Compare 2010 Ford Explorer vs 2010 Honda Ridgeline vs 2010 Nissan Frontier

2010 Ford Explorer
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2010 Honda Ridgeline
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2010 Nissan Frontier
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4WD 4-Door Eddie Bauer
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Explorer 4WD 4-Door Eddie Bauer 13 19 $33,156 $35,600
Explorer 4WD 4-Door Limited 13 19 $35,886 $38,600
Explorer 4WD 4-Door XLT 13 19 $29,516 $31,600
Explorer AWD 4-Door Limited 13 19 $35,886 $38,600
Explorer AWD 4-Door XLT 13 19 $29,516 $31,600
Explorer RWD 4-Door Eddie Bauer 14 20 $31,044 $33,280
Explorer RWD 4-Door Limited 14 20 $33,774 $36,280
Explorer RWD 4-Door XLT 14 20 $27,404 $29,280
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4WD Crew Cab RT
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Ridgeline 4WD Crew Cab RT 15 20 $25,783 $28,450
Ridgeline 4WD Crew Cab RTL 15 20 $31,187 $34,430
Ridgeline 4WD Crew Cab RTL w/Navi 15 20 $33,310 $36,780
Ridgeline 4WD Crew Cab RTS 15 20 $28,589 $31,555
Select style
2WD Crew Cab LWB Automatic LE
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Frontier 2WD Crew Cab LWB Automatic LE 15 20 $25,414 $27,120
Frontier 2WD Crew Cab LWB Automatic SE 15 20 $22,880 $24,140
Frontier 2WD Crew Cab LWB Manual SE 16 20 $21,886 $23,090
Frontier 2WD Crew Cab SWB Automatic LE 15 20 $24,947 $26,620
Frontier 2WD Crew Cab SWB Automatic PRO-4X 15 20 $24,704 $26,360
Frontier 2WD Crew Cab SWB Automatic SE 15 20 $22,124 $23,340
Frontier 2WD Crew Cab SWB Manual SE 16 20 $21,130 $22,290
Frontier 2WD King Cab I4 Automatic SE 17 22 $19,617 $20,690
Frontier 2WD King Cab I4 Automatic XE 19 23 $17,631 $18,590
Frontier 2WD King Cab I4 Manual SE 19 23 $18,624 $19,640
Frontier 2WD King Cab I4 Manual XE 19 23 $16,638 $17,540
Frontier 2WD King Cab V6 Automatic LE 15 20 $23,357 $24,920
Frontier 2WD King Cab V6 Automatic PRO-4X 15 20 $23,442 $25,010
Frontier 2WD King Cab V6 Automatic SE 15 20 $20,373 $21,490
Frontier 2WD King Cab V6 Manual SE 16 20 $19,380 $20,440
Frontier 4WD Crew Cab LWB Automatic LE 14 19 $27,629 $29,820
Frontier 4WD Crew Cab LWB Automatic SE 14 19 $25,153 $26,840
Frontier 4WD Crew Cab LWB Manual SE 15 19 $24,170 $25,790
Frontier 4WD Crew Cab SWB Automatic LE 14 19 $27,120 $29,270
Frontier 4WD Crew Cab SWB Automatic PRO-4X 14 19 $26,926 $29,060
Frontier 4WD Crew Cab SWB Automatic SE 14 19 $24,405 $26,040
Frontier 4WD Crew Cab SWB Manual SE 15 19 $23,422 $24,990
Frontier 4WD King Cab Automatic LE 14 19 $25,594 $27,620
Frontier 4WD King Cab Automatic PRO-4X 14 19 $25,677 $27,710
Frontier 4WD King Cab Automatic SE 14 19 $22,675 $24,190
Frontier 4WD King Cab Manual PRO-4X 15 19 $24,706 $26,660
Frontier 4WD King Cab Manual SE 15 19 $21,692 $23,140
Pricing
Invoice Price
$33,156
$25,783
$25,414
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$35,600
$28,450
$27,120
Monthly Payment Estimate
$593 / month
$474 / month
$452 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.0
7.8
7.8
TCC’s Bottom Line
If you're torn between an SUV and a pickup and cutting-edge styling isn't important, the 2010 Ford Explorer Sport Trac might be the answer. The 2010 Honda Ridgeline is a more road-friendly solution for those who need occasionally heavy-hauling ability. The 2010 Nissan Frontier clearly isn't as large or capable as full-size trucks, but it offers enough toughness for personal use along with an especially good feature list.
