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Nissan Pathfinder vs. Acura MDX MPG

Chart is based on 124 fuel economy reports for the Nissan Pathfinder and 248 fuel economy reports for the Acura MDX.

Nissan Pathfinder MPG

Nissan Pathfinder Nissan Pathfinder 2014 20.6 MPG Highway Percentage 55 percent Nissan Pathfinder Nissan Pathfinder 2013 18.0 MPG Highway Percentage 23 percent Nissan Pathfinder Nissan Pathfinder 2013 22.2 MPG Highway Percentage 58 percent Nissan Pathfinder Nissan Pathfinder 2011 21.8 MPG Highway Percentage 57 percent Nissan Pathfinder Nissan Pathfinder 2011 19.0 MPG Highway Percentage 40 percent Nissan Pathfinder Nissan Pathfinder 2010 15.5 MPG Highway Percentage 33 percent Nissan Pathfinder Nissan Pathfinder 2010 16.0 MPG Highway Percentage 38 percent Nissan Pathfinder Nissan Pathfinder 2009 18.6 MPG Highway Percentage 14 percent Nissan Pathfinder Nissan Pathfinder 2008 15.9 MPG Highway Percentage 58 percent Nissan Pathfinder Nissan Pathfinder 2008 15.6 MPG Highway Percentage 76 percent Nissan Pathfinder Nissan Pathfinder 2008 18.5 MPG Highway Percentage 50 percent Nissan Pathfinder Nissan Pathfinder 2008 17.0 MPG Highway Percentage 55 percent Nissan Pathfinder Nissan Pathfinder 2008 17.6 MPG Highway Percentage 65 percent Nissan Pathfinder Nissan Pathfinder 2008 19.2 MPG Highway Percentage 30 percent Nissan Pathfinder Nissan Pathfinder 2008 16.7 MPG Highway Percentage 55 percent Nissan Pathfinder Nissan Pathfinder 2007 16.0 MPG Highway Percentage 40 percent Nissan Pathfinder Nissan Pathfinder 2007 19.6 MPG Highway Percentage 36 percent Nissan Pathfinder Nissan Pathfinder 2007 13.6 MPG Highway Percentage 30 percent Nissan Pathfinder Nissan Pathfinder 2006 17.1 MPG Highway Percentage 50 percent Nissan Pathfinder Nissan Pathfinder 2006 18.8 MPG Highway Percentage 51 percent Nissan Pathfinder Nissan Pathfinder 2006 17.7 MPG Highway Percentage 38 percent Nissan Pathfinder Nissan Pathfinder 2005 17.1 MPG Highway Percentage 40 percent Nissan Pathfinder Nissan Pathfinder 2005 16.0 MPG Highway Percentage 39 percent Nissan Pathfinder Nissan Pathfinder 2005 17.5 MPG Highway Percentage 70 percent Nissan Pathfinder Nissan Pathfinder 2004 19.9 MPG Highway Percentage 0 percent Nissan Pathfinder Nissan Pathfinder 2004 18.7 MPG Highway Percentage 67 percent Nissan Pathfinder Nissan Pathfinder 2004 14.9 MPG Highway Percentage 35 percent Nissan Pathfinder Nissan Pathfinder 2003 17.1 MPG Highway Percentage 46 percent Nissan Pathfinder Nissan Pathfinder 2003 17.1 MPG Highway Percentage 62 percent Nissan Pathfinder Nissan Pathfinder 2002 17.0 MPG Highway Percentage 44 percent Nissan Pathfinder Nissan Pathfinder 2002 16.5 MPG Highway Percentage 21 percent Nissan Pathfinder Nissan Pathfinder 2001 18.5 MPG Highway Percentage 56 percent Nissan Pathfinder Nissan Pathfinder 2001 10.5 MPG Highway Percentage 50 percent Nissan Pathfinder Nissan Pathfinder 2001 13.3 MPG Highway Percentage 5 percent Nissan Pathfinder Nissan Pathfinder 2000 20.0 MPG Highway Percentage 60 percent Nissan Pathfinder Nissan Pathfinder 1999.5 15.0 MPG Highway Percentage 10 percent
Year Body/Powertrain flat, hilly, or mountainousLand driving style: very light to "lead foot"Foot A/C use: none to heavyA/C constant stop and goTraf % many stops per mileCity % stop every mile or twoSub % fairly steady speedHwy % Hwy Spd MPG
2014 4dr SUV supercharged 230hp 2.5L I4 Hybrid
CVT 4WD
hills light light 5 15 25 55 70 20.6  
2013 4dr SUV 260-horsepower 3.5L V6
CVT FWD
flat med light 12 11 54 23 79 18.0  
2013 4dr SUV 260-horsepower 3.5L V6
CVT 4WD
flat light none 7 7 28 58 60 22.2  
