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Nissan Pathfinder vs. Volkswagen Tiguan Gas Mileage (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 Volkswagen Tiguan's where a car was driven. So you can get an idea of the Array's real-world MPG based on how and where you drive a car.

Reported MPG

Chart is based on 123 fuel economy reports for the Nissan Pathfinder and 115 fuel economy reports for the Volkswagen Tiguan.

Nissan Pathfinder Gas Mileage

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
2013 4dr SUV 260-horsepower 3.5L V6
CVT FWD
flat med light 10 10 56 24 80 16.8  
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 18 20 13 50 68 23.9  
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 17.1  
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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Volkswagen Tiguan Gas Mileage

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
2013 4dr SUV turbocharged 200hp 2.0L I4
6-speed shiftable automatic FWD
flat med hvy 0 10 15 75 70 19.2  
2012 4dr SUV turbocharged 140hp 2.0L I4 Diesel
6-speed manual AWD
flat v.lt light 5 15 55 25 55 30.7  
2011 4dr SUV turbocharged 200hp 2.0L I4
6-speed shiftable automatic FWD
flat med light 0 5 35 60 65 24.1  
2011 4dr SUV turbocharged 200hp 2.0L I4
6-speed shiftable automatic AWD
flat med none 14 20 19 47 101 23.1  
2011 4dr SUV turbocharged 200hp 2.0L I4
6-speed manual FWD
flat light hvy 5 20 60 15 65 23.4  
2010 4dr SUV turbocharged 200hp 2.0L I4
6-speed shiftable automatic FWD
flat light hvy 30 0 20 50 60 23.8  
2010 4dr SUV turbocharged 200hp 2.0L I4
6-speed shiftable automatic AWD
flat med none 12 12 19 57 99 24.0  
2010 4dr SUV turbocharged 200hp 2.0L I4
6-speed manual FWD
flat med none 0 31 24 45 70 25.6  
2009 4dr SUV turbocharged 200hp 2.0L I4
6-speed shiftable automatic FWD
flat med light 6 50 16 27 65 20.4  
2009 4dr SUV turbocharged 200hp 2.0L I4
6-speed shiftable automatic AWD
flat med light 13 28 20 40 75 21.9  
2009 4dr SUV turbocharged 170hp 2.0L I4
6-speed shiftable automatic AWD
flat med light 80 10 5 5 120 17.4  
2009 4dr SUV turbocharged 140hp 2.0L I4 Diesel
6-speed shiftable automatic AWD
flat lead none 37 23 27 13 107 27.6  
2008.5 4dr SUV turbocharged 140hp 2.0L I4 Diesel
6-speed shiftable automatic AWD
flat light light 5 10 35 50 60 36.6  
2008.5 4dr SUV turbocharged 140hp 2.0L I4 Diesel
6-speed manual AWD
flat med none 0 0 100 0 0 33.7  

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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
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.
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.
Nissan Pathfinder Real Gas Mileage: Cons
YearBody/PowertrainComment
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
 

What Our Members Are Saying about the Real Gas Mileage of the Volkswagen Tiguan

Volkswagen Tiguan Real Gas Mileage: Pros
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2013 4dr SUV turbocharged 200hp 2.0L I4
6-speed shiftable automatic FWD
Swapped the paper filter for a K&N filter, kept the original air box. Get over 24mpg city, close to 30 on the freeway w/ moderate hills.
2012 4dr SUV turbocharged 200hp 2.0L I4
6-speed shiftable automatic AWD
For a small crossover/suv its pretty good. Went on a 400 mile round trip to the mountains (5,500ft elevation) for the weekend and back (2,00ft elevation) and averaged 26mpg. Day to day driving I get about 25.5mpg without trying to be conservative.
2009 4dr SUV turbocharged 140hp 2.0L I4 Diesel
6-speed manual AWD
40+ mpg constantly.
Volkswagen Tiguan Real Gas Mileage: Cons
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2013 4dr SUV turbocharged 200hp 2.0L I4
6-speed shiftable automatic AWD
Our Tiguan ranges from 20-30 mpg, between city and highway cruising. It's consistently about 5 mpg thirstier than the GTI. Blame the extra weight, but there's less than 400 lbs of that, IIRC. Or blame the AWD, but it's part-time only. I blame the large aero cross-section; it stands about a foot taller than a Golf. If VW would offer a TDI in the Tiguan, they'd sell as many as they could spare to the US market. I'd be standing in line.
2009 4dr SUV turbocharged 200hp 2.0L I4
6-speed shiftable automatic FWD
Less than I had hoped for at around 25mpg average.
2009 4dr SUV turbocharged 200hp 2.0L I4
6-speed shiftable automatic AWD
Its OK, but could be better. I see 21-22 suburban, as much as 28 on long highway trips. Premium fuel is the bigger drawback.
2009 4dr SUV turbocharged 200hp 2.0L I4
6-speed shiftable automatic AWD
Bring the tdi diesel to the US and problem solved.