Compare 2012 Nissan Pathfinder vs 2012 Ford Explorer

2012 Nissan Pathfinder
2012 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 $27,444 $29,290
4WD 4-Door V6 S 14 20 $29,315 $31,290
2WD 4-Door V6 SV 15 22 $30,236 $32,640
4WD 4-Door V6 SV 14 20 $32,086 $34,640
2WD 4-Door V6 Silver Edition 15 22 $33,927 $36,630
4WD 4-Door V6 Silver Edition 14 20 $35,777 $38,630
2WD 4-Door V6 LE 15 22 $37,264 $40,240
4WD 4-Door V6 LE 14 20 $39,299 $42,440
4WD 4-Door V8 LE 13 18 $40,714 $43,970
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FWD 4-Door Base
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
FWD 4-Door Base 18 25 $26,837 $28,280
4WD 4-Door Base 17 23 $28,677 $30,280
FWD 4-Door XLT 18 25 $30,027 $32,095
4WD 4-Door XLT 17 23 $31,847 $34,095
FWD 4-Door Limited 18 25 $35,268 $37,855
4WD 4-Door Limited 17 23 $37,088 $39,855
Pricing
Invoice Price
$27,444
$26,837
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$29,290
$28,280
Monthly Payment Estimate
$488 / month
$471 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
6.2
8.6
TCC’s Bottom Line
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. It's a rifle shot at the heart of the crossover market: the 2012 Ford Explorer gives any SUV loyalist a reason to leap off their very high horse.
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Fuel Economy
City
15 mpg 18 mpg
Highway
22 mpg 25 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
2WD Sport Utility Sport Utility Vehicle - 2WD
Interior Dimensions
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
Second Head Room (in)
39.0 40.5
Passenger Capacity
7 7
Third Hip Room (in)
44.0 40.7
Exterior Dimensions
Min Ground Clearance (in)
8.7 7.6
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 - TBD -
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
Track Width, Front (in)
61.8 67.0
Cargo Area Dimensions
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 -
Cargo Box (Area) Height (in)
34.8 - TBD -
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 1 (in)
73.9 - TBD -
Brakes
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
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
21.1 18.6
Steering
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
3.5 - TBD -
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
17.0 15.8
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
39.2 39.2
Tires
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
Spare Tire Size
P245/75R16 Compact
Trailering
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
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
600 300
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
4427 4557
Wheels
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 Compact
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Steel
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
10.9 - TBD -
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
110 175
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
550 650
Engine
Engine Type
Gas V6 Gas V6
Fuel System
Direct Injection Electronic Fuel Injection
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
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
17 20
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
22 25
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
15 18
Transmission
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.13 3.16
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 1.41
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic Automatic w/manual shift
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
Reverse Ratio (:1)
2.76 2.88
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.35 2.87
Trans Order Code
NA 44J
Summary
Body Style
Sport Utility Sport Utility Vehicle
Vehicle Name
Nissan Pathfinder Ford Explorer
Suspension
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
Double-Wishbone MacPherson strut
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
1.00 0.86
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
1.30 1.26
Suspension Type - Rear
Double-Wishbone Multi-Link
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
10.7 9.1
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
2 4
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
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Combined Side Rating Rear Seat
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Rollover Rating

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