Compare 2016 Ford Explorer vs 2016 Hyundai Santa Fe vs 2016 Nissan Pathfinder

2016 Ford Explorer
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2016 Hyundai Santa Fe
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2016 Nissan Pathfinder
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4WD 4-Door Base
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Explorer 4WD 4-Door Base 16 23 $31,894 $33,050
Explorer 4WD 4-Door Limited 16 23 $41,352 $43,300
Explorer 4WD 4-Door Platinum 16 22 $50,587 $52,970
Explorer 4WD 4-Door Sport 16 22 $41,543 $43,500
Explorer 4WD 4-Door XLT 16 23 $33,807 $35,400
Explorer FWD 4-Door Base 17 24 $29,964 $31,050
Explorer FWD 4-Door Limited 17 24 $39,442 $41,300
Explorer FWD 4-Door XLT 17 24 $31,897 $33,400
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AWD 4-Door Limited
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Santa Fe AWD 4-Door Limited 18 24 $34,090 $36,250
Santa Fe AWD 4-Door SE 18 24 $30,603 $32,150
Santa Fe FWD 4-Door Limited 18 25 $32,465 $34,500
Santa Fe FWD 4-Door SE 18 25 $28,960 $30,400
Santa Fe Sport AWD 4-Door 2.0T 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 2.4 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 $38,663 $41,610
Pathfinder 2WD 4-Door S 20 27 $27,731 $29,830
Pathfinder 2WD 4-Door SL 20 27 $33,837 $36,410
Pathfinder 2WD 4-Door SV 20 27 $30,812 $33,150
Pathfinder 4WD 4-Door Platinum 19 26 $40,231 $43,300
Pathfinder 4WD 4-Door S 19 26 $29,300 $31,520
Pathfinder 4WD 4-Door SL 19 26 $35,405 $38,100
Pathfinder 4WD 4-Door SV 19 26 $32,380 $34,840
Pricing
Invoice Price
$31,894
$34,090
$38,663
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$33,050
$36,250
$41,610
Monthly Payment Estimate
$551 / month
$604 / month
$694 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
8.4
8.0
8.0
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2016 Ford Explorer doesn't need to rely on hardcore off-road tools--not with its firm road manners, plush interiors, and choice of turbocharged power. The 2016 Hyundai Santa Fe is geared toward big families with a strong V-6 and loads of features, but third-row seat space is slim, and safety scores are absent. The 2016 Nissan Pathfinder lacks sporty or off-road intentions, instead offering space for seven in a composed, quiet environment.
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Fuel Economy
City
16 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
Third Leg Room (in)
32 31.5 30.7
Second Head Room (in)
40.6 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)
42.9 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
Second Leg Room (in)
39.5 41.3 41.7
Passenger Capacity
7 6 7
Front Head Room (in)
41.4 39.6 41.1
Second Hip Room (in)
56.8 55.4 56.1
Front Shoulder Room (in)
61.5 59.4 60.7
Exterior Dimensions
Height, Overall (in)
70 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 64.5 65.7
Min Ground Clearance (in)
8.3 7.3 7
Wheelbase (in)
112.8 110.2 114.2
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
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
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
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
18.6 18.8 19.5
Steering
Steering Type
Rack-Pinion Rack-Pinion Rack-Pinion
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
38.9 36.9 38.7
Tires
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 P235/55TR19 P235/55SR20
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA NA
Front Tire Size
P245/60HR18 P235/55TR19 P235/55SR20
Trailering
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
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
200 500 500
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
4629 4057 4345
Wheels
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
18 X 7.5 19 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 19 X 7.5 20 X 7.5
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact Compact Compact
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
175 150 150
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
540 - -
Engine
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 @ 6400 290 @ 6400 260 @ 6400
Engine Type
Regular Unleaded V-6 Regular Unleaded V-6 Regular Unleaded V-6
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
16 18 20
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
19 20 23
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
23 24 27
Transmission
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.74 0.77 -
First Gear Ratio (:1)
4.48 4.65 2.41 - 0.38
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.65 3.04 5.25
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
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
Summary
Vehicle Name
Ford Explorer Hyundai Santa Fe Nissan Pathfinder
Body Style
Sport Utility Sport Utility Sport Utility
Suspension
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-Link Multi-Link Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
Multi-Link Multi-Link Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Front
Strut Strut Strut
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
Strut Strut Strut
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
9.3 8.8 7.6
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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