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Ford Explorer vs. Nissan Xterra MPG

Chart is based on 127 fuel economy reports for the Ford Explorer and 568 fuel economy reports for the Nissan Xterra.

Ford Explorer MPG

Ford Explorer Ford Explorer 2015 20.9 MPG Highway Percentage 40 percent Ford Explorer Ford Explorer 2013 21.8 MPG Highway Percentage 45 percent Ford Explorer Ford Explorer 2012 21.4 MPG Highway Percentage 80 percent Ford Explorer Ford Explorer 2012 18.4 MPG Highway Percentage 52 percent Ford Explorer Ford Explorer 2011 15.6 MPG Highway Percentage 9 percent Ford Explorer Ford Explorer 2011 22.0 MPG Highway Percentage 80 percent Ford Explorer Ford Explorer 2009 18.5 MPG Highway Percentage 100 percent Ford Explorer Ford Explorer 2009 19.2 MPG Highway Percentage 45 percent Ford Explorer Ford Explorer 2008 16.5 MPG Highway Percentage 75 percent Ford Explorer Ford Explorer 2008 16.6 MPG Highway Percentage 37 percent Ford Explorer Ford Explorer 2008 16.7 MPG Highway Percentage 17 percent Ford Explorer Ford Explorer 2007 17.2 MPG Highway Percentage 82 percent Ford Explorer Ford Explorer 2007 17.7 MPG Highway Percentage 61 percent Ford Explorer Ford Explorer 2006 18.3 MPG Highway Percentage 61 percent Ford Explorer Ford Explorer 2006 15.1 MPG Highway Percentage 37 percent Ford Explorer Ford Explorer 2006 18.1 MPG Highway Percentage 29 percent Ford Explorer Ford Explorer 2006 16.4 MPG Highway Percentage 44 percent Ford Explorer Ford Explorer 2005 17.5 MPG Highway Percentage 83 percent Ford Explorer Ford Explorer 2005 16.4 MPG Highway Percentage 43 percent Ford Explorer Ford Explorer 2005 18.0 MPG Highway Percentage 50 percent Ford Explorer Ford Explorer 2005 13.3 MPG Highway Percentage 5 percent Ford Explorer Ford Explorer 2004 16.7 MPG Highway Percentage 50 percent Ford Explorer Ford Explorer 2004 13.2 MPG Highway Percentage 30 percent Ford Explorer Ford Explorer 2004 18.8 MPG Highway Percentage 95 percent Ford Explorer Ford Explorer 2004 16.4 MPG Highway Percentage 52 percent Ford Explorer Ford Explorer 2003 14.4 MPG Highway Percentage 45 percent Ford Explorer Ford Explorer 2003 17.8 MPG Highway Percentage 25 percent Ford Explorer Ford Explorer 2003 17.6 MPG Highway Percentage 38 percent Ford Explorer Ford Explorer 2002 16.1 MPG Highway Percentage 40 percent Ford Explorer Ford Explorer 2002 17.0 MPG Highway Percentage 30 percent Ford Explorer Ford Explorer 2002 18.2 MPG Highway Percentage 35 percent Ford Explorer Ford Explorer 2002 19.2 MPG Highway Percentage 36 percent Ford Explorer Ford Explorer 2001 11.4 MPG Highway Percentage 0 percent Ford Explorer Ford Explorer 2000 17.8 MPG Highway Percentage 58 percent
Year Body/Powertrain flat, hilly, or mountainousLand driving style: very light to "lead foot"Foot A/C use: none to heavyA/C constant stop and goTraf % many stops per mileCity % stop every mile or twoSub % fairly steady speedHwy % Hwy Spd MPG
2015 4dr SUV 290-horsepower 3.5L V6
6-speed shiftable automatic AWD
hills med light 45 0 15 40 75 20.9  
2013 4dr SUV 290-horsepower 3.5L V6
6-speed shiftable automatic AWD
flat light light 25 0 30 45 70 21.8  
2012 4dr SUV 290-horsepower 3.5L V6
6-speed shiftable automatic FWD
