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Selected Style 2WD Reg Cab 111.2" Work Truck
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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2WD Reg Cab 111.2" Work Truck 18 24 $15,953 $16,705
2WD Reg Cab 111.2" LT w/1LT 18 24 $16,849 $17,830
2WD Ext Cab 125.9" Work Truck 18 24 $18,097 $18,950
2WD Ext Cab 125.9" LT w/1VL 18 24 $19,396 $20,525
2WD Ext Cab 125.9" LT w/1LT 18 24 $19,282 $20,405
2WD Ext Cab 125.9" LT w/2LT 17 23 $19,282 $20,405
2WD Crew Cab 126.0" LT w/1VL 18 24 $21,758 $23,025
2WD Crew Cab 126.0" LT w/1LT 18 24 $22,046 $23,330
2WD Crew Cab 126.0" LT w/2LT 17 23 $22,046 $23,330
4WD Reg Cab 111.2" Work Truck 17 23 $19,300 $20,210
4WD Reg Cab 111.2" LT w/1LT 17 23 $20,161 $21,335
4WD Ext Cab 125.9" Work Truck 17 23 $21,248 $22,250
4WD Ext Cab 125.9" LT w/1LT 17 23 $22,212 $23,505
4WD Ext Cab 125.9" LT w/2LT 16 22 $22,212 $23,505
4WD Crew Cab 126.0" LT w/1LT 16 21 $25,458 $26,940
4WD Crew Cab 126.0" LT w/2LT 16 21 $25,458 $26,940
2WD Reg Chassis Cab Work Truck 15 20 $18,049 $18,900
4WD Reg Chassis Cab Work Truck 16 21 $21,349 $22,355
2WD Ext Cab 125.9" LT w/3LT 15 21 $19,282 $20,405
2WD Crew Cab 126.0" LT w/3LT 15 21 $22,046 $23,330
2WD Ext Cab ST
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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2WD Ext Cab ST 16 20 $18,818 $20,470
2WD Ext Cab SLT 16 20 $22,837 $24,985
2WD Ext Cab TRX 16 20 $23,202 $25,395
2WD Ext Cab Sport 15 20 $23,891 $26,170
2WD Ext Cab Laramie 14 19 $25,324 $27,780
2WD Crew Cab ST 16 20 $21,266 $23,170
2WD Crew Cab SLT 15 20 $24,857 $27,205
2WD Crew Cab TRX 15 20 $25,196 $27,585
2WD Crew Cab Sport 15 20 $25,209 $27,600
2WD Crew Cab Laramie 14 19 $26,620 $29,185
4WD Ext Cab ST 15 19 $22,646 $24,720
4WD Ext Cab SLT 15 19 $25,507 $27,935
4WD Ext Cab TRX 15 19 $26,081 $28,580
4WD Ext Cab Sport 14 18 $26,540 $29,095
4WD Crew Cab ST 15 19 $23,927 $26,120
4WD Crew Cab SLT 14 18 $27,518 $30,155
4WD Crew Cab TRX 14 18 $28,074 $30,780
4WD Crew Cab Sport 14 18 $27,834 $30,510
4WD Crew Cab Laramie 14 19 $29,280 $32,135
4WD Ext Cab Laramie 14 19 $28,021 $30,760
2WD Ext Cab Bighorn/Lonestar 15 20 $20,207 $22,030
2WD Crew Cab Bighorn/Lonestar 15 20 $22,606 $24,675
4WD Ext Cab Bighorn/Lonestar 14 18 $24,034 $26,280
4WD Crew Cab Bighorn/Lonestar 14 18 $25,266 $27,625
2WD Reg Cab 112" XL
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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2WD Reg Cab 112" XL 21 26 $13,731 $14,490
2WD Reg Cab 112" XLT 21 26 $15,178 $16,240
2WD Reg Cab 112" Sport 16 22 $15,669 $16,780
2WD Reg Cab 118" XL 21 26 $14,913 $15,775
2WD Reg Cab 118" XLT 21 26 $16,211 $17,375
2WD 2-Door SuperCab 126" XL 21 26 $15,107 $15,985
2WD 2-Door SuperCab 126" XLT 21 26 $16,466 $17,655
2WD 2-Door SuperCab 126" Sport 16 22 $17,190 $18,450
2WD 4-Door SuperCab 126" XLT 16 22 $17,804 $19,125
2WD 4-Door SuperCab 126" Sport 16 22 $18,346 $19,720
4WD Reg Cab 112" XL 15 20 $17,309 $18,380
4WD Reg Cab 112" XLT 15 20 $18,482 $19,870
4WD Reg Cab 112" Sport 15 20 $18,892 $20,320
4WD Reg Cab 118" XL 15 20 $18,336 $19,495
4WD Reg Cab 118" XLT 15 20 $19,514 $21,005
4WD 2-Door SuperCab 126" XL 15 19 $18,712 $19,905
4WD 2-Door SuperCab 126" XLT 15 19 $19,400 $20,880
4WD 2-Door SuperCab 126" Sport 15 19 $19,992 $21,530
4WD 2-Door SuperCab 126" FX4 Off-Rd 15 19 $21,402 $23,080
4WD 4-Door SuperCab 126" XLT 15 19 $20,557 $22,150
4WD 4-Door SuperCab 126" Sport 15 19 $21,148 $22,800
4WD 4-Door SuperCab 126" FX4 Off-Rd 15 19 $22,559 $24,350
Pricing
Invoice Price
$15,953
$18,818
$13,731
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$16,705
$20,470
$14,490
Monthly Payment Estimate
$278 / month
$341 / month
$242 / month
