Compare 2009 Nissan Pathfinder vs 2008 Ford Explorer

2009 Nissan Pathfinder
2008 Ford Explorer
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2WD 4-Door V6 LE
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Pathfinder 2WD 4-Door V6 LE 15 22 $33,630 $36,310
Pathfinder 2WD 4-Door V6 S 15 22 $25,499 $27,210
Pathfinder 2WD 4-Door V6 SE 15 22 $28,266 $30,510
Pathfinder 4WD 4-Door V6 LE 14 20 $35,664 $38,510
Pathfinder 4WD 4-Door V6 S 14 20 $27,369 $29,210
Pathfinder 4WD 4-Door V6 SE 14 20 $30,116 $32,510
Pathfinder 4WD 4-Door V6 SE Off Road 14 20 $32,798 $35,410
Pathfinder 4WD 4-Door V8 LE 12 18 $37,238 $40,210
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4WD 4-Door V6 Eddie Bauer
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Explorer 4WD 4-Door V6 Eddie Bauer 13 19 $29,384 $31,565
Explorer 4WD 4-Door V6 Limited 13 19 $32,851 $35,375
Explorer 4WD 4-Door V6 XLT 13 19 $26,881 $28,815
Explorer 4WD 4-Door V8 Eddie Bauer 13 19 $30,576 $32,875
Explorer 4WD 4-Door V8 Limited 13 19 $34,048 $36,690
Explorer 4WD 4-Door V8 XLT 13 19 $28,074 $30,125
Explorer AWD 4-Door V6 Eddie Bauer 13 19 $29,384 $31,565
Explorer AWD 4-Door V6 Limited 13 19 $32,851 $35,375
Explorer AWD 4-Door V8 Eddie Bauer 13 19 $30,576 $32,875
Explorer AWD 4-Door V8 Limited 13 19 $34,048 $36,690
Explorer RWD 4-Door V6 Eddie Bauer 14 20 $27,273 $29,245
Explorer RWD 4-Door V6 Limited 14 20 $30,740 $33,055
Explorer RWD 4-Door V6 XLT 14 20 $24,771 $26,495
Explorer RWD 4-Door V8 Eddie Bauer 13 20 $28,465 $30,555
Explorer RWD 4-Door V8 Limited 13 20 $31,932 $34,365
Explorer RWD 4-Door V8 XLT 13 20 $25,958 $27,800
Explorer Sport Trac AWD 4-Door V6 Adrenaline 13 19 $27,903 $30,015
Explorer Sport Trac AWD 4-Door V8 Adrenaline 13 19 $29,092 $31,320
Pricing
Invoice Price
$33,630
$29,384
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$36,310
$31,565
Monthly Payment Estimate
$605 / month
$526 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
7.6
8.2
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2009 Nissan Pathfinder is a top-notch choice for towing or serious off-roading, but otherwise there are more comfortable vehicles. As the perennial best-selling truck-based SUV, the Ford Explorer is still the one to beat.
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Fuel Economy
City
15 mpg 13 mpg
Highway
22 mpg 19 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
2WD Sport Utility -
Rear Door Type
- Liftgate
Interior Dimensions
Front Leg Room (in)
42.4 42.4
Passenger Volume (ft³)
149.1 -
Third Head Room (in)
36.7 NA
Front Hip Room (in)
55.5 55.4
Third Shoulder Room (in)
57.1 NA
Second Leg Room (in)
34.2 36.9
Front Head Room (in)
39.1 39.8
Passenger Capacity
7 5
Second Hip Room (in)
57.6 55.5
Front Shoulder Room (in)
58.3 59.0
Third Leg Room (in)
28.1 NA
Second Head Room (in)
38.9 38.7
Third Hip Room (in)
44.0 NA
Second Shoulder Room (in)
58.4 58.9
Exterior Dimensions
Min Ground Clearance (in)
8.6 -
Length, Overall (in)
192.3 -
Rear Door Opening Width (in)
NA - TBD -
Height, Overall (in)
72.2 72.8
Liftover Height (in)
30.0 -
Track Width, Rear (in)
61.8 -
Wheelbase (in)
112.2 113.7
Rear Door Opening Height (in)
NA 33.7
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
72.8 73.7
Track Width, Front (in)
61.8 -
Step Up Height - Side (in)
- - TBD -
Ground to Top of Load Floor (in)
- 31.4
Length, Overall w/rear bumper (in)
- 193.4
Side Door Opening Height (in)
- NA
Ground Clearance, Rear (in)
- 8.3
Step Up Height - Front (in)
- - TBD -
Overhang, Rear w/bumper (in)
- 44.3
Ground Clearance, Front (in)
- 8.3
Side Door Opening Width (in)
- NA
Overhang, Front (in)
- 35.4
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³)
79.2 85.8
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 3 (in)
17.4 NA
Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³)
16.5 NA
Cargo Box Width @ Wheelhousings (in)
- TBD - 44.9
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 2 (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³)
49.2 45.1
Cargo Area Width @ Beltline (in)
44.4 - TBD -
Cargo Box (Area) Height (in)
34.8 - TBD -
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 1 (in)
73.9 - TBD -
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 4 (in)
- NA
Cargo Volume to Seat 4 (ft³)
- NA
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Console (in)
- - TBD -
Brakes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
12.1 x 0.7 11.85 x 0.39
Brake Type
Power Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.7 x 1.1 12.01 x 0.43