flat light none 0 0 20 80 110 21.4  
2012 4dr SUV 290-horsepower 3.5L V6
6-speed shiftable automatic AWD
flat med none 0 31 17 52 71 18.4  
2011 4dr SUV 290-horsepower 3.5L V6
6-speed shiftable automatic FWD
flat light light 9 73 9 9 60 15.6  
2011 4dr SUV 290-horsepower 3.5L V6
6-speed automatic AWD
flat light none 10 0 10 80 55 22.0  
2009 4dr SUV 292-horsepower 4.6L V8
6-speed automatic 4WD w/low range
flat light none 0 0 0 100 60 18.5  
2009 4dr SUV 210-horsepower 4.0L V6
5-speed automatic 4WD w/low range
hills light hvy 5 20 30 45 60 19.2  
2008 4dr SUV 210-horsepower 4.0L V6
5-speed automatic RWD
flat light hvy 0 5 20 75 60 16.5  
2008 4dr SUV 210-horsepower 4.0L V6
5-speed automatic AWD
flat light hvy 0 0 63 37 65 16.6  
2008 4dr SUV 210-horsepower 4.0L V6
5-speed automatic 4WD w/low range
hills med none 6 27 50 17 75 16.7  
2007 4dr SUV 292-horsepower 4.6L V8
6-speed automatic 4WD w/low range
hills med hvy 1 6 13 82 75 17.2  
2007 4dr SUV 210-horsepower 4.0L V6
5-speed automatic 4WD w/low range
flat med light 24 8 7 61 90 17.7  
2006 4dr SUV 292-horsepower 4.6L V8
6-speed automatic RWD
flat light light 2 18 19 61 68 18.3  
2006 4dr SUV 292-horsepower 4.6L V8
6-speed automatic 4WD w/low range
flat med light 4 17 41 37 78 15.1  
2006 4dr SUV 210-horsepower 4.0L V6
5-speed automatic RWD
flat med light 20 23 28 29 70 18.1  
2006 4dr SUV 210-horsepower 4.0L V6
5-speed automatic 4WD w/low range
flat light light 5 30 22 44 65 16.4  
2005 4dr SUV 239-horsepower 4.6L V8
5-speed automatic RWD
flat med light 0 9 9 83 75 17.5  
2005 4dr SUV 239-horsepower 4.6L V8
5-speed automatic 4WD w/low range
flat light light 5 18 33 43 80 16.4  
2005 4dr SUV 210-horsepower 4.0L V6
5-speed automatic RWD
flat lead hvy 20 20 10 50 60 18.0  
2005 4dr SUV 210-horsepower 4.0L V6
5-speed automatic 4WD w/low range
flat light none 45 45 5 5 55 13.3  
2004 4dr SUV 239-horsepower 4.6L V8
5-speed automatic AWD
flat light light 17 20 13 50 60 16.7  
2004 4dr SUV 239-horsepower 4.6L V8
5-speed automatic 4WD w/low range
flat light light 7 35 28 30 75 13.2  
2004 4dr SUV 210-horsepower 4.0L V6
5-speed automatic RWD
flat med hvy 5 0 0 95 65 18.8  
2004 4dr SUV 210-horsepower 4.0L V6
5-speed automatic AWD
hills light hvy 10 20 18 52 63 16.4  
2003 4dr SUV 239-horsepower 4.6L V8
5-speed automatic 4WD w/low range
flat med light 5 17 32 45 81 14.4  
2003 4dr SUV 210-horsepower 4.0L V6
5-speed automatic RWD
flat med light 18 45 13 25 65 17.8  
2003 4dr SUV 210-horsepower 4.0L V6
5-speed automatic 4WD w/low range
flat med light 16 14 32 38 74 17.6  
2002 4dr SUV 239-horsepower 4.6L V8
5-speed automatic 4WD w/low range
hills med light 17 26 17 40 89 16.1  
2002 4dr SUV 210-horsepower 4.0L V6
5-speed manual 4WD w/low range
flat med hvy 0 40 30 30 65 17.0  
2002 4dr SUV 210-horsepower 4.0L V6
5-speed automatic RWD
flat light light 7 22 37 35 70 18.2  
2002 4dr SUV 210-horsepower 4.0L V6
5-speed automatic 4WD w/low range
flat med light 18 3 44 36 70 19.2  
2001 4dr SUV 210-horsepower 4.0L V6
5-speed automatic 4WD w/low range
flat light none 0 75 25 0 0 11.4  
2000 4dr SUV 215-horsepower 5.0L V8
4-speed automatic AWD
flat v.lt none 0 10 33 58 60 17.8  