2011 4dr SUV 266-horsepower 4.0L V6
5-speed automatic RWD
flat light light 0 7 37 57 70 21.8  
2011 4dr SUV 266-horsepower 4.0L V6
5-speed automatic 4WD, part-time w/low range
flat light hvy 0 0 60 40 75 19.0  
2010 4dr SUV 266-horsepower 4.0L V6
5-speed shiftable automatic RWD
flat light none 0 33 33 33 60 15.5  
2010 4dr SUV 266-horsepower 4.0L V6
5-speed shiftable automatic 4WD, part-time w/low range
flat light light 15 8 40 38 95 16.0  
2009 4dr SUV 266-horsepower 4.0L V6
5-speed shiftable automatic RWD
flat light none 10 19 57 14 60 18.6  
2008 4dr SUV 310-horsepower 5.6L V8
5-speed shiftable automatic RWD
flat med light 0 37 5 58 78 15.9  
2008 4dr SUV 310-horsepower 5.6L V8
5-speed shiftable automatic 4WD w/low range
flat med light 5 5 14 76 71 15.6  
2008 4dr SUV 266-horsepower 4.0L V6
5-speed shiftable automatic RWD
flat med hvy 30 10 10 50 70 18.5  
2008 4dr SUV 266-horsepower 4.0L V6
5-speed shiftable automatic 4WD, part-time w/low range
flat med none 7 17 22 55 77 17.0  
2008 4dr SUV 266-horsepower 4.0L V6
5-speed shiftable automatic 4WD w/low range
flat light light 8 13 15 65 64 17.6  
2008 4dr SUV 266-horsepower 4.0L V6
5-speed automatic RWD
hills light hvy 10 30 30 30 60 19.2  
2008 4dr SUV 266-horsepower 4.0L V6
5-speed automatic 4WD, part-time w/low range
hills med light 1 10 35 55 68 16.7  
2007 4dr SUV 266-horsepower 4.0L V6
5-speed automatic RWD
flat light light 0 0 60 40 70 16.0  
2007 4dr SUV 266-horsepower 4.0L V6
5-speed automatic 4WD, part-time w/low range
hills light light 6 5 53 36 83 19.6  
2007 4dr SUV 266-horsepower 4.0L V6
5-speed automatic 4WD w/low range
flat light light 15 45 10 30 60 13.6  
2006 4dr SUV 270-horsepower 4.0L V6
5-speed automatic RWD
flat med none 30 10 10 50 75 17.1  
2006 4dr SUV 270-horsepower 4.0L V6
5-speed automatic 4WD, part-time w/low range
flat light none 0 20 29 51 66 18.8  
2006 4dr SUV 270-horsepower 4.0L V6
5-speed automatic 4WD w/low range
flat light light 3 35 24 38 63 17.7  
2005 4dr SUV 270-horsepower 4.0L V6
5-speed automatic RWD
hills med none 24 20 16 40 69 17.1  
2005 4dr SUV 270-horsepower 4.0L V6
5-speed automatic 4WD, part-time w/low range
flat med light 7 35 19 39 71 16.0  
2005 4dr SUV 270-horsepower 4.0L V6
5-speed automatic 4WD w/low range
flat med light 7 10 13 70 78 17.5  
2004 4dr SUV 240-horsepower 3.5L V6
4-speed automatic RWD
flat med hvy 50 30 20 0 0 19.9  
2004 4dr SUV 240-horsepower 3.5L V6
4-speed automatic 4WD, part-time w/low range
hills light light 5 17 12 67 68 18.7  
2004 4dr SUV 240-horsepower 3.5L V6
4-speed automatic 4WD w/low range
flat med none 10 10 45 35 100 14.9  
2003 4dr SUV 240-horsepower 3.5L V6
4-speed automatic 4WD, part-time w/low range
flat med light 13 28 13 46 66 17.1  
2003 4dr SUV 240-horsepower 3.5L V6
4-speed automatic 4WD w/low range
flat med light 5 17 17 62 117 17.1  
2002 4dr SUV 240-horsepower 3.5L V6
4-speed automatic 4WD, part-time w/low range
flat light light 11 25 20 44 81 17.0  
2002 4dr SUV 240-horsepower 3.5L V6
4-speed automatic 4WD w/low range
flat light light 20 43 17 21 88 16.5  
2001 4dr SUV 240-horsepower 3.5L V6
4-speed automatic RWD
flat med hvy 6 12 27 56 67 18.5  
2001 4dr SUV 240-horsepower 3.5L V6
4-speed automatic 4WD, part-time w/low range
flat light none 15 35 0 50 75 10.5  
2001 4dr SUV 240-horsepower 3.5L V6
4-speed automatic 4WD w/low range
flat light none 5 80 10 5 100 13.3  
2000 4dr SUV 170-horsepower 3.3L V6
4-speed automatic 4WD, part-time w/low range
flat light none 20 10 10 60 60 20.0  
1999.5 4dr SUV 170-horsepower 3.3L V6
4-speed automatic RWD
mtns light hvy 60 20 10 10 60 15.0  