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Brake ABS System (Second Line)
- NA
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
21.1 22.5
Fuel Tank Location
- Midship
Aux Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
- NA
Aux Fuel Tank Location
- NA
Steering
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Power Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
3.5 -
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - 38.4
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
17 -
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
39.2 36.8
Steering Ratio (:1), On Center
- 18.9
Steering Ratio (:1), At Lock
- NA
Tires
Spare Tire Order Code
NA TC2
Rear Tire Size
P265/65R17 P245/65R17
Rear Tire Order Code
NA TC2
Front Tire Size
P265/65R17 P245/65R17
Spare Tire Size
P265/65R17 P245/65R17
Front Tire Order Code
NA TC2
Revolutions/Mile @ 45 mph - Rear
- 709
Rear Tire Capacity (lbs)
- 1700
Revolutions/Mile @ 45 mph - Front
- 709
Revolutions/Mile @ 45 mph - Spare
- 709
Front Tire Capacity (lbs)
- 1700
Spare Tire Capacity (lbs)
- 1700
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
500 350
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
600 350
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
5000 3500
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
6000 3500
Fifth Wheel Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
- NA
Fifth Wheel Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
- NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
4678 -
Gross Axle Wt Rating - Front (lbs)
- 2960
Gross Combined Wt Rating (lbs)
- 8500
Curb Weight - Front (lbs)
- 2466
Gross Vehicle Weight Rating Cap (lbs)
- 6180
Gross Axle Wt Rating - Rear (lbs)
- 3400
Curb Weight - Rear (lbs)
- 2140
Wheels
Rear Wheel Size (in)
17 x 7.5 17 x 7.5
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
17 x 7.5 17 x 7.5
Spare Wheel Size (in)
17 x 7.5 17 x 7.5
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
14.3 7.8
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
130 130
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
550 650
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (2nd)
- NA
Maximum Alternator Watts
- 1950
Engine
Displacement
4.0L/241 4.0L/245
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
266 @ 5600 210 @ 5100
Engine Type
Gas V6 Gas V6
Fuel System
SMPI SMPI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
288 @ 4000 254 @ 3700
Engine Order Code
VQ40 - TBD -
Engine Oil Cooler
- NA
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
22 19
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
15 13
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
17 -
Transmission
Clutch Size (in)
NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.53 1.54
Trans Type
5 5
Drivetrain
Rear Wheel Drive 4-Wheel Drive
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), High
NA 1.00
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.84 0.71
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
2.76 3.07
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.35 2.29
Trans Order Code
NA - TBD -
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.13 -
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 1.00
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic Automatic w/OD
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), Low
NA 2.48
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.84 3.22
Transfer Case Power Take Off
- NA
Trans Power Take Off
- NA
Transfer Case Model
- BW-4411
Trans PTO Access
- NA
Summary
Vehicle Name
Nissan Pathfinder Ford Explorer
Body Style
4 Door 4 Door
Body Code
- NA
Suspension
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
Double-Wishbone -
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - 32.0
Suspension Type - Front
Independent Independent SLA
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
0.98 0.77
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
Double-Wishbone -
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - 32.0
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
1.30 1.34
Suspension Type - Rear
Independent Independent SLA
Axle Ratio (:1) - Rear
- 3.55
Axle Type - Front
- Ford SLA
Axle Capacity - Front (lbs)
- 3240
Axle Ratio (:1) - Front
- 3.55
Spring Capacity - Rear (lbs)
- 2200
Axle Type - Rear
- Ford SLA
Axle Capacity - Rear (lbs)
- 3600
Spring Capacity - Front (lbs)
- 2470
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
3 -
Frame
Frame Type
- Ladder
Doors
Side Door Type
- NA

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