Comparison - Ford Explorer Timberline 2021 - vs - Nissan Armada Platinum 2021

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Make: 
Average Price: 
$
45,765
Updated: 
21 May 2021
$
67,900
Updated: 
15 Dec 2020
Car Type: 
SUV
SUV
Drive Type: 
All Wheel Drive
All Wheel Drive
Year: 
2021
2021
Total Seating: 
6
8
Transmission: 
10-speed Shiftable Automatic
7-speed Shiftable Automatic
Bluetooth: 
yes
yes
Heated seats: 
yes
yes
Navigation: 
yes
yes
Doors: 
4
5
Fuel Tank Capacity: 
17.90gals
26.00gals
Exterior Colors: 
Color: 
Star White Metallic Tri-Coat
#FDFFFB
Agate Black Metallic
#303030
Iconic Silver Metallic
#C7CAD0
Forged Green Metallic
#374448
Carbonized Gray Metallic
#4F453E
Color: 
Coulis Red Pearl
#601419
Aspen White TriCoat
#F2F6EB
Brilliant Silver Metallic
#C2C5CB
Gun Metallic
#858885
Super Black
#170E0F
Mocha Almond Pearl
#4B3D32
Hermosa Blue Pearl
#282E45

Expert Reviews

Expert reviews: 

For 2021 New Sport Appearance package available on XLT trim.More affordable version of the Explorer ST debuts.Platinum trim is now available for the Hybrid model.New off-road-themed Timberline debuts midway through the model year.

Pros
Strong engines for quick acceleration
Rear-wheel-drive platform improves handling and towing
Roomy cargo area

Cons
Too much wind noise at highway speeds
The price can get frighteningly expensive in a hurry
Lackluster interior material quality

By: 
edmunds.com

Ford has made a few tweaks to its mid-size crossover for 2021, Off-road enthusiasts may find the new Timberline trim interesting; it features a lifted suspension, all-terrain tires, and more rugged exterior styling cues.

Pros
Smooth and controlled ride,
cargo friendly interior design,
comfortable front seats.

Cons
Third row space is tight,
plasticky interior bits,
most desirable models are pricey.

By: 
caranddriver.com

The 2021 Ford Explorer's #16 ranking is based on its score within the Midsize SUVs category. Currently the Ford Explorer has a score of 7.6 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 28 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.

Pros
Good cargo capacity
Powerful engines
Plenty of features
Composed ride and handling

Cons
Low-rent interior
Second- and third-row seats less comfortable than in rivals
Upgraded infotainment system not much of an upgrade

By: 
usnews.com

The Armada gets a significant makeover for 2021, starting with a squarer front end featuring prominent headlights. The design revisions reach out back, too, with a new bumper and taillights that are connected by a continuous trim piece. There's also a newly available Midnight Edition with blacked-out trim. Inside, Nissan redesigned the center stack and added a larger 12.3-inch touchscreen with wireless Apple CarPlay.

PROS
Serenely quiet and comfy,
smooth,
potent powertrain,
pillowy ride.

CONS
Dreadful fuel economy,
some dated interior elements,
wanders at highway speeds.

By: 
caranddriver.com

The 2021 Nissan Armada is a big, comfortable brute that can tow the boat and haul the family all at once.

PROS
Spacious inside
Lusty V-8
Strong for towing
Good safety features
Value at the base level

CONS
Gas guzzler
Third row for kids only
Gets expensive
Plodding moves

By: 
thecarconnection.com

Fuel

Fuel Type: 
Regular Unleaded
Premium Unleaded
Fuel Economy City USA: 
20.00mpg
13.00mpg
Fuel Economy HWY: 
27.00mpg
18.00mpg
Engine type: 
Petrol/Gas
Petrol/Gas

Engine and Performance

Valves: 
16
32
Cylinders: 
4
Inline
8
V
Engine Size/Displacement: 
2.30L
5.60L
Torque: 
310ft-lbs
at 3 500rpm
413ft-lbs
at 4 000rpm
Horsepower: 
300hp
at 5 500rpm
400hp
at 5 800rpm
Cam Type: 
Double overhead cam (DOHC)
Double overhead cam (DOHC)

