The 2016 Nissan Pathfinder earned the Automotive Science Group’s (ASG) top award in class, earning ASG’s 2016 BEST ALL-AROUND PERFORMANCE Award in the Full-size SUV class. In areas of environmental, social and economic performance, the three fundamentals of ASGʼs data-driven automotive life-cycle assessment platform - the Automotive Performance Index (API) - the Pathfinder outperformed 124 Full-size SUVs, earning the distinction as an ASG best in class selection for model year 2016.
ASG’s 2016 Study also found the Nissan Pathfinder to hold the lowest cost of ownership in class, earning ASG’s 2016 BEST ECONOMIC PERFORMANCE Award in the Full-size SUV class. ASG’s economic performance model shows the abridged life-cycle carrying and operating costs of vehicle ownership to assess the economic benefits of owning and operating conventional and alternatively powered vehicles.
The API applies statistical methods to demonstrate each vehicle rating in relative comparison. The vehicle that performs highest in any performance area, in a given class, obtains a rating score of 100 in that specific performance area (Economic, Social, Environmental and All-Around Performance). Each vehicle is then compared relative to the top-performing vehicle in its class, with a rating score reflecting the statistical difference in performance outcomes. For example, a rating of 95 translates to a 5% performance deficit as compared to the top-performing vehicle in class.