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Selected Style 2WD 4-Door V6 S
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Trim

Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2WD 4-Door V6 S 15 22 $25,283 $26,980
2WD 4-Door V6 SE 15 22 $28,054 $30,280
2WD 4-Door V8 SE 13 18 $29,533 $31,880
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 S 14 20 $27,154 $28,980
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
4WD 4-Door V6 LE 14 20 $35,452 $38,280
4WD 4-Door V8 LE 12 18 $37,024 $39,980
RWD 4-Door V6 XLT
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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
RWD 4-Door V6 XLT 14 20 $24,771 $26,495
RWD 4-Door V8 XLT 13 20 $25,958 $27,800
RWD 4-Door V6 Eddie Bauer 14 20 $27,273 $29,245
RWD 4-Door V8 Eddie Bauer 13 20 $28,465 $30,555
RWD 4-Door V6 Limited 14 20 $30,740 $33,055
RWD 4-Door V8 Limited 13 20 $31,932 $34,365
4WD 4-Door V6 XLT 13 19 $26,881 $28,815
4WD 4-Door V8 XLT 13 19 $28,074 $30,125
4WD 4-Door V6 Eddie Bauer 13 19 $29,384 $31,565
4WD 4-Door V8 Eddie Bauer 13 19 $30,576 $32,875
4WD 4-Door V6 Limited 13 19 $32,851 $35,375
4WD 4-Door V8 Limited 13 19 $34,048 $36,690
AWD 4-Door V6 Eddie Bauer 13 19 $29,384 $31,565
AWD 4-Door V8 Eddie Bauer 13 19 $30,576 $32,875
AWD 4-Door V6 Limited 13 19 $32,851 $35,375
AWD 4-Door V8 Limited 13 19 $34,048 $36,690
Pricing
Invoice Price
$25,283
$24,771
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$26,980
$26,495
Monthly Payment Estimate
$450 / month
$442 / month
Dealer Price Quotes
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TCC's Bottom Line If you tow and off-road with the family, the 2008 Nissan Pathfinder is one of the better traditional truck-based SUVs available. As the perennial best-selling truck-based SUV, the Ford Explorer is still the one to beat.
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Fuel Economy
Fuel Economy - City 15 mpg 14 mpg
Fuel Economy - Highway 22 mpg 20 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification 2WD Sport Utility -
Rear Door Type - Liftgate
Interior Dimensions
Second Hip Room (in) 57.6 55.5
Front Shoulder Room (in) 58.3 59.0
Passenger Capacity 7 5
Third Leg Room (in) 28.1 NA
Second Head Room (in) 40.0 38.7
Third Hip Room (in) 44.0 NA
Second Shoulder Room (in) 58.4 58.9
Front Leg Room (in) 42.4 42.4
Third Head Room (in) 36.7 NA
Front Hip Room (in) 55.5 55.4
Passenger Volume (ft³) 149.1 -
Third Shoulder Room (in) 57.1 NA
Second Leg Room (in) 34.2 36.9
Front Head Room (in) 40.0 39.8
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Rear (in) 61.8 -
Wheelbase (in) 112.2 113.7
Rear Door Opening Height (in) NA 33.7
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 72.6 73.7
Track Width, Front (in) 61.8 -
Min Ground Clearance (in) 8.6 -
Length, Overall (in) 192.5 -
Rear Door Opening Width (in) NA - TBD -
Height, Overall (in) 72.4 72.8
Liftover Height (in) - TBD - -
Ground Clearance, Rear (in) - 8.3
Step Up Height - Front (in) - - TBD -
Overhang, Rear w/bumper (in) - 44.3
Ground Clearance, Front (in) - 8.3
Side Door Opening Width (in) - NA
Overhang, Front (in) - 35.4
Step Up Height - Side (in) - - TBD -
Ground to Top of Load Floor (in) - 31.4
Length, Overall w/rear bumper (in) - 193.4
Side Door Opening Height (in) - NA
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³) 49.2 45.1
Cargo Area Width @ Beltline (in) 44.4 - TBD -
Cargo Box (Area) Height (in) 34.8 - TBD -
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 1 (in) 73.9 - TBD -
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³) 79.2 85.8
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 3 (in) - TBD - NA
Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³) 16.5 NA
Cargo Box Width @ Wheelhousings (in) - TBD - 44.9
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 2 (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Console (in) - - TBD -
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 4 (in) - NA
Cargo Volume to Seat 4 (ft³) - NA
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) 12.1 x 0.7 11.85 x 0.39
Brake Type Power Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in) NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 11.7 x 1.1 12.01 x 0.43
Brake ABS System (Second Line) - NA
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 21.1 22.5
Aux Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) - NA