Convenience

Cruise Control: 
yes
yes
Door Pockets: 
yes
yes
Cupholders: 
yes
yes
Overhead console: 
yes
yes
Seatback Storage: 
yes
yes
Power Steering: 
yes
yes
Parking sensors: 
yes
no
Steering Wheel Tilt: 
yes
yes
Telescopic steering wheel: 
yes
yes
Rear View Camera: 
yes
yes
Front view Camera: 
yes
no
Side view Camera: 
yes
no
On steering wheel: 
Transmission, Cruise And Audio Controls On Steering Wheel
Audio Controls On Steering Wheel
More in Convenience: 
Adaptive Cruise Control
Keyless Ignition
Manual Rear Seat Easy Entry
Rear Parking Sensors
Leather Steering Wheel
Vehicle-speed-sensitive power steering
Lane Departure Warning
Intelligent Lane Intervention
Blind Spot Warning
Intelligent Blind Spot Intervention
High Beam Assist
Hill start assist
Traffic Sign Recognition
Push Button Ignition
Remote Engine Start System
Rear Door Alert
Rain-sensing windshield wipers
Intermittent rear window wiper
Variable intermittent windshield wipers
Auto-dimming rearview mirror
Cargo-area storage under floor
Heated leather-wrapped steering wheel with contrast stitching
Leather-wrapped shift knob

Exterior Dimensions

Length: 
198.80in
208.90in
Width: 
78.90in
79.90in
Height: 
69.90in
75.80in
Ground Clearance: 
9.20in
Front Track: 
67.50in
Rear Track: 
67.90in
Wheel Base: 
119.10in
121.10in

Interior Dimensions

Front Head Room: 
40.70
39.80
Rear Head Room: 
40.50
40.00
Front Leg Room: 
43.00in
41.90in
Rear leg room: 
39.00in
41.00in
Front Hip Room: 
59.20in
59.20in
Front Shoulder Room: 
61.80in
63.80in
Rear Hip Room: 
59.10in
58.40in
Rear Shoulder room: 
61.90in
63.40in

Weights and capacites

Cargo Capacity: 
87.80cu.ft
Maximum Towing Capacity un-break: 
5300lbs
8500lbs
Cargo Capacity with Seats in Place: 
18.20cu.ft
17.00cu.ft
Angle of Approach: 
21.00degrees
21.00degrees
Angle of Departure: 
22.00degrees
22.40degrees
Curb Weight: 
6037.00lbs

Instruments

External Temperature Display: 
yes
no
Clock: 
yes
no
Trip computer: 
yes
yes
Techometer: 
yes
yes
Compass: 
yes
no

Power Features

Power windows: 
yes
yes
Remote Keyless doors: 
yes
yes
More Power Features: 
2 One-Touch Power Windows
Hands-Free Entry
Heated Mirrors
Power heated and folding chrome outside mirrors with LED turn signal indicators
Power liftgate
Power windows with front one-touch auto-up/down
Power door locks with auto-locking feature

Seats

Rear Seat Collapsible: 
yes
yes
Front Seats Features: 
2 -Way Manual Passenger Seat Adjustment
4 -Way Power Passenger Seat
8 -Way Power Driver Seat
Bucket Front Seats
Height Adjustable Driver Seat
Height Adjustable Passenger Seat
Leatherette
Multi-Level Heating Driver Seat
Multi-Level Heating Passenger Seat
Driver Seat With Power Adjustable Lumbar Support
Passenger Seat With Manual Adjustable Lumbar Support
Climate-controlled front seats (heated and cooled)
Quilted leather-appointed seats
10-way power driver's seat, including 2-way power lumbar support
10-way power passenger's seat, including 2-way power lumbar support
Memory System – driver’s seat, steering wheel, and outside mirrors
Rear Seats Features: 
Folding center armrest
Manual Folding Split-Bench Third Row Seats
Multi-Level Heating
Rear Ventilation Ducts With Fan Control
Folding Rear Seatback
Folding center armrest
Heated outboard second-row seats
Power recline and fold third-row 60/40-split fold-down bench seat

Suspension

Front Suspension: 
Stabilizer Bar
Front Stabilizer Bar
Rear Suspension: 
Stabilizer Bar
Rear Stabilizer Bar
Suspension Info: 
Four-Wheel Independent Suspension
Independent double-wishbone suspension

Comfort

Interior air Filtration: 
yes
yes
Climate Control: 
yes
yes
More Comfort Features: 
Dual Illuminating Vanity Mirrors
Three Zone Climate Control
Auto-dimming outside mirrors
Dual Zone Automatic Temperature Control
Rear air conditioning with rear controls
Rear seat heater ducts under front seats
In-cabin microfilter
Sun visors with illuminated vanity mirrors and extension
Footwell lights
Rear step lamp
Dual front map lights

