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Selected Style RWD 4-Door V6 XLT
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Trim

Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
RWD 4-Door V6 XLT 14 20 $26,458 $28,470
RWD 4-Door V8 XLT 15 21 $27,649 $29,780
4WD 4-Door V6 XLT 13 19 $28,569 $30,790
AWD 4-Door V6 XLT 13 19 $28,569 $30,790
RWD 4-Door V6 Eddie Bauer 14 20 $29,319 $31,615
4WD 4-Door V8 XLT 14 19 $29,761 $32,100
AWD 4-Door V8 XLT 14 19 $29,761 $32,100
RWD 4-Door V8 Eddie Bauer 15 21 $30,512 $32,925
4WD 4-Door V6 Eddie Bauer 13 19 $31,431 $33,935
AWD 4-Door V6 Eddie Bauer 13 19 $31,431 $33,935
4WD 4-Door V8 Eddie Bauer 14 19 $32,623 $35,245
AWD 4-Door V8 Eddie Bauer 14 19 $32,623 $35,245
RWD 4-Door V6 Limited 14 20 $32,901 $35,550
RWD 4-Door V8 Limited 15 21 $34,093 $36,860
4WD 4-Door V6 Limited 13 19 $35,012 $37,870
AWD 4-Door V6 Limited 13 19 $35,012 $37,870
4WD 4-Door V8 Limited 14 19 $36,203 $39,180
AWD 4-Door V8 Limited 14 19 $36,203 $39,180
2WD 4-Door V6 S
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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2WD 4-Door V6 S 15 22 $25,283 $26,980
4WD 4-Door V6 S 14 20 $27,154 $28,980
2WD 4-Door V6 SE 15 22 $28,054 $30,280
2WD 4-Door V8 SE 13 18 $29,533 $31,880
4WD 4-Door V6 SE 14 20 $29,904 $32,280
4WD 4-Door V8 SE 12 18 $31,614 $34,130
4WD 4-Door V6 SE Off Road 14 20 $32,585 $35,180
2WD 4-Door V6 LE 15 22 $33,418 $36,080
2WD 4-Door V8 LE 13 18 $34,990 $37,780
4WD 4-Door V6 LE 14 20 $35,452 $38,280
4WD 4-Door V8 LE 12 18 $37,024 $39,980
Pricing
Invoice Price
$26,458
$25,283
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$28,470
$26,980
Monthly Payment Estimate
$475 / month
$450 / month
Dealer Price Quotes
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TCC's Bottom Line If you are looking for a truck-based SUV that can tow, the Ford Explorer is ahead of most of its rivals. If you tow and off-road with the family, the 2008 Nissan Pathfinder is one of the better traditional truck-based SUVs available.
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Fuel Economy
Fuel Economy - City 14 mpg 15 mpg
Fuel Economy - Highway 20 mpg 22 mpg
Vehicle
Rear Door Type Liftgate -
EPA Classification - 2WD Sport Utility
Interior Dimensions
Second Hip Room (in) 55.5 57.6
Front Shoulder Room (in) 59.0 58.3
Third Leg Room (in) NA 28.1
Second Head Room (in) 38.7 40.0
Third Hip Room (in) NA 44.0
Second Shoulder Room (in) 58.9 58.4
Front Leg Room (in) 42.4 42.4
Third Head Room (in) NA 36.7
Front Hip Room (in) 55.4 55.5
Passenger Capacity 5 7
Third Shoulder Room (in) NA 57.1
Second Leg Room (in) 36.9 34.2
Front Head Room (in) 39.8 40.0
Passenger Volume (ft³) - 149.1
Exterior Dimensions
Wheelbase (in) 113.7 112.2
Ground Clearance, Front (in) 8.3 -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 73.7 72.6
Side Door Opening Width (in) NA -
Overhang, Front (in) 35.4 -
Step Up Height - Side (in) - TBD - -
Rear Door Opening Width (in) - TBD - NA
Ground to Top of Load Floor (in) 31.4 -
Length, Overall w/rear bumper (in) 193.4 -
Side Door Opening Height (in) NA -
Ground Clearance, Rear (in) 8.3 -
Height, Overall (in) 71.9 72.4
Step Up Height - Front (in) - TBD - -
Rear Door Opening Height (in) 33.7 NA
Overhang, Rear w/bumper (in) 44.3 -
Min Ground Clearance (in) - 8.6
Length, Overall (in) - 192.5
Liftover Height (in) - - TBD -
Track Width, Rear (in) - 61.8
Track Width, Front (in) - 61.8
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³) NA 16.5
Cargo Area Width @ Beltline (in) - TBD - 44.4
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Console (in) - TBD - -
Cargo Box (Area) Height (in) - TBD - 34.8
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 2 (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³) 45.1 49.2
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 4 (in) NA -
Cargo Volume to Seat 4 (ft³) NA -
Cargo Box Width @ Wheelhousings (in) 44.9 - TBD -
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 1 (in) - TBD - 73.9
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³) 85.8 79.2
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 3 (in) NA - TBD -
Brakes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 12.01 x 0.43 11.7 x 1.1
Brake Type Pwr Power
Drum - Rear (Yes or ) NA NA
Brake ABS System (Second Line) NA -
Disc - Rear (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 11.85 x 0.39 12.1 x 0.7
Brake ABS System 4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in) NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Fuel Tank
Aux Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) NA -
