Compare 2009 Ford Explorer vs 2008 Nissan Pathfinder

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4WD 4-Door V6 Eddie Bauer
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Explorer 4WD 4-Door V6 Eddie Bauer 13 19 $31,431 $33,935
Explorer 4WD 4-Door V6 Limited 13 19 $35,012 $37,870
Explorer 4WD 4-Door V6 XLT 13 19 $28,569 $30,790
Explorer 4WD 4-Door V8 Eddie Bauer 14 19 $32,623 $35,245
Explorer 4WD 4-Door V8 Limited 14 19 $36,203 $39,180
Explorer 4WD 4-Door V8 XLT 14 19 $29,761 $32,100
Explorer AWD 4-Door V6 Eddie Bauer 13 19 $31,431 $33,935
Explorer AWD 4-Door V6 Limited 13 19 $35,012 $37,870
Explorer AWD 4-Door V6 XLT 13 19 $28,569 $30,790
Explorer AWD 4-Door V8 Eddie Bauer 14 19 $32,623 $35,245
Explorer AWD 4-Door V8 Limited 14 19 $36,203 $39,180
Explorer AWD 4-Door V8 XLT 14 19 $29,761 $32,100
Explorer RWD 4-Door V6 Eddie Bauer 14 20 $29,319 $31,615
Explorer RWD 4-Door V6 Limited 14 20 $32,901 $35,550
Explorer RWD 4-Door V6 XLT 14 20 $26,458 $28,470
Explorer RWD 4-Door V8 Eddie Bauer 15 21 $30,512 $32,925
Explorer RWD 4-Door V8 Limited 15 21 $34,093 $36,860
Explorer RWD 4-Door V8 XLT 15 21 $27,649 $29,780
Explorer Sport Trac 4WD 4-Door V6 Limited 13 19 $31,305 $33,835
Explorer Sport Trac 4WD 4-Door V6 XLT 13 19 $27,802 $29,985
Explorer Sport Trac 4WD 4-Door V8 Limited 14 19 $32,497 $35,145
Explorer Sport Trac 4WD 4-Door V8 XLT 14 19 $28,994 $31,295
Explorer Sport Trac AWD 4-Door V6 Adrenalin 13 19 $31,305 $33,835
Explorer Sport Trac AWD 4-Door V8 Adrenalin 14 19 $32,497 $35,145
Explorer Sport Trac RWD 4-Door V6 Limited 14 20 $29,007 $31,310
Explorer Sport Trac RWD 4-Door V6 XLT 14 20 $25,504 $27,460
Explorer Sport Trac RWD 4-Door V8 Limited 15 21 $30,200 $32,620
Explorer Sport Trac RWD 4-Door V8 XLT 15 21 $26,696 $28,770
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2WD 4-Door V6 LE
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Pathfinder 2WD 4-Door V6 LE 15 22 $33,418 $36,080
Pathfinder 2WD 4-Door V6 S 15 22 $25,283 $26,980
Pathfinder 2WD 4-Door V6 SE 15 22 $28,054 $30,280
Pathfinder 2WD 4-Door V8 LE 13 18 $34,990 $37,780
Pathfinder 2WD 4-Door V8 SE 13 18 $29,533 $31,880
Pathfinder 4WD 4-Door V6 LE 14 20 $35,452 $38,280
Pathfinder 4WD 4-Door V6 S 14 20 $27,154 $28,980
Pathfinder 4WD 4-Door V6 SE 14 20 $29,904 $32,280
Pathfinder 4WD 4-Door V6 SE Off Road 14 20 $32,585 $35,180
Pathfinder 4WD 4-Door V8 LE 12 18 $37,024 $39,980
Pathfinder 4WD 4-Door V8 SE 12 18 $31,614 $34,130
Pricing
Invoice Price
$31,431
$33,418
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$33,935
$36,080
Monthly Payment Estimate
$566 / month
$601 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.0
7.6
TCC’s Bottom Line
If you are looking for a truck-based SUV that can tow, the Ford Explorer is ahead of most of its rivals. If you tow and off-road with the family, the 2008 Nissan Pathfinder is one of the better traditional truck-based SUVs available.