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Acura MDX MPG

Acura MDX Acura MDX 2014 18.8 MPG Highway Percentage 40 percent Acura MDX Acura MDX 2014 20.0 MPG Highway Percentage 55 percent Acura MDX Acura MDX 2011 15.9 MPG Highway Percentage 55 percent Acura MDX Acura MDX 2010 15.4 MPG Highway Percentage 30 percent Acura MDX Acura MDX 2009 18.7 MPG Highway Percentage 59 percent Acura MDX Acura MDX 2008 19.6 MPG Highway Percentage 51 percent Acura MDX Acura MDX 2007 18.6 MPG Highway Percentage 52 percent Acura MDX Acura MDX 2006 19.7 MPG Highway Percentage 42 percent Acura MDX Acura MDX 2005 18.8 MPG Highway Percentage 48 percent Acura MDX Acura MDX 2004 19.3 MPG Highway Percentage 48 percent Acura MDX Acura MDX 2003 17.5 MPG Highway Percentage 39 percent Acura MDX Acura MDX 2002 18.8 MPG Highway Percentage 37 percent Acura MDX Acura MDX 2001 16.6 MPG Highway Percentage 31 percent
Year Body/Powertrain flat, hilly, or mountainousLand driving style: very light to "lead foot"Foot A/C use: none to heavyA/C constant stop and goTraf % many stops per mileCity % stop every mile or twoSub % fairly steady speedHwy % Hwy Spd MPG
2014 4dr SUV 290-horsepower 3.5L V6
6-speed shiftable automatic FWD
flat light none 0 20 40 40 70 18.8  
2014 4dr SUV 290-horsepower 3.5L V6
6-speed shiftable automatic AWD
flat med light 0 10 35 55 65 20.0  
2011 4dr SUV 300-horsepower 3.7L V6
6-speed shiftable automatic AWD
hills light none 6 7 32 55 63 15.9  
2010 4dr SUV 300-horsepower 3.7L V6
6-speed shiftable automatic AWD
flat light none 12 0 58 30 67 15.4  
2009 4dr SUV 300-horsepower 3.7L V6
5-speed shiftable automatic AWD
flat light light 6 15 21 59 94 18.7  
2008 4dr SUV 300-horsepower 3.7L V6
5-speed shiftable automatic AWD
flat light light 10 15 24 51 71 19.6  
2007 4dr SUV 300-horsepower 3.7L V6
5-speed shiftable automatic AWD
flat med none 3 12 32 52 73 18.6  
2006 4dr SUV 253-horsepower 3.5L V6
5-speed automatic AWD
flat light light 5 27 26 42 67 19.7  
2005 4dr SUV 265-horsepower 3.5L V6
5-speed automatic AWD
flat light light 10 27 15 48 68 18.8  
2004 4dr SUV 265-horsepower 3.5L V6
5-speed automatic AWD
flat light light 6 19 27 48 67 19.3  
2003 4dr SUV 260-horsepower 3.5L V6
5-speed automatic AWD
flat med none 7 32 22 39 68 17.5  
2002 4dr SUV 240-horsepower 3.5L V6
5-speed automatic AWD
flat light light 9 30 25 37 88 18.8  
2001 4dr SUV 240-horsepower 3.5L V6
5-speed automatic AWD
flat med light 0 29 41 31 69 16.6  

