Compare 1997 Ford Explorer vs 1997 Nissan Pathfinder

1997 Ford Explorer
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2-Door 102" WB Sport
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Explorer 2-Door 102" WB Sport 18 23 $19,323 $21,265
Explorer 2-Door 102" WB Sport 4WD 16 20 $20,934 $23,095
Explorer 2-Door 102" WB XL 18 23 $18,285 $20,085
Explorer 2-Door 102" WB XL 4WD 16 20 $20,015 $22,050
Explorer 4-Door 112" WB Eddie Bauer 15 20 $26,187 $29,065
Explorer 4-Door 112" WB Eddie Bauer 4WD 15 19 $27,952 $31,070
Explorer 4-Door 112" WB Eddie Bauer AWD 14 18 $27,653 $30,730
Explorer 4-Door 112" WB Limited 15 20 $29,404 $32,720
Explorer 4-Door 112" WB Limited 4WD 15 19 $31,414 $35,005
Explorer 4-Door 112" WB Limited AWD 14 18 $31,120 $34,670
Explorer 4-Door 112" WB XL 18 23 $19,517 $21,485
Explorer 4-Door 112" WB XL 4WD 16 20 $21,206 $23,405
Explorer 4-Door 112" WB XLT 18 23 $21,924 $24,220
Explorer 4-Door 112" WB XLT 4WD 16 20 $23,688 $26,225
Explorer 4-Door 112" WB XLT AWD 14 18 $23,688 $26,225
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4-Door LE Automatic
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Pathfinder 4-Door LE Automatic 16 20 $26,922 $29,899
Pathfinder 4-Door LE Automatic 4WD 15 19 $29,084 $32,299
Pathfinder 4-Door SE Automatic 4WD 15 19 $26,068 $28,949
Pathfinder 4-Door SE Manual 4WD 16 18 $25,167 $27,949
Pathfinder 4-Door XE Automatic 16 20 $21,520 $23,899
Pathfinder 4-Door XE Automatic 4WD 15 19 $23,321 $25,899
Pathfinder 4-Door XE Manual 17 20 $20,619 $22,899
Pathfinder 4-Door XE Manual 4WD 16 18 $22,420 $24,899
Pricing
Invoice Price
$19,323
$26,922
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$21,265
$29,899
Monthly Payment Estimate
$354 / month
$498 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
Fuel Economy
City
18 mpg 16 mpg
Highway
23 mpg 20 mpg
Vehicle
Rear Door Type
Liftgate -
EPA Classification
- 2WD Special Purpose
Interior Dimensions
Second Leg Room (in)
36.5 31.8
Front Head Room (in)
39.9 39.5
Passenger Capacity
4 5
Second Hip Room (in)
43.6 53.0
Front Shoulder Room (in)
57.1 56.5
Second Head Room (in)
39.1 37.5
Second Shoulder Room (in)
57.9 56.4
Front Leg Room (in)
42.4 41.7
Front Hip Room (in)
52.4 53.2
Passenger Volume (ft³)
- 92.9
Exterior Dimensions
Ground Clearance, Front (in)
6.7 -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
70.2 68.7
Side Door Opening Width (in)
NA -
Overhang, Front (in)
33.8 -
Step Up Height - Side (in)
NA -
Rear Door Opening Width (in)
46.9 50.6
Ground to Top of Load Floor (in)
27.0 -
Length, Overall w/rear bumper (in)
178.6 -
Side Door Opening Height (in)
NA -
Ground Clearance, Rear (in)
6.7 -
Height, Overall (in)
67.8 63.8
Step Up Height - Front (in)
NA -
Rear Door Opening Height (in)
33.7 33.4
Overhang, Rear w/bumper (in)
42.8 -
Wheelbase (in)
101.7 106.3
Track Width, Front (in)
- 58.3
Min Ground Clearance (in)
- 5.9
Length, Overall (in)
- 178.3
Liftover Height (in)
- - TBD -
Track Width, Rear (in)
- 58.5
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Box (Area) Height (in)
- TBD - 35.6
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 2 (in)
29.2 - TBD -
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³)
32.6 38.0
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 4 (in)
NA -
Cargo Volume to Seat 4 (ft³)
NA -
Cargo Box Width @ Wheelhousings (in)
41.9 37.7
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 1 (in)
61.8 63.5
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³)
69.4 85.8
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 3 (in)
NA NA
Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³)
NA - TBD -
Cargo Area Width @ Beltline (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Console (in)
- TBD - -
Brakes
Brake ABS System
Four-Wheel 4-Wheel
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA 11.6 x - TBD -
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.38 x 1.33 11.1 x 1.10
Brake Type
Power Power
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA Yes
Brake ABS System (Second Line)
NA -
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes NA
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
10.86 x 1.24 NA
Fuel Tank
Aux Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
NA -
Aux Fuel Tank Location
NA -
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
17.5 21.1
Fuel Tank Location
Midship -
Steering