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Nissan Xterra MPG

Nissan Xterra Nissan Xterra 2013 18.3 MPG Highway Percentage 85 percent Nissan Xterra Nissan Xterra 2012 18.5 MPG Highway Percentage 72 percent Nissan Xterra Nissan Xterra 2011 20.4 MPG Highway Percentage 30 percent Nissan Xterra Nissan Xterra 2011 16.1 MPG Highway Percentage 56 percent Nissan Xterra Nissan Xterra 2010 12.4 MPG Highway Percentage 90 percent Nissan Xterra Nissan Xterra 2010 17.7 MPG Highway Percentage 56 percent Nissan Xterra Nissan Xterra 2009 16.5 MPG Highway Percentage 10 percent Nissan Xterra Nissan Xterra 2008 18.8 MPG Highway Percentage 59 percent Nissan Xterra Nissan Xterra 2008 18.1 MPG Highway Percentage 62 percent Nissan Xterra Nissan Xterra 2007 17.8 MPG Highway Percentage 30 percent Nissan Xterra Nissan Xterra 2007 15.7 MPG Highway Percentage 0 percent Nissan Xterra Nissan Xterra 2007 17.8 MPG Highway Percentage 30 percent Nissan Xterra Nissan Xterra 2006 19.0 MPG Highway Percentage 25 percent Nissan Xterra Nissan Xterra 2006 17.0 MPG Highway Percentage 57 percent Nissan Xterra Nissan Xterra 2006 21.3 MPG Highway Percentage 69 percent Nissan Xterra Nissan Xterra 2006 15.5 MPG Highway Percentage 50 percent Nissan Xterra Nissan Xterra 2005 23.6 MPG Highway Percentage 85 percent Nissan Xterra Nissan Xterra 2005 16.7 MPG Highway Percentage 50 percent Nissan Xterra Nissan Xterra 2004 16.1 MPG Highway Percentage 70 percent Nissan Xterra Nissan Xterra 2004 20.0 MPG Highway Percentage 0 percent Nissan Xterra Nissan Xterra 2004 16.9 MPG Highway Percentage 57 percent Nissan Xterra Nissan Xterra 2004 17.2 MPG Highway Percentage 59 percent Nissan Xterra Nissan Xterra 2003 11.2 MPG Highway Percentage 30 percent Nissan Xterra Nissan Xterra 2003 17.8 MPG Highway Percentage 50 percent Nissan Xterra Nissan Xterra 2003 16.8 MPG Highway Percentage 53 percent Nissan Xterra Nissan Xterra 2003 15.9 MPG Highway Percentage 25 percent Nissan Xterra Nissan Xterra 2002 15.5 MPG Highway Percentage 9 percent Nissan Xterra Nissan Xterra 2002 16.4 MPG Highway Percentage 8 percent Nissan Xterra Nissan Xterra 2002 24.8 MPG Highway Percentage 45 percent Nissan Xterra Nissan Xterra 2001 19.2 MPG Highway Percentage 20 percent Nissan Xterra Nissan Xterra 2001 19.0 MPG Highway Percentage 97 percent Nissan Xterra Nissan Xterra 2001 15.5 MPG Highway Percentage 30 percent Nissan Xterra Nissan Xterra 2000 17.0 MPG Highway Percentage 20 percent Nissan Xterra Nissan Xterra 2000 17.0 MPG Highway Percentage 60 percent
Year Body/Powertrain flat, hilly, or mountainousLand driving style: very light to "lead foot"Foot A/C use: none to heavyA/C constant stop and goTraf % many stops per mileCity % stop every mile or twoSub % fairly steady speedHwy % Hwy Spd MPG
2013 4dr SUV 261-horsepower 4.0L V6
5-speed automatic 4WD, part-time w/low range
hills med hvy 2 5 8 85 80 18.3  
2012 4dr SUV 261-horsepower 4.0L V6
5-speed automatic 4WD, part-time w/low range
flat med none 3 10 15 72 99 18.5  
2011 4dr SUV 261-horsepower 4.0L V6
6-speed manual 4WD, part-time w/low range
flat v.lt light 20 10 40 30 55 20.4  
2011 4dr SUV 261-horsepower 4.0L V6
5-speed automatic 4WD, part-time w/low range
flat med none 0 32 12 56 82 16.1  
