Compare 2014 Ford Explorer vs 2014 Nissan Pathfinder

2014 Ford Explorer
2014 Nissan Pathfinder
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4WD 4-Door Base
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Explorer 4WD 4-Door Base 17 23 $30,173 $32,015
Explorer 4WD 4-Door Limited 17 23 $37,393 $40,100
Explorer 4WD 4-Door Sport 16 22 $38,862 $41,675
Explorer 4WD 4-Door XLT 17 23 $32,544 $34,900
Explorer FWD 4-Door Base 17 24 $28,288 $30,015
Explorer FWD 4-Door Limited 17 24 $35,528 $38,100
Explorer FWD 4-Door XLT 17 24 $30,679 $32,900
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2WD 4-Door Platinum
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Pathfinder 2WD 4-Door Platinum 20 26 $36,830 $39,950
Pathfinder 2WD 4-Door Platinum Hybrid 25 28 $39,592 $42,950
Pathfinder 2WD 4-Door S 20 26 $26,942 $29,210
Pathfinder 2WD 4-Door SL 20 26 $32,503 $35,250
Pathfinder 2WD 4-Door SL Hybrid 25 28 $35,264 $38,250
Pathfinder 2WD 4-Door SV 20 26 $29,787 $32,300
Pathfinder 2WD 4-Door SV Hybrid 25 28 $32,548 $35,300
Pathfinder 4WD 4-Door Platinum 19 25 $38,303 $41,550
Pathfinder 4WD 4-Door Platinum Hybrid 25 27 $41,065 $44,550
Pathfinder 4WD 4-Door S 19 25 $28,415 $30,810
Pathfinder 4WD 4-Door SL 19 25 $33,976 $36,850
Pathfinder 4WD 4-Door SL Hybrid 25 27 $36,738 $39,850
Pathfinder 4WD 4-Door SV 19 25 $31,260 $33,900
Pathfinder 4WD 4-Door SV Hybrid 25 27 $34,022 $36,900

Pricing

Invoice Price

$30,173
$36,830

Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price

$32,015
$39,950

Monthly Payment Estimate

$534 / month
$666 / month

The Car Connection's Take

TCC Rating

8.6
8.0

TCC’s Bottom Line

The 2014 Ford Explorer does build on its heritage, but on-road fluency and passenger comfort are clearly at center stage. With a new hybrid model, the 2014 Nissan Pathfinder has the Toyota Highlander and its hybrid model in its sights.

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Fuel Economy

City

17 mpg 20 mpg

Highway

23 mpg 26 mpg

Vehicle

EPA Classification

Standard SUV 4WD Small SUV 2WD

Interior Dimensions

Third Hip Room (in)

40.7 42

Second Shoulder Room (in)

61 60.4

Passenger Volume (ft³)

151.7 157.8

Front Leg Room (in)

40.6 42.3

Third Head Room (in)

37.8 37.8

Front Hip Room (in)

57.3 56.8

Third Shoulder Room (in)

50.8 57.1

Second Leg Room (in)

39.8 41.7

Passenger Capacity

7 7

Front Head Room (in)

41.4 42.2

Second Hip Room (in)

56.7 56.1

Front Shoulder Room (in)

61.3 60.7

Third Leg Room (in)

33.2 30.7

Second Head Room (in)

40.5 39.4

Exterior Dimensions

Track Width, Front (in)

67 65.7

Min Ground Clearance (in)

7.6 7

Length, Overall (in)

197.1 197.2

Height, Overall (in)

71 69.6

Track Width, Rear (in)

67 65.7

Wheelbase (in)

112.6 114.2

Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)

78.9 77.2

Cargo Area Dimensions

Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³)

21 16

Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³)

43.8 47.8

Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³)

80.7 79.8

Cargo Area Width @ Beltline (in)

- 45.9

Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 1 (in)

- 78.9

Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 3 (in)

- 19.8

Cargo Box (Area) Height (in)

- 31.4

Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 2 (in)

- 51.1

Brakes

Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)

12.8 12.1

Brake Type

4-Wheel Disc 4-Wheel Disc

Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)

NA NA

Disc - Front (Yes or )

Yes Yes

Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)

12.8 12.6

Drum - Rear (Yes or )

NA NA

Brake ABS System

4-Wheel 4-Wheel

Disc - Rear (Yes or )

Yes Yes

Fuel Tank

Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)

18.6 19.5

Steering

Steering Type

Rack-Pinion Rack-Pinion

Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)

38.9 38.7

Tires

Spare Tire Order Code

NA NA

Rear Tire Size

P245/65TR17 P235/55SR20

Rear Tire Order Code

NA NA

Front Tire Size

P245/65TR17 P235/55SR20

Spare Tire Size

Compact Compact

Front Tire Order Code

NA NA

Trailering

Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)

2000 5000

Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)

2000 5000

Maximum Trailering Capacity (lbs)

2000 5000

Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)

200 500

Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)

200 500

Weight Information

Base Curb Weight (lbs)

4697 4345

Wheels

Rear Wheel Size (in)

17 X 7.5 20 X 7.5

Front Wheel Material

Steel Aluminum

Spare Wheel Material

Steel Steel

Front Wheel Size (in)

17 X 7.5 20 X 7.5

Spare Wheel Size (in)

Compact Compact

Rear Wheel Material

Steel Aluminum

Electrical

Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)

650 -

Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)

175 150

Engine

SAE Net Torque @ RPM

255 @ 4000 240 @ 4400

Engine Order Code

998-1 NA

Displacement

3.5 L/213 3.5 L/213

SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM

290 @ 6500 260 @ 6400

Engine Type

Regular Unleaded V-6 Regular Unleaded V-6

Fuel System

Sequential MPI Sequential MPI

Mileage

Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)

19 22

EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)

23 26

EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)

17 20

Transmission

Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)

3.65 5.58

Third Gear Ratio (:1)

1.84 -

Trans Type

6 1

Drivetrain

Four Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive

Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)

1.00 -

Trans Description Cont. Again

NA NA

Reverse Ratio (:1)

2.88 1.77

Second Gear Ratio (:1)

2.87 -

Trans Order Code

44J NA

Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)

1.41 -

Trans Description Cont.

Automatic w/OD CVT w/OD

Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)

0.74 -

First Gear Ratio (:1)

4.48 2.37 - 0.44

Summary

Vehicle Name

Ford Explorer Nissan Pathfinder

Body Style

Sport Utility Sport Utility

Suspension

Suspension Type - Rear

Multi-Link Multi-Link

Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)

Multi-Link Multi-Link

Suspension Type - Front

Strut Strut

Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)

Strut Strut

Emissions

Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year

9.5 8.1

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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