Dealer Price Quotes
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TCC's Bottom Line The new available V-8 engine is a long time coming and helps position the Colorado as a worthy rival to the most capable compacts and an alternative to full-size trucks. Especially with the improved V-8, the 2008 Dodge Dakota can do most of what a full-size truck can while consuming fewer resources in the process. The 2008 Ford Ranger’s best, highest use is as an inexpensive work truck or off-road play toy. Anything else exposes the flaws in its seating, its fuel economy, its available features and in its performance.
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Fuel Economy
Fuel Economy - City 18 mpg 16 mpg 21 mpg
Fuel Economy - Highway 24 mpg 20 mpg 26 mpg
Interior Dimensions
Front Leg Room (in) 44.0 41.9 42.4
Front Hip Room (in) 53.3 54.9 52.7
Passenger Capacity 3 2 3
Front Head Room (in) 39.3 39.6 39.2
Front Shoulder Room (in) 57.1 57.7 54.5
Second Hip Room (in) - 56.9 -
Second Head Room (in) - 36.5 -
Second Shoulder Room (in) - 57.4 -
Second Leg Room (in) - 32.1 -
Exterior Dimensions
Wheelbase (in) 111.3 131.3 111.5
Ground Clearance, Front (in) 7.7 7.4 - TBD -
Cab to Axle (in) 34.2 39.3 37.9
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 67.6 71.7 69.3
Ground to Top of Load Floor (in) 33.0 31.2 29.7
Overhang, Front (in) 33.9 38.7 34.0
Frame Width, Rear (in) NA 37.7 33.0
Front Bumper to Back of Cab (in) 110.9 130.4 107.6
Length, Overall w/o rear bumper (in) 192.4 218.8 189.4
Ground Clearance, Rear (in) 7.7 7.4 7.9
Cab to End of Frame (in) - TBD - 88.1 78.5
Height, Overall (in) 64.9 68.7 66.2
Ground to Top of Frame (in) NA - TBD - NA
Overhang, Rear w/o bumper (in) - TBD - 48.8 44.0
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Box Width @ Wheelhousings (in) 42.6 45.2 40.5
Tailgate Width (in) 52.4 53.3 52.0
Cargo Box Length @ Floor (in) 72.8 78.8 72.7
Ext'd Cab Cargo Volume (ft³) NA 30.0 NA
Cargo Box Width @ Floor (in) 57.2 59.6 54.4
Cargo Box (Area) Height (in) 18.6 17.6 16.5
Cargo Volume (ft³) 44.0 46.6 37.4
Cargo Box Width @ Top, Rear (in) NA 59.6 54.4
Brakes
Drum - Rear (Yes or ) Yes Yes Yes
Brake ABS System (Second Line) NA NA NA
Disc - Rear (Yes or ) NA NA NA
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) NA NA NA
Brake ABS System 4-Wheel Rear Wheel 4-Wheel
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in) 11.6 x 2.5 11.6 x 2.25 9.00 x 1.75
Disc - Front (Yes or ) Yes Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 11.2 x 1.6 12.3 x 1.1 11.28 x 0.39
Brake Type Pwr Pwr Pwr
Fuel Tank
Aux Fuel Tank Location NA NA NA
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 19 22.0 17
Fuel Tank Location Inboard LH Frame Rail Inboard LH Midship
Aux Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) NA NA NA
Steering
Steering Ratio (:1), At Lock 3.31 - TBD - NA
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft) NA - TBD - 39.7
Steering Ratio (:1), On Center 17.4 17.4 22.0
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) 39.4 44.0 37.7
Steering Type Pwr Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Tires
Spare Tire Capacity (lbs) 1452 - TBD - 1984
Front Tire Size P215/70R16 P245/70R16 P225/70R15
Revolutions/Mile @ 45 mph - Rear NA 713 765
Spare Tire Size Compact - TBD - Compact
Front Tire Order Code QRD TVF NA
Rear Tire Capacity (lbs) 1452 1903 1594
Spare Tire Order Code ZCY TBB NA
Revolutions/Mile @ 45 mph - Front NA 713 765
Rear Tire Size P215/70R16 P245/70R16 P225/70R15
Revolutions/Mile @ 45 mph - Spare NA - TBD - - TBD -
Front Tire Capacity (lbs) 1452 1903 1594
Rear Tire Order Code QRD TVF NA
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) 2400 3250 1580
