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Nissan Pathfinder, Fuel Efficiency (MPG), SUV
#21 of 49 Re: Nissan Pathfinder Owners: MPG-Real World Numbers [KarenS]
Jan 17, 2007 (9:44 am)
This is my 3rd Pathfinder. In the past I've had a '91, 97' and now a 2001.
Best economy of the 3 was pure highway with the '97, I could get 19mpg with 89octane gas. The 2001 gets much worse mileage. City driving can drop the mpg to 12, highway is usually 15-17mpg at best. I do have AT style tire on it now, I got better mileage running a highway rib style tire.
The 3.5 Engine needs Premium from my experiences. I kept getting check engine lights running 89 octane.
#22 of 49 Re: Nissan Pathfinder Owners: MPG-Real World Numbers [pete42]
Jan 25, 2007 (6:16 pm)
You would have bought a V8 what? Toyota 4Runner is the only comparable truck with a V8 that I'm aware of. After both companies revised their HP ratings to reflect power at the drive wheels, Yota's V8 is at 260hp, vs Nissan's 266hp V6. Don't know about the MPG, but I'd bet a month's IRA distribution that Yota's is no better. Sure, there's the Ford Explorer V8. But it's . . . a Ford Explorer.
One full tank isn't sufficient to establish overall mileage. I'm on my fourth full tank of premium in my '06 PF LE, and I'm at about 16 mpg with NO highway miles. Reset the MPG readout now, drive it for a month without resetting it, then tell us how you're doing.
#23 of 49 Re: Nissan Pathfinder Owners: MPG-Real World Numbers [silverghost]
Feb 07, 2007 (8:58 pm)
My wife's V8 06 4runner gets about 22 mpg in the highway driving 70+mph, and around 18 in the city, driving in a hilly area. I test drove both before we bought it and the 4runner engine defintively felt more powerful, quieter and smoother. A friend has an 05 PF and had been complaining about the poor mileage he gets, which we confirmed when we went on a ski trip from So Cal to Mammoth driving both cars, he spent $5 to $10 more both times we filled up the tank.
#24 of 49 Re: Nissan Pathfinder Owners: MPG-Real World Numbers [villahidalgo]
Feb 07, 2007 (9:01 pm)
Well a V8 is going to be more torquey than the V6 is. $5 is like 1.5 gallons at most. The ride in the 4-wheel indy suspension PF should be better.
#25 of 49 Re: Nissan Pathfinder Owners: MPG-Real World Numbers [paisan]
Feb 10, 2007 (8:46 am)
It was actually 2 to 4 gallons more on the PF ($2.40/gal). More torque, power, better ride, better mileage and quality? I'll take the 4runner any day.
#26 of 49 Re: Nissan Pathfinder Owners: MPG-Real World Numbers [villahidalgo]
Feb 10, 2007 (8:48 am)
4wheel indy suspension will ride better than the 4-runner, oh and cost.... toyota will be way more as well.
#27 of 49 Re: Nissan Pathfinder Owners: MPG-Real World Numbers [paisan]
Feb 11, 2007 (10:47 am)
We got the sport edition with XREAS suspension, handles great...Resale value in a toyota is way higher than a nissan, and when I quoted both, the 4runner was only $400 more, to me it was a no brainer. Sorry you made the wrong choice.
#28 of 49 Re: Nissan Pathfinder Owners: MPG-Real World Numbers [paisan]
Feb 11, 2007 (10:56 am)
These are the closing comments on the review of the 05 Pathfinder, and below the 03 4runner, by Edmunds.com
05 PATHFINDERAfter a week with a 2005 Pathfinder SE 4x4, we can't deny the wide-ranging capabilities of this SUV. It's certainly quick and it can haul kids and cargo with the best of 'em.
But it sacrifices the surefooted handling and braking of the old Pathfinder in the name of off-road capability. And although its cabin is comfortable and well equipped, it's not put together with a great deal of care. Were it our money, we'd think long and hard before spending it on the 2005 Nissan Pathfinder.
Mulling over our week with the 4Runner, we were struck by how Toyota nearly always hits the nail on the head when revamping one of its vehicles. With the 2003 Toyota 4Runner, the company has done it again by providing a level of ride comfort and on-road handling that rivals most car-based "soft-roaders," while also enhancing its already renowned off-road skills.
#29 of 49 Re: Nissan Pathfinder Owners: MPG-Real World Numbers [villahidalgo]
Feb 11, 2007 (11:42 am)
You still have a solid rear axle, and $400 more for a v8 4-runner? would you mind breaking down the prices and also breaking down the Actual price one would pay v. list price?
Toyota does make a good truck however, your comments "sorry you made the wrong choice" are a bit un-called for.
Then again I paid $34k OTD for my Armada LE 4wd w/60 mo 1% financing so who really made the wrong choice?
#30 of 49 Re: Nissan Pathfinder Owners: MPG-Real World Numbers [paisan]
Feb 11, 2007 (6:45 pm)
A solid rear axle, and yet better ride than most car based SUVs.
The armada is not a mid size SUV, so it is not really comparable to the 4runner, so why even bring it up? However, read any reviews on the Armada and it is usually on all the worst reliability full size SUV lists. Here is one of such lists from Consumer Reports:
Least reliable (Worst score first)
Here is a list of midsize SUVs, most reliable:
Most reliable (Best score first)
Toyota Highlander Hybrid* (pictured)
Lexus RX400h* (hybrid)
2006 Acura MDX
Cheaper to me is not necessarily better. I paid $27k for the 4runner, but again it is a smaller SUV not comparable to the Armada.