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2014 Nissan Xterra vs. 2015 Ford Explorer Review

Comparison Review

Comfort
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. As far as headroom and legroom go, there's not much difference between front seat comfort in the Nissan Xterra and the Ford Explorer.

Convenience
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.

Cost
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. Both the Nissan Xterra and the Ford Explorer have similar Destination Charges.

Dimensions
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.

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

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

Performance
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.

Utility
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.

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

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2014 Nissan
Xterra

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MSRP*: $23,390 - $30,320

2015 Ford
Explorer

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MSRP*: $30,700 - $43,100
Cash Back Rebate: Visit Rebate Center Up to $1,500
Low APR Loan: -- As low as 0.00%
Lease Incentive: -- --
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
Overall Safety Rating
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Frontal Crash Rating
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Side Crash Rating
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Invoice*: $22,415 - $28,725 $28,935 - $40,191

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