Compare 2017 Ford Explorer vs 2017 Nissan Pathfinder

2017 Ford Explorer
2017 Nissan Pathfinder
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Base 4WD
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Explorer Base 4WD 16 23 $32,626 $33,810
Explorer Base FWD 17 24 $30,553 $31,660
Explorer Limited 4WD 18 25 $41,853 $43,825
Explorer Limited FWD 19 27 $39,800 $41,675
Explorer Platinum 4WD 16 22 $50,839 $53,235
Explorer Sport 4WD 16 22 $43,315 $45,355
Explorer XLT 4WD 16 23 $34,308 $35,925
Explorer XLT FWD 17 24 $32,255 $33,775
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4x4 Platinum
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Pathfinder 4x4 Platinum 19 26 $40,658 $43,760
Pathfinder 4x4 S 19 26 $29,726 $31,980
Pathfinder 4x4 SL 19 26 $35,118 $37,790
Pathfinder 4x4 SV 19 26 $32,223 $34,670
Pathfinder FWD Platinum 20 27 $39,089 $42,070
Pathfinder FWD S 20 27 $28,158 $30,290
Pathfinder FWD SL 20 27 $33,550 $36,100
Pathfinder FWD SV 20 27 $30,654 $32,980
Pricing
Invoice Price
$32,626
$40,658
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$33,810
$43,760
Monthly Payment Estimate
$564 / month
$729 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
6.7
7.0
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2017 Ford Explorer adds a sport appearance package and Sync 3, both of which are important to today's SUV buyers. The 2017 Nissan Pathfinder offers good space for seven in a composed, quiet environment and it manages a some decent capability for off-road duty and towing.
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Fuel Economy
City
16 mpg 19 mpg
Highway
23 mpg 26 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Standard SUV 4WD Small Sport Utility Vehicles 4WD
Interior Dimensions
Third Hip Room (in)
40.7 42
Second Shoulder Room (in)
61 60.4
Passenger Volume (ft³)
151.7 120
Front Leg Room (in)
42.9 42.3
Third Head Room (in)
37.8 36.5
Front Hip Room (in)
57.3 56.8
Third Shoulder Room (in)
50.8 57.1
Second Leg Room (in)
39.5 41.7
Passenger Capacity
7 7
Front Head Room (in)
41.4 41.1
Second Hip Room (in)
56.8 56.1
Front Shoulder Room (in)
61.5 60.7
Third Leg Room (in)
32 30.7
Second Head Room (in)
40.6 38.5
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Front (in)
67 65.7
Min Ground Clearance (in)
8.3 7
Length, Overall (in)
198.3 198.5
Height, Overall (in)
70 69.6
Track Width, Rear (in)
67 65.7
Wheelbase (in)
112.8 114.2
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
P245/60HR18 P235/55HR20
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
P245/60HR18 P235/55HR20
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 6000
Maximum Trailering Capacity (lbs)
2000 6000
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
200 500
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
200 600
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
4629 4660
Wheels
Rear Wheel Size (in)
18 X 7.5 20 X 7.5
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
18 X 7.5 20 X 7.5
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact Compact
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
540 -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
175 150
Engine
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
255 @ 4000 259 @ 4800
Engine Order Code
998-1 NA
Displacement
3.5 L/213 3.5 L/213
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
290 @ 6500 284 @ 6400
Engine Type
Regular Unleaded V-6 Regular Unleaded V-6
Fuel System
Sequential MPI Gasoline Direct Injection
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
19 21
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
23 26
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
16 19
Transmission
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.65 5.25
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.84 -
Trans Type
6 1
Drivetrain
Four Wheel Drive Four Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 -
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
2.88 2.31
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 2.41 - 0.38
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
9.3 8.4
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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