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
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
4.50 3.13
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
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Combined Side Rating Rear Seat
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Rollover Rating

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