This is probably comparing apples to oranges, but my wife is kind of in a toss up between a 2013 Sahara Unlimited and a 2014 Nissan Pathfinder. I can't find any decent side by side comparisons on the interwebs, I think mainly because they are technically not in the same class. Her must haves are 4 doors, cargo space, and navigation. I am biased toward the Sahara, but she is still on the fence. In my opinion, the new style Pathfinder is beginning to look like a mini van. Plus, the only way to get factory installed navigation we have to jump all the way up to the Platinum package. I like the entertainment system in the Pathfinder, but both of my kids have iPads, so an entertainment system is just fluff. I think for the price point, the Sahara comes with more goodies, including navigation. We only have 2 kids to haul around and frankly, no matter which vehicle she picks, I doubt it would ever put its toes in the dirt or mud. If I were buying for me, I know which one I would pick. She loves my Oscar Mike except for the fact that it has 2 doors and only a "crawl space" instead of a "trunk." Anyone have experience with the new Pathfinders? What are your thoughts or opinions?
From a ride and interior comfort, whizzybang options and access standpoint the Pathfinder wins. The Pathfinder can carry up to 79.8 cubic feet of cargo with the second and third rows of seats folded, which is average for the class. Behind the second row, there is as much as 47.8 cubic feet of space, and behind the third row there is 16 cubic feet available. The JKU has 80 cubic feet, so the same but without the third row option.
If you aren't going to do any serious offroading I'm not sure why you wouldn't get the better gas mileage and comfort of the Pathfinder or other comparable SUV? The JKU has the coolness factor, but it sounds like your wife wants a straight up family SUV.
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On a different note, how about the resale value? I'm not sure if you're considering a lease but I have to assume the resale of the Jeep may be much higher in a handful of years.
It's just funny to look back at cars/SUVs/Jeeps that you thought were awesome 5,6,7 years ago and now you look at them and cringe.
Ok, maybe Jeeps don't fall into that since they're relatively the same for years....
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I've owned 5 nissans. IMO Nissan RUINED the Pathfinder by going to a Unibody setup. The old body on Frame Pathys were durable and nice vehicles. They were also decent tow vehicles.
That said, you really are comparing apples to oranges. I look at it this way- each vehicle has a different feature set. The Pathy has the cushy, options laden feature set. The JKU has the off road convertible prowess. Which does she want more?
Can you get a power moonroof in the Pathy? That might be a compromise. Not as nice as a convertible, but better than a solid roof.
Has she driven a 4runner? My mom just bought her 3rd new 4runner a few months ago. My sister still drives the 1st one, a 98 with over 300k on it now. I would not touch a newer nissan, most people i know with them have electrical issues once the warranty runs out.
This is probably comparing apples to oranges, but my wife is kind of in a toss up between a 2013 Sahara Unlimited and a 2014 Nissan Pathfinder. I can't find any decent side by side comparisons on the interwebs, I think mainly because they are technically not in the same class. Her must haves are 4 doors, cargo space?
NOT the jeep... I love my 4dr but so wish i could afford. 2nd DD for room!!! Had the 2014 grand Laredo for a day... :o <----- this mama would choose that any day of the week! Wow
Thanks for the replies. My vote is for the Sahara, but I'm biased. LOL. To me, the new Pathfinder looks like a minivan. Perfect for grocery getting, but a far cry from the ruggedness of early model Pathfinders. The Sahara Unlimited can still haul around groceries, but has enough badass-ness to go "over the river and through woods" to get to said grocery store. Besides, she is getting rid of her BWM x3 to get either the Pathy or the Sahara. I have said my peace about it, now I guess the rest is up to her. Please choose the Jeep. Please choose the Jeep. Please choose the Jeep. xxx <--- crossed fingers