Childre Nissan Compares 2018 Nissan Pathfinder VS 2018 Toyota Sienna Near Dublin, GA

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2018 Nissan Pathfinder

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2018 Toyota Sienna

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 Sienna doesn’t offer a back seat reminder.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety tests front crash prevention systems. With a score of 5 points, IIHS rates the Automatic Emergency Braking optional in the Pathfinder as “Superior.” The Sienna scores only 3 points and is rated only “Advanced.”

Both the Pathfinder and the Sienna 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, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available all-wheel drive, blind spot warning systems, around view monitors 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 Toyota Sienna:

 

Pathfinder

Sienna

 

Passenger

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

HIC

248

413

Neck Injury Risk

33%

35%

Neck Stress

137 lbs.

218 lbs.

Neck Compression

44 lbs.

80 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 Sienna:

 

Pathfinder

Sienna

Overall Evaluation

GOOD

ACCEPTABLE

Restraints

GOOD

ACCEPTABLE

Head Neck Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Head injury index

39

119

Peak Head Forces

0 G’s

0 G’s

Steering Column Movement Rearward

3 cm

5 cm

Chest Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Max Chest Compression

15 cm

24 cm

Hip & Thigh Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Femur Force R/L

2.3/.1 kN

4.3/.9 kN

Hip & Thigh Injury Risk R/L

0%/0%

2%/0%

Lower Leg Evaluation

GOOD

GOOD

Tibia index R/L

.52/.37

.54/.34

Tibia forces R/L

.8/.1 kN

1.1/2.4 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 Toyota Sienna:

 

Pathfinder

Sienna

 

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Abdominal Force

120 G’s

144 G’s

 

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

101

143

Spine Acceleration

41 G’s

52 G’s

Hip Force

557 lbs.

746 lbs.

 

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

338

404

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 Sienna was not even a “Top Pick” for 2016.

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 Toyota vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Nissan 10th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 2 more problems per 100 vehicles, Toyota is ranked 13th.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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

 

 

Pathfinder

Sienna

 

FWD

3.5 V6/Auto

20 city/27 hwy

19 city/27 hwy

3.5 V6/Auto

4WD

3.5 V6/Auto

19 city/26 hwy

18 city/24 hwy

3.5 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 Sienna are solid, not vented.

The Pathfinder stops much shorter than the Sienna:

 

Pathfinder

Sienna

 

70 to 0 MPH

170 feet

181 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

116 feet

128 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

145 feet

156 feet

Consumer Reports

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 Sienna L/LE/XLE. The Pathfinder Platinum’s 20-inch wheels are larger than the 19-inch wheels on the Sienna SE.

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 Sienna 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 Toyota Sienna 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 Sienna doesn’t offer variable-assist power steering.

For greater off-road capability the Pathfinder has a greater minimum ground clearance than the Sienna (7 vs. 6.6 inches), allowing the Pathfinder to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Passenger Space Comparison

The Pathfinder has 1.2 inches more front headroom, 1.8 inches more front legroom and 4.1 inches more rear legroom than the Sienna.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

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 Sienna doesn’t offer a hands-free gesture to open its liftgate, forcing you to put cargo down if your hands are full.

Ergonomics Comparison

If the front windows are left open on the Pathfinder the driver can close them at the outside door handle. On a hot day the driver can lower the windows at the outside door handle or from a distance using the keyless remote. The driver of the Sienna can only operate the windows from inside the vehicle, with the ignition on.

Both the Pathfinder and the Sienna 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 Sienna.

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 Sienna doesn’t offer air-conditioned seats.

Economic Advantages Comparison

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Pathfinder is less expensive to operate than the Sienna because typical repairs cost much less on the Pathfinder than the Sienna, including $46 less for a starter, $543 less for a fuel pump, $107 less for front struts, $381 less for a timing belt/chain and $65 less for a power steering pump.

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