2010 4dr SUV 261-horsepower 4.0L V6
6-speed manual 4WD, part-time w/low range
mtns light none 0 0 10 90 110 12.4  
2010 4dr SUV 261-horsepower 4.0L V6
5-speed automatic 4WD, part-time w/low range
flat light light 2 12 30 56 70 17.7  
2009 4dr SUV 261-horsepower 4.0L V6
5-speed automatic 4WD, part-time w/low range
flat med none 10 60 20 10 75 16.5  
2008 4dr SUV 261-horsepower 4.0L V6
6-speed manual 4WD, part-time w/low range
flat med none 2 36 4 59 72 18.8  
2008 4dr SUV 261-horsepower 4.0L V6
5-speed automatic 4WD, part-time w/low range
flat light light 12 12 15 62 65 18.1  
2007 4dr SUV 261-horsepower 4.0L V6
6-speed manual 4WD, part-time w/low range
flat light light 5 5 60 30 70 17.8  
2007 4dr SUV 261-horsepower 4.0L V6
5-speed automatic RWD
flat med hvy 15 60 25 0 0 15.7  
2007 4dr SUV 261-horsepower 4.0L V6
5-speed automatic 4WD, part-time w/low range
flat med light 3 15 53 30 65 17.8  
2006 4dr SUV 265-horsepower 4.0L V6
6-speed manual RWD
flat med light 5 35 35 25 75 19.0  
2006 4dr SUV 265-horsepower 4.0L V6
6-speed manual 4WD, part-time w/low range
hills med light 5 26 12 57 67 17.0  
2006 4dr SUV 265-horsepower 4.0L V6
5-speed automatic RWD
flat med hvy 0 2 29 69 80 21.3  
2006 4dr SUV 265-horsepower 4.0L V6
5-speed automatic 4WD, part-time w/low range
hills med none 0 50 0 50 78 15.5  
2005 4dr SUV 265-horsepower 4.0L V6
6-speed manual 4WD, part-time w/low range
mtns med light 0 0 15 85 75 23.6  
2005 4dr SUV 265-horsepower 4.0L V6
5-speed automatic 4WD, part-time w/low range
flat med light 10 0 40 50 65 16.7  
2004 4dr SUV 180-horsepower 3.3L V6
5-speed manual 4WD, part-time w/low range
hills light light 3 6 22 70 60 16.1  
2004 4dr SUV 180-horsepower 3.3L V6
4-speed automatic RWD
flat v.lt none 0 100 0 0 0 20.0  
2004 4dr SUV 180-horsepower 3.3L V6
4-speed automatic 4WD, part-time w/low range
hills light none 3 14 27 57 65 16.9  
2004 4dr SUV 143-horsepower 2.4L I4
5-speed manual RWD
flat light hvy 26 12 3 59 68 17.2  
2003 4dr SUV supercharged 210hp 3.3L V6
4-speed automatic 4WD, part-time w/low range
hills med light 10 30 30 30 75 11.2  
2003 4dr SUV 180-horsepower 3.3L V6
5-speed manual 4WD, part-time w/low range
hills light light 28 13 10 50 88 17.8  
2003 4dr SUV 180-horsepower 3.3L V6
4-speed automatic RWD
flat med light 0 0 47 53 65 16.8  
2003 4dr SUV 180-horsepower 3.3L V6
4-speed automatic 4WD, part-time w/low range
flat light none 17 29 29 25 63 15.9  
2002 4dr SUV supercharged 210hp 3.3L V6
4-speed automatic 4WD, part-time w/low range
flat med none 1 75 15 9 60 15.5  
2002 4dr SUV 170-horsepower 3.3L V6
4-speed automatic RWD
flat light light 4 31 58 8 65 16.4  
2002 4dr SUV 143-horsepower 2.4L I4
5-speed manual RWD
flat light hvy 30 5 20 45 65 24.8  
2001 4dr SUV 170-horsepower 3.3L V6
5-speed manual RWD
flat light none 30 10 40 20 55 19.2  
2001 4dr SUV 170-horsepower 3.3L V6
4-speed automatic RWD
flat light none 1 2 0 97 75 19.0  
2001 4dr SUV 170-horsepower 3.3L V6
4-speed automatic 4WD, part-time w/low range
flat lead light 30 10 30 30 70 15.5  
2000 4dr SUV 170-horsepower 3.3L V6
4-speed automatic RWD
flat light hvy 40 40 0 20 60 17.0  
2000 4dr SUV 170-horsepower 3.3L V6
4-speed automatic 4WD, part-time w/low range
flat med light 10 15 15 60 60 17.0  

