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Ford Explorer vs. Nissan Frontier


2022 Ford Explorer

2022 Nissan Frontier

Pricing

New Asking Price:

$36,442 - $59,358

Used Asking Price:

$34,452 - $54,990

5-Year Depreciation (lower is better):

46.2%

Pricing

New Asking Price:

$30,885 - $45,961

Used Asking Price:

$28,507 - $39,991

5-Year Depreciation (lower is better):

27.8%

iSeeCars Scores & Rankings

Overall Score:

8.5 / 10

Reliability:

8.4 / 10

Retained Value:

7.1 / 10

Safety:

10.0 / 10

iSeeCars Scores & Rankings

Overall Score:

8.0 / 10

Reliability:

8.0 / 10

Retained Value:

8.0 / 10

Safety:

8.0 / 10

iSeeCars Rankings

6 / 61
41 / 61
5 / 25
7 / 31
4 / 25
6 / 31
6 / 61
6 / 25
13 / 31
1 / 61
1 / 25
1 / 31

iSeeCars Rankings

10 / 10
3 / 11
3 / 11
2 / 11

Summary Review

The Ford Explorer is one of the defining vehicles of its segment. This three-row SUV is big, tough, and versatile. Ford redesigned its Explorer for 2020, switching it back to a rear-wheel-drive-based vehicle with a more rugged foundation.

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Summary Review

The Nissan Frontier received a much-needed redesign for 2022, transforming it from the oldest to the newest truck in the midsize category. Its drivetrain, a 3.8-liter V6 with 310 horsepower connected to a 9-speed automatic transmission, was all new in 2021. Now the rest of the truck has caught up, giving the Frontier a stylishly-aggressive exterior design, high-quality interior materials, and a long list of advanced standard and optional technology. 

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Pros and Cons

  • Passenger Space
  • Advanced 4X4 all-wheel-drive system available
  • Class-leading engines on many trims, including a hybrid

  • Older models lack some basic advanced safety systems common for their model years
  • No 8-passenger seating option for 2021

Pros and Cons

  • Powerful engine mates to an advanced, capable transmission
  • Appealing style, inside and out
  • Wide range of standard and optional high-tech features

  • Towing capacity weaker than many competitors
  • Resale value not as strong as class leaders

Available Body Styles

SUV

Available Body Styles

Pickup Truck

Available Cab Types

Not applicable

Available Cab Types

Crew Cab, Extended Cab

Available Bed Length(s)

Not applicable

Available Bed Length(s)

59.5 inches, 72.7 inches, 73.7 inches

Available Drivetrain Options

Flex Fuel, Gasoline

Available Drivetrain Options

Gasoline

Trim Levels

ST, Platinum, King Ranch, Police Interceptor Utility, XLT, Timberline, Base, Limited, ST-Line

Trim Levels

S, SV, PRO-X, PRO-4X

Warranty Information

Warranty, Bumper-to-Bumper:

3 years / 36000 miles

Warranty, Powertrain

5 years / 60000 miles

Warranty, Roadside Assistance:

5 years / 60000 miles

Warranty Information

Warranty, Bumper-to-Bumper:

3 years / 36000 miles

Warranty, Powertrain

5 years / 60000 miles

Warranty, Roadside Assistance:

3 years / 36000 miles

Safety Ratings

NHTSA Safety Rating (last 5 year average):

5 out of 5 Stars

IIHS Safety Rating:

TOP SAFETY PICK +

Safety Ratings

NHTSA Safety Rating (last 5 year average):

4 out of 5 Stars

IIHS Safety Rating:

Not yet available

Base Drivetrain Specifications

Horsepower:

300 hp @ 5600 rpm

Torque:

310 foot-lbs @ 3000 rpm

Power-to-Weight Ratio (higher is better):

0.069 hp per pound

Tow/Haul Capacities:

Not yet available

Max Payload:

Not applicable

Base Drivetrain Specifications

Horsepower:

310 hp @ 6400 rpm

Torque:

281 foot-lbs @ 4400 rpm

Power-to-Weight Ratio (higher is better):

0.071 hp per pound

Tow/Haul Capacities:

Not yet available

Max Payload :

1600 lbs

Engine Specifications

Engine Size:

2.3 liters

Engine Configuration:

Inline

Number of Cylinders:

4

Transmission:

Automatic

Standard/Optional Drivetrain Type:

RWD / AWD

EPA Fuel Economy (City/Highway/Combined MPG):

20 / 28 / 23

Range (city/hwy):

358 / 501 miles

Recommended Fuel Type:

Regular Unleaded

Engine Specifications

Engine Size:

3.8 liters

Engine Configuration:

V

Number of Cylinders:

6

Transmission:

Automatic

Standard/Optional Drivetrain Type:

4X2 / 4X4

EPA Fuel Economy (City/Highway/Combined MPG):

18 / 24 / 20

Range (city/hwy):

378 / 504 miles

Recommended Fuel Type:

Regular Unleaded

Standard/Optional Features

Apple CarPlay:

Standard

Android Auto:

Standard

Wireless Smartphone Charging:

Available

Keyless Entry:

Standard

Keyless Ignition:

Standard

Adaptive Cruise Control:

Available

Heated Seats:

Available

Cooled/Ventilated Seats:

Available

Leather Upholstery:

Available

Navigation System:

Available

Sunroof/Moonroof:

Available

Heated Steering Wheel:

Available

Standard/Optional Features

Apple CarPlay:

Standard

Android Auto:

Standard

Wireless Smartphone Charging:

Available

Keyless Entry:

Standard

Keyless Ignition:

Standard

Adaptive Cruise Control:

Available

Heated Seats:

Available

Cooled/Ventilated Seats:

N/A

Leather Upholstery:

Available

Navigation System:

Available

Sunroof/Moonroof:

Available

Heated Steering Wheel:

Available

Safety Equipment

Forward Collision Warning:

Standard

Pedestrian Detection:

Standard

Lane Departure Warning:

Standard

Lane Keeping Assist:

Standard

Blind Spot Monitoring:

Standard

Rear Cross-Traffic Alert:

Standard

360-Degree Camera:

Available

Rear Seat Reminder:

N/A

Driver Attention Monitoring:

N/A

Safety Equipment

Forward Collision Warning:

Standard

Pedestrian Detection:

Standard

Lane Departure Warning:

Available

Lane Keeping Assist:

N/A

Blind Spot Monitoring:

Available

Rear Cross-Traffic Alert:

Available

360-Degree Camera:

Available

Rear Seat Reminder:

Standard

Driver Attention Monitoring:

Standard

Interior Dimensions

Front Head Room:

40.7 inches

Front Leg Room:

43 inches

Front Shoulder Room:

61.8 inches

Rear Head Room:

40.5 inches

Rear Leg Room:

39 inches

Rear Shoulder Room:

61.9 inches

Cargo Space:

18.2 cubic feet

Cargo Space, 2nd-row seat folded down:

87.8 cubic feet

Overall Interior Volume:

170.9 cubic feet

Interior Dimensions

Front Head Room:

39.7 inches

Front Leg Room:

42.3 inches

Front Shoulder Room:

58.2 inches

Rear Head Room:

36.6 inches

Rear Leg Room:

26.2 inches

Rear Shoulder Room:

52.4 inches

Cargo Space:

Not yet available

Cargo Space, 2nd-row seat folded down:

Not applicable

Overall Interior Volume:

85.6 cubic feet

Exterior Dimensions

Curb Weight:

4345 lbs

Width:

89.3 inches

Height:

69.9 inches

Length:

198.8 inches

Wheelbase:

119.1 inches

Ground Clearance:

7.9 inches

Exterior Dimensions

Curb Weight:

4343 lbs

Width:

73 inches

Height:

71.7 inches

Length:

210.2 inches

Wheelbase:

126 inches

Ground Clearance:

9.4 inches

Standard Wheel/Tire Information

Wheel Size:

18.0 x 7.5 inches

Wheel Type:

painted aluminum

Tire Size:

255/65R18

Standard Wheel/Tire Information

Wheel Size:

16.0 inches

Wheel Type:

steel

Tire Size:

265/70R16