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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 King Cab I4 Manual XE
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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2WD King Cab I4 Manual XE 19 23 $15,683 $16,530
2WD King Cab I4 Manual SE 19 23 $17,669 $18,630
2WD King Cab I4 Automatic SE 17 22 $18,661 $19,680
2WD King Cab V6 Manual SE 16 20 $18,426 $19,430
2WD King Cab V6 Automatic SE 15 20 $19,418 $20,480
2WD King Cab V6 Automatic Nismo 15 20 $22,290 $23,780
2WD King Cab V6 Automatic LE 15 20 $22,244 $23,730
2WD Crew Cab SWB Manual SE 16 20 $20,175 $21,280
2WD Crew Cab SWB Automatic SE 15 20 $21,168 $22,330
2WD Crew Cab SWB Automatic Nismo 15 20 $23,553 $25,130
2WD Crew Cab SWB Automatic LE 15 20 $23,834 $25,430
2WD Crew Cab LWB Manual SE 16 20 $20,931 $22,080
2WD Crew Cab LWB Automatic SE 15 20 $21,925 $23,130
2WD Crew Cab LWB Automatic LE 15 20 $24,301 $25,930
4WD King Cab Manual SE 15 19 $20,747 $22,130
4WD King Cab Manual Nismo 15 19 $23,569 $25,430
4WD King Cab Automatic SE 14 19 $21,729 $23,180
4WD King Cab Automatic Nismo 14 19 $24,540 $26,480
4WD King Cab Automatic LE 14 19 $24,494 $26,430
4WD Crew Cab SWB Manual SE 15 19 $22,478 $23,980
4WD Crew Cab SWB Automatic SE 14 19 $23,460 $25,030
4WD Crew Cab SWB Automatic Nismo 14 19 $25,788 $27,830
4WD Crew Cab SWB Automatic LE 14 19 $26,020 $28,080
4WD Crew Cab LWB Manual SE 15 19 $23,226 $24,780
4WD Crew Cab LWB Automatic SE 14 19 $24,209 $25,830
4WD Crew Cab LWB Automatic LE 14 19 $26,250 $28,330
Pricing
Invoice Price
$15,953
$15,683
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$16,705
$16,530
Monthly Payment Estimate
$278 / month
$276 / month
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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. For those of us who don't live on a ranch, the 2008 Nissan Frontier is large enough to haul real people and cargo, but sized for the urban-congestion reality.
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Fuel Economy
Fuel Economy - City 18 mpg 19 mpg
Fuel Economy - Highway 24 mpg 23 mpg
Interior Dimensions
Front Leg Room (in) 44.0 42.4
Front Hip Room (in) 53.3 55.8
Passenger Capacity 3 4
Front Head Room (in) 39.3 39.7
Front Shoulder Room (in) 57.1 58.3
Second Leg Room (in) - 25.4
Second Hip Room (in) - 55.0
Second Head Room (in) - 38.3
Second Shoulder Room (in) - 54.9
Exterior Dimensions
Ground Clearance, Front (in) 7.7 8.7
Cab to Axle (in) 34.2 - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 67.6 72.8
Ground to Top of Load Floor (in) 33.0 - TBD -
Overhang, Front (in) 33.9 31.3
Frame Width, Rear (in) NA - TBD -
Front Bumper to Back of Cab (in) 110.9 - TBD -
Length, Overall w/o rear bumper (in) 192.4 205.5
Ground Clearance, Rear (in) 7.7 10.1
Cab to End of Frame (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Height, Overall (in) 64.9 69.7
Ground to Top of Frame (in) NA - TBD -
Overhang, Rear w/o bumper (in) - TBD - 48.2
Wheelbase (in) 111.3 125.9
Cargo Area Dimensions
Tailgate Width (in) 52.4 58.8
Cargo Box Length @ Floor (in) 72.8 73.3
Ext'd Cab Cargo Volume (ft³) NA 30.9
Cargo Box Width @ Floor (in) 57.2 61.4
Cargo Box (Area) Height (in) 18.6 18.0
Cargo Volume (ft³) 44.0 33.5
Cargo Box Width @ Top, Rear (in) NA - TBD -
Cargo Box Width @ Wheelhousings (in) 42.6 44.4
Brakes
Disc - Rear (Yes or ) NA Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) NA 11.26 x 0.71
Brake ABS System 4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in) 11.6 x 2.5 NA
Disc - Front (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 11.2 x 1.6 11.14 x 0.71
Brake Type Pwr Pwr
Drum - Rear (Yes or ) Yes NA
Brake ABS System (Second Line) NA NA
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 19 21.1
Fuel Tank Location Inboard LH Frame Rail NA
Aux Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) NA NA
Aux Fuel Tank Location NA NA
Steering
Steering Ratio (:1), At Lock 3.31 3.55
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft) NA NA
