Compare 2013 Ford Explorer vs 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe vs 2013 Nissan Pathfinder

2013 Ford Explorer
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2013 Hyundai Santa Fe
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2013 Nissan Pathfinder
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4WD 4-Door Base
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Explorer 4WD 4-Door Base 17 23 $29,312 $31,100
Explorer 4WD 4-Door Limited 17 23 $37,393 $40,100
Explorer 4WD 4-Door Sport 16 22 $38,027 $40,780
Explorer 4WD 4-Door XLT 17 23 $32,339 $34,680
Explorer FWD 4-Door Base 17 24 $27,427 $29,100
Explorer FWD 4-Door Limited 17 24 $35,528 $38,100
Explorer FWD 4-Door XLT 17 24 $30,474 $32,680
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AWD 4-Door 2.0T Sport
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Santa Fe AWD 4-Door 2.0T Sport 19 24 $28,182 $29,700
Santa Fe AWD 4-Door 2.0T Sport w/Saddle Int 19 24 $28,182 $29,700
Santa Fe AWD 4-Door GLS 18 24 $28,913 $30,350
Santa Fe AWD 4-Door Limited 18 24 $33,022 $35,100
Santa Fe AWD 4-Door Limited w/Saddle Int 18 24 $33,022 $35,100
Santa Fe AWD 4-Door Sport 20 26 $25,390 $26,450
Santa Fe FWD 4-Door 2.0T Sport 20 27 $26,536 $27,950
Santa Fe FWD 4-Door 2.0T Sport w/Saddle Int 20 27 $26,536 $27,950
Santa Fe FWD 4-Door GLS 18 25 $27,269 $28,600
Santa Fe FWD 4-Door Limited 18 25 $31,396 $33,350
Santa Fe FWD 4-Door Limited w/Saddle Int 18 25 $31,396 $33,350
Santa Fe FWD 4-Door Sport 21 29 $23,728 $24,700
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2WD 4-Door Platinum
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Pathfinder 2WD 4-Door Platinum 20 26 $36,048 $39,550
Pathfinder 2WD 4-Door S 20 26 $26,127 $28,650
Pathfinder 2WD 4-Door SL 20 26 $31,770 $34,850
Pathfinder 2WD 4-Door SV 20 26 $29,095 $31,910
Pathfinder 4WD 4-Door Platinum 19 25 $37,505 $41,150
Pathfinder 4WD 4-Door S 19 25 $27,583 $30,250
Pathfinder 4WD 4-Door SL 19 25 $33,226 $36,450
Pathfinder 4WD 4-Door SV 19 25 $30,551 $33,510
Pricing
Invoice Price
$29,312
$28,182
$36,048
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$31,100
$29,700
$39,550
Monthly Payment Estimate
$518 / month
$495 / month
$659 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.8
8.2
8.0
TCC’s Bottom Line
The Ford Explorer trades some trail-riding and towing for on-road driving lessons, and comes out fluent. The 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe splits its identity in two: the three-row ute goes V-6 only, while the five-passenger Sport leans on turbo power, a flexible second-row seat and a cushy ride to make its best case ever. The 2013 Nissan Pathfinder is in a new place that's just right for families who want a big, comfortable, sensible wagon, but it's given up some of its path-finding heritage to get there.
