Childre Nissan Compares 2020 Nissan Pathfinder VS 2020 GMC Acadia Near Atlanta, GA

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2020 Nissan Pathfinder

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2020 GMC Acadia

Safety Comparison

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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, 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 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 GMC Acadia:

Pathfinder

Acadia

Passenger

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

HIC

248

403

Chest Compression

.6 inches

.6 inches

Neck Injury Risk

33%

37%

Neck Stress

137 lbs.

152 lbs.

Neck Compression

44 lbs.

186 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 and into a post at 20 MPH, results indicate that the Nissan Pathfinder is safer than the GMC Acadia:

Pathfinder

Acadia

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Chest Movement

.9 inches

.9 inches

Abdominal Force

120 G’s

155 G’s

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

HIC

101

263

Spine Acceleration

41 G’s

42 G’s

Hip Force

557 lbs.

896 lbs.

Into Pole

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Hip Force

661 lbs.

673 lbs.

New test not comparable to pre-2011 test results. More stars = Better. Lower test results = Better.

For its top level performance in IIHS driver-side small overlap frontal, moderate overlap frontal, side impact, rear impact and roof-crush tests, with its optional front crash prevention system, its “Acceptable” rating in the new passenger-side small overlap crash test, and its available headlight’s “Acceptable” rating, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety grants the Pathfinder the rating of “Top Pick” for 2019, a rating granted to only 106 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Acadia was last qualified as a “Top Pick” in 2017.

Warranty Comparison

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The Pathfinder’s corrosion warranty is unlimited miles longer than the Acadia’s (unlimited vs. 100,000 miles).

Reliability Comparison

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A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without a vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports rates the Pathfinder’s reliability 18 points higher than the Acadia.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 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 7th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 8 more problems per 100 vehicles, GMC is ranked 12th, below the industry average.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Nissan vehicles are more reliable than GMC vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Nissan 15th in reliability. With 24 more problems per 100 vehicles, GMC is ranked 22nd.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2018 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

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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. The Pathfinder’s 3.5 DOHC V6 produces 54 more horsepower (284 vs. 230) and 1 lbs.-ft. more torque (259 vs. 258) than the Acadia’s optional 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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

MPG

Pathfinder

FWD

3.5 DOHC V6

20 city/27 hwy

AWD

3.6 DOHC V6

20 city/27 hwy

Platinum 3.5 DOHC V6

19 city/26 hwy

Acadia

FWD

3.6 DOHC V6

19 city/27 hwy

AWD

3.6 DOHC V6

18 city/25 hwy

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Nissan Pathfinder uses regular unleaded gasoline. The Acadia with the 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. engine requires premium for maximum efficiency, which can cost 20 to 55 cents more per gallon.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

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The Pathfinder stops much shorter than the Acadia:

Pathfinder

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

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For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Pathfinder has standard 18-inch wheels. Smaller 17-inch wheels are standard on the Acadia.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

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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

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The Pathfinder has 10.2 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Acadia (154 vs. 143.8).

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

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

Pathfinder

Acadia

Behind Third Seat

16.2 cubic feet

12.8 cubic feet

Third Seat Folded

n/a

41.7 cubic feet

Third Seat Removed

47.4 cubic feet

n/a

Second Seat Folded

79.5 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

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The Pathfinder SV/SL/Platinum’s front power windows both open or close with one touch of the switches. The Acadia’s front passenger window doesn’t close automatically.

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 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.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) conducts detailed tests on headlights for their range both straight ahead and in curves and to be certain they don’t exceed acceptable amounts of glare to oncoming drivers. The Pathfinder’s available headlights were rated “Acceptable” by the IIHS, while the Acadia’s headlights are rated “Marginal” to “Poor.”

Economic Advantages Comparison

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According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Pathfinder is less expensive to operate than the Acadia because typical repairs cost much less on the Pathfinder than the Acadia, including $86 less for front brake pads, $207 less for a timing belt/chain and $483 less for a power steering pump.

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