2015 Nissan Xterra vs. 2016 Ford Explorer Review

Comparison Review

Passengers in the backseat will be able to stretch out a lot more in the Ford Explorer than in the Nissan Xterra, due to its greater head- and legroom. The Ford Explorer will be a hit with tall drivers and their front seat passengers, since it has greater front head- and legroom than the Nissan Xterra.

You'll be making about the same number of stops at the gas station with the Nissan Xterra as you will with the Ford Explorer, as they are both able to travel similar distances on a tank of gas.

There are a lot of factors to consider when calculating the overall cost of a vehicle. The main consideration is Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP). Clearly, the Nissan Xterra is a better financial choice over the Ford Explorer, when considering MSRP. Another consideration is the Destination Charge, which is a standard charge for transporting the vehicle to the dealer from where it's built. In this case, the Nissan Xterra will cost less to deliver to the dealership than the Ford Explorer.

Since the Nissan Xterra is much slimmer than the Ford Explorer, it'll be much easier to find a wide enough space in a crowded parking lot. If you go with the Nissan Xterra, you'll have a much easier time finding a large enough space to park than you will with the Ford Explorer.

With somewhat higher torque, the Nissan Xterra transmits power to its wheels a bit more effectively than the Ford Explorer.

The Nissan Xterra has a smaller turning radius than the Ford Explorer, allowing you to more easily maneuver in and out of tight spots.

When considering towing capacity, the Nissan Xterra is clearly the choice over the Ford Explorer for pulling heavy loads. The Nissan Xterra has a little less horsepower than the Ford Explorer.

The Nissan Xterra has less seating than the Ford Explorer, making the Ford Explorer the better choice, if you need to chauffeur many passengers. The Nissan Xterra has significantly less cargo capacity than the Ford Explorer.

The Nissan Xterra comes with essentially the same basic warranty as the Ford Explorer.

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2015 Nissan

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MSRP*: $23,660 - $30,590

2016 Ford

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MSRP*: $31,050 - $52,970
Cash Back Rebate: Visit Rebate Center Up to $950
Low APR Loan: -- As low as 0.90%
Lease Incentive: As low as 5.04% --
City MPG: 15 - 16 16 - 17
Highway MPG: 20 - 22 22 - 24
Engine(s): V-6 V-6
Seating Capacity: 5 - 5 7 - 7
Basic Warranty: 3 years/36,000 miles 3 years/36,000 miles
Invoice*: $22,846 - $29,203 $29,421 - $49,659

Days On Lot: Comparing Ease of Negotiation

Days on Lot measures the average number of days a model sits on a dealer's lot before it's sold. This is one predictor of a dealer's willingness to negotiate.

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*MSRP and Invoice prices displayed do not include applicable gas taxes or destination charges.