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Nissan Pathfinder vs. Acura MDX MPG

Unlike other fuel economy surveys, TrueDelta's Real-World Gas Mileage Survey includes questions about how and where a car was driven. So you can get an idea of the Nissan Pathfinder and Acura MDX's where a car was driven. So you can get an idea of their real-world MPG based on how and where you drive a car.

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TrueDelta Reviews the Real Gas Mileage of the Nissan Pathfinder

Nissan Pathfinder Real Gas Mileage: Pros
YearComment
2013 Among those zigs, Nissan placed a big bet on continuously variable transmissions (CVTs). Many people don't like how CVT-based powertrains sound and feel (which is a bit much like a slipping conventional transmission). But CVTs can hold an engine at a set, optimal rpm, either low for economy or high for performance, as the vehicle accelerates. Unlike the related Infiniti JX, the new Nissan Pathfinder gets Nissan's latest CVT, which has a broader range (6.4 vs. 5.4 multiple between the highest and lowest possible ratio) and lower internal friction. So it has even more flexibility to maximize either performance or fuel economy. On the performance front, the CVT makes the most of a 3.5-liter V6 that, with 260 horsepower and 240 pound-feet of torque, under-performs the V6s in most competitors. Though a touch slow off the line, the 4,471-pound Pathfinder Platinum feels stronger than the quarter-ton-heavier GMC Acadia, and is generally as quick as anyone needs this sort of vehicle to be. Plant your foot, and it'll get to sixty in about eight seconds. Personally, I don't even mind how Nissan's CVT feels when paired with a V6 (though I do prefer the more direct feel of the CVT in the new Honda Accord). The CVT's real forte, though, is fuel economy. The front-wheel-drive Pathfinder earns EPA ratings of 20 mpg city, 26 mpg highway. The 4WD Pathfinder does only a single mpg worse, 19/25. This is much better than the Acadia's 16/23, and also better than the Ford Explorer's 17/23, Honda Pilot's 17/24, the Toyota Highlander's 17/22, and the related Infiniti JX35's 18/23 (all with AWD). For higher fuel efficiency in a relatively affordable three-row crossover, you'd have to get a Highlander Hybrid (28/28). Or wait until next year, when Nissan will offer a hybrid version of the new Pathfinder (25/27). Unlike with competitors, you can lock the Pathfinder into two-wheel-drive. This might boost fuel efficiency a little. Four-wheel-drive isn't much necessary for dry-road performance or handling--the front tires manage the V6's torque well in all but the most energetic driving. In typical suburban driving after the engine was warmed up, the trip computer reported averages in the low 20s, and as high as 26 when I was especially easy on the gas and had good luck with traffic signals--impressive for a large crossover. A final bonus: unlike with the Infiniti JX, premium fuel isn't recommended. see full Nissan Pathfinder review
 

