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Nissan Pathfinder vs. Volkswagen Tiguan MPG

Chart is based on 124 fuel economy reports for the Nissan Pathfinder and 121 fuel economy reports for the Volkswagen Tiguan.

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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Volkswagen Tiguan MPG

Volkswagen Tiguan Volkswagen Tiguan 2014 24.8 MPG Highway Percentage 65 percent Volkswagen Tiguan Volkswagen Tiguan 2014 23.5 MPG Highway Percentage 99 percent Volkswagen Tiguan Volkswagen Tiguan 2013 19.2 MPG Highway Percentage 75 percent Volkswagen Tiguan Volkswagen Tiguan 2013 23.2 MPG Highway Percentage 60 percent Volkswagen Tiguan Volkswagen Tiguan 2012 18.0 MPG Highway Percentage 20 percent Volkswagen Tiguan Volkswagen Tiguan 2012 30.8 MPG Highway Percentage 25 percent Volkswagen Tiguan Volkswagen Tiguan 2011 24.1 MPG Highway Percentage 60 percent Volkswagen Tiguan Volkswagen Tiguan 2011 23.1 MPG Highway Percentage 47 percent Volkswagen Tiguan Volkswagen Tiguan 2011 23.4 MPG Highway Percentage 15 percent Volkswagen Tiguan Volkswagen Tiguan 2010 23.8 MPG Highway Percentage 50 percent Volkswagen Tiguan Volkswagen Tiguan 2010 24.0 MPG Highway Percentage 57 percent Volkswagen Tiguan Volkswagen Tiguan 2010 25.6 MPG Highway Percentage 45 percent Volkswagen Tiguan Volkswagen Tiguan 2009 20.3 MPG Highway Percentage 27 percent Volkswagen Tiguan Volkswagen Tiguan 2009 21.9 MPG Highway Percentage 40 percent Volkswagen Tiguan Volkswagen Tiguan 2009 17.4 MPG Highway Percentage 5 percent Volkswagen Tiguan Volkswagen Tiguan 2009 27.6 MPG Highway Percentage 13 percent Volkswagen Tiguan Volkswagen Tiguan 2008.5 36.6 MPG Highway Percentage 50 percent Volkswagen Tiguan Volkswagen Tiguan 2008.5 33.7 MPG Highway Percentage 0 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 turbocharged 200hp 2.0L I4
6-speed shiftable automatic FWD
flat light light 0 25 10 65 70 24.8  
2014 4dr SUV turbocharged 200hp 2.0L I4
6-speed shiftable automatic AWD
flat light none 0 0 1 99 75 23.5  
2013 4dr SUV turbocharged 200hp 2.0L I4
6-speed shiftable automatic FWD
flat med hvy 0 10 15 75 70 19.2  
2013 4dr SUV turbocharged 200hp 2.0L I4
6-speed shiftable automatic AWD
flat light none 4 21 15 60 90 23.2  
2012 4dr SUV turbocharged 200hp 2.0L I4
6-speed shiftable automatic AWD
flat med light 10 50 20 20 65 18.0  
2012 4dr SUV turbocharged 140hp 2.0L I4 Diesel
6-speed manual AWD
flat v.lt light 5 15 55 25 55 30.8  
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 52 15 27 66 20.3  
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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Nissan Pathfinder vs. Volkswagen Tiguan MPG

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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 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
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
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
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
 

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. see full Volkswagen Tiguan review
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. see full Volkswagen Tiguan review
2009 4dr SUV turbocharged 140hp 2.0L I4 Diesel
6-speed manual AWD
40+ mpg constantly. see full Volkswagen Tiguan review
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. see full Volkswagen Tiguan review
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. see full Volkswagen Tiguan review
2009 4dr SUV turbocharged 200hp 2.0L I4
6-speed shiftable automatic FWD
Less than I had hoped for at around 25mpg average. see full Volkswagen Tiguan review
2009 4dr SUV turbocharged 200hp 2.0L I4
6-speed shiftable automatic AWD
Bring the tdi diesel to the US and problem solved. see full Volkswagen Tiguan review