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Fuel Economy
City
13 mpg 15 mpg 15 mpg
Highway
19 mpg 20 mpg 20 mpg
Vehicle
Rear Door Type
Liftgate - -
EPA Classification
- 4WD Standard Pickup Truck -
Interior Dimensions
Second Hip Room (in)
55.5 57.2 58.0
Front Shoulder Room (in)
59.0 63.2 58.3
Third Leg Room (in)
34.9 - -
Second Head Room (in)
38.7 39.1 38.7
Third Hip Room (in)
45.3 - -
Second Shoulder Room (in)
58.9 62.6 58.3
Front Leg Room (in)
42.4 40.8 42.4
Third Head Room (in)
37.4 - -
Front Hip Room (in)
55.4 57.6 55.6
Passenger Capacity
7 5 5
Third Shoulder Room (in)
53.1 - -
Second Leg Room (in)
36.9 36.4 33.6
Front Head Room (in)
39.8 40.7 40.0
Passenger Volume (ft³)
- 112.0 -
Exterior Dimensions
Wheelbase (in)
113.7 122.0 139.9
Ground Clearance, Front (in)
8.3 - 9.8
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
73.7 77.8 72.8
Side Door Opening Width (in)
NA - -
Overhang, Front (in)
35.4 - 31.3
Step Up Height - Side (in)
- TBD - - -
Rear Door Opening Width (in)
48.3 NA -
Ground to Top of Load Floor (in)
31.4 - - TBD -
Length, Overall w/rear bumper (in)
193.4 - -
Side Door Opening Height (in)
NA - -
Ground Clearance, Rear (in)
8.3 - 9.8
Height, Overall (in)
71.9 70.3 73.9
Step Up Height - Front (in)
- TBD - - -
Rear Door Opening Height (in)
32.9 NA -
Overhang, Rear w/bumper (in)
44.3 - -
Track Width, Front (in)
- 67.1 -
Min Ground Clearance (in)
- 8.2 -
Length, Overall (in)
- 207.0 -
Liftover Height (in)
- - TBD - -
Track Width, Rear (in)
- 66.9 -
Ground to Top of Frame (in)
- - - TBD -
Overhang, Rear w/o bumper (in)
- - 48.2
Cab to Axle (in)
- - - TBD -
Frame Width, Rear (in)
- - - TBD -
Front Bumper to Back of Cab (in)
- - - TBD -
Length, Overall w/o rear bumper (in)
- - 205.5
Cab to End of Frame (in)
- - - TBD -
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³)
13.6 NA -
Cargo Area Width @ Beltline (in)
- TBD - - TBD - -
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Console (in)
- TBD - - -
Cargo Box (Area) Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD - 18.0
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 2 (in)
39.5 - TBD - -
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³)
43.9 - TBD - -
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 4 (in)
NA - -
Cargo Volume to Seat 4 (ft³)
NA - -
Cargo Box Width @ Wheelhousings (in)
45.3 49.5 44.4
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 1 (in)
74.4 - TBD - -
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³)
83.7 - TBD - -
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 3 (in)
- TBD - NA -
Cargo Volume (ft³)
- - 33.5
Cargo Box Width @ Top, Rear (in)
- - - TBD -
Tailgate Width (in)
- - 58.8
Cargo Box Length @ Floor (in)
- - 73.3
Ext'd Cab Cargo Volume (ft³)
- - 38.8
Cargo Box Width @ Floor (in)
- - 61.4
Brakes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
12.01 x 0.43 12.6 x 1.1 11.7 x 1.1
Brake Type
Pwr Pwr Pwr
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA NA
Brake ABS System (Second Line)
NA - NA
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.85 x 0.39 13.1 x 0.4 11.3 x 0.7
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes Yes
Fuel Tank
Aux Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
NA - NA
Aux Fuel Tank Location
NA - NA
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
22.5 22 21.1
Fuel Tank Location
Midship - NA
Steering
Steering Type
Power Rack & Pinion Var Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & pinion
Steering Ratio (:1), At Lock
NA - 3.55
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
38.4 - TBD - NA
Steering Ratio (:1), On Center
18.9 - 20.4
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
36.8 42.6 - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
- 18.5 -
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
- 3.38 -
Tires
Revolutions/Mile @ 45 mph - Spare
709 - NA
Front Tire Capacity (lbs)
1700 - NA
Rear Tire Order Code
TC2 NA NA
Spare Tire Capacity (lbs)
1700 - NA
Front Tire Size
P245/65R17 P245/65TR17 P265/60R18
Revolutions/Mile @ 45 mph - Rear
709 - NA
Spare Tire Size
P245/65R17 Compact P265/60R18
Front Tire Order Code
TC2 NA NA
Rear Tire Capacity (lbs)
1700 - NA
Spare Tire Order Code
- TBD - NA NA
Revolutions/Mile @ 45 mph - Front
709 - NA
