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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
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
RWD 4-Door V6 SR5 (Natl)
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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
RWD 4-Door V6 SR5 17 23 $28,603 $31,090
RWD 4-Door V6 Limited 17 23 $35,508 $38,595
4WD 4-Door V6 SR5 17 22 $30,205 $32,830
4WD 4-Door V6 Trail 17 22 $33,815 $36,755
4WD 4-Door V6 Limited 17 22 $37,380 $40,630
Pricing
Invoice Price
$27,444
$28,603
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$29,290
$31,090
Monthly Payment Estimate
$488 / month
$518 / month
Dealer Price Quotes
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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. The brawny 2012 Toyota 4Runner targets off-road purists who sometimes need to haul the family—and it's better on the highway than you might think.
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Fuel Economy
Fuel Economy - City 15 mpg 17 mpg
Fuel Economy - Highway 22 mpg 23 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification 2WD Sport Utility Sport Utility Vehicle 2WD
Interior Dimensions
Third Leg Room (in) 28.1 NA
Second Head Room (in) 39.0 38.6
Passenger Capacity 7 5
Third Hip Room (in) 44.0 NA
Second Shoulder Room (in) 58.4 57.8
Front Leg Room (in) 42.4 41.7
Third Head Room (in) 36.7 NA
Front Hip Room (in) 55.5 56.5
Third Shoulder Room (in) 57.1 NA
Second Leg Room (in) 34.2 32.9
Front Head Room (in) 40.0 39.3
Passenger Volume (ft³) 100.6 97.3
Second Hip Room (in) 57.6 55.7
Front Shoulder Room (in) 58.3 57.8
Exterior Dimensions
Rear Door Opening Height (in) NA - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 72.8 75.8
Track Width, Front (in) 61.8 63.2
Min Ground Clearance (in) 8.7 9.0
Length, Overall (in) 192.3 189.9
Rear Door Opening Width (in) NA - TBD -
Height, Overall (in) 72.0 70.1
Liftover Height (in) 29.9 - TBD -
Track Width, Rear (in) 61.8 63.2
Wheelbase (in) 112.2 109.8
Cargo Area Dimensions
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 89.7
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 3 (in) 17.4 NA
Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³) 16.5 NA
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 47.2
Brakes
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 12.3 x - 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 13.3 x - TBD -
Drum - Rear (Yes or ) NA NA
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 21.1 23.0
Steering
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall 17.0 18.4
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) 39.2 37.4
Steering Type Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering) 3.5 2.7
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft) - TBD - - TBD -
Tires
Front Tire Size P245/75R16 P265/70R17
Spare Tire Size P245/75R16 Full Size
Front Tire Order Code NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code NA NA
Rear Tire Size P245/75R16 P265/70R17
Rear Tire Order Code NA NA
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) 600 - TBD -
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) 5000 5000
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) 6000 - TBD -
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) 500 500
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs) 4427 4400
Wheels
Spare Wheel Size (in) 16 x 7.0 Full Size
Rear Wheel Material Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in) 16 x 7.0 17 x 7.0
Front Wheel Material Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in) 16 x 7.0 17 x 7.0
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) 10.9 - TBD -
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) 550 - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) 110 - TBD -
Engine
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM 266 @ 5600 270 @ 5600
Engine Type Gas V6 Gas V6
Fuel System Direct Injection Electronic Fuel Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM 288 @ 4000 278 @ 4400
Engine Order Code NA 1GR
Displacement 4.0L/241 4.0L/241
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 15 17
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) 17 19
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 22 23
Transmission
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), High NA NA
Drivetrain Rear Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.83 0.72
Trans Description Cont. Again NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1) 2.76 3.22
Second Gear Ratio (:1) 2.35 2.04
Trans Order Code NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) 3.13 3.73
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1) 1.00 1.0
Trans Description Cont. Automatic Automatic w/Manual Shift
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), Low NA NA
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1) 3.84 3.52
Clutch Size (in) NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1) 1.52 1.4
Trans Type 5 5
Summary
Body Style Sport Utility Sport Utility Vehicle
Vehicle Name Nissan Pathfinder Toyota 4Runner
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in) 1.30 1.22
Suspension Type - Rear Double-Wishbone 4-Link Rigid
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) w/Coil Springs Coil Spring
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm) - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front Double-Wishbone Independent
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in) 1.00 0.79
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) w/Coil Springs Double Wishbone
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm) - TBD - - TBD -
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year 10.7 9.8
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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