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Ford Explorer vs. Nissan Xterra MPG

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What Our Members Are Saying about the Real Gas Mileage of the Ford Explorer

Ford Explorer Real Gas Mileage: Pros
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2013 4dr SUV turbocharged 365hp 3.5L V6
6-speed shiftable automatic AWD
We initially went in looking for a commuter vehicle with High mpg... but the sport they had jumped out at us and we were on the hunt for one... in the wife's daily 45 mile drive to work she's averaging 20 mpg which is comparable to the Audi's 4 cylinder and my truck's 8 cylinder. see full Ford Explorer review
2011 4dr SUV 290-horsepower 3.5L V6
6-speed shiftable automatic FWD
For such a beast I'm pleased with the gas mileage. I average 19-21 in almost all city/suburban stoplight and rush hour driving. Highway mileage drops fast if you drive over 70. Keep it under 70 and I get about 24. see full Ford Explorer review
2011 4dr SUV 290-horsepower 3.5L V6
6-speed shiftable automatic AWD
Best in Class all that needs to be said. see full Ford Explorer review
2003 4dr SUV 239-horsepower 4.6L V8
5-speed automatic 4WD w/low range
For a mid-sized SUV, fuel economy is still as good or better than many 2008 cross-overs, and has all of the luxury features I like. see full Ford Explorer review
Ford Explorer Real Gas Mileage: Cons
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2007 4dr SUV 210-horsepower 4.0L V6
5-speed automatic 4WD w/low range
Not really bad, but not that great either. To be expected for a vehicle this heavy see full Ford Explorer review
2006 4dr SUV 210-horsepower 4.0L V6
5-speed automatic 4WD w/low range
13-15 mpg around town, ouch! see full Ford Explorer review
2005 4dr SUV 210-horsepower 4.0L V6
5-speed automatic 4WD w/low range
wish it was higher. Part of our problem is that wanted and bought a model with the towing package. The lower gearing does impact fuel economy see full Ford Explorer review
2005 4dr SUV 210-horsepower 4.0L V6
5-speed automatic RWD
Could be better see full Ford Explorer review
2004 4dr SUV 210-horsepower 4.0L V6
5-speed automatic 4WD w/low range
Gets poor fuel economy, but that is expected from a large SUV see full Ford Explorer review
2004 4dr SUV 210-horsepower 4.0L V6
5-speed automatic AWD
13 - 14.5 for a V6! Ridiculous. see full Ford Explorer review
2002 4dr SUV 210-horsepower 4.0L V6
5-speed automatic 4WD w/low range
For a low output V6 (210hp) I would expect better gas mileage for this 4,400 suv. I average 14 to 18 mpg per tank depending on mix of city/highway. see full Ford Explorer review
2002 4dr SUV 210-horsepower 4.0L V6
5-speed automatic 4WD w/low range
17 miles to the gallon on a six. see full Ford Explorer review
 

What Our Members Are Saying about the Real Gas Mileage of the Nissan Xterra

Nissan Xterra Real Gas Mileage: Pros
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2012 4dr SUV 261-horsepower 4.0L V6
5-speed automatic 4WD, part-time w/low range
Most people who drove or owned xterra, complain about fuel economy. I say bs: compare it with its true, truck-based SUV competitors - and there are only 3 of them: toyota 4runner and fj cruiser, and jeep wrangler rubicon. Thats all! All others are not to be compared to xterra - they are just car-based SUVs (even new nissan pathfinder is just a car!).rnWhen you compare xterra with correct competitors, you will find that its fuel economy is excellent: my trip computer and calculations show the best economy of 10.3 l/100km on highway at 95 km/h without aircon, on cruise control, on a warm day. My worst is 19.3 l/100km during heavy winter offroading through 3 feet of snow (and it was quite wet snow), using 4x4 low with lockers. From my comparis see full Nissan Xterra review
Nissan Xterra Real Gas Mileage: Cons
YearBody/PowertrainComment
2012 4dr SUV 261-horsepower 4.0L V6
6-speed manual 4WD, part-time w/low range
I don't see how the fuel economy could be improved, given what the vehicle is. But I can't say that I am happy with the poor fuel economy. see full Nissan Xterra review
2008 4dr SUV 261-horsepower 4.0L V6
6-speed manual 4WD, part-time w/low range
Fuel economy is not the best, I average around 15-16 in the city and 18-20 on the highway. see full Nissan Xterra review
2006 4dr SUV 265-horsepower 4.0L V6
6-speed manual 4WD, part-time w/low range
Although the 2005+ gets better fuel economy than the previous incarnation, it won't compete with the light weight car-based CUVs on the market. If you want the strong chassis and off road performance you will feel it at the pump. Off road modifications like extra armor, dual spare tires, larger tires, and gear don't help either. see full Nissan Xterra review
2003 4dr SUV 180-horsepower 3.3L V6
4-speed automatic RWD
Mileage is terrible for an engine of this size and power output. see full Nissan Xterra review