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Selected Style 2WD 4-Door V6 S
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Engine

Drivetrain

Trim

Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2WD 4-Door V6 S 15 22 $26,771 $28,570
2WD 4-Door V6 SV 15 22 $29,570 $31,920
2WD 4-Door V6 Silver 15 22 $33,260 $35,910
2WD 4-Door V6 LE 15 22 $35,304 $38,120
4WD 4-Door V6 S 14 20 $28,641 $30,570
4WD 4-Door V6 SV 14 20 $31,420 $33,920
4WD 4-Door V6 Silver 14 20 $35,110 $37,910
4WD 4-Door V6 LE 14 20 $37,338 $40,320
4WD 4-Door V8 LE 13 18 $40,048 $43,250
FWD 4-Door Base
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Trim

Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
FWD 4-Door Base 17 25 $26,886 $28,360
FWD 4-Door XLT 17 25 $29,479 $31,520
FWD 4-Door Limited 17 25 $34,952 $37,535
4WD 4-Door Base 17 23 $28,726 $30,360
4WD 4-Door XLT 17 23 $31,299 $33,520
4WD 4-Door Limited 17 23 $36,772 $39,535
Pricing
Invoice Price
$26,771
$26,886
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$28,570
$28,360
Monthly Payment Estimate
$476 / month
$473 / month
Dealer Price Quotes
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TCC's Bottom Line The 2011 Nissan Pathfinder is a workhorse SUV that also offers decent comfort and an impressive feature set. 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
Fuel Economy - City 15 mpg 17 mpg
Fuel Economy - Highway 15 mpg 17 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification 2WD Sport Utility Sport Utility Vehicle - 2WD
Interior Dimensions
Second Head Room (in) 39.0 40.5
Passenger Capacity 7 7
Third Hip Room (in) 44.0 40.7
Second Shoulder Room (in) 58.4 61.0
Front Leg Room (in) 42.4 40.6
Third Head Room (in) 36.7 37.8
Front Hip Room (in) 55.5 57.3
Third Shoulder Room (in) 57.1 50.8
Second Leg Room (in) 34.2 39.8
Front Head Room (in) 40.0 41.4
Passenger Volume (ft³) 100.6 151.7
Second Hip Room (in) 57.6 56.7
Front Shoulder Room (in) 58.3 61.3
Third Leg Room (in) 28.1 33.2
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Front (in) 61.8 67.0
Min Ground Clearance (in) 8.7 - TBD -
Length, Overall (in) 192.3 197.1
Rear Door Opening Width (in) NA - TBD -
Height, Overall (in) 72.0 70.4
Liftover Height (in) 29.9 NA
Track Width, Rear (in) 61.8 67.0
Wheelbase (in) 112.2 112.6
Rear Door Opening Height (in) NA - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 72.8 78.9
Cargo Area Dimensions
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 80.7
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 3 (in) 17.4 - TBD -
Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³) 16.5 21.0
Cargo Box Width @ Wheelhousings (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 2 (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³) 48.9 43.8
Cargo Area Width @ Beltline (in) 44.4 - TBD -
Brakes
Disc - Rear (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 12.1 x 0.7 - TBD -
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 - TBD -
Drum - Rear (Yes or ) NA NA
Brake ABS System 4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 21.1 18.6
Steering
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) 39.2 - TBD -
Steering Type Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering) 3.5 - TBD -
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft) - TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall 17.0 15.8
Tires
Spare Tire Size P245/75R16 T165/80D17
Front Tire Order Code NA - TBD -
Spare Tire Order Code NA NA
Rear Tire Size P245/75R16 P245/65R17
Rear Tire Order Code NA - TBD -
Front Tire Size P245/75R16 P245/65R17
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) 600 300
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) 5000 2000
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) 6000 2000
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) 500 200
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs) 4427 4557
Wheels
Rear Wheel Material Aluminum Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in) 16 x 7.0 17 x - TBD -
Front Wheel Material Aluminum Steel
Spare Wheel Material Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in) 16 x 7.0 17 x - TBD -
Spare Wheel Size (in) 16 x 7.0 Mini
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) 10.9 - TBD -
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) 550 650
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) 110 175
Engine
Engine Type Gas V6 Gas V6
Fuel System Direct Injection SMPI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM 288 @ 4000 255 @ 4100
Engine Order Code NA 998
Displacement 4.0L/241 3.5L/213
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM 266 @ 5600 290 @ 6500
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 15 17
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) 17 20
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 22 25
Transmission
Reverse Ratio (:1) 2.76 2.88
Second Gear Ratio (:1) 2.35 2.87
Trans Order Code NA 44J
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) 3.13 3.16
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1) 1.00 1.41
Trans Description Cont. Automatic Automatic w/OD
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), Low NA NA
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) NA 0.74
First Gear Ratio (:1) 3.84 4.48
Clutch Size (in) NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1) 1.52 1.84
Trans Type 5 6
Drivetrain Rear Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), High NA 1.00
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.83 1.00
Trans Description Cont. Again NA NA
Summary
Body Style Sport Utility 4 Door
Vehicle Name Nissan Pathfinder Ford Explorer
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in) 1.30 1.26
Suspension Type - Rear Double-Wishbone Multi-link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) w/Coil Springs NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm) - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front Double-Wishbone MacPherson
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in) 1.00 0.87
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) w/Coil Springs NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm) - TBD - - TBD -
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year 11.0 9.3
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score 2 4
Crash Test Ratings
Overall Rating - -
Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating - -
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver - -
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger - -
Overall Side Crash Rating - -
Side Barrier Rating - -
Side Barrier Rating Driver - -
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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