Compare 2011 Ford Explorer vs 2011 Nissan Pathfinder

2011 Ford Explorer
2011 Nissan Pathfinder
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4WD 4-Door Base
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Explorer 4WD 4-Door Base 17 23 $28,726 $30,360
Explorer 4WD 4-Door Limited 17 23 $36,772 $39,535
Explorer 4WD 4-Door XLT 17 23 $31,299 $33,520
Explorer FWD 4-Door Base 17 25 $26,886 $28,360
Explorer FWD 4-Door Limited 17 25 $34,952 $37,535
Explorer FWD 4-Door XLT 17 25 $29,479 $31,520
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2WD 4-Door V6 LE
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Pathfinder 2WD 4-Door V6 LE 15 22 $35,304 $38,120
Pathfinder 2WD 4-Door V6 S 15 22 $26,771 $28,570
Pathfinder 2WD 4-Door V6 SV 15 22 $29,570 $31,920
Pathfinder 2WD 4-Door V6 Silver 15 22 $33,260 $35,910
Pathfinder 4WD 4-Door V6 LE 14 20 $37,338 $40,320
Pathfinder 4WD 4-Door V6 S 14 20 $28,641 $30,570
Pathfinder 4WD 4-Door V6 SV 14 20 $31,420 $33,920
Pathfinder 4WD 4-Door V6 Silver 14 20 $35,110 $37,910
Pathfinder 4WD 4-Door V8 LE 13 18 $40,048 $43,250
Pricing
Invoice Price
$28,726
$35,304
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$30,360
$38,120
Monthly Payment Estimate
$506 / month
$635 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.6
6.4
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2011 Ford Explorer a formidable shot right at the heart of the crossover market--one that's sure to pull some of the remaining SUV loyalists off their very high horses. The 2011 Nissan Pathfinder is a workhorse SUV that also offers decent comfort and an impressive feature set.
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Fuel Economy
City
17 mpg 15 mpg
Highway
23 mpg 22 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Sport Utility Vehicle - 4WD 2WD Sport Utility
Interior Dimensions
Third Shoulder Room (in)
50.8 57.1
Second Leg Room (in)
39.8 34.2
Front Head Room (in)
41.4 39.1
Passenger Volume (ft³)
151.7 100.6
Second Hip Room (in)
56.7 57.6
Front Shoulder Room (in)
61.3 58.3
Third Leg Room (in)
33.2 28.1
Second Head Room (in)
40.5 38.9
Passenger Capacity
7 7
Third Hip Room (in)
40.7 44.0
Second Shoulder Room (in)
61.0 58.4
Front Leg Room (in)
40.6 42.4
Third Head Room (in)
37.8 36.7
Front Hip Room (in)
57.3 55.5
Exterior Dimensions
Liftover Height (in)
NA 30.0
Track Width, Rear (in)
67.0 61.8
Wheelbase (in)
112.6 112.2
Rear Door Opening Height (in)
- TBD - NA
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
78.9 72.8
Track Width, Front (in)
67.0 61.8
Min Ground Clearance (in)
- TBD - 8.6
Length, Overall (in)
197.1 192.3
Rear Door Opening Width (in)
- TBD - NA
Height, Overall (in)
70.4 72.2
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 2 (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³)
43.8 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)
80.7 79.2
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 3 (in)
- TBD - 17.4
Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³)
21.0 16.5
Cargo Box Width @ Wheelhousings (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Brakes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
- 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
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
- TBD - 12.1 x 0.7
Brake Type
Pwr Power
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
18.6 21.1
Steering
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
15.8 17.0
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
- TBD - 39.2
Steering Type
Pwr Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
- TBD - 3.5
Tires
Rear Tire Size
P245/65R17 P265/60R18
Rear Tire Order Code
- TBD - NA
Front Tire Size
P245/65R17 P265/60R18
Spare Tire Size
T165/80D17 P265/60R18
Front Tire Order Code
- TBD - NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
200 500
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
300 600
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
2000 5000
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
2000 6000
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
4732 4676
Wheels
Spare Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
17 x - TBD - 18 x 8.0
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Mini 18 x 8.0
Rear Wheel Material
Steel Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
17 x - TBD - 18 x 8.0
Front Wheel Material
Steel Aluminum
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
- TBD - 10.9
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
650 550
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
175 130
Engine
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
255 @ 4100 288 @ 4000
Engine Order Code
998 NA
Displacement
3.5L/213 4.0L/241
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
290 @ 6500 266 @ 5600
Engine Type
Gas V6 Gas V6
Fuel System
SMPI Direct Injection
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
23 22
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
17 15
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
19 17
Transmission
Clutch Size (in)
NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.84 1.52
Trans Type
6 5
Drivetrain
4-Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), High
1.00 NA
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 0.83
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
2.88 2.76
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.87 2.35
Trans Order Code
44J NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.39 3.13
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.41 1.00
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic w/OD Automatic w/manual mode
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), Low
NA NA
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.74 NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
4.48 3.84
Summary
Vehicle Name
Ford Explorer Nissan Pathfinder
Body Style
4 Door Sport Utility
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
0.87 1.00
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
NA w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
1.26 1.30
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-link Double-Wishbone
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
NA w/Coil Springs
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
MacPherson Double-Wishbone
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
9.8 11.0
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
3 2
Crash Test Ratings
Overall Rating
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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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