Entertainment

DVD player: 
no
yes
AM/FM Radio: 
yes
no
Satellite radio: 
yes
yes
Video monitor: 
no
no
More Entertainment: 
3 Months Of Provided Satellite Radio Service
6 Total Speakers
USB Connection
USB With External Media Control
Speed Sensitive Volume Control
Tri-Zone Entertainment System with dual 8" monitors, remote control, two wireless headphones
USB and HDMI input
Three 12-volt DC power outlets
120-volt AC power outlet
Display Commander
Nissan Door to Door Navigation
Wireless Apple CarPlay
Android Auto
Wi-Fi Hotspot
Voice Recognition
Hands-free Text Messaging Assistant
Bluetooth
Bose Premium Audio System
Bose AudioPilot Noise Compensation Technology
Radio with 3-month complimentary trial access
MP3/WMA CD playback capability
Speed-sensitive volume control
Five USB ports
Wireless cellphone charger
Radio Data System
Thirteen speakers, including center speaker and subwoofer

Exterior Features

Sunroof: 
yes
yes
Rear defogger: 
yes
no
More in Glass and Roof: 
Power sliding glass moonroof with one-touch open/close and tilt feature
Alloy Wheels: 
yes
yes
Wheel size: 
18 In.
22 x 8.0 In.
Wheels more: 
Temporary Spare Tire
Underbody Mounted Spare Tire
All Terrain Tires
all-season tires
Wheel Dimensions: 
Width: 
265.00millimeters
Aspect Ratio: 
65
Diameter: 
R18
Width: 
275.00millimeters
Aspect Ratio: 
50
Diameter: 
R22

Safety Features

ABS: 
yes
yes
Front head airbags: 
yes
yes
Rear head airbags: 
yes
yes
Dual front side-mounted airbags: 
yes
yes
Emergency braking assist: 
yes
yes
Traction control: 
yes
yes
Child seat anchors: 
yes
yes
Front brakes: 
Ventilated Disc Brakes
13.8" x 1.2" front vented disc brakes
Stability control: 
yes
yes
Rear brakes: 
Ventilated Disc Brakes
13.8" x 0.8" rear vented disc brakes
Rear door child safety locks: 
yes
yes
Daytime running lights: 
yes
yes
Engine immobilizer: 
yes
yes
Front fog lights: 
yes
yes
Dusk sensing headlamps: 
yes
no
Auto delay off headlamps: 
yes
no
Front headrests: 
yes
yes
Rear headrests: 
yes
yes
Tire pressure monitoring: 
yes
yes
More Safety Features: 
LED Headlamp
Blind Spot And Lane Departure Warnings Accident Avoidance System
Dual Front With Head Protection Chambers Side-Mounted Airbags
Emergency Braking Preparation
Front, Rear And Third Row Head Airbags
Post-Collision Safety System
Pre-Collision Safety System
Remote Anti-Theft Alarm System
4-Wheel ABS
Passenger Airbag Occupant Sensing Deactivation
Rear Height Adjustable Headrests
Electronic Brake force Distribution (EBD)
Intelligent Forward Collision Warning
Automatic Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection
Rear Cross Traffic Alert
Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) with Traction Control System
Active Brake Limited Slip (ABLS)
Automatic on/off headlights
LED low/high-beam headlights with integrated signature
Energy-absorbing steering column
High-strength side-door guard beams
Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS), with Easy-Fill Tire Alert

Options

Packages: 
Equipment Group 800A
Smoker's Package
Captain's Chairs Package
Exterior Options: 
Outfitters Cargo - MegaWarrior
Roof-Rail Crossbars
Outfitters Bike - Front Loader
Outfitters Cargo - Skybox
Splash Guards
Dual Panel Moonroof
Wheel Lock Kit
License Plate Bracket
Gun Metallic-painted lower center bumper fascias
Body-color overfenders
Chrome grille and door handles
Side mirrors with puddle lights
Chrome rear finisher
Black rear license plate finisher
Acoustic windshield and front side windows
Rear privacy glass
Dark gray roof rails
Body-color running boards
Class IV tow hitch receiver with 7-pin wiring harness [*]
Interior Options: 
Cargo Mat
Dual-Headrest DVD Rear Seat Entertainment System

Colors

Interior Colors: 
Color: 
Deep Cypress, leatherette
#556C75
Color: 
Quilted Almond Leather
#B8AB8A
Quilted Espresso Brown Leather
#352D20
Quilted Black Leather
#363B35