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Selected Style 2WD Ext Cab ST
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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2WD Ext Cab ST 15 20 $20,804 $22,560
2WD Ext Cab Bighorn/Lonestar 15 20 $21,839 $23,710
2WD Crew Cab ST 15 20 $23,274 $25,260
2WD Crew Cab Bighorn/Lonestar 15 20 $24,305 $26,405
4WD Ext Cab ST 14 18 $24,674 $26,810
2WD Ext Cab Laramie 15 20 $25,084 $27,315
4WD Ext Cab Bighorn/Lonestar 14 18 $25,709 $27,960
4WD Crew Cab ST 14 18 $25,959 $28,210
2WD Crew Cab Laramie 15 20 $26,307 $28,630
4WD Crew Cab Bighorn/Lonestar 14 18 $26,990 $29,355
4WD Ext Cab TRX 14 18 $27,532 $29,985
4WD Ext Cab Laramie 14 18 $27,685 $30,155
4WD Crew Cab TRX 14 18 $28,511 $31,045
4WD Crew Cab Laramie 14 18 $29,037 $31,630
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 V6 Manual SE 16 20 $18,426 $19,430
2WD King Cab I4 Automatic SE 17 22 $18,661 $19,680
2WD King Cab V6 Automatic SE 15 20 $19,418 $20,480
2WD Crew Cab SWB Manual SE 16 20 $20,175 $21,280
2WD Crew Cab LWB Manual SE 16 20 $20,931 $22,080
4WD King Cab Manual SE 15 19 $20,747 $22,130
2WD Crew Cab SWB Automatic SE 15 20 $21,168 $22,330
2WD Crew Cab LWB Automatic SE 15 20 $21,925 $23,130
4WD King Cab Automatic SE 14 19 $21,729 $23,180
2WD King Cab V6 Automatic LE 15 20 $22,244 $23,730
2WD King Cab V6 Automatic Nismo 15 20 $22,290 $23,780
4WD Crew Cab SWB Manual SE 15 19 $22,478 $23,980
4WD Crew Cab LWB Manual SE 15 19 $23,226 $24,780
4WD Crew Cab SWB Automatic SE 14 19 $23,460 $25,030
2WD Crew Cab SWB Automatic Nismo 15 20 $23,553 $25,130
2WD Crew Cab SWB Automatic LE 15 20 $23,834 $25,430
4WD King Cab Manual Nismo 15 19 $23,569 $25,430
4WD Crew Cab LWB Automatic SE 14 19 $24,209 $25,830
2WD Crew Cab LWB Automatic LE 15 20 $24,301 $25,930
4WD King Cab Automatic LE 14 19 $24,494 $26,430
4WD King Cab Automatic Nismo 14 19 $24,540 $26,480
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 Automatic LE 14 19 $26,250 $28,330
Pricing
Invoice Price
$20,804
$15,683
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$22,560
$16,530
Monthly Payment Estimate
$376 / month
$276 / month
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TCC's Bottom Line If you need most of a full-size pickup's capabilities but want to be able to get into a parking space or carport, consider the 2009 Dodge Dakota with its available V-8. 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 15 mpg 19 mpg
Fuel Economy - Highway 20 mpg 23 mpg
Interior Dimensions
Second Head Room (in) 36.5 38.3
Second Shoulder Room (in) 57.4 54.9
Front Leg Room (in) 41.9 42.4
Front Hip Room (in) 54.9 55.8
Passenger Capacity 2 4
Second Leg Room (in) 32.1 25.4
Front Head Room (in) 39.6 39.7
Second Hip Room (in) 56.9 55.0
Front Shoulder Room (in) 57.7 58.3
Exterior Dimensions
Frame Width, Rear (in) 37.7 - TBD -
Front Bumper to Back of Cab (in) 130.4 - TBD -
Length, Overall w/o rear bumper (in) 218.8 205.5
Ground Clearance, Rear (in) 7.4 10.1
Cab to End of Frame (in) 88.1 - TBD -
Height, Overall (in) 68.7 69.7
Ground to Top of Frame (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Overhang, Rear w/o bumper (in) 48.8 48.2
Wheelbase (in) 131.3 125.9
Ground Clearance, Front (in) 7.4 8.7
Cab to Axle (in) 39.3 - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 71.7 72.8
Ground to Top of Load Floor (in) 31.2 - TBD -
Overhang, Front (in) 38.7 31.3
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Box Width @ Floor (in) 59.6 61.4
Cargo Box (Area) Height (in) 17.6 18.0
Cargo Volume (ft³) 46.6 33.5
Cargo Box Width @ Top, Rear (in) 59.6 - TBD -
Cargo Box Width @ Wheelhousings (in) 45.2 44.4
Tailgate Width (in) 53.3 58.8
Cargo Box Length @ Floor (in) 78.8 73.3
Ext'd Cab Cargo Volume (ft³) 30.0 30.9
Brakes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 12.3 x 1.1 11.14 x 0.71
Brake Type Pwr Pwr
Drum - Rear (Yes or ) Yes NA
Brake ABS System (Second Line) NA NA
Disc - Rear (Yes or ) NA Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) NA 11.26 x 0.71
Brake ABS System Rear Wheel 4-Wheel
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in) 11.6 x 2.25 NA
Disc - Front (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Fuel Tank
Aux Fuel Tank Location NA NA
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 22.0 21.1