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Fuel Economy
City
13 mpg 15 mpg
Highway
19 mpg 22 mpg
Vehicle
Rear Door Type
Liftgate -
EPA Classification
- 2WD Sport Utility
Interior Dimensions
Third Shoulder Room (in)
NA 57.1
Second Leg Room (in)
36.9 34.2
Front Head Room (in)
39.8 39.1
Second Hip Room (in)
55.5 57.6
Front Shoulder Room (in)
59.0 58.3
Third Leg Room (in)
NA 28.1
Second Head Room (in)
38.7 38.9
Third Hip Room (in)
NA 44.0
Second Shoulder Room (in)
58.9 58.4
Front Leg Room (in)
42.4 42.4
Third Head Room (in)
NA 36.7
Front Hip Room (in)
55.4 55.5
Passenger Capacity
5 7
Passenger Volume (ft³)
- 149.1
Exterior Dimensions
Ground Clearance, Rear (in)
8.3 -
Height, Overall (in)
71.9 72.5
Step Up Height - Front (in)
- TBD - -
Rear Door Opening Height (in)
33.7 NA
Overhang, Rear w/bumper (in)
44.3 -
Wheelbase (in)
113.7 112.2
Ground Clearance, Front (in)
8.3 -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
73.7 72.6
Side Door Opening Width (in)
NA -
Overhang, Front (in)
35.4 -
Step Up Height - Side (in)
- TBD - -
Rear Door Opening Width (in)
- TBD - NA
Ground to Top of Load Floor (in)
31.4 -
Length, Overall w/rear bumper (in)
193.4 -
Side Door Opening Height (in)
NA -
Track Width, Front (in)
- 61.8
Min Ground Clearance (in)
- 8.7
Length, Overall (in)
- 192.5
Liftover Height (in)
- - TBD -
Track Width, Rear (in)
- 61.8
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³)
85.8 79.2
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 3 (in)
NA - TBD -
Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³)
NA 16.5
Cargo Area Width @ Beltline (in)
- TBD - 44.4
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Console (in)
- TBD - -
Cargo Box (Area) Height (in)
- TBD - 34.8
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 2 (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³)
45.1 49.2
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 4 (in)
NA -
Cargo Volume to Seat 4 (ft³)
NA -
Cargo Box Width @ Wheelhousings (in)
44.9 - TBD -
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 1 (in)
- TBD - 73.9
Brakes
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
12.01 x 0.43 11.7 x 1.1
Brake Type
Pwr Power
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System (Second Line)
NA -
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.85 x 0.39 12.1 x 0.7
Fuel Tank
Aux Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
NA -
Aux Fuel Tank Location
NA -
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
22.5 21.1
Fuel Tank Location
Midship -
Steering
Steering Ratio (:1), On Center
18.9 -
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
36.8 39.2
Steering Type
Power Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Steering Ratio (:1), At Lock
NA -
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
38.4 - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
- 17.1
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
- 3.54
Tires
Revolutions/Mile @ 45 mph - Front
709 -
Rear Tire Size
P245/65R17 P265/65R17
Revolutions/Mile @ 45 mph - Spare
709 -
Front Tire Capacity (lbs)
1700 -
Rear Tire Order Code
TC2 NA
Spare Tire Capacity (lbs)
1700 -
Front Tire Size
P245/65R17 P265/65R17
Revolutions/Mile @ 45 mph - Rear
709 -
Spare Tire Size
P245/65R17 P265/65R17
Front Tire Order Code
TC2 NA
Rear Tire Capacity (lbs)
1700 -
Spare Tire Order Code
TC2 NA
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
350 500
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
350 600
Fifth Wheel Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA -
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
3500 5000
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
3500 6000
Fifth Wheel Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA -
Weight Information
Gross Axle Wt Rating - Rear (lbs)
3400 -
Curb Weight - Rear (lbs)
2140 -
Gross Vehicle Weight Rating Cap (lbs)
6180 -
Gross Axle Wt Rating - Front (lbs)
2960 -
Curb Weight - Front (lbs)
2466 -
Gross Combined Wt Rating (lbs)
8500 -
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
- 4678
Wheels
Spare Wheel Size (in)
17 x 7.5 17 x 7.5
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
17 x 7.5 17 x 7.5
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
Aluminum Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
17 x 7.5 17 x 7.5
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
7.8 14.3
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Watts
1950 -
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
650 550
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
130 130
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (2nd)
NA -
Engine
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
254 @ 3700 288 @ 4000
Engine Order Code
- TBD - VQ40
Displacement
4.0L/245 4.0L/241
Engine Oil Cooler
NA -
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
210 @ 5100 266 @ 5600
Engine Type
Gas V6 Gas V6
Fuel System
SMPI SMPI
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
16 -
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
19 22
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
13 15
Transmission
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), Low
2.48 NA
Clutch Size (in)
NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.54 1.53
Trans Type
5 5
Trans PTO Access
NA -
Drivetrain
4-Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.71 0.84
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), High
1.00 NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.07 2.76
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.29 2.35
Trans Order Code
- TBD - NA
Transfer Case Power Take Off
NA -
Trans Power Take Off
NA -
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 1.00
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic w/OD Automatic
Transfer Case Model
BW-4411 -
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.22 3.84
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
- 3.13
Summary
Body Style
4 Door 4 Door
Vehicle Name
Ford Explorer Nissan Pathfinder
Body Code
NA -
Suspension
Axle Capacity - Front (lbs)
3240 -
Suspension Type - Rear
Independent SLA Independent
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
0.77 1.0
Axle Ratio (:1) - Front
3.55 -
Spring Capacity - Rear (lbs)
2200 -
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
32.0 - TBD -
Axle Type - Rear
Ford SLA -
Suspension Type - Front
Independent SLA Independent
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
1.34 1.30
Axle Capacity - Rear (lbs)
3600 -
Spring Capacity - Front (lbs)
2470 -
Axle Ratio (:1) - Rear
3.55 -
Axle Type - Front
Ford SLA -
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
32.0 - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
- Double-Wishbone
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
- Double-Wishbone
Frame
Frame Type
Ladder -
Doors
Side Door Type
NA -
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
3 -

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