Ancira Nissan Compares 2017 Nissan Pathfinder VS 2016 Volvo XC90 Near Austin, TX

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2017 Nissan Pathfinder

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2016 Volvo XC90

Safety Comparison

Both the Pathfinder and the XC90 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, crash mitigating brakes, blind spot warning systems, around view monitors and rear cross-path warning.

Warranty Comparison

Nissan’s powertrain warranty covers the Pathfinder 1 year and 10,000 miles longer than Volvo covers the XC90. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 5 years or 60,000 miles. Coverage on the XC90 ends after only 4 years or 50,000 miles.

The Pathfinder’s corrosion warranty is unlimited miles longer than the XC90’s (unlimited vs. 100,000 miles).

There are over 3 times as many Nissan dealers as there are Volvo dealers, which makes it much easier should you ever need service under the Pathfinder’s warranty.

Reliability Comparison

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2015 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Nissan vehicles are more reliable than Volvo vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Nissan 12th in reliability, above the industry average. With 46 more problems per 100 vehicles, Volvo is ranked 23rd.

Engine Comparison

The Pathfinder’s 3.5 DOHC V6 produces 34 more horsepower (284 vs. 250) and 1 lbs.-ft. more torque (259 vs. 258) than the XC90 T5’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

The Pathfinder has 6.3 gallons more fuel capacity than the XC90 Hybrid’s standard fuel tank (19.5 vs. 13.2 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The Pathfinder stops much shorter than the XC90:



70 to 0 MPH

170 feet

184 feet

Car and Driver

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 XC90 doesn’t offer vehicle monitored tire inflation.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The front and rear suspension of the Pathfinder uses coil springs for better ride, handling and control than the XC90, which uses transverse leafs springs in the rear. Coil springs compress more progressively and offer more suspension travel for a smoother ride with less bottoming out.

For better maneuverability, the Pathfinder’s turning circle is .3 feet tighter than the XC90’s (38.7 feet vs. 39 feet). The Pathfinder’s turning circle is 1 foot tighter than the XC90’s (38.7 feet vs. 39.7 feet).

Passenger Space Comparison

The Pathfinder has 3.3 inches more front headroom, 1.4 inches more front legroom, .8 inches more front hip room, 3 inches more front shoulder room, .9 inches more rear headroom, 4.7 inches more rear legroom, 3.9 inches more rear shoulder room, 1.5 inches more third row headroom and 10.2 inches more third row shoulder room than the XC90.

For enhanced passenger comfort on long trips the Pathfinder’s middle and third row seats recline. The XC90’s third row seats don’t recline.

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 XC90 doesn’t offer a locking fuel door.

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the Pathfinder has standard extendable sun visors. The XC90 doesn’t offer extendable visors.

Recommendations Comparison

The Nissan Pathfinder won three awards in Kiplinger’s 2015 car issue.

The Nissan Pathfinder outsold the Volvo XC90 by over six to one during 2015.

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