What Our Members Are Saying about the Real Gas Mileage of the Nissan Pathfinder

Nissan Pathfinder Real Gas Mileage: Pros
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2013 4dr SUV 260-horsepower 3.5L V6
CVT FWD
My first trip consisted of mostly highway driving in Texas. Speeds varied from 60 to 75 mph on the highway with very little in-town driving. Overall average was around 23.7 mpg (Calculated) which agreed very closely with the on-board computer. I am hoping that the mpg will increase as the car is broken in more. see full Nissan Pathfinder review
2013 4dr SUV 260-horsepower 3.5L V6
CVT FWD
With 10,000 miles on the car, we have averaged overall 21.3 mpg, according to the trip computer. Our average speed is 35 mph. Most of our driving is in town and it still seems to get great mileage for such a large car. see full Nissan Pathfinder review
Nissan Pathfinder Real Gas Mileage: Cons
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2008 4dr SUV 266-horsepower 4.0L V6
5-speed automatic 4WD, part-time w/low range
When compared to the other engines in its class the truck has less than average fuel economy. but with 266 horsepower and 6000lb towing that is to be expected. see full Nissan Pathfinder review
2008 4dr SUV 310-horsepower 5.6L V8
5-speed shiftable automatic 4WD w/low range
The fun of a V8 in a 5k+ lb vehicle had its penalties. Admittedly heavy on the gas, I averaged 13mpg in town and was lucky if I obtained 18mpg on long trips cruising at a steady 75mph. Manual said Premium fuel was recommended but regular worked fine. see full Nissan Pathfinder review
2003 4dr SUV 240-horsepower 3.5L V6
4-speed automatic 4WD, part-time w/low range
13-14 mpg is real in city conditions because of 4 speed auto. see full Nissan Pathfinder review
2003 4dr SUV 240-horsepower 3.5L V6
4-speed automatic 4WD w/low range
16MPG city, 19-20 MPG highway leaves much to be desired. Changing the spark plugs every 100,000km (well ahead of the suggested interval) makes a large difference, but economy is still lacking. see full Nissan Pathfinder review
2002 4dr SUV 240-horsepower 3.5L V6
4-speed automatic 4WD w/low range
What can you say--it's powerful, heavy and not very efficient by todays standards. Still given my current millage of 10,000 Km/year, it's not a good enough reason to trade the vehicle. see full Nissan Pathfinder review
2002 4dr SUV 240-horsepower 3.5L V6
4-speed automatic 4WD w/low range
Compared to more fuel efficient SUVs, it is rather low. But is OK for what it is. see full Nissan Pathfinder review
 

TrueDelta Reviews the Real Gas Mileage of the Acura MDX

Acura MDX Real Gas Mileage: Pros
YearComment
2014 In addition to trimming the size and weight of the MDX, Acura also reduced the size of the V6 engine from 3.7 to 3.5 liters. Thanks to direct injection the new, smaller engine is nearly as powerful (290 vs. 300 horsepower), and is even a little punchier at low rpm. It can run on three cylinders to save fuel while cruising. The QX60's V6, also 3.5 liters, lacks direct injection and is only good for 265 horsepower. Even though the Infiniti's CVT (continuously variable transmission) can hold the engine at its power peak, this isn't enough to compensate for its power and weight disadvantages. The MDX is noticeably quicker, if still not thrillingly quick. (It can get to 60 mph in about seven seconds.) Then again, fuel economy appears to have been the priority. In the EPA's tests, the 2013 MDX rated 16 mpg city, 21 mpg highway. Infiniti, aiming to top these marks with the JX35 did so by two mpg (18/23). A redesigned CVT shared with the new Nissan Pathfinder bumps the QX60 to 19/25. The new MDX trails the Infiniti by one mpg in the city, but tops it on the highway with a 27 mpg rating--tying the new diesel BMW X5 and impressive for a gas-powered three-row crossover. In real-world suburban driving with an economy-minded right foot the trip computer reported averages from 21 to 23. With a feather-light foot and good luck with traffic lights, 25 can happen. Drive the MDX hard enough to enjoy the snarl that kicks in with the big VTEC cam lobes at 5,000 rpm, on the other hand, and mpg falls into the mid-teens. Highway driving confirmed the EPA estimate. see full Acura MDX review
 