Aux Fuel Tank Location - NA
Fuel Tank Location - Midship
Steering
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall 17.1 -
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) 39.2 36.8
Steering Type Pwr Rack & Pinion Power Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering) 3.54 -
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft) - TBD - 38.4
Steering Ratio (:1), On Center - 18.9
Steering Ratio (:1), At Lock - NA
Tires
Rear Tire Order Code NA T52
Front Tire Size P245/75R16 P235/70R16
Spare Tire Size P245/75R16 P235/70R16
Front Tire Order Code NA T52
Spare Tire Order Code NA T52
Rear Tire Size P245/75R16 P235/70R16
Revolutions/Mile @ 45 mph - Front - 721
Revolutions/Mile @ 45 mph - Spare - 721
Front Tire Capacity (lbs) - 1700
Spare Tire Capacity (lbs) - 1700
Revolutions/Mile @ 45 mph - Rear - 721
Rear Tire Capacity (lbs) - 1700
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) 5000 3500
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) 6000 3500
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) 500 350
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) 600 350
Fifth Wheel Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) - NA
Fifth Wheel Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) - NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs) 4446 -
Gross Vehicle Weight Rating Cap (lbs) - 6010
Gross Axle Wt Rating - Rear (lbs) - 3340
Curb Weight - Rear (lbs) - 2107
Gross Axle Wt Rating - Front (lbs) - 2860
Gross Combined Wt Rating (lbs) - 8500
Curb Weight - Front (lbs) - 2329
Wheels
Spare Wheel Material Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in) 16 x 7.0 16 x 7
Spare Wheel Size (in) 16 x 7.0 16 x 7
Rear Wheel Material Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in) 16 x 7.0 16 x 7
Front Wheel Material Aluminum Aluminum
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) 10.9 7.8
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) 110 130
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) 550 650
Maximum Alternator Watts - 1950
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (2nd) - NA
Engine
Engine Type Gas V6 Gas V6
Fuel System SMPI SMPI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM 288 @ 4000 254 @ 3700
Engine Order Code VQ40 - TBD -
Displacement 4.0L/241 4.0L/245
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM 266 @ 5600 210 @ 5100
Engine Oil Cooler - NA
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 22 20
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 15 14
Transmission
Second Gear Ratio (:1) 2.35 2.29
Trans Order Code NA - TBD -
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) 3.13 -
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1) 1.00 1.00
Trans Description Cont. Automatic Automatic w/OD
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), Low NA NA
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1) 3.84 3.22
Clutch Size (in) NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1) 1.53 1.54
Trans Type 5 5
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), High NA NA
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.84 0.71
Trans Description Cont. Again NA NA
Drivetrain Rear Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive
Reverse Ratio (:1) 2.76 3.07
Trans PTO Access - NA
Transfer Case Power Take Off - NA
Trans Power Take Off - NA
Transfer Case Model - NA
Summary
Body Style 4 Door 4 Door
Vehicle Name Nissan Pathfinder Ford Explorer
Body Code - NA
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm) - TBD - 32.0
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in) 1.30 1.34
Suspension Type - Rear Independent Independent SLA
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) Double-Wishbone -
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm) - TBD - 32.0
Suspension Type - Front Independent Independent SLA
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in) 1.0 0.77
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) Double-Wishbone -
Axle Capacity - Front (lbs) - 3240
Axle Ratio (:1) - Front - NA
Spring Capacity - Rear (lbs) - 2200
Axle Type - Rear - Ford SLA
Axle Capacity - Rear (lbs) - 3600
Spring Capacity - Front (lbs) - 2470
Axle Ratio (:1) - Rear - 3.55
Axle Type - Front - Ford SLA
Frame
Frame Type - Ladder
Doors
Side Door Type - NA
 
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