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Selected Style 2WD 4-Door LX
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Drivetrain

Features

Trim

Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2WD 4-Door LX 18 25 $26,179 $28,620
2WD 4-Door EX 18 25 $28,778 $31,470
2WD 4-Door EX-L 18 25 $31,743 $34,720
2WD 4-Door w/RES EX-L 18 25 $33,202 $36,320
2WD 4-Door w/Navi EX-L 18 25 $33,567 $36,720
2WD 4-Door w/RES & Navi Touring 18 25 $35,984 $39,370
4WD 4-Door LX 17 24 $27,638 $30,220
4WD 4-Door EX 17 24 $30,238 $33,070
4WD 4-Door EX-L 17 24 $33,202 $36,320
4WD 4-Door w/RES EX-L 17 24 $34,661 $37,920
4WD 4-Door w/Navi EX-L 17 24 $35,026 $38,320
4WD 4-Door w/RES & Navi Touring 17 24 $37,443 $40,970
2WD 4-Door V6 S
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Engine

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Trim

Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4WD 4-Door V8 LE 13 18 $40,714 $43,970
4WD 4-Door V6 LE 14 20 $39,299 $42,440
4WD 4-Door V6 Silver Edition 14 20 $35,777 $38,630
4WD 4-Door V6 SV 14 20 $32,086 $34,640
4WD 4-Door V6 S 14 20 $29,315 $31,290
2WD 4-Door V6 LE 15 22 $37,264 $40,240
2WD 4-Door V6 Silver Edition 15 22 $33,927 $36,630
2WD 4-Door V6 SV 15 22 $30,236 $32,640
2WD 4-Door V6 S 15 22 $27,444 $29,290
Pricing
Invoice Price
$26,179
$27,444
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$28,620
$29,290
Monthly Payment Estimate
$477 / month
$488 / month
Dealer Price Quotes
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TCC Rating
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TCC's Bottom Line Don't let the macho-boxy look intimidate you; the Honda Pilot makes a lot of sense for large families—especially with improved mileage and a most tasteful front-end design for 2012. The 2012 Nissan Pathfinder appeals to those who need tow or off-road, yet occasionally carry passengers; if it's the other way around, you can do better.
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Fuel Economy
Fuel Economy - City 18 mpg 15 mpg
Fuel Economy - Highway 25 mpg 22 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification 2WD Sport Utility Vehicle 2WD Sport Utility
Interior Dimensions
Second Head Room (in) 39.8 39.0
Third Hip Room (in) 48.4 44.0
Second Shoulder Room (in) 62.2 58.4
Front Leg Room (in) 41.4 42.4
Passenger Capacity 8 7
Third Head Room (in) 38.2 36.7
Front Hip Room (in) 58.6 55.5
Third Shoulder Room (in) 58.9 57.1
Second Leg Room (in) 38.5 34.2
Front Head Room (in) 40.0 40.0
Second Hip Room (in) 56.9 57.6
Front Shoulder Room (in) 61.5 58.3
Passenger Volume (ft³) 153.7 100.6
Third Leg Room (in) 32.1 28.1
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Front (in) 67.7 61.8
Min Ground Clearance (in) 8.0 8.7
Length, Overall (in) 191.4 192.3
Rear Door Opening Width (in) - TBD - NA
Height, Overall (in) 71.0 72.0
Liftover Height (in) NA 29.9
Track Width, Rear (in) 67.5 61.8
Wheelbase (in) 109.2 112.2
Rear Door Opening Height (in) - TBD - NA
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 78.5 72.8
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Box (Area) Height (in) NA 34.8
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 1 (in) - TBD - 73.9
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³) 87.0 79.2
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 3 (in) - TBD - 17.4
Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³) 18.0 16.5
Cargo Box Width @ Wheelhousings (in) NA - TBD -
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 2 (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³) 47.7 48.9
Cargo Area Width @ Beltline (in) - TBD - 44.4
Brakes
Disc - Rear (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 13.1 x - TBD - 12.1 x 0.7
Brake Type Pwr Power
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in) NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 13.0 x - TBD - 11.7 x 1.1
Drum - Rear (Yes or ) NA NA
Brake ABS System 4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 21.0 21.1
Steering
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) 37.9 39.2
Steering Type Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering) 3.7 3.5
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft) - TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall 19.0 17.0
Tires
Spare Tire Size Compact P245/75R16
Front Tire Order Code NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code NA NA
Rear Tire Size P235/65R17 P245/75R16
Rear Tire Order Code NA NA
Front Tire Size P235/65R17 P245/75R16
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) 200 500
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) 200 600
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) 2000 5000
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) 2000 6000
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs) 4299 4427
Wheels
Rear Wheel Material Steel Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in) 17 x - TBD - 16 x 7.0
Front Wheel Material Steel Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in) 17 x - TBD - 16 x 7.0
Spare Wheel Size (in) Compact 16 x 7.0
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) 9.93 10.9
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) - TBD - 550
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) - TBD - 110
Engine
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM 250 @ 5700 266 @ 5600
Engine Type Gas V6 Gas V6
Fuel System Electronic Fuel Injection Direct Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM 253 @ 4800 288 @ 4000
Engine Order Code NA NA
Displacement 3.5L/212 4.0L/241
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 18 15
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) 21 17
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 25 22
Transmission
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.61 0.83
Trans Description Cont. Again NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1) 1.89 2.76
Second Gear Ratio (:1) 1.61 2.35
Trans Order Code NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) 4.31 3.13
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.77 1.00
Trans Description Cont. Automatic w/OD Automatic
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1) 2.70 3.84
Clutch Size (in) NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1) 1.07 1.52
Trans Type 5 5
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), High - NA
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), Low - NA
Summary
Body Style 4 Door Sport Utility Sport Utility
Vehicle Name Honda Pilot Nissan Pathfinder
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in) 0.91 1.30
Suspension Type - Rear Multi-link Double-Wishbone
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) NA w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm) - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front MacPherson Strut Double-Wishbone
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in) 1.04 1.00
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) NA w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm) - TBD - - TBD -
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score 4 2
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year 8.9 10.7
Crash Test Ratings
Overall Rating
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Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
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Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver
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Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger
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Overall Side Crash Rating
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Side Barrier Rating
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Side Barrier Rating Driver
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Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
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Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat
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Combined Side Rating Front Seat
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Combined Side Rating Rear Seat
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Rollover Rating
 
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