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2009 Ford Explorer

2008 Nissan Pathfinder

  2009 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer 2008 Nissan Pathfinder 2WD 4-door V6 SE Angular Front Exterior View
MSRP
$28,470
$26,980
Invoice $26,458 $25,283
MPG
City/Highway
13/21 12/22
Rating
8.0
/ 10
TCC Rating
7.6
/ 10
TCC Rating
Bottom Line If you are looking for a truck-based SUV that can tow, the Ford Explorer is ahead of most of its rivals. Read Full Review If you tow and off-road with the family, the 2008 Nissan Pathfinder is one of the better traditional truck-based SUVs available. Read Full Review
Likes &
Dislikes

Likes:

  • Power-folding third-row seat
  • Independent rear suspension
  • Interior styling
  • Great crash-test scores

Dislikes:

  • Ride can be choppy
  • Still doesn’t handle as well as car-based crossover utes
  • Rough V-6 engine

Likes:

  • Responsive V-6 and five-speed automatic
  • Impressive towing ability
  • Off-road toughness
  • Available tech features such as Bluetooth and Music Box

Dislikes:

  • Rather hard ride
  • Skimpy front seats
  • Stability control isn’t standard
Crash Test Ratings
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