2017 Nissan Pathfinder vs. 2017 Ford Explorer vs. 2017 Kia Sorento

Midsize SUVs are like linebackers in football: They need to be fleet enough to save on gas, and tough enough to handle rugged surfaces. Which is why our comparison of the 2017 Nissan Pathfinder, 2017 Ford Explorer and 2017 Kia Sorento feels like a meeting of Lawrence Taylor, Dick Butkus and Derrick Brooks. So we'll leave the football analogies aside and see which of these SUVs has what it takes to become your rugged, economical ride.

The 2017 Nissan Pathfinder improved its towing power 20 percent from the 2016 model year to reach a class-leading 6,000 pounds, which means you'll be able to handle loads that the 2017 Ford Explorer and the 2017 Kia Sorento can't, with a towing capacity of 5,000 pounds each. And while you're lugging all that weight, you'll also be able to enjoy the 2017 Pathfinder's nigh-unimpeachable 20 mpg city, 27 mpg highway, which is amazing considering the weight of the vehicle and the V6 engine power you have access to, which easily beats the V6 model fuel economy of the 2017 Sorento and Explorer, both of which get less than 20 mpg city.

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 2017 Nissan Pathfinder Vs. 2017 Ford Explorer 2017 Kia Sorento
20, 27 MPG - V6 Engine Models (city, highway) 17, 24 18, 25
6,000 Towing Capacity (pounds) 5,000 5,000
284 Base Horsepower 290 185
79.8 Cargo Room (cubic feet) 81.7 73.5

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We've seen the 2017 Nissan Pathfinder saves you money and gives you more power than its competition, but what else can it do? Glad you asked. Its 3.5-liter V6 engine pumps out nearly 10 percent more power than 2016 models, with a bump up from 260 to 284 HP for 2017 models. The 2017 Ford Explorer is comparable in its base trim at 290 HP, but the 2017 Sorento pales in comparison with a mere 185 HP in its base trim level.

The 2017 Pathfinder has so much going for it, and we haven't even mentioned its 79.8 cubic feet of cargo room or its available entertainment system with in-seat dual 8-inch screens for rear seat passengers, which will make long trips feel like a drive to the park. The Ford Explorer has a tad more cargo room but doesn't have this nice entertainment package, while the 2017 Sorento falls short in cargo space with 73.5 cubic feet and no available entertainment system.

The choice for midsize SUV is easy: Test drive a 2017 Nissan Pathfinder at Nissan of Vacaville and fall in love today. We're located at 671 Orange Drive in Vacaville, CA, and we also serve nearby cities like Davis, Fairfield and Sacramento. For more information please contact us at (888) 591-1861 or come see us in person to see our available inventory.

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