Compare 2021 Ford Explorer vs 2022 Nissan Pathfinder

2021 Ford Explorer
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Base 4WD
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Explorer Base 4WD 20 27 $33,878 $34,925
Explorer Base RWD 21 28 $31,938 $32,925
Explorer King Ranch 4WD 18 24 $52,416 $54,600
Explorer King Ranch RWD 18 24 $50,496 $52,600
Explorer Limited 4WD 20 27 $45,365 $47,255
Explorer Limited RWD 21 28 $43,445 $45,255
Explorer Platinum 4WD 23 26 $51,202 $53,335
Explorer Platinum RWD 18 24 $50,621 $52,730
Explorer ST 4WD 18 24 $47,040 $49,000
Explorer Timberline 4WD 19 23 $44,174 $46,015
Explorer XLT 4WD 20 27 $35,592 $37,075
Explorer XLT RWD 21 28 $33,672 $35,075
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Platinum 2WD
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Pathfinder Platinum 2WD 21 26 $42,913 $46,190
Pathfinder Platinum 4WD 20 25 $44,676 $48,090
Pathfinder S 2WD 21 26 $31,053 $33,410
Pathfinder S 4WD 21 27 $32,816 $35,310
Pathfinder SL 2WD 21 26 $36,788 $39,590
Pathfinder SL 4WD 21 27 $38,551 $41,490
Pathfinder SV 2WD 21 26 $33,642 $36,200
Pathfinder SV 4WD 21 27 $35,405 $38,100
Pricing
Invoice Price
$33,878
$42,913
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$34,925
$46,190
Monthly Payment Estimate
$582 / month
$770 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
7.0
6.8
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2021 Ford Explorer is recognizable, but new. It should be on every family SUV shopper’s list. The 2022 Nissan Pathfinder packs a value with good standard features and a roomy interior.
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Fuel Economy
City
20 mpg 21 mpg
Highway
27 mpg 26 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Standard SUV 4WD Small SUV 2WD
Interior Dimensions
Third Leg Room (in)
32.2 28
Passenger Volume (ft³)
152.7 148
Second Head Room (in)
40.5 38.4
Third Hip Room (in)
40.9 46.7
Second Shoulder Room (in)
61.9 59.6
Front Leg Room (in)
43 44.3
Third Head Room (in)
38.9 37.8
Passenger Capacity
7 7
Front Hip Room (in)
59.2 58.3
Third Shoulder Room (in)
54.6 58.4
Second Leg Room (in)
39 35.5
Front Head Room (in)
40.7 41.1
Second Hip Room (in)
59.1 56.3
Front Shoulder Room (in)
61.8 60.8
Exterior Dimensions
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
78.9 77.9
Track Width, Front (in)
66.9 66.9
Min Ground Clearance (in)
8.2 7.1
Length, Overall (in)
198.8 197
Liftover Height (in)
32.8 -
Height, Overall (in)
70.2 70.9
Track Width, Rear (in)
66.9 66.9
Wheelbase (in)
119.1 114.2
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Box (Area) Height (in)
32.8 33.3
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 1 (in)
83.9 79.8
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³)
87.8 80.5
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 3 (in)
20.8 -
Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³)
18.2 16.6
Cargo Box Width @ Wheelhousings (in)
48.1 -
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 2 (in)
49.8 79.8
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³)
47.9 45
Cargo Area Width @ Beltline (in)
59 58.5
Brakes
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
12.6 13
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)
13.6 13.8
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
17.9 18.5
Steering
Steering Type
Rack-Pinion Rack-Pinion
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
- 38.7
Tires
Rear Tire Size
P255/65HR18 P255/50HR20
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
P255/65HR18 P255/50HR20
Spare Tire Size
Compact Compact
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
5000 5000
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
5300 6000
Maximum Trailering Capacity (lbs)
5300 6000
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
500 500
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
530 600
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
4345 4470
Wheels
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
18 X 7.5 20 X 8
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact Compact
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
18 X 7.5 20 X 8
Engine
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
310 @ 3500 259 @ 4800
Engine Order Code
99H NA
Displacement
2.3 L/140 3.5 L/213
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
300 @ 5500 284 @ 6400
Engine Type
Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4 Regular Unleaded V-6
Fuel System
Gasoline Direct Injection Gasoline Direct Injection
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
23 23
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
27 26
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
20 21
Transmission
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.58 4.33
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
2.15 1.91
Trans Type
10 9
Drivetrain
Four Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.52 1.00
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
4.88 3.80
Eighth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.85 0.58
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
3.00 2.84
Trans Order Code
44T NA
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.77 1.38
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic w/OD Automatic w/OD
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.27 0.81
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 0.70
First Gear Ratio (:1)
4.71 4.71
Summary
Vehicle Name
Ford Explorer Nissan Pathfinder
Body Style
Sport Utility Sport Utility
Suspension
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
Multi-Link Multi-Link
Suspension Type - Front
Strut Strut
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
Strut Strut
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-Link Multi-Link
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
7.7 7.7
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
- 150
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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