Compare 2011 Ford Explorer vs 2011 Nissan Pathfinder vs 2011 Toyota 4Runner

2011 Ford Explorer
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2011 Nissan Pathfinder
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2011 Toyota 4Runner
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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
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4WD 4-Door V6 Limited
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4Runner 4WD 4-Door V6 Limited 17 22 $37,200 $40,435
4Runner 4WD 4-Door V6 SR5 17 22 $29,482 $32,045
4Runner 4WD 4-Door V6 Trail 17 22 $33,631 $36,555
4Runner RWD 4-Door V6 Limited 17 23 $35,328 $38,400
4Runner RWD 4-Door V6 SR5 17 23 $27,881 $30,305
Pricing
Invoice Price
$28,726
$35,304
$37,200
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$30,360
$38,120
$40,435
Monthly Payment Estimate
$506 / month
$635 / month
$674 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.6
6.4
8.2
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. If off-road capability is a top requirement, the brawny 2011 Toyota 4Runner is a good choice—with surprisingly good road manners to boot.
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Fuel Economy
City
17 mpg 15 mpg 17 mpg
Highway
23 mpg 22 mpg 22 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Sport Utility Vehicle - 4WD 2WD Sport Utility Sport Utility Vehicle
Interior Dimensions
Third Head Room (in)
37.8 36.7 NA
Front Hip Room (in)
57.3 55.5 56.5
Third Shoulder Room (in)
50.8 57.1 NA
Second Leg Room (in)
39.8 34.2 32.9
Front Head Room (in)
41.4 39.1 39.3
Passenger Volume (ft³)
151.7 100.6 97.3
Second Hip Room (in)
56.7 57.6 55.7
Front Shoulder Room (in)
61.3 58.3 57.8
Third Leg Room (in)
33.2 28.1 NA
Second Head Room (in)
40.5 38.9 38.6
Passenger Capacity
7 7 5
Third Hip Room (in)
40.7 44.0 NA
Second Shoulder Room (in)
61.0 58.4 57.8
Front Leg Room (in)
40.6 42.4 41.7
Exterior Dimensions
Min Ground Clearance (in)
- TBD - 8.6 9.6
Length, Overall (in)
197.1 192.3 189.9
Rear Door Opening Width (in)
- TBD - NA - TBD -
Height, Overall (in)
70.4 72.2 70.1
Liftover Height (in)
NA 30.0 - TBD -
Track Width, Rear (in)
67.0 61.8 63.2
Wheelbase (in)
112.6 112.2 109.8
Rear Door Opening Height (in)
- TBD - NA - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
78.9 72.8 75.8
Track Width, Front (in)
67.0 61.8 63.2
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³)
80.7 79.2 89.7
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 3 (in)
- TBD - 17.4 NA
Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³)
21.0 16.5 NA
Cargo Box Width @ Wheelhousings (in)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 2 (in)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³)
43.8 48.9 47.2
Cargo Area Width @ Beltline (in)
- TBD - 44.4 - TBD -
Cargo Box (Area) Height (in)
- TBD - 34.8 - TBD -
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 1 (in)
- TBD - 73.9 - TBD -
Brakes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
- TBD - 12.1 x 0.7 12.3 x - TBD -
Brake Type
Pwr Power Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
- TBD - 11.7 x 1.1 13.3 x - TBD -
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes Yes
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
18.6 21.1 23.0
Steering
Steering Type
Pwr Pwr Rack & Pinion Variable Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
- TBD - 3.5 2.7
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
15.8 17.0 18.4
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
- TBD - 39.2 37.4
Tires
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P245/65R17 P265/60R18 P245/60R20
Rear Tire Order Code
- TBD - NA NA
Front Tire Size
P245/65R17 P265/60R18 P245/60R20
Spare Tire Size
T165/80D17 P265/60R18 Full Size
Front Tire Order Code
- TBD - NA NA
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
2000 6000 - TBD -
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
200 500 500
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
300 600 - TBD -
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
2000 5000 5000
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
4732 4676 4805
Wheels
Rear Wheel Size (in)
17 x - TBD - 18 x 8.0 20 x 7.5
Front Wheel Material
Steel Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
Steel Steel Aluminum
Front Wheel Size (in)
17 x - TBD - 18 x 8.0 20 x 7.5
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Mini 18 x 8.0 Full Size
Rear Wheel Material
Steel Aluminum Aluminum
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
- TBD - 10.9 - TBD -
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
175 130 - TBD -
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
650 550 - TBD -
Engine
Fuel System
SMPI Direct Injection EFI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
255 @ 4100 288 @ 4000 278 @ 4400
Engine Order Code
998 NA 1GR
Displacement
3.5L/213 4.0L/241 4.0L/241
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
290 @ 6500 266 @ 5600 270 @ 5600
Engine Type
Gas V6 Gas V6 Gas V6
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
19 17 19
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
23 22 22
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
17 15 17
Transmission
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.39 3.13 3.73
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.41 1.00 1.0
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic w/OD Automatic w/manual mode Automatic w/OD
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), Low
NA NA 2.57
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.74 NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
4.48 3.84 3.52
Clutch Size (in)
NA NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.84 1.52 1.4
Trans Type
6 5 5
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), High
1.00 NA 1.0
Drivetrain
4-Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive Four Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 0.83 0.72
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
2.88 2.76 3.22
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.87 2.35 2.04
Trans Order Code
44J NA NA
Summary
Body Style
4 Door Sport Utility 4 Door Limited
Vehicle Name
Ford Explorer Nissan Pathfinder Toyota 4Runner
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
MacPherson Double-Wishbone Independent
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
0.87 1.00 0.79
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
NA w/Coil Springs Double Wishbone
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
1.26 1.30 1.22
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-link Double-Wishbone 4-Link Rigid
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
NA w/Coil Springs Coil Spring
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
9.8 11.0 9.8
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
3 2 4
Crash Test Ratings
Overall Rating
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Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
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Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver
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Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger
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Overall Side Crash Rating
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Side Barrier Rating
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Side Barrier Rating Driver
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Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
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Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat
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Combined Side Rating Front Seat
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Combined Side Rating Rear Seat
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Rollover Rating
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