Compare 2011 Nissan Pathfinder vs 2011 Ford Explorer

2011 Nissan Pathfinder
2011 Ford Explorer
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2WD 4-Door V6 S
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2WD 4-Door V6 S 15 22 $26,771 $28,570
4WD 4-Door V6 S 14 20 $28,641 $30,570
2WD 4-Door V6 SV 15 22 $29,570 $31,920
4WD 4-Door V6 SV 14 20 $31,420 $33,920
2WD 4-Door V6 Silver 15 22 $33,260 $35,910
4WD 4-Door V6 Silver 14 20 $35,110 $37,910
2WD 4-Door V6 LE 15 22 $35,304 $38,120
4WD 4-Door V6 LE 14 20 $37,338 $40,320
4WD 4-Door V8 LE 13 18 $40,048 $43,250
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FWD 4-Door Base
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
FWD 4-Door Base 17 25 $26,886 $28,360
4WD 4-Door Base 17 23 $28,726 $30,360
FWD 4-Door XLT 17 25 $29,479 $31,520
4WD 4-Door XLT 17 23 $31,299 $33,520
FWD 4-Door Limited 17 25 $34,952 $37,535
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
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
6.4
8.6
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
City
15 mpg 17 mpg
Highway
22 mpg 25 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
2WD Sport Utility Sport Utility Vehicle - 2WD
Interior Dimensions
Front Shoulder Room (in)
58.3 61.3
Third Leg Room (in)
28.1 33.2
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
Exterior Dimensions
Rear Door Opening Height (in)
NA - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
72.8 78.9
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
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³)
48.9 43.8
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 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 -
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 - 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 -
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
21.1 18.6
Steering
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
17.0 15.8
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 -
Tires
Front Tire Size
P245/75R16 P245/65R17
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 -
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
500 200
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
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
4427 4557
Wheels
Spare Wheel Size (in)
16 x 7.0 Mini
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 -
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
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
266 @ 5600 290 @ 6500
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
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
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
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
Summary
Body Style
Sport Utility 4 Door
Vehicle Name
Nissan Pathfinder Ford Explorer
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
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
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
2 4
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
11.0 9.3
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
-- -
Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat
-- -
Combined Side Rating Front Seat
-- -
Combined Side Rating Rear Seat
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Rollover Rating
-

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