track down your vehicle if it’s stolen or send emergency personnel to the scene if any airbags deploy. The Grand Caravan 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 Grand Caravan 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, rearview cameras, available blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.

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 Grand Caravan:

 

Pathfinder

Grand Caravan

 

Driver

STARS

4 Stars

4 Stars

Leg Forces (l/r)

516/475 lbs.

776/782 lbs.

 

Passenger

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

Neck Injury Risk

33%

37%

Neck Stress

137 lbs.

143 lbs.

Leg Forces (l/r)

479/476 lbs.

526/665 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 Grand Caravan:

 

Pathfinder

Grand Caravan

Overall Evaluation

GOOD

POOR

Restraints

GOOD

POOR

Head Neck Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Head injury index

39

230

Peak Head Forces

0 G’s

n/a

Steering Column Movement Rearward

3 cm

17 cm

Chest Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Hip & Thigh Evaluation

GOOD

POOR

Femur Force R/L

2.3/.1 kN

13.4/4 kN

Hip & Thigh Injury Risk R/L

0%/0%

100%/1%

Lower Leg Evaluation

GOOD

POOR

Tibia index R/L

.52/.37

2.29/.9

Tibia forces R/L

.8/.1 kN

3.5/3.4 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 Grand Caravan:

 

Pathfinder

Grand Caravan

 

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Chest Movement

.9 inches

.9 inches

Abdominal Force

120 G’s

257 G’s

Hip Force

457 lbs.

625 lbs.

 

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

101

135

Spine Acceleration

41 G’s

54 G’s

Hip Force

557 lbs.

948 lbs.

 

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Spine Acceleration

42 G’s

47 G’s

Hip Force

661 lbs.

788 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 120 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Grand Caravan was not even a “Top Pick” for 2016.

The Nissan Pathfinder has a better fatality history. The Pathfinder was involved in fatal accidents at a rate 23.1% lower per vehicle registered than the Grand Caravan, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

Warranty Comparison

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

Reliability Comparison

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2017 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 13 more problems per 100 vehicles, Dodge is ranked 22nd, 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.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ April 2017 Auto Issue reports that Nissan vehicles are more reliable than Dodge vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Nissan 13 places higher in reliability than Dodge.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Pathfinder FWD gets better fuel mileage than the Grand Caravan (20 city/27 hwy vs. 17 city/25 hwy).

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 Grand Caravan are solid, not vented.

Tires and Wheels Comparison

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

The Pathfinder Platinum’s tires provide better handling because they have a lower 55 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Grand Caravan’s 65 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Pathfinder S/SV/SL has standard 18-inch wheels. Only 17-inch wheels are available on the Grand Caravan. The Pathfinder Platinum has standard 20-inch wheels.

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 Grand Caravan doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

For superior ride and handling, the Nissan Pathfinder has fully independent front and rear suspensions. An independent suspension allows the wheels to follow the road at the best angle for gripping the pavement, without compromising ride comfort. The Dodge Grand Caravan has a rear torsion beam axle, with a semi-independent rear suspension.

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 Grand Caravan doesn’t offer variable-assist power steering.

Chassis Comparison

The Nissan Pathfinder may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs up to about 200 pounds less than the Dodge Grand Caravan.

The Pathfinder is 5.2 inches shorter than the Grand Caravan, making the Pathfinder easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space Comparison

The Pathfinder has 2.4 inches more front headroom, 1.6 inches more front legroom, .1 inches more rear headroom and 4.6 inches more rear legroom than the Grand Caravan.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Pathfinder’s standard folding rear seats are split to accommodate bulky cargo. The Grand Caravan’s standard single piece folding rear seat is not as flexible; long cargo and a passenger can’t share the rear seat.

To make loading 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 Grand Caravan doesn’t offer a hands-free gesture to open its cargo door, forcing you to put cargo down if your hands are full.

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 Grand Caravan 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 Grand Caravan doesn’t offer an easy entry system.

The Pathfinder SV/SL/Platinum’s front power windows both open or close with one touch of the switches. The Grand Caravan ’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 Grand Caravan can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

The Push Button Ignition standard on the Pathfinder allows you to start the engine without removing a key from pocket or purse (Pathfinder SV/SL/Platinum’s Intelligent Key will also allow unlocking the driver’s door and cargo door without taking your keys out). The Dodge Grand Caravan 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 Grand Caravan 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 Grand Caravan’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 Grand Caravan only has an intermittent setting, so in a hard rain visibility isn’t as good.

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the Pathfinder has standard extendable sun visors. The Grand Caravan doesn’t offer extendable visors.

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 Grand Caravan’s mirrors don’t automatically adjust for backing.

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 Grand Caravan doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats.

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 Grand Caravan SE/SE Plus doesn’t offer automatic air-conditioning.

To keep a safe, consistent following distance, the Pathfinder (except S) offers an optional 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 Grand Caravan 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 Grand Caravan.

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