Compare 2015 Ford Explorer vs 2015 Hyundai Santa Fe vs 2015 Nissan Pathfinder

2015 Ford Explorer
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2015 Hyundai Santa Fe
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2015 Nissan Pathfinder
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4WD 4-Door Base
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Explorer 4WD 4-Door Base 17 23 $30,820 $32,700
Explorer 4WD 4-Door Limited 17 23 $37,487 $40,200
Explorer 4WD 4-Door Sport 16 22 $40,191 $43,100
Explorer 4WD 4-Door XLT 17 23 $32,638 $35,000
Explorer FWD 4-Door Base 17 24 $28,935 $30,700
Explorer FWD 4-Door Limited 17 24 $35,622 $38,200
Explorer FWD 4-Door XLT 17 24 $30,773 $33,000
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AWD 4-Door GLS
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Santa Fe AWD 4-Door GLS 18 24 $30,368 $31,900
Santa Fe AWD 4-Door Limited 18 24 $33,858 $36,000
Santa Fe AWD 4-Door Limited w/Saddle Int 18 24 $33,858 $36,000
Santa Fe FWD 4-Door Limited 18 25 $32,232 $34,250
Santa Fe FWD 4-Door Limited w/Saddle Int 18 25 $32,232 $34,250
Santa Fe Sport AWD 4-Door 2.0T 18 24 $31,267 $33,000
Santa Fe Sport AWD 4-Door 2.0T w/Saddle Int 18 24 $31,267 $33,000
Santa Fe Sport AWD 4-Door 2.4 19 25 $25,626 $26,700
Santa Fe Sport FWD 4-Door 2.0T 19 27 $29,620 $31,250
Santa Fe Sport FWD 4-Door 2.0T w/Saddle Int 19 27 $29,620 $31,250
Santa Fe Sport FWD 4-Door 2.4 20 27 $23,964 $24,950
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2WD 4-Door Platinum
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Pathfinder 2WD 4-Door Platinum 20 27 $38,616 $41,560
Pathfinder 2WD 4-Door S 20 27 $27,434 $29,510
Pathfinder 2WD 4-Door SL 20 27 $33,651 $36,210
Pathfinder 2WD 4-Door SV 20 27 $30,257 $32,810
Pathfinder 4WD 4-Door Platinum 19 26 $40,184 $43,250
Pathfinder 4WD 4-Door S 19 26 $29,003 $31,200
Pathfinder 4WD 4-Door SL 19 26 $35,220 $37,900
Pathfinder 4WD 4-Door SV 19 26 $32,065 $34,500
Pricing
Invoice Price
$30,820
$30,368
$38,616
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$32,700
$31,900
$41,560
Monthly Payment Estimate
$545 / month
$532 / month
$693 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.4
8.0
8.0
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2015 Ford Explorer has a historic name, but it's a much more comfortable, road-worthy vehicle than it ever was in the past. The 2015 Hyundai Santa Fe is really two vehicles in one, with the larger model geared toward big families and the smaller Sport version good for those with smaller broods. The 2015 Nissan Pathfinder reels off its crossover basics with ease, but doesn't get too adventurous in handling or off-roading.
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Fuel Economy
City
17 mpg 18 mpg 20 mpg
Highway
23 mpg 24 mpg 27 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Standard Sport Utility Vehicles 4WD Small Sport Utility Vehicles 4WD Small Sport Utility Vehicles 2WD
Interior Dimensions
Second Leg Room (in)
39.8 41.3 41.7
Passenger Capacity
7 7 7
Front Head Room (in)
41.4 39.6 41.1
Second Hip Room (in)
56.7 55.4 56.1
Front Shoulder Room (in)
61.3 59.4 60.7
Third Leg Room (in)
33.2 31.5 30.7
Second Head Room (in)
40.5 39.4 38.5
Third Hip Room (in)
40.7 44.1 42
Second Shoulder Room (in)
61 58.6 60.4
Passenger Volume (ft³)
151.7 146.6 157.8
Front Leg Room (in)
40.6 41.3 42.3
Third Head Room (in)
37.8 35.7 36.5
Front Hip Room (in)
57.3 56.7 56.8
Third Shoulder Room (in)
50.8 53.9 57.1
Exterior Dimensions
Min Ground Clearance (in)
8.3 7.3 7
Wheelbase (in)
112.6 110.2 114.2
Height, Overall (in)
71 66.5 69.6
Track Width, Rear (in)
67 64.5 65.7
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
78.9 74.2 77.2
Track Width, Front (in)
67 64.1 65.7
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³)
43.8 40.9 47.8
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³)
80.7 80 79.8
Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³)
21 13.5 16
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
Cargo Area Width @ Beltline (in)
- - 45.9
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 1 (in)
- - 78.9
Brakes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
12.8 12.6 12.6
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)
12.8 11.9 12.1
Brake Type
4-Wheel Disc 4-Wheel Disc 4-Wheel Disc
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes Yes
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
18.6 18.8 19.5
Steering
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
38.9 36.9 38.7
Steering Type
Rack-Pinion Rack-Pinion Rack-Pinion
Tires
Front Tire Size
P245/60HR18 P235/60TR18 P235/55SR20
Spare Tire Size
Compact Compact Compact
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P245/60HR18 P235/60TR18 P235/55SR20
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA NA
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
200 500 500
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
200 500 500
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
2000 5000 5000
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
2000 5000 5000
Maximum Trailering Capacity (lbs)
2000 5000 5000
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
4610 4085 4345
Wheels
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact Compact Compact
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
18 X 7.5 18 X 7.5 20 X 7.5
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
Steel Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
18 X 7.5 18 X 7.5 20 X 7.5
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
650 - -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
175 150 150
Engine
Engine Type
Regular Unleaded V-6 Regular Unleaded V-6 Regular Unleaded V-6
Fuel System
Sequential MPI Gasoline Direct Injection Sequential MPI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
255 @ 4000 252 @ 5200 240 @ 4400
Engine Order Code
998-1 NA NA
Displacement
3.5 L/213 3.3 L/204 3.5 L/213
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
290 @ 6500 290 @ 6400 260 @ 6400
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
17 18 20
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
19 20 23
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
23 24 27
Transmission
Reverse Ratio (:1)
2.88 3.39 1.77
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.87 2.83 -
Trans Order Code
44J NA NA
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.41 1.39 -
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic w/OD Automatic w/OD CVT w/OD
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.74 0.77 -
First Gear Ratio (:1)
4.48 4.65 2.37 - 0.44
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.65 3.04 5.58
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.84 1.84 -
Trans Type
6 6 1
Drivetrain
Four Wheel Drive All Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 1.00 -
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA NA
Summary
Body Style
Sport Utility Sport Utility Sport Utility
Vehicle Name
Ford Explorer Hyundai Santa Fe Nissan Pathfinder
Suspension
Suspension Type - Front
Strut Strut Strut
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
Strut Strut Strut
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-Link Multi-Link Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
Multi-Link Multi-Link Multi-Link
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
9.3 8.9 7.7
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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