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Selected Style RWD 4-Door Automatic (SE)
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Transmission

Drivetrain

Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
RWD 4-Door Automatic 17 20 $24,286 $26,115
4WD 4-Door Manual 15 18 $25,385 $27,295
4WD 4-Door Automatic 17 20 $25,765 $27,705
2WD 4-Door V6 S
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Engine

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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
Pricing
Invoice Price
$24,286
$27,444
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$26,115
$29,290
Monthly Payment Estimate
$435 / month
$488 / month
Dealer Price Quotes
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TCC Rating
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TCC's Bottom Line If head-turning style and true trail toughness are priorities, the 2012 Toyota FJ Cruiser stands above most SUVs—although families and city commuters need not apply. 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.
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Fuel Economy
Fuel Economy - City 17 mpg 15 mpg
Fuel Economy - Highway 20 mpg 22 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification Sport Utility Vehicle 2WD Sport Utility
Interior Dimensions
Front Hip Room (in) 55.4 55.5
Second Leg Room (in) 31.3 34.2
Front Head Room (in) 41.3 40.0
Passenger Volume (ft³) - TBD - 100.6
Second Hip Room (in) 51.0 57.6
Front Shoulder Room (in) 58.4 58.3
Second Head Room (in) 40.3 39.0
Passenger Capacity 5 7
Second Shoulder Room (in) 53.9 58.4
Front Leg Room (in) 41.9 42.4
Third Head Room (in) - 36.7
Third Shoulder Room (in) - 57.1
Third Leg Room (in) - 28.1
Third Hip Room (in) - 44.0
Exterior Dimensions
Liftover Height (in) - TBD - 29.9
Track Width, Rear (in) 63.2 61.8
Wheelbase (in) 105.9 112.2
Rear Door Opening Height (in) - TBD - NA
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 75.0 72.8
Track Width, Front (in) 63.2 61.8
Min Ground Clearance (in) 8.7 8.7
Length, Overall (in) 183.9 192.3
Rear Door Opening Width (in) - TBD - NA
Height, Overall (in) 71.3 72.0
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 2 (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³) 27.9 48.9
Cargo Area Width @ Beltline (in) - TBD - 44.4
Cargo Box (Area) Height (in) - TBD - 34.8
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 1 (in) - TBD - 73.9
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³) 66.8 79.2
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 3 (in) NA 17.4
Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³) NA 16.5
Cargo Box Width @ Wheelhousings (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Brakes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 12.3 x - TBD - 12.1 x 0.7
Brake Type Pwr Power
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in) NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 12.6 x - TBD - 11.7 x 1.1
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) 19.0 21.1
Steering
Steering Type Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering) 2.7 3.5
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft) - TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall 15.7 17.0
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) 40.7 39.2
Tires
Spare Tire Order Code - TBD - NA
Rear Tire Size P265/70R17 P245/75R16
Rear Tire Order Code - TBD - NA
Front Tire Size P265/70R17 P245/75R16
Spare Tire Size P265/70R17 P245/75R16
Front Tire Order Code - TBD - NA
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) 5000 6000
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) 500 500
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) 750 600
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) 5000 5000
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs) 4050 4427
Wheels
Rear Wheel Size (in) 17 x 7.5 16 x 7.0
Front Wheel Material Steel Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in) 17 x 7.5 16 x 7.0
Spare Wheel Size (in) 17 x 7.5 16 x 7.0
Rear Wheel Material Steel Aluminum
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) 10.4 10.9
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) - TBD - 110
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) - TBD - 550
Engine
Fuel System Electronic Fuel Injection Direct Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM 271 @ 4400 288 @ 4000
Engine Order Code NA NA
Displacement 4.0L/241 4.0L/241
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM 260 @ 5600 266 @ 5600
Engine Type Gas V6 Gas V6
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) 19 17
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 20 22
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 17 15
Transmission
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) 3.73 3.13
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1) 1.00 1.00
Trans Description Cont. Automatic Automatic
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), Low NA NA
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1) 3.52 3.84
Clutch Size (in) NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1) 1.40 1.52
Trans Type 5 5
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), High NA NA
Drivetrain Rear Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.72 0.83
Trans Description Cont. Again NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1) 3.22 2.76
Second Gear Ratio (:1) 2.04 2.35
Trans Order Code NA NA
Summary
Body Style 4 Door Sport Utility
Vehicle Name Toyota FJ Cruiser Nissan Pathfinder
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm) NA - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front Double-Wishbone Double-Wishbone
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in) 0.79 1.00
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) NA w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm) NA - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in) 1.22 1.30
Suspension Type - Rear 4-Link Double-Wishbone
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) NA w/Coil Springs
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year 9.6 10.7
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score 3 2
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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