Childre Nissan Compares 2019 Nissan Pathfinder VS 2019 Lincoln MKT Near Atlanta, GA

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2019 Nissan Pathfinder

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2019 Lincoln MKT

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 Lincoln MKT doesn’t offer height-adjustable middle or rear 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 MKT 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 MKT offers an available collision warning system without the automated brake feature that would prevent or reduce the collision if the driver fails to react.

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

The Nissan Pathfinder has Daytime Running Lights to help keep it more visible under all conditions. Canadian government studies show that driving with lights during the day reduces accidents by 11% by making vehicles more conspicuous. The MKT doesn’t offer Daytime Running Lights.

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 MKT only offers a rear monitor and front and rear parking sensors that beep or flash a light. That doesn’t help with obstacles to the sides.

Both the Pathfinder and the MKT have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, height adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, rearview cameras, available all-wheel drive, blind spot warning systems and rear cross-path warning.

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 139 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The MKT has not been fully tested, yet, but doesn’t qualify for 2017 “Top Pick.”

Warranty Comparison

There are over 27 percent more Nissan dealers than there are Lincoln dealers, which makes it easier should you ever need service under the Pathfinder’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ April 2018 Auto Issue reports that Nissan vehicles are more reliable than Lincoln vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Nissan 11 places higher in reliability than Lincoln.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Pathfinder 4x4 gets better fuel mileage than the MKT (19 city/26 hwy vs. 15 city/21 hwy).

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

The Pathfinder has almost a gallon more fuel capacity than the MKT (19.5 vs. 18.6 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

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 MKT doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Pathfinder SL 4x4 handles at .76 G’s, while the MKT pulls only .75 G’s of cornering force in a Motor Trend skidpad test.

For better maneuverability, the Pathfinder’s turning circle is 2.8 feet tighter than the MKT AWD’s (38.7 feet vs. 41.5 feet).

Chassis Comparison

The Nissan Pathfinder may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 300 to 650 pounds less than the Lincoln MKT.

The Pathfinder is 9.1 inches shorter than the MKT, making the Pathfinder easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Passenger Space Comparison

The Pathfinder has 11.7 cubic feet more passenger volume than the MKT (154 vs. 142.3).

The Pathfinder has 2.1 inches more front headroom, 1.1 inches more front hip room, 2.3 inches more front shoulder room, .4 inches more rear headroom, .1 inches more rear hip room, 2.3 inches more rear shoulder room, 4.3 inches more third row headroom, 1.4 inches more third row hip room and 8 inches more third row shoulder room than the MKT.

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

Cargo Capacity Comparison

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

 

Pathfinder

MKT

Third Seat Folded

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39.6 cubic feet

Third Seat Removed

47.4 cubic feet

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Second Seat Folded

79.5 cubic feet

75.9 cubic feet

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

Ergonomics Comparison

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 MKT doesn’t offer a locking fuel door.

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

Standard NissanConnect for the Pathfinder allows the driver and passengers access to select programs on their smartphones, including reading text messages aloud, playing internet radio stations, following twitter accounts and other connected activities without taking their eyes off the road or their hands from the wheel. The MKT doesn’t offer factory integrated smartphone program access.

Recommendations Comparison

The Nissan Pathfinder outsold the Lincoln MKT by almost 27 to one during 2017.

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