2018 Hyundai Santa Fe vs. 2017 Nissan Pathfinder

With the injection of new SUVs in the market, customers in Springfield Pennsylvania may be sure to have a difficult time choosing which brand and trim to go for. Nissan unveiled its 2017 Pathfinder while Hyundai unveiled the 2018 Santa Fe. These two possess great luxury and family minivan features, but let us take a look at what gives the Hyundai an edge over the Nissan.

Design & Style

On its fourth year in the market, Nissan’s Pathfinder has been styled exceptionally with a look that’s a little more butch. The exterior’s squared off edges gives it a truck-like appearance, a more welcomed look from the previous designs. It exterior rates almost the same as that of the 2017 Hyundai’s Santa Fe.

The Pathfinder’s downside touches on some its interior’s features. While it has a distinct set of knobs to play with on the dashboard, its glossy surface disappointingly meets a semi-matte door panel in a way that does not really feel right. Its front seats are a great fit, but will have you look for comfort on a hilly countryside cruise. The second row seats are shorter than those of the Hyundai’s Santa Fe, while the third row does not give you enough headroom. With comfort, you would rather go for the Hyundai.

Technology & Safety

All car users want to know that the cars feature the right safety equipment, especially for SUVs that are used as family vehicles. Both come packed with standard safety equipment including rear park assist, blind-spot monitoring and cross-traffic alert systems. Both also feature surround cameras. However the two manufacturers only place emergency braking on specific models of the SUVs.

Crash-tests for the 2017 Nissan Pathfinder, just as it was for the 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe gave a good rating. The only challenge Nissan has to face is with its headlights, as newer tests showed a poorer score than those of SUVs of its class. The Santa Fe scores more points with features offered on all trims like cruise control, climate control and Bluetooth connectivity. You will have to scale up a few trims to get most of the desired amenities with the 2017 Pathfinder.


The 2017 Pathfinder’s 3.5-liter engine has 284 horsepower and uses CVT to regulate gear changes for better transmission. They say that 57% of the engine is totally new. Though the CVT is a welcomed feature, it may not respond as accurately as desired and the driver may be forced to request for more power to pick up speed.

The Hyundai on the other hand handles better in comparison, with a 3.3-liter V-6 engine under the hood towing up to 5000 pounds comfortably. Its drivetrain is preset to offer more power at lower gears, but the shifts are cleaner even when shifting to higher gears. You will also get to enjoy the selectable economy, normal and sports modes at the cockpit’s power steering.

The Bottom Line

Both cars are quite competitive, offering mature and not-so overdone exteriors. The Hyundai scores higher with the interior and safety features. You will also want the amenities offered on a standard 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe compared to those of the 2017 Nissan Pathfinder. Its use on a hilly country side is better and you will want to be careful with the transmission technology that the 2017 Pathfinder employs.

Ready to Schedule an Hyundai Santa Fe Test Drive Today?

If you are ready for a cruise that offers comfort and stability all in one car, you can test drive the 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe with us at Springfield Hyundai. Drop by our showroom or call us to book a Hyundai Santa Fe test drive appointment today.

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Phone: 877-428-7515

754 Baltimore Pike Springfield, PA


Phone: 877-428-7515

754 Baltimore Pike Springfield, PA


Phone: 877-428-7515

754 Baltimore Pike Springfield, PA
39.918676 -75.331753
Springfield Hyundai 39.918676, -75.331753.