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
EPA Classification
2WD Sport Utility 2WD Sport Utility
Number of Passenger Doors
4 -
Interior Dimensions
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
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
Exterior Dimensions
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 -
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
Cargo Area Dimensions
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 -
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
Brakes
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
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
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
15.9 21.1
Steering
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
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr rack & pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
3.3 3.5
Tires
Rear Tire Size
P215/70R16 P265/70R16
Rear Tire Order Code
- TBD - NA
Front Tire Size
P215/70R16 P265/70R16
Spare Tire Size
- TBD - P265/70R16
Front Tire Order Code
- TBD - NA
Spare Tire Order Code
- TBD - NA
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
1500 5000
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
150 500
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
225 750
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
1500 5000
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3540 4144
Wheels
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
Rear Wheel Size (in)
16 x - TBD - 16 x 7.0
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
7.5 10.0
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
440 550
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
105 110
Engine
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
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
166 @ 5800 261 @ 5600
Engine Type
Gas I4 Gas V6
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
22 18
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
25 22
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
20 16
Transmission
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
Reverse Ratio (:1)
2.00 2.76
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
1.61 2.35
Trans Order Code
NA NA
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
4.50 3.13
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.77 1.00
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), Low
- NA
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), High
- NA
Summary
Body Style
Sport Utility Vehicle Sport Utility
Vehicle Name
Honda Element Nissan Xterra
Suspension
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
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs Solid Axle
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
MacPherson strut Double wishbone
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
-- --
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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