Rear Tire Size
P245/65R17 P245/65TR17 P265/60R18
Trailering
Fifth Wheel Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA - NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
350 500 500
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
525 500 630
Fifth Wheel Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA - NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
3500 5000 5000
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
3500 5000 6300
Weight Information
Gross Combined Wt Rating (lbs)
8500 - 11133
Curb Weight - Rear (lbs)
2152 - 2007
Gross Vehicle Weight Rating Cap (lbs)
6280 - 5730
Gross Axle Wt Rating - Front (lbs)
2960 - 3296
Curb Weight - Front (lbs)
2476 - 2357
Gross Axle Wt Rating - Rear (lbs)
3400 - 3324
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
- 4504 -
Wheels
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Steel Alloy
Rear Wheel Size (in)
17 x 7.5 17 x - TBD - 18 x 7.5
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Steel Alloy
Spare Wheel Material
Steel Steel Alloy
Front Wheel Size (in)
17 x 7.5 17 x - TBD - 18 x 7.5
Spare Wheel Size (in)
17 x 7.5 Compact 18 x 7.5
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
7.8 8.5 10.2
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (2nd)
NA - NA
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
130 130 110
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
650 - TBD - 550
Maximum Alternator Watts
1950 - NA
Engine
Engine Oil Cooler
NA - NA
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
254 @ 3700 247 @ 4300 281 @ 4000
Engine Order Code
99E NA ZV7
Displacement
4.0L/245 3.5L/212 4.0L/- TBD -
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
210 @ 5100 250 @ 5700 261 @ 5600
Engine Type
Gas V6 Gas V6 Gas V6
Fuel System
SMPI MPFI NA
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
19 20 20
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
13 15 15
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
- 17 17
Transmission
Transfer Case Model
BW-4412 - NA
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA NA
Drivetrain
4-Wheel Drive Four Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.22 2.70 3.84
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), Low
2.48 - NA
Clutch Size (in)
NA NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.54 1.07 1.53
Trans Type
5 5 5
Trans PTO Access
NA - NA
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.71 0.54 0.84
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA w/OD
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), High
1.00 - NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.07 1.89 2.76
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.29 1.61 2.35
Trans Order Code
44V NA NA
Transfer Case Power Take Off
NA - NA
Trans Power Take Off
NA - NA
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 0.77 1.00
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic w/OD Automatic w/OD Automatic
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
- 4.53 -
Summary
Vehicle Name
Ford Explorer Honda Ridgeline Nissan Frontier
Body Code
NA - 139.9 WB
Body Style
4 Door 4 Door Crew Cab Crew Cab
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
32.0 - TBD - NA
Axle Type - Rear
IRS - NA
Suspension Type - Front
Independent SLA MacPherson Strut Independent
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
1.34 .91 - TBD -
Axle Capacity - Rear (lbs)
3600 - - TBD -
Spring Capacity - Front (lbs)
2470 - - TBD -
Axle Ratio (:1) - Rear
3.55 - 3.13
Axle Type - Front
Upper SLA - NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
32.0 - TBD - NA
Axle Capacity - Front (lbs)
3240 - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
Independent SLA Multi-Link Multi-Leaf
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
0.77 1.0 NA
Axle Ratio (:1) - Front
3.55 - NA
Spring Capacity - Rear (lbs)
2200 - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
- NA -
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
- w/Trailing Arm -
Frame
Frame Type
Ladder - Ladder Type
Doors
Side Door Type
NA - -
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
12.4 11.0 11.0
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
11.4 3 3

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