Aux Fuel Tank Location NA -
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 22.5 21.1
Fuel Tank Location Midship -
Steering
Steering Type Power Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Steering Ratio (:1), At Lock NA -
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft) 38.4 - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), On Center 18.9 -
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) 36.8 39.2
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering) - 3.54
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall - 17.1
Tires
Revolutions/Mile @ 45 mph - Spare 721 -
Front Tire Capacity (lbs) 1700 -
Rear Tire Order Code T53 NA
Spare Tire Capacity (lbs) 1700 -
Front Tire Size P235/70R16 P245/75R16
Revolutions/Mile @ 45 mph - Rear 721 -
Spare Tire Size P235/70R16 P245/75R16
Front Tire Order Code T53 NA
Rear Tire Capacity (lbs) 1700 -
Spare Tire Order Code T53 NA
Revolutions/Mile @ 45 mph - Front 721 -
Rear Tire Size P235/70R16 P245/75R16
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) 350 600
Fifth Wheel Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) NA -
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) 3500 5000
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) 3500 6000
Fifth Wheel Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) NA -
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) 350 500
Weight Information
Curb Weight - Rear (lbs) 2107 -
Gross Vehicle Weight Rating Cap (lbs) 6010 -
Gross Axle Wt Rating - Front (lbs) 2860 -
Curb Weight - Front (lbs) 2329 -
Gross Combined Wt Rating (lbs) 8500 -
Gross Axle Wt Rating - Rear (lbs) 3340 -
Base Curb Weight (lbs) - 4446
Wheels
Rear Wheel Material Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in) 16 x 7 16 x 7.0
Front Wheel Material Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material Aluminum Steel
Front Wheel Size (in) 16 x 7 16 x 7.0
Spare Wheel Size (in) 16 x 7 16 x 7.0
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) 7.8 10.9
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) 650 550
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) 130 110
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (2nd) NA -
Maximum Alternator Watts 1950 -
Engine
Engine Oil Cooler NA -
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM 210 @ 5100 266 @ 5600
Engine Type Gas V6 Gas V6
Fuel System SMPI SMPI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM 254 @ 3700 288 @ 4000
Engine Order Code - TBD - VQ40
Displacement 4.0L/245 4.0L/241
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 20 22
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 14 15
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) 16 -
Transmission
Trans PTO Access NA -
Drivetrain Rear Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.71 0.84
Trans Description Cont. Again NA NA
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), High NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1) 3.07 2.76
Second Gear Ratio (:1) 2.29 2.35
Trans Order Code - TBD - NA
Transfer Case Power Take Off NA -
Trans Power Take Off NA -
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1) 1.00 1.00
Trans Description Cont. Automatic w/OD Automatic
Transfer Case Model NA -
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1) 3.22 3.84
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), Low NA NA
Clutch Size (in) NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1) 1.54 1.53
Trans Type 5 5
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) - 3.13
Summary
Vehicle Name Ford Explorer Nissan Pathfinder
Body Code NA -
Body Style 4 Door 4 Door
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm) 32.0 - TBD -
Axle Type - Rear Ford SLA -
Suspension Type - Front Independent SLA Independent
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in) 1.34 1.30
Axle Capacity - Rear (lbs) 3600 -
Spring Capacity - Front (lbs) 2470 -
Axle Ratio (:1) - Rear 3.55 -
Axle Type - Front Ford SLA -
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm) 32.0 - TBD -
Axle Capacity - Front (lbs) 3240 -
Suspension Type - Rear Independent SLA Independent
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in) 0.77 1.0
Axle Ratio (:1) - Front NA -
Spring Capacity - Rear (lbs) 2200 -
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) - Double-Wishbone
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) - Double-Wishbone
Frame
Frame Type Ladder -
Doors
Side Door Type NA -
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score 3 -
 
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