Fuel Tank Location Inboard LH NA
Aux Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) NA NA
Steering
Steering Type Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & pinion
Steering Ratio (:1), At Lock - TBD - 3.55
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft) - TBD - NA
Steering Ratio (:1), On Center 17.4 20.4
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) 44.0 21.75
Tires
Spare Tire Capacity (lbs) - TBD - - TBD -
Front Tire Size P245/70R16 P235/75R15
Revolutions/Mile @ 45 mph - Rear 713 - TBD -
Spare Tire Size - TBD - P235/75R15
Front Tire Order Code TVF NA
Rear Tire Capacity (lbs) 1903 - TBD -
Spare Tire Order Code TBB NA
Revolutions/Mile @ 45 mph - Front 713 - TBD -
Rear Tire Size P245/70R16 P235/75R15
Revolutions/Mile @ 45 mph - Spare - TBD - - TBD -
Front Tire Capacity (lbs) 1903 - TBD -
Rear Tire Order Code TVF NA
Trailering
Fifth Wheel Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) 837 NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) 3350 - TBD -
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) 3350 - TBD -
Fifth Wheel Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) 3350 NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) 502 - TBD -
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) 502 - TBD -
Weight Information
Gross Vehicle Weight Rating Cap (lbs) 6010 4676
Gross Axle Wt Rating - Front (lbs) 3100 2531
Curb Weight - Front (lbs) 2421 1981
Gross Combined Wt Rating (lbs) 7700 7936
Gross Axle Wt Rating - Rear (lbs) 3600 2531
Curb Weight - Rear (lbs) 1692 1687
Wheels
Rear Wheel Size (in) 16 x 7.0 15 x 7
Front Wheel Material Steel Steel
Spare Wheel Material Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in) 16 x 7.0 15 x 7
Spare Wheel Size (in) 16 x - TBD - 15 x 7
Rear Wheel Material Steel Steel
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) - TBD - 9.3
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) 136 110
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (2nd) NA NA
Maximum Alternator Watts - TBD - - TBD -
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) 600 550
Engine
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM 210 @ 5200 154 @ 5200
Engine Type Gas V6 Gas 4-cyl
Fuel System MPI - TBD -
SAE Net Torque @ RPM 235 @ 4000 173 @ 4400
Engine Order Code EKG NA
Displacement 3.7L/226 2.5L/152
Engine Oil Cooler NA NA
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 15 19
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) 17 -
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 20 23
Transmission
Trans Description Cont. Again NA w/OD
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), High NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1) 3.84 3.64
Second Gear Ratio (:1) 2.53 2.08
Trans Order Code DEJ NA
Transfer Case Power Take Off NA NA
Trans Power Take Off NA NA
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1) 1.23 1.00
Trans Description Cont. Manual w/OD Manual
Transfer Case Model NA NA
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.79 NA
First Gear Ratio (:1) 4.23 3.58
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), Low NA NA
Clutch Size (in) 11.9 - TBD -
Third Gear Ratio (:1) 1.67 1.36
Trans Type 6 5
Trans PTO Access NA NA
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) 1.00 0.81
Drivetrain Rear Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive
Summary
Vehicle Name Dodge Dakota Nissan Frontier
Body Code 131.3" WB 125.9" WB
Body Style Extended Cab 6'7" Bed King Cab
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm) - TBD - NA
Axle Type - Rear Semi-Floating Hypoid NA
Suspension Type - Front Independent Coil Independent
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Axle Capacity - Rear (lbs) 3850 - TBD -
Spring Capacity - Front (lbs) 3100 - TBD -
Axle Ratio (:1) - Rear 3.21 4.08
Axle Type - Front Independent NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm) - TBD - NA
Axle Capacity - Front (lbs) 3600 - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear Multi-Leaf Multi-Leaf
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in) NA - TBD -
Axle Ratio (:1) - Front NA NA
Spring Capacity - Rear (lbs) 3850 - TBD -
Frame
Frame Type Ladder NA
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score 3 -
 
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