2014 Nissan Pathfinder and 2014 Ford Explorer cut it close at Ingram Park Nissan

The winner of the 2014 Nissan Pathfinder vs. 2014 Ford Explorer is a close call for San Antonio drivers

Oct 31, 2013, 13:30 ET from Ingram Park Nissan

SAN ANTONIO, Oct. 31, 2013 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Competition is close in the battle of the 2014 Nissan Pathfinder vs. 2014 Ford Explorer. The new Nissan, which is available at Ingram Park Nissan today, brings strength, efficiency and versatility to the table. The latest Ford Explorer offers power, ruggedness and reliability. The San Antonio Nissan dealership is highlighting each vehicle's strengths to determine which SUV performs at the higher level. 

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The 2014 Ford Explorer impresses drivers initially with its smart use of power. When equipped with the 3.5-liter V-6 engine, the Explorer wins the race for its 290-horsepower performance capable of creating up to 255 pound-feet of torque. Falling slightly behind in overall power, the Pathfinder is still able to deliver the same 5,000-pound towing capacity as the Explorer. While the Explorer has more muscle under the hood, it also starts to lose efficiency. Earning up to an EPA-estimated 24 mpg highway, the Ford comes in just under the Pathfinder's fuel economy. 

The 2014 Nissan Pathfinder was refreshed to bring a more well-rounded performance to the 2014 model year. Earning a best-in-class EPA-estimated 26 mpg highway, the Pathfinder uses its 3.5-liter V-6 engine to deliver equal parts efficiency and power. Producing up to 260 horsepower, the Pathfinder falls short of the Explorer's under-the-hood power, but its ability to tow the same amount shows that the vehicle didn't sacrifice much for a better fuel economy.  

In addition to the Pathfinder's balanced performance, it also offers the most class-exclusive features of any other SUV. The Pathfinder is the only SUV that offers two-wheel drive, four-wheel drive and Auto modes, which give the driver the ability to adjust the vehicle's performance to fit the terrain or weather conditions. With more space for passengers, the Pathfinder also offers the class-exclusive reclining third-row seats and EZ Flex Seating system. For a more confident drive, the SUV also offers the exclusive Around View Monitor.

Both the 2014 Ford Explorer and 2014 Nissan Pathfinder are strong and capable vehicles. When it comes to offering a more well-rounded performance, however, the Pathfinder wins the race. San Antonio drivers can test drive the new Pathfinder at Ingram Park Nissan today.

Media Contact: Rob Malanowski, Ingram Park Nissan, 210-764-9617, rmalanowski@ingramparknissan.com

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