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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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 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

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

Exterior Dimensions

Min Ground Clearance (in)

7.600 7.3 - TBD -

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

Cargo Area Dimensions

Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³)

80.700 71.5 79.8

Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 3 (in)

- TBD - - TBD - - TBD -

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

Brakes

Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)

- TBD - 11.9 x 0.4 - TBD -

Brake Type

Pwr Pwr Power

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

Fuel Tank

Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)

18.600 17.4 19.5

Steering

Steering Type

Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Pwr Rack & Pinion

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 -

Tires

Spare Tire Size

Compact T165/90R17 Compact

Front Tire Order Code

- TBD - NA NA

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

Trailering

Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)

2000 3500 5000

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

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

Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)

175 130 - TBD -

Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)

650 - TBD - - TBD -

Engine

Engine Type

Gas V6 Turbocharged Gas I4 Gas V6

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

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 Order Code

44J NA NA

Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)

3.650 3.510 - TBD -

Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)

1.410 1.386 NA

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

Summary

Vehicle Name

Ford Explorer Hyundai Santa Fe Nissan Pathfinder

Body Style

Sport Utility Vehicle Crossover Sport Utility

Suspension

Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)

w/Coil Springs NA NA

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

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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