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Standard Standard
Optional Optional
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2012 Nissan Xterra 2012 Chevrolet Equinox 2013 Ford Escape
     
2WD 4dr Auto X
  • 2WD 4dr Auto X
  • 2WD 4dr Auto S
  • 4WD 4dr Auto X
  • 4WD 4dr Manual S
  • 4WD 4dr Auto S
  • 4WD 4dr Manual Pro-4X
  • 4WD 4dr Auto Pro-4X
FWD LS
  • FWD LS
  • FWD 1LT
  • AWD LS
  • AWD 1LT
  • FWD 2LT
  • AWD 2LT
  • AWD 2LT
  • FWD LTZ
  • AWD LTZ
FWD 4dr S
  • FWD 4dr S
  • FWD 4dr SE
  • 4WD 4dr SE
  • FWD 4dr SEL
  • 4WD 4dr SEL
  • FWD 4dr Titanium
  • 4WD 4dr Titanium

Prices

MSRP $25,480 $23,530 $22,470
Invoice $24,147 $22,354 $21,178
Avg. Paid $17,295 $16,162 N/A

U.S. News Scores

Overall 7.5 8.2 7.7
Critics' Rating 7.8 9.2 8.0
Performance 7.6 7.5 8.0
Interior 7.2 8.7 7.1
Safety 8.7 9.3 9.3
Reliability 3.0 3.0 2.5
Operating Cost 7.6 8.0 N/A

Pros & Cons

Pros
  • Great off-road capability
  • Powerful V6 engine
  • Simple interior controls
  • Excellent fuel economy
  • Spacious, versatile sliding rear seat
  • Powerful V6 engine option
  • Small-car handling
  • Good fuel economy, even with four-wheel drive
  • Strong safety score
Cons
  • Cheap interior materials
  • Poor fuel economy
  • Narrow door openings
  • Uninspired driving dynamics
  • Some cheap interior materials
  • Confusing MyFord Touch infotainment system
  • Fickle motion-activated liftgate 

General Specs

Transmission Automatic Automatic Automatic
Drivetrain Rear Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fuel/Engine Gas V6 4.0L/241 Gas/Ethanol I4 2.4/147 Gas I4 2.5L/152
MPG 16 City / 22 Hwy 22 City / 32 Hwy 22 City / 31 Hwy

Exterior

Body

Body Style Sport Utility 4 Door Sport Utility Vehicle

Dimensions

Wheelbase(in) 106.3 112.5 105.900
Length, Overall (in) 178.7 187.8 178.100
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 72.8 72.5 72.400
Height, Overall (in) 74.9 66.3 66.300

Doors & Windows

Rear Defrost Standard Standard Standard
Privacy Glass Standard
Power Windows Standard Standard Standard

Exterior Features

Running Boards Optional
Rear Spoiler Standard

Measurements

Base Curb Weight (lbs) 4143 3777 3598

Tires & Wheels

Tires - Front All-Season Standard Standard
Tires - Front Performance Standard
Tires - Rear All-Season Standard Standard
Tires - Rear Performance Standard
Compact Spare Tire Standard Standard
Full Size Spare Tire Standard
Tire Pressure Monitoring System Standard Standard
Aluminum Wheels Standard
Steel Wheels Standard Standard
Wheel Covers Standard

Towing

Trailer Hitch Receiver Optional Optional

Interior

Convenience & Comfort

Alarm Standard Standard
Auxiliary Pwr Outlet Standard Standard Standard
Cruise Control Standard Standard Standard
Vehicle Anti-Theft System Standard Standard Standard
Auto-Off Headlights Standard
Interior Cargo Shade Optional
Front Reading Lamps Standard Standard
Adjustable Steering Wheel Standard Standard Standard
Steering Wheel Controls Standard Standard
Navigation from Telematics Standard
Trip Computer Standard
Intermittent Wipers Standard Standard Standard
Variable Speed Intermittent Wipers Standard Standard Standard
Front Floor Mats Optional Standard Standard
Keyless Entry Standard Standard Standard
Power Door Locks Standard Standard Standard
Electrochromic rearview mirror Optional
Power Driver Mirror Standard Standard Standard
Driver Vanity Mirror Standard Standard
Driver Illuminated Vanity Mirror Standard
Passenger Vanity Mirror Standard Standard
Passenger Illuminated Visor Mirror Standard
Power Steering Standard Standard Standard

Dimensions

Passenger Capacity 5 5 5
Passenger Volume (cu. ft.) 98.8 99.7 98.100
Front Head Room (in) 39.9 40.9 39.900
Front Leg Room (in) 42.4 41.2 40.400
Front Shoulder Room (in) 58.3 55.8 56.000
Front Hip Room (in) 55.9 54.6 54.800
Second Head Room (in) 39.3 39.2 39.000
Second Leg Room (in) 34.4 39.9 36.800
Second Shoulder Room (in) 58.3 55.3 55.300
Second Hip Room (in) 46.1 51.1 52.400
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (cu. ft.) 65.7 63.7 68.100
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (cu. ft.) 36.3 31.5 34.300
Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (cu. ft.)

Entertainment

AM/FM Stereo Standard Standard Standard
Auxiliary Audio Input Standard Standard
CD Player Standard Standard Standard
MP3 Player Standard Standard
Satellite Radio Standard

Heating & Cooling

A/C Standard Standard Standard
Rear A/C Standard

Navigation & Communication

Onboard Hands-Free Communications System Standard Optional
Wireless Cell Phone Hookup Standard Optional

Seats

Cloth Seats Standard Standard Standard
Driver Lumbar Standard
Pass-Through Rear Seat Standard Standard Standard
2nd Row Bench Seat Standard Standard Standard
Bucket Seats Standard Standard Standard

Safety

Airbags

Driver Air Bag Standard Standard Standard
Passenger Air Bag Standard Standard Standard
Side Head Air Bag Standard Standard Standard
Rear Head Air Bag Standard Standard Standard
Side Air Bag Standard Standard Standard

Brakes

4-Wheel ABS Standard Standard Standard
4-Wheel Disc Brakes Standard Standard Standard

Safety Features

Brake Assist Standard
Electronic Stability Control Standard Standard Standard
Daytime Running Lights Standard
Child Safety Locks Standard Standard Standard
Traction Control Standard Standard Standard

Mechanical

Engine & Performance

Front Wheel Drive Standard Standard
Rear Wheel Drive Standard
4 Cylinder Engine Standard Standard
V6 Cylinder Engine Standard
Engine Type Gas V6 Gas/Ethanol I4 Gas I4
Displacement 4.0L/241 2.4/147 2.5L/152
Horsepower (Net @ RPM) 261 @ 5600 182 @ 6700 168 @ 6000
Torque (Net @ RPM) 281 @ 4000 172 @ 4900 170 @ 4500
Transmission Automatic Automatic Automatic w/Manual Shift
Turning diameter 37.7 40.0 37.000

Fuel

Flexible Fuel Capability Optional
Gasoline Fuel Standard Standard Standard
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 16 22 22
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 22 32 31
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 21.1 18.8 15.100

Suspension

Suspension Type - Front Double wishbone MacPherson strut MacPherson Strut
Suspension Type - Rear Multi-leaf Multi link Semi-Trailing Arm
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) Solid Axle

Transmission

Automatic Standard Standard Standard
Automatic Transmission w/Manual Mode Standard
5-Speed Automatic Standard
6-Speed Automatic Standard Standard

Safety scores should only be compared between vehicles of similar size and weight. Larger, heavier vehicles generally provide more protection than smaller, lighter ones.