Compare 2009 Nissan Pathfinder vs 2008 Toyota 4Runner

2009 Nissan Pathfinder
2008 Toyota 4Runner
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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 Limited
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4Runner 4WD 4-Door V6 Limited 16 20 $33,748 $37,375
4Runner 4WD 4-Door V6 SR5 16 20 $27,711 $30,690
4Runner 4WD 4-Door V6 Sport 16 20 $29,677 $33,000
4Runner 4WD 4-Door V8 Limited 14 17 $35,337 $39,135
4Runner 4WD 4-Door V8 SR5 14 17 $29,532 $32,705
4Runner 4WD 4-Door V8 Sport 14 17 $30,954 $34,380
4Runner RWD 4-Door V6 Limited 16 21 $31,695 $35,100
4Runner RWD 4-Door V6 SR5 16 21 $25,658 $28,415
4Runner RWD 4-Door V6 Sport 16 21 $27,621 $30,725
4Runner RWD 4-Door V8 Limited 15 19 $33,284 $36,860
4Runner RWD 4-Door V8 SR5 15 19 $27,477 $30,430
4Runner RWD 4-Door V8 Sport 15 19 $28,902 $32,105
Pricing
Invoice Price
$33,630
$33,748
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$36,310
$37,375
Monthly Payment Estimate
$605 / month
$623 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
7.6
7.2
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. The 2008 Toyota 4Runner isn’t as roomy or as efficient as newer crossover designs, but if you need towing or off-road capabilities, it’s a good, safe choice.
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Fuel Economy
City
15 mpg 16 mpg
Highway
22 mpg 20 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
2WD Sport Utility 4WD Sport Utility Vehicle
Interior Dimensions
Third Shoulder Room (in)
57.1 NA
Second Leg Room (in)
34.2 34.6
Front Head Room (in)
39.1 39.7
Passenger Capacity
7 5
Second Hip Room (in)
57.6 55.4
Front Shoulder Room (in)
58.3 58.0
Third Leg Room (in)
28.1 NA
Second Head Room (in)
38.9 39.1
Third Hip Room (in)
44.0 NA
Second Shoulder Room (in)
58.4 57.2
Front Leg Room (in)
42.4 41.8
Passenger Volume (ft³)
149.1 103.1
Third Head Room (in)
36.7 NA
Front Hip Room (in)
55.5 55.3
Exterior Dimensions
Rear Door Opening Width (in)
NA - TBD -
Height, Overall (in)
72.2 71.1
Liftover Height (in)
30.0 - TBD -
Track Width, Rear (in)
61.8 62.0
Wheelbase (in)
112.2 109.8
Rear Door Opening Height (in)
NA - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
72.8 75.2
Track Width, Front (in)
61.8 62.0
Min Ground Clearance (in)
8.6 9.1
Length, Overall (in)
192.3 189.2
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Box Width @ Wheelhousings (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 2 (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³)
49.2 40.6
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 Volume to Seat 1 (ft³)
79.2 72.4
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 3 (in)
17.4 NA
Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³)
16.5 NA
Brakes
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.7 x 1.1 12.6 x - TBD -
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)
12.1 x 0.7 12.3 x - TBD -
Brake Type
Power Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
21.1 23.0
Steering
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
3.5 3.04
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
17 15.6
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
39.2 37.4
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Tires
Rear Tire Size
P265/65R17 P265/60R18
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
P265/65R17 P265/60R18
Spare Tire Size
P265/65R17 P265/60R18
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
600 500
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
5000 5000
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
6000 5000
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
500 500
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
4678 4320
Wheels
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
Steel Aluminum
Front Wheel Size (in)
17 x 7.5 18 x - TBD -
Spare Wheel Size (in)
17 x 7.5 18 x - TBD -
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
17 x 7.5 18 x - TBD -
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
14.3 - TBD -
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
550 - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
130 - TBD -
Engine
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
266 @ 5600 236 @ 5200
Engine Type
Gas V6 Gas V6
Fuel System
SMPI EFI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
288 @ 4000 266 @ 4000
Engine Order Code
VQ40 NA
Displacement
4.0L/241 4.0L/241
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
15 16
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
17 -
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
22 20
Transmission
Drivetrain
Rear Wheel Drive 4-Wheel Drive
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), High
NA 1.00
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.84 0.72
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
2.76 3.22
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.35 2.04
Trans Order Code
NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.13 3.73
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 1.00
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic Automatic w/OD
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), Low
NA 2.57
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.84 3.52
Clutch Size (in)
NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.53 1.40
Trans Type
5 5
Summary
Body Style
4 Door 4 Door Limited
Vehicle Name
Nissan Pathfinder Toyota 4Runner
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
0.98 0.83
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
Double-Wishbone NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
1.30 1.18
Suspension Type - Rear
Independent 4-Link
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
Double-Wishbone Coil-Spring
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
Independent Double wishbone
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
3 -

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