Compare 2012 Nissan Xterra vs 2012 Toyota 4Runner

2012 Nissan Xterra
2012 Toyota 4Runner
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2WD 4-Door Automatic X
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2WD 4-Door Automatic X 16 22 $24,147 $25,480
2WD 4-Door Automatic S 16 22 $26,029 $27,470
4WD 4-Door Automatic X 15 20 $26,086 $27,530
4WD 4-Door Manual S 16 20 $26,974 $28,470
4WD 4-Door Automatic S 15 20 $27,968 $29,520
4WD 4-Door Manual Pro-4X 16 20 $28,707 $30,640
4WD 4-Door Automatic Pro-4X 15 20 $29,689 $31,690
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RWD 4-Door V6 SR5
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
RWD 4-Door V6 SR5 17 23 $28,603 $31,090
4WD 4-Door V6 SR5 17 22 $30,205 $32,830
4WD 4-Door V6 Trail 17 22 $33,815 $36,755
RWD 4-Door V6 Limited 17 23 $35,508 $38,595
4WD 4-Door V6 Limited 17 22 $37,380 $40,630
Pricing
Invoice Price
$24,147
$28,603
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$25,480
$31,090
Monthly Payment Estimate
$425 / month
$518 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
7.4
8.2
TCC’s Bottom Line
If you have a lot of gear to haul to tough-to-reach places, the 2010 Nissan Xterra is a good choice for weekend adventurers. 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
City
16 mpg 17 mpg
Highway
22 mpg 23 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
2WD Sport Utility Sport Utility Vehicle 2WD
Interior Dimensions
Front Hip Room (in)
55.9 56.5
Second Leg Room (in)
34.4 32.9
Front Head Room (in)
39.9 39.3
Passenger Volume (ft³)
98.8 97.3
Second Hip Room (in)
46.1 55.7
Front Shoulder Room (in)
58.3 57.8
Second Head Room (in)
39.3 38.6
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Second Shoulder Room (in)
58.3 57.8
Front Leg Room (in)
42.4 41.7
Third Head Room (in)
- NA
Third Shoulder Room (in)
- NA
Third Leg Room (in)
- NA
Third Hip Room (in)
- NA
Exterior Dimensions
Wheelbase (in)
106.3 109.8
Rear Door Opening Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
72.8 75.8
Track Width, Front (in)
61.8 63.2
Min Ground Clearance (in)
8.1 9.0
Length, Overall (in)
178.7 189.9
Rear Door Opening Width (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Height, Overall (in)
74.9 70.1
Liftover Height (in)
32.2 - TBD -
Track Width, Rear (in)
61.8 63.2
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³)
36.3 47.2
Cargo Area Width @ Beltline (in)
43.3 - TBD -
Cargo Box (Area) Height (in)
36.1 - TBD -
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 1 (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³)
65.7 89.7
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 3 (in)
NA NA
Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³)
NA NA
Cargo Box Width @ Wheelhousings (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 2 (in)
36.7 - TBD -
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 13.3 x - TBD -
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)
11.3 x 0.7 12.3 x - TBD -
Brake Type
Pwr Pwr
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
21.1 23.0
Steering
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
3.5 2.7
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
20.4 18.4
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
37.7 37.4
Steering Type
Pwr rack & pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Tires
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P265/70R16 P265/70R17
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
P265/70R16 P265/70R17
Spare Tire Size
P265/70R16 Full Size
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
5000 - TBD -
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
500 500
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
750 - TBD -
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
5000 5000
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
4143 4400
Wheels
Front Wheel Material
Steel Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
16 x 7.0 17 x 7.0
Spare Wheel Size (in)
16 x 7.0 Full Size
Rear Wheel Material
Steel Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
16 x 7.0 17 x 7.0
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
10.0 - TBD -
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
550 - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
110 - TBD -
Engine
Fuel System
Electronic Fuel Injection Electronic Fuel Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
281 @ 4000 278 @ 4400
Engine Order Code
NA 1GR
Displacement
4.0L/241 4.0L/241
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
261 @ 5600 270 @ 5600
Engine Type
Gas V6 Gas V6
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
18 19
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
22 23
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
16 17
Transmission
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
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
Summary
Vehicle Name
Nissan Xterra Toyota 4Runner
Body Style
Sport Utility Sport Utility Vehicle
Suspension
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.)
NA Double Wishbone
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
1.30 1.22
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-leaf 4-Link Rigid
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
Solid Axle Coil Spring
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
10.2 9.8
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
3 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
--
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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