Compare 2011 Honda Element vs 2011 Nissan Xterra

2011 Honda Element
2011 Nissan Xterra
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2WD 5-Door EX
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Element 2WD 5-Door EX 20 25 $21,344 $22,935
Element 2WD 5-Door LX 20 25 $19,388 $20,825
Element 4WD 5-Door EX 19 24 $22,504 $24,185
Element 4WD 5-Door LX 19 24 $20,547 $22,075
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2WD 4-Door Automatic S
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Xterra 2WD 4-Door Automatic S 16 22 $24,875 $26,250
Xterra 2WD 4-Door Automatic X 16 22 $22,993 $24,260
Xterra 4WD 4-Door Automatic Pro-4X 15 20 $28,781 $30,720
Xterra 4WD 4-Door Automatic S 15 20 $26,814 $28,300
Xterra 4WD 4-Door Automatic X 15 20 $24,932 $26,310
Xterra 4WD 4-Door Manual Pro-4X 16 20 $27,800 $29,670
Xterra 4WD 4-Door Manual S 16 20 $25,821 $27,250

Pricing

Invoice Price

$21,344
$24,875

Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price

$22,935
$26,250

Monthly Payment Estimate

$382 / month
$438 / month

The Car Connection's Take

TCC Rating

7.6
7.4

TCC’s Bottom Line

If you need to haul stuff more than people, and don't want to part with maneuverability and fuel-efficiency, the 2011 Honda Element is a great choice. If you have a lot of gear to haul to tough-to-reach places, the 2010 Nissan Xterra is a good choice for weekend adventurers.

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Fuel Economy

City

20 mpg 16 mpg

Highway

25 mpg 22 mpg

Vehicle

Number of Passenger Doors

4 -

EPA Classification

2WD Sport Utility 2WD Sport Utility

Interior Dimensions

Second Shoulder Room (in)

52.2 58.3

Front Leg Room (in)

41.0 42.4

Passenger Volume (ft³)

103.6 98.8

Front Hip Room (in)

55.0 55.9

Second Leg Room (in)

39.1 34.4

Front Head Room (in)

43.3 39.9

Passenger Capacity

4 5

Second Hip Room (in)

47.6 46.1

Front Shoulder Room (in)

57.1 58.3

Second Head Room (in)

38.0 39.3

Exterior Dimensions

Height, Overall (in)

70.4 74.9

Liftover Height (in)

- TBD - 32.2

Track Width, Rear (in)

62.3 61.8

Wheelbase (in)

101.4 106.3

Rear Door Opening Height (in)

- TBD - - TBD -

Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)

71.6 72.8

Track Width, Front (in)

62.1 61.8

Min Ground Clearance (in)

6.9 9.1

Length, Overall (in)

169.9 178.7

Rear Door Opening Width (in)

- TBD - - TBD -

Cargo Area Dimensions

Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 2 (in)

- TBD - 36.7

Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³)

25.1 36.3

Cargo Area Width @ Beltline (in)

- TBD - 43.3

Cargo Box (Area) Height (in)

- TBD - 36.1

Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 1 (in)

- TBD - - TBD -

Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³)

74.6 65.7

Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 3 (in)

NA NA

Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³)

NA NA

Cargo Box Width @ Wheelhousings (in)

- TBD - - TBD -

Brakes

Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)

11.1 x - TBD - 11.3 x 0.7

Brake Type

Pwr Pwr

Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)

NA NA

Disc - Front (Yes or )

Yes Yes

Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)

11.1 x - TBD - 11.7 x 1.1

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)

15.9 21.1

Steering

Steering Type

Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr rack & pinion

Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)

3.3 3.5

Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)

- TBD - - TBD -

Steering Ratio (:1), Overall

16.2 20.4

Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)

34.9 37.7

Tires

Spare Tire Size

- TBD - P265/70R16

Front Tire Order Code

- TBD - NA

Spare Tire Order Code

- TBD - NA

Rear Tire Size

P215/70R16 P265/70R16

Rear Tire Order Code

- TBD - NA

Front Tire Size

P215/70R16 P265/70R16

Trailering

Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)

225 750

Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)

1500 5000

Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)

1500 5000

Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)

150 500

Weight Information

Base Curb Weight (lbs)

3540 4144

Wheels

Rear Wheel Size (in)

16 x - TBD - 16 x 7.0

Front Wheel Material

Aluminum Aluminum

Spare Wheel Material

- TBD - Steel

Front Wheel Size (in)

16 x - TBD - 16 x 7.0

Spare Wheel Size (in)

- TBD - 16 x 7.0

Rear Wheel Material

Aluminum Aluminum

Cooling System

Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)

7.5 10.0

Electrical

Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)

105 110

Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)

440 550

Engine

SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM

166 @ 5800 261 @ 5600

Engine Type

Gas I4 Gas V6

Fuel System

Electronic Fuel Injection Electronic Fuel Injection

SAE Net Torque @ RPM

161 @ 4000 281 @ 4000

Engine Order Code

NA NA

Displacement

2.4L/144 4.0L/241

Mileage

EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)

20 16

Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)

22 18

EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)

25 22

Transmission

Reverse Ratio (:1)

2.00 2.76

Second Gear Ratio (:1)

1.61 2.35

Trans Order Code

NA NA

Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)

4.50 3.13

Drivetrain

Front Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive

Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)

0.77 1.00

Trans Description Cont.

Automatic Automatic

Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)

NA NA

First Gear Ratio (:1)

2.78 3.84

Clutch Size (in)

NA NA

Third Gear Ratio (:1)

1.08 1.52

Trans Type

5 5

Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)

0.56 0.83

Trans Description Cont. Again

NA NA

Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), High

- NA

Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), Low

- NA

Summary

Vehicle Name

Honda Element Nissan Xterra

Body Style

Sport Utility Vehicle Sport Utility

Suspension

Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)

w/Coil Springs Solid Axle

Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)

- TBD - - TBD -

Suspension Type - Front

MacPherson strut Double wishbone

Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)

0.83 1.00

Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)

w/Coil Springs NA

Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)

- TBD - - TBD -

Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)

1.18 1.30

Suspension Type - Rear

Double Wishbone Multi-leaf

Emissions

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

8.5 10.4

EPA Greenhouse Gas Score

5 3

Crash Test Ratings

Overall Rating

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Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating

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Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver

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Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger

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Overall Side Crash Rating

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Side Barrier Rating

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Side Barrier Rating Driver

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Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat

-- --

Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat

-- --

Combined Side Rating Front Seat

-- --

Combined Side Rating Rear Seat

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Rollover Rating

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