Compare 2011 Dodge Nitro vs 2011 Ford Explorer

2011 Dodge Nitro
2011 Ford Explorer
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2WD 4-Door Heat
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2WD 4-Door Heat 16 22 $21,652 $22,245
4WD 4-Door Heat 15 21 $23,320 $23,995
2WD 4-Door Detonator 16 21 $25,372 $26,245
2WD 4-Door Shock 16 21 $26,302 $27,245
4WD 4-Door Detonator 16 21 $27,040 $27,995
4WD 4-Door Shock 16 21 $27,970 $28,995
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FWD 4-Door Base
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
FWD 4-Door Base 17 25 $26,886 $28,360
4WD 4-Door Base 17 23 $28,726 $30,360
FWD 4-Door XLT 17 25 $29,479 $31,520
4WD 4-Door XLT 17 23 $31,299 $33,520
FWD 4-Door Limited 17 25 $34,952 $37,535
4WD 4-Door Limited 17 23 $36,772 $39,535
Pricing
Invoice Price
$21,652
$26,886
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$22,245
$28,360
Monthly Payment Estimate
$371 / month
$473 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
7.2
8.6
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2011 Ford Explorer a formidable shot right at the heart of the crossover market--one that's sure to pull some of the remaining SUV loyalists off their very high horses.
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Fuel Economy
City
16 mpg 17 mpg
Highway
22 mpg 25 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
2WD Sport Utility Sport Utility Vehicle - 2WD
Interior Dimensions
Front Shoulder Room (in)
57.2 61.3
Passenger Volume (ft³)
102.5 151.7
Second Head Room (in)
40.8 40.5
Second Shoulder Room (in)
56.4 61.0
Front Leg Room (in)
40.8 40.6
Passenger Capacity
5 7
Front Hip Room (in)
56.1 57.3
Second Leg Room (in)
39.4 39.8
Front Head Room (in)
40.6 41.4
Second Hip Room (in)
47.4 56.7
Third Leg Room (in)
- 33.2
Third Hip Room (in)
- 40.7
Third Head Room (in)
- 37.8
Third Shoulder Room (in)
- 50.8
Exterior Dimensions
Min Ground Clearance (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Length, Overall (in)
178.9 197.1
Rear Door Opening Width (in)
46.5 - TBD -
Height, Overall (in)
70.5 70.4
Liftover Height (in)
33.3 NA
Track Width, Rear (in)
61.0 67.0
Wheelbase (in)
108.8 112.6
Rear Door Opening Height (in)
33.1 - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
73.1 78.9
Track Width, Front (in)
61.0 67.0
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³)
68.7 80.7
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 3 (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³)
NA 21.0
Cargo Box Width @ Wheelhousings (in)
40.5 - TBD -
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 2 (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³)
29.3 43.8
Cargo Area Width @ Beltline (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Box (Area) Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 1 (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Brakes
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
12.4 x 0.5 - TBD -
Brake Type
Pwr Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.9 x 1.1 - TBD -
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
19.5 18.6
Steering
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
17.4 15.8
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
36.3 - TBD -
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
3.42 - TBD -
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Tires
Front Tire Size
P245/50R20 P245/65R17
Spare Tire Size
Compact T165/80D17
Front Tire Order Code
TRY - TBD -
Spare Tire Order Code
TBC NA
Rear Tire Size
P245/50R20 P245/65R17
Rear Tire Order Code
TRY - TBD -
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
200 200
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
350 300
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
2000 2000
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
2000 2000
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3976 4557
Wheels
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact Mini
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in)
20 x 7.5 17 x - TBD -
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Steel
Spare Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
20 x 7.5 17 x - TBD -
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
14.0 - TBD -
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
600 650
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
140 175
Engine
Displacement
3.7L/226 3.5L/213
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
210 @ 5200 290 @ 6500
Engine Type
Gas V6 Gas V6
Fuel System
Electronic Fuel Injection SMPI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
235 @ 4000 255 @ 4100
Engine Order Code
EKG 998
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
22 25
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
16 17
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
18 20
Transmission
Clutch Size (in)
NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 1.84
Trans Type
4 6
Drivetrain
Rear Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 1.00
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
2.21 2.88
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
1.57 2.87
Trans Order Code
DGV 44J
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.73 3.16
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.69 1.41
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic Automatic w/OD
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 0.74
First Gear Ratio (:1)
2.84 4.48
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), High
- 1.00
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), Low
- NA
Summary
Vehicle Name
Dodge Nitro Ford Explorer
Body Style
4 Door Sport Utility 4 Door
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - 1.26
Suspension Type - Rear
Live Axle Multi-link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
Upper/Lower "A" arms MacPherson
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- TBD - 0.87
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs NA
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
3 4
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
10.4 9.3
Crash Test Ratings
Overall Rating
-- -
Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
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Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver
-- -
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger
-- -
Overall Side Crash Rating
-- -
Side Barrier Rating
-- -
Side Barrier Rating Driver
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Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
-- -
Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat
-- -
Combined Side Rating Front Seat
-- -
Combined Side Rating Rear Seat
-- -
Rollover Rating
-

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