What Our Members Are Saying about the Real Gas Mileage of the Acura MDX

Acura MDX Real Gas Mileage: Pros
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2014 4dr SUV 290-horsepower 3.5L V6
6-speed shiftable automatic FWD
Bought this car because the fuel economy was the same as the Hybrid SUV I was looking to replace. Best miliage is on the highway with AC off at 27 MPG. It gets 23-24 in the city with AC off. see full Acura MDX review
2008 4dr SUV 300-horsepower 3.7L V6
5-speed shiftable automatic AWD
can be better see full Acura MDX review
2006 4dr SUV 253-horsepower 3.5L V6
5-speed automatic AWD
One of the best for an SUV. 24 highway at 70 mph, 20 in town. see full Acura MDX review
2002 4dr SUV 240-horsepower 3.5L V6
5-speed automatic AWD
Unbeatable for a 4WD vehicle of its capacity. see full Acura MDX review
2002 4dr SUV 240-horsepower 3.5L V6
5-speed automatic AWD
Best economy in its class. For a 7 passenger vehicle, great hwy mileage. I averaged 22-25mpg strict hwy. 15-18mpg in town. see full Acura MDX review
2002 4dr SUV 240-horsepower 3.5L V6
5-speed automatic AWD
I have averaged 25 mpg on the road, occasionally reaching 26-7. Ethanol is bad for it (as it is on all older cars). see full Acura MDX review
Acura MDX Real Gas Mileage: Cons
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2012 4dr SUV 300-horsepower 3.7L V6
6-speed shiftable automatic AWD
Gas mileage is not good. The best I get is around 20 mpg, and use 91 octane as reccommended. I've tried mid-grade 89 octane with no noticable difference but for $1.00-$2.00 per tankful, I'm choosing to stick with what is reccommended. It would be nice to have a front wheel drive only version which would save on gas, but it's not offered. see full Acura MDX review
2008 4dr SUV 300-horsepower 3.7L V6
5-speed shiftable automatic AWD
Well, it's AWD, and it's a heavy SUV. As a result, fuel economy is not great. see full Acura MDX review
2008 4dr SUV 300-horsepower 3.7L V6
5-speed shiftable automatic AWD
Gets only 17-18 mpg. see full Acura MDX review
2008 4dr SUV 300-horsepower 3.7L V6
5-speed shiftable automatic AWD
Gas engine does not achieve excellent mileage diesels provide see full Acura MDX review
2008 4dr SUV 300-horsepower 3.7L V6
5-speed shiftable automatic AWD
I have yet to see 15 city/20 hwy, even with 12k on the odometer and not driving it hard. 13/18 is more like it. see full Acura MDX review
2007 4dr SUV 300-horsepower 3.7L V6
5-speed shiftable automatic AWD
City driving is worse than advertised...15 to 16 mpg. But highway is 23-24 mpg. see full Acura MDX review
2007 4dr SUV 300-horsepower 3.7L V6
5-speed shiftable automatic AWD
19Mpg is ok. Its not great. see full Acura MDX review
2007 4dr SUV 300-horsepower 3.7L V6
5-speed shiftable automatic AWD
I get only 16mpg even on highways see full Acura MDX review
2006 4dr SUV 253-horsepower 3.5L V6
5-speed automatic AWD
wish the fuel economy could have been addressed a bit more...not really complaining cos I drive an Odyssey too ..which has the same engine as the MDX..similar consumption... see full Acura MDX review
2005 4dr SUV 265-horsepower 3.5L V6
5-speed automatic AWD
Would get a hybrid next - more MPG. see full Acura MDX review