Fifth Wheel Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) NA NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) 350 325 158
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) 360 325 158
Fifth Wheel Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) NA NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) 3500 3250 1580
Weight Information
Gross Vehicle Weight Rating Cap (lbs) 4850 6010 4380
Gross Axle Wt Rating - Front (lbs) 2633 3100 2000
Curb Weight - Front (lbs) 1870 2299 1757
Gross Combined Wt Rating (lbs) 6000 7700 4800
Gross Axle Wt Rating - Rear (lbs) 2896 3600 2550
Curb Weight - Rear (lbs) 1395 1881 1273
Wheels
Front Wheel Material Steel Steel Steel
Spare Wheel Material Steel Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in) 16 x 6 16 x 7.0 15 x 7
Spare Wheel Size (in) Compact 16 x - TBD - Compact
Rear Wheel Material Steel Steel Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in) 16 x 6 16 x 7.0 15 x 7
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) - TBD - - TBD - 6.5
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (2nd) NA NA NA
Maximum Alternator Watts NA - TBD - 1650
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) 590 600 540
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) 125 136 110
Engine
Engine Type Gas 4-Cyl Gas V6 Gas I4
Fuel System SFI MPI SMPI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM 190 @ 2800 235 @ 4000 154 @ 3750
Engine Order Code LLV EKG 99D
Displacement 2.9L/177 3.7L/226 2.3L/140
Engine Oil Cooler NA NA NA
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM 185 @ 5600 210 @ 5200 143 @ 5250
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 18 16 21
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) 20 - -
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 24 20 26
Transmission
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), High NA NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1) 3.67 3.84 3.40
Second Gear Ratio (:1) 2.26 2.53 2.20
Trans Order Code MA5 DEJ 44R
Transfer Case Power Take Off NA NA NA
Trans Power Take Off NA NA NA
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1) 1.00 1.23 1.00
Trans Description Cont. Manual w/OD Manual w/OD Manual
Transfer Case Model NA NA NA
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) NA 0.79 NA
First Gear Ratio (:1) 3.75 4.23 3.72
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), Low NA NA NA
Clutch Size (in) - TBD - 11.9 9.0
Third Gear Ratio (:1) 1.37 1.67 1.50
Trans Type 5 6 5
Trans PTO Access NA NA NA
Drivetrain Rear Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.73 1.00 0.79
Trans Description Cont. Again NA NA NA
Summary
Vehicle Name Chevrolet Colorado Dodge Dakota Ford Ranger
Body Code E63 131.3" WB 111.5" WB
Body Style Regular Cab Extended Cab 6'7" Bed Reg Cab 6' Styleside
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in) 1.10 - TBD - - TBD -
Axle Capacity - Rear (lbs) 2900 3850 2750
Spring Capacity - Front (lbs) 2633 3100 2000
Axle Ratio (:1) - Rear 3.73 3.21 3.73
Axle Type - Front Independent Independent Independent SLA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm) 30 - TBD - 35
Axle Capacity - Front (lbs) 2633 3600 2400
Suspension Type - Rear 2-Stage Multi-Leaf Multi-Leaf 2-Stage Multi-Leaf
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in) NA NA NA
Axle Ratio (:1) - Front NA NA NA
Spring Capacity - Rear (lbs) 2900 3850 2550
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm) 30 - TBD - 35
Axle Type - Rear Semi-Floating Semi-Floating Hypoid Ford Semi-Floating
Suspension Type - Front Coil Springs Independent Coil SLA w/Coil Springs
Frame
Frame Type Ladder Ladder Ladder
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score 5 - -
 
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