Childre Nissan Compares 2018 Nissan Pathfinder VS 2018 GMC Acadia Near Gray, GA

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2018 Nissan Pathfinder

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2018 GMC Acadia

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 GMC Acadia doesn’t offer height-adjustable front seat belts.

Both the Pathfinder and the Acadia have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front-wheel drive, plastic fuel tanks, 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, around view monitors and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty Comparison

The Pathfinder’s corrosion warranty is unlimited miles longer than the Acadia’s (unlimited vs. 100,000 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 GMC vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Nissan 10th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 6 more problems per 100 vehicles, GMC is ranked 16th, below the industry average.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ April 2017 Auto Issue reports that Nissan vehicles are more reliable than GMC vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Nissan 11 places higher in reliability than GMC.

Engine Comparison

The Pathfinder’s 3.5 DOHC V6 produces 91 more horsepower (284 vs. 193) and 71 lbs.-ft. more torque (259 vs. 188) than the Acadia’s standard 2.5 DOHC 4 cyl.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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







3.5 V6/CVT

20 city/27 hwy

18 city/25 hwy

3.6 V6/Auto


3.5 V6/CVT

19 city/26 hwy

18 city/25 hwy

3.6 V6/Auto

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The Pathfinder stops much shorter than the Acadia:





70 to 0 MPH

170 feet

173 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

116 feet

126 feet

Motor Trend

Tires and Wheels Comparison

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 Acadia.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Pathfinder’s wheelbase is 1.7 inches longer than on the Acadia (114.2 inches vs. 112.5 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Pathfinder is 1.2 inches wider in the front and 1.2 inches wider in the rear than on the Acadia.

Passenger Space Comparison

The Pathfinder has 14 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Acadia (157.8 vs. 143.8).

The Pathfinder has 1.9 inches more front headroom, 1.3 inches more front legroom, 1.1 inches more front hip room, 1.3 inches more front shoulder room, 2 inches more rear legroom, 2.8 inches more rear hip room, 1.7 inches more rear shoulder room, .6 inches more third row headroom and 2.8 inches more third row shoulder room than the Acadia.

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

Cargo Capacity Comparison

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




Behind Third Seat

16 cubic feet

12.8 cubic feet

Third Seat Folded


41.7 cubic feet

Third Seat Removed

47.8 cubic feet


Second Seat Folded

79.8 cubic feet

79 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 Acadia doesn’t offer seats that fold into the floor.

A standard locking glovebox (which can’t be accessed with the valet key) keeps your small valuables safer in the Pathfinder. The Acadia doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.

Ergonomics Comparison

The Pathfinder SV/SL/Platinum’s front power windows both open or close with one touch of the switches. The Acadia’s optional 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 Acadia can only operate 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 Acadia doesn’t offer a locking fuel door.

Economic Advantages Comparison

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Pathfinder is less expensive to operate than the Acadia because it costs $66 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Pathfinder than the Acadia, including $9 less for an alternator, $110 less for front brake pads, $51 less for a fuel pump, $205 less for a timing belt/chain and $250 less for a power steering pump.

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