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Fuel Economy
City
17 mpg 19 mpg 20 mpg
Highway
23 mpg 24 mpg 26 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Sport Utility Vehicle - 4WD Sport Utility Vehicle - AWD 2WD Sport Utility
Interior Dimensions
Third Head Room (in)
37.800 - 36.5
Front Hip Room (in)
57.300 56.7 56.8
Third Shoulder Room (in)
50.800 - 57.1
Second Leg Room (in)
39.800 39.4 41.7
Front Head Room (in)
41.400 39.6 41.1
Passenger Capacity
7 5 7
Second Hip Room (in)
56.700 55.4 56.1
Front Shoulder Room (in)
61.300 59.4 60.7
Third Leg Room (in)
33.200 - 30.7
Second Head Room (in)
40.500 39.1 39.4
Third Hip Room (in)
40.700 - 42.0
Second Shoulder Room (in)
61.000 58.3 60.4
Front Leg Room (in)
40.600 41.3 42.3
Passenger Volume (ft³)
151.700 108.0 157.8
Exterior Dimensions
Length, Overall (in)
197.100 184.6 197.2
Rear Door Opening Width (in)
- TBD - - TBD - NA
Height, Overall (in)
70.400 66.1 70.2
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Track Width, Rear (in)
67.000 64.5 65.7
Wheelbase (in)
112.600 106.3 114.2
Rear Door Opening Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD - NA
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
78.900 74.0 77.2
Track Width, Front (in)
67.000 64.1 65.7
Min Ground Clearance (in)
7.600 7.3 - TBD -
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³)
21.000 NA 16.0
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)
43.800 35.4 42.4-47.8
Cargo Area Width @ Beltline (in)
- TBD - - TBD - 45.9
Cargo Box (Area) Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD - 31.4
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 1 (in)
- TBD - - TBD - 78.9
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³)
80.700 71.5 79.8
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 3 (in)
- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -
Brakes
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
- TBD - 12.6 x 1.1 - TBD -
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
- TBD - 11.9 x 0.4 - TBD -
Brake Type
Pwr Pwr Power
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
18.600 17.4 19.5
Steering
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
- TBD - 2.95 - TBD -
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - N/A N/A
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
15.750 15.03 - TBD -
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
38.900 35.8 - TBD -
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Pwr Rack & Pinion
Tires
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P245/65R17 P235/55R19 P235/55R20
Rear Tire Order Code
- TBD - NA NA
Front Tire Size
P245/65R17 P235/55R19 P235/55R20
Spare Tire Size
Compact T165/90R17 Compact
Front Tire Order Code
- TBD - NA NA
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
2000 3500 5000
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
200 350 500
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
300 525 750
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
2000 3500 5000
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
4697 3706 4366
Wheels
Rear Wheel Size (in)
17 x - TBD - 19 x 7.5 20 x 7.5
Front Wheel Material
Steel Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
Steel - TBD - Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
17 x - TBD - 19 x 7.5 20 x 7.5
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact 17 x - TBD - Compact
Rear Wheel Material
Steel Aluminum Aluminum
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
- TBD - 2.7 - TBD -
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
650 - TBD - - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
175 130 - TBD -
Engine
Fuel System
Electronic Fuel Injection Direct Injection Direct Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
255 @ 4100 269 @ 1750 - 3000 240 @ 4400
Engine Order Code
998 NA NA
Displacement
3.5L/213 2.0L/122 3.5L/- TBD -
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
290 @ 6500 264 @ 6000 260 @ 6400
Engine Type
Gas V6 Turbocharged Gas I4 Gas V6
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
19 21 22
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
23 24 26
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
17 19 20
Transmission
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic w/manual shift Automatic w/Manual Shift Continuously Variable Ratio
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), Low
NA - TBD - NA
Drivetrain
Four Wheel Drive All Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.740 0.772 NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
4.480 4.651 - TBD -
Clutch Size (in)
NA NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.840 1.842 NA
Trans Type
6 6 1
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), High
1.000 1.00 NA
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.000 1.000 NA
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
2.880 3.393 - TBD -
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.870 2.831 NA
Trans Order Code
44J NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.650 3.510 - TBD -
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.410 1.386 NA
Summary
Body Style
Sport Utility Vehicle Crossover Sport Utility
Vehicle Name
Ford Explorer Hyundai Santa Fe Nissan Pathfinder
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - N/A N/A
Suspension Type - Front
MacPherson strut MacPherson Strut Strut
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
0.866 0.7 - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs NA NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - N/A N/A
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
1.259 1.0 - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-Link Multi-Link Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs NA NA
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
9.6 8.7 8.3
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
- 6 5
Crash Test Ratings
Overall Rating
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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