Steering Ratio (:1), On Center 17.4 20.4
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) 39.4 21.75
Steering Type Pwr Pwr Rack & pinion
Tires
Revolutions/Mile @ 45 mph - Rear NA - TBD -
Spare Tire Size Compact P235/75R15
Front Tire Order Code QRD NA
Rear Tire Capacity (lbs) 1452 - TBD -
Spare Tire Order Code ZCY NA
Revolutions/Mile @ 45 mph - Front NA - TBD -
Rear Tire Size P215/70R16 P235/75R15
Revolutions/Mile @ 45 mph - Spare NA - TBD -
Front Tire Capacity (lbs) 1452 - TBD -
Rear Tire Order Code QRD NA
Spare Tire Capacity (lbs) 1452 - TBD -
Front Tire Size P215/70R16 P235/75R15
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) 2400 - TBD -
Fifth Wheel Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) 350 - TBD -
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) 360 - TBD -
Fifth Wheel Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) 3500 - TBD -
Weight Information
Curb Weight - Front (lbs) 1870 1981
Gross Combined Wt Rating (lbs) 6000 7936
Gross Axle Wt Rating - Rear (lbs) 2896 2531
Curb Weight - Rear (lbs) 1395 1687
Gross Vehicle Weight Rating Cap (lbs) 4850 4676
Gross Axle Wt Rating - Front (lbs) 2633 2531
Wheels
Front Wheel Material Steel Steel
Spare Wheel Material Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in) 16 x 6 15 x 7
Spare Wheel Size (in) Compact 15 x 7
Rear Wheel Material Steel Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in) 16 x 6 15 x 7
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) - TBD - 9.3
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (2nd) NA NA
Maximum Alternator Watts NA - TBD -
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) 590 550
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) 125 110
Engine
Engine Type Gas 4-Cyl Gas 4-cyl
Fuel System SFI - TBD -
SAE Net Torque @ RPM 190 @ 2800 173 @ 4400
Engine Order Code LLV NA
Displacement 2.9L/177 2.5L/152
Engine Oil Cooler NA NA
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM 185 @ 5600 154 @ 5200
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 18 19
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) 20 -
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 24 23
Transmission
Transfer Case Power Take Off NA NA
Trans Power Take Off NA NA
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1) 1.00 1.00
Trans Description Cont. Manual w/OD Manual
Transfer Case Model NA NA
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1) 3.75 3.58
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), Low NA NA
Clutch Size (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Third Gear Ratio (:1) 1.37 1.36
Trans Type 5 5
Trans PTO Access NA NA
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.73 0.81
Drivetrain Rear Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive
Trans Description Cont. Again NA w/OD
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), High NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1) 3.67 3.64
Second Gear Ratio (:1) 2.26 2.08
Trans Order Code MA5 NA
Summary
Body Code E63 125.9" WB
Body Style Regular Cab King Cab
Vehicle Name Chevrolet Colorado Nissan Frontier
Suspension
Spring Capacity - Front (lbs) 2633 - TBD -
Axle Ratio (:1) - Rear 3.73 4.08
Axle Type - Front Independent NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm) 30 NA
Axle Capacity - Front (lbs) 2633 - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear 2-Stage Multi-Leaf Multi-Leaf
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in) NA - TBD -
Axle Ratio (:1) - Front NA NA
Spring Capacity - Rear (lbs) 2900 - TBD -
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm) 30 NA
Axle Type - Rear Semi-Floating NA
Suspension Type - Front Coil Springs Independent
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in) 1.10 - TBD -
Axle Capacity - Rear (lbs) 2900 - TBD -
Frame
Frame Type Ladder NA
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score 5 -
 
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