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Vehicle Comparisons:
Nissan Pathfinder vs. Chevy Traverse

Manufacturers of large SUVs continue to improve the available technology, safety features and overall function and comfort of their vehicles to accommodate large families. Two of the most popular vehicles in this class are the 2018 Nissan Pathfinder and the 2018 Chevy Traverse. Both are seven-seaters that include plenty of tech and convenience features, as well as ample cargo space and rugged capabilities, but which one is right for you?

Drivers in East Providence, Cranston and Pawtucket can discover the key differences between the 2018 Pathfinder and the 2018 Traverse with this in-depth side-by-side comparison.

2018 Pathfinder vs. 2018 Traverse: Horsepower

Each Pathfinder model is equipped with the same 284-horsepower V-6 that experienced several tweaks and upgrades over the years. Because of this, the Pathfinder’s power is at its peak, and the smooth, reliable continuously variable transmission channels that power effectively. Its light curb weight and improved suspension allow the Pathfinder to be more agile than expected.

The Traverse comes standard with a 3.6-liter V-6 that produces 310 horsepower, paired to a nine-speed automatic transmission. It’s powerful and lively, but its downfall is the heavy, numb steering that makes it virtually impossible to maneuver effectively, especially on winding roads or sharp corners.

SUV Interior Differences

Both the Pathfinder and the Traverse have seating for seven, with padded, supportive seats and ample room for passenger comfort. They also each have an expansive cargo bay that offers entirely usable cargo space.

The differences are in the features. The Pathfinder has an exceptional array of standard features at base level, including keyless ignition, satellite radio, four USB ports, a 4-inch information display, an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system, Bluetooth connectivity and forward emergency braking. Another smart addition is an alert system that lets the driver know that a small child or pet may have been left in the backseat.

The Traverse is by no means sparse at base level, but it’s lacking in some of the safety technology that the Pathfinder includes standard, such as blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert and adaptive cruise control. The Traverse, however, lacks a comparable system for alerting the driver to children or pets in the backseat and doesn’t offer automatic forward braking standard.

Moving up the trim levels, the Pathfinder and the Traverse include many similar features and technology, though the Pathfinder has several options packages and standalone options to customize it further. Most of the customization for the Traverse is found in pricey options packages.

Test Drive the 2018 Nissan Pathfinder at Stateline Nissan

While the 2018 Chevy Traverse is undoubtedly a decent choice for a large SUV, the 2018 Nissan Pathfinder performs and handles better, and it also includes a broad range of standard features and offers more value than the comparable Traverse trim level.

Drivers in East Providence, Cranston and Pawtucket can explore the many technology and safety features available for the 2018 Nissan Pathfinder by visiting Stateline Nissan. Call or stop by to schedule a test drive of the new and improved Pathfinder today!