Steering Ratio (:1), On Center
17.0 -
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
34.7 35.4
Steering Type
Power Pwr Rack & Pinion
Steering Ratio (:1), At Lock
15.0 -
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
37.8 - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
- 18.7
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
- 3.2
Tires
Revolutions/Mile @ 45 mph - Front
717 -
Rear Tire Size
P235/75R15 P235/70R15
Revolutions/Mile @ 45 mph - Spare
- TBD - -
Front Tire Capacity (lbs)
1843 -
Rear Tire Order Code
T7R NA
Spare Tire Capacity (lbs)
- TBD - -
Front Tire Size
P235/75R15 P235/70R15
Revolutions/Mile @ 45 mph - Rear
717 -
Spare Tire Size
P225/70R15 P235/70R15
Front Tire Order Code
T7R NA
Rear Tire Capacity (lbs)
1843 -
Spare Tire Order Code
T7R NA
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
200 500
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
765 500
Fifth Wheel Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
N/A -
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
3500 5000
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
2,000 5000
Fifth Wheel Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
N/A -
Weight Information
Gross Vehicle Weight Rating Cap (lbs)
4700 -
Gross Axle Wt Rating - Rear (lbs)
2650 -
Curb Weight - Rear (lbs)
1787 -
Gross Axle Wt Rating - Front (lbs)
2290 -
Gross Combined Wt Rating (lbs)
6,000 -
Curb Weight - Front (lbs)
1974 -
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
- 3895
Wheels
Spare Wheel Size (in)
15 x 6 15 x 6.5
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
15 x 7 15 x 6.5
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
Steel - TBD -
Front Wheel Size (in)
15 x 7 15 x 6.5
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
7.8 11.0
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Watts
1425 -
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
650 - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
95 90
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (2nd)
NA -
Engine
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
225 @ 2800 196 @ 2800
Engine Order Code
99E NA
Displacement
4.0L/245 3.3L/200
Engine Oil Cooler
Yes -
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
160 @ 4200 168 @ 4800
Engine Type
Gas V6 Gas V6
Fuel System
SPFI SFI
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
23 20
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
18 16
Transmission
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), Low
NA NA
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA
Clutch Size (in)
10 NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.31 1.00
Trans Type
5 4
Trans PTO Access
NA -
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.79 NA
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA Electronic
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), High
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.40 2.27
Drivetrain
Rear Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.05 1.55
Trans Order Code
44M NA
Transfer Case Power Take Off
NA -
Trans Power Take Off
NA -
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 0.69
Trans Description Cont.
Manual w/OD Automatic w/OD,
Transfer Case Model
NA -
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.40 2.79
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
- 4.36
Summary
Body Style
2 Door Sport 4 Door LE
Vehicle Name
Ford Explorer Nissan Pathfinder
Body Code
102" WB -
Suspension
Axle Capacity - Front (lbs)
2650 -
Suspension Type - Rear
Single-stage leaf Rigid 5-Link
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
0.8 - TBD -
Axle Ratio (:1) - Front
3.27 -
Spring Capacity - Rear (lbs)
2650 -
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
35 - TBD -
Axle Type - Rear
Semi-floating Ford -
Suspension Type - Front
Torsion bar Independent Strut
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
1.42 - TBD -
Axle Capacity - Rear (lbs)
3200 -
Spring Capacity - Front (lbs)
2290 -
Axle Ratio (:1) - Rear
3.27 -
Axle Type - Front
Independent SLA -
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
35 - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
- w/Coil Springs
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
- w/Coil Springs
Frame
Frame Type
Single channel w/crossmembers -
Doors
Side Door Type
NA -

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