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Selected Style 2WD 4-Door V6 S
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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
2WD 4-Door Manual S
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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2WD 4-Door Manual S 18 26 $21,926 $22,840
2WD 4-Door Automatic S 22 27 $23,366 $24,340
4WD 4-Door Automatic S 21 27 $25,243 $26,295
2WD 4-Door Automatic S w/Sunroof 22 27 $24,902 $25,940
2WD 4-Door Automatic SE w/Sunroof & Nav 22 27 $29,304 $30,525
4WD 4-Door Automatic SE 21 27 $29,367 $30,590
4WD 4-Door Automatic SE w/Sunroof & Nav 21 27 $31,182 $32,480
2WD 4-Door Automatic SEL 22 27 $32,617 $33,975
4WD 4-Door Automatic SEL 21 27 $34,492 $35,930
2WD 4-Door Automatic SE 22 27 $27,490 $28,635
4WD 4-Door Automatic S w/Sunroof 21 27 $26,779 $27,895
2WD 4-Door Automatic SEL w/Premium Nav 22 27 $33,307 $34,695
4WD 4-Door Automatic SEL w/Premium Nav & Dyn. 21 27 $36,269 $37,780
4WD 4-Door Automatic & Dynaudio SEL w/Premium Nav 21 27 $36,558 $38,080
2WD 4-Door Automatic LE 22 27 $24,168 $25,175
Pricing
Invoice Price
$27,444
$21,926
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$29,290
$22,840
Monthly Payment Estimate
$488 / month
$381 / month
Dealer Price Quotes
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TCC Rating
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TCC Rating
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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. It's not particularly fun to drive, but the 2012 Volkswagen Tiguan feels every bit like a premium crossover vehicle.
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Fuel Economy
Fuel Economy - City 15 mpg 18 mpg
Fuel Economy - Highway 22 mpg 26 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification 2WD Sport Utility 2WD Sport Utility Vehicles
Interior Dimensions
Third Head Room (in) 36.7 -
Front Hip Room (in) 55.5 - TBD -
Third Shoulder Room (in) 57.1 -
Second Leg Room (in) 34.2 35.8
Front Head Room (in) 40.0 39.1
Passenger Volume (ft³) 100.6 95.3
Second Hip Room (in) 57.6 - TBD -
Front Shoulder Room (in) 58.3 56.2
Third Leg Room (in) 28.1 -
Second Head Room (in) 39.0 39.0
Passenger Capacity 7 5
Third Hip Room (in) 44.0 -
Second Shoulder Room (in) 58.4 54.8
Front Leg Room (in) 42.4 40.1
Exterior Dimensions
Min Ground Clearance (in) 8.7 6.9
Length, Overall (in) 192.3 174.3
Rear Door Opening Width (in) NA - TBD -
Height, Overall (in) 72.0 66.3
Liftover Height (in) 29.9 - TBD -
Track Width, Rear (in) 61.8 61.9
Wheelbase (in) 112.2 102.5
Rear Door Opening Height (in) NA - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 72.8 71.2
Track Width, Front (in) 61.8 61.8
Cargo Area Dimensions
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 23.8
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 56.1
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 3 (in) 17.4 NA
Brakes
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 12.3 x 1.0
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 11.3 x 0.5
Brake Type Power Pwr
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 21.1 16.8
Steering
Steering Type Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering) 3.5 2.8
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft) - TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall 17.0 14.7
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) 39.2 39.4
Tires
Spare Tire Order Code NA NA
Rear Tire Size P245/75R16 P215/65R16
Rear Tire Order Code NA NA
Front Tire Size P245/75R16 P215/65R16
Spare Tire Size P245/75R16 145/80R18
Front Tire Order Code NA NA
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) 6000 2200
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) 500 220
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) 600 330
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) 5000 2200
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs) 4427 3433
Wheels
Rear Wheel Size (in) 16 x 7.0 16 x 6.5
Front Wheel Material Aluminum Alloy
Spare Wheel Material Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in) 16 x 7.0 16 x 6.5
Spare Wheel Size (in) 16 x 7.0 18 x - TBD -
Rear Wheel Material Aluminum Alloy
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) 10.9 11.1
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) 550 - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) 110 140
Engine
Fuel System Direct Injection Electronic Fuel Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM 288 @ 4000 207 @ 1700-5000
Engine Order Code NA NA
Displacement 4.0L/241 2.0L/121
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM 266 @ 5600 200 @ 5100-6000
Engine Type Gas V6 Turbocharged Gas I4
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) 17 21
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 22 26
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 15 18
Transmission
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1) 1.00 1.38
Trans Description Cont. Automatic Manual
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), Low NA NA
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) NA 0.92
First Gear Ratio (:1) 3.84 3.92
Clutch Size (in) NA - TBD -
Third Gear Ratio (:1) 1.52 1.89
Trans Type 5 6
Drivetrain Rear Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), High NA NA
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.83 1.09
Trans Description Cont. Again NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1) 2.76 4.95
Second Gear Ratio (:1) 2.35 2.16
Trans Order Code NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) 3.13 3.30
Summary
Vehicle Name Nissan Pathfinder Volkswagen Tiguan
Body Style Sport Utility 4 Door
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm) - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front Double-Wishbone MacPherson strut
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in) 1.00 - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) w/Coil Springs NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm) - TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in) 1.30 - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear Double-Wishbone Four-link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) w/Coil Springs NA
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year 10.7 8.9
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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