Compare 2009 Dodge Nitro vs 2009 Ford Taurus X

2009 Dodge Nitro
2009 Ford Taurus X
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2WD 4-Door SE
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2WD 4-Door SE 16 22 $20,941 $22,240
4WD 4-Door SE 15 21 $22,488 $23,900
2WD 4-Door R/T 16 21 $23,075 $24,560
2WD 4-Door SLT 16 22 $23,075 $24,560
4WD 4-Door R/T 16 20 $24,622 $26,220
4WD 4-Door SLT 15 21 $24,622 $26,220
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4-Door Wagon FWD SEL
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Wagon FWD SEL 17 24 $25,958 $28,270
4-Door Wagon AWD SEL 15 22 $27,623 $30,120
4-Door Wagon FWD Eddie Bauer 17 24 $28,712 $31,330
4-Door Wagon FWD Limited 17 24 $29,608 $32,325
4-Door Wagon AWD Eddie Bauer 15 22 $30,377 $33,180
4-Door Wagon AWD Limited 15 22 $31,272 $34,175
Pricing
Invoice Price
$20,941
$25,958
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$22,240
$28,270
Monthly Payment Estimate
$371 / month
$471 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
7.2
8.4
TCC’s Bottom Line
Ford may never call it a wagon for marketing reasons, but the 2009 Ford Taurus X is just that—practical, convenient, safe, and quite possibly one of the best wagons ever produced.
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Fuel Economy
City
16 mpg 17 mpg
Highway
22 mpg 24 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
2WD Sport Utility 2WD Sports Utility Vehicle
Interior Dimensions
Front Hip Room (in)
56.8 55.5
Passenger Volume (ft³)
- TBD - 146.2
Second Leg Room (in)
37.7 40.4
Front Head Room (in)
40.6 39.4
Second Hip Room (in)
47.4 56.0
Front Shoulder Room (in)
57.2 58.5
Passenger Capacity
5 6
Second Head Room (in)
40.8 39.7
Second Shoulder Room (in)
56.4 58.0
Front Leg Room (in)
40.8 40.8
Third Head Room (in)
- 38.6
Third Shoulder Room (in)
- 50.8
Third Leg Room (in)
- 33.4
Third Hip Room (in)
- 46.9
Exterior Dimensions
Track Width, Rear (in)
61.0 64.4
Wheelbase (in)
108.8 112.9
Rear Door Opening Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
73.1 74.9
Track Width, Front (in)
61.0 64.3
Min Ground Clearance (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Length, Overall (in)
178.9 200.3
Rear Door Opening Width (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Height, Overall (in)
69.9 67.6
Liftover Height (in)
33.3 - TBD -
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³)
32.1 47.0
Cargo Area Width @ Beltline (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Box (Area) Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 1 (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³)
65.2 85.5
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 3 (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³)
NA 20.8
Cargo Box Width @ Wheelhousings (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 2 (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Brakes
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.9 x 1.1 12.4 x - TBD -
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
12.4 x 0.5 13.0 x - TBD -
Brake Type
Pwr Pwr
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
19.5 19.0
Steering
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
3.42 3.2
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
17.4 16.1
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
36.3 40.0
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Tires
Spare Tire Order Code
TBC NA
Rear Tire Size
P225/75R16 P215/65R17
Rear Tire Order Code
TRY NA
Front Tire Size
P225/75R16 P215/65R17
Spare Tire Size
Compact T135/90D17
Front Tire Order Code
TRY NA
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
350 200
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
350 200
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
3500 2000
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
3500 2000
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3971 4033
Wheels
Rear Wheel Size (in)
16 x 7.0 17 x - TBD -
Front Wheel Material
Steel Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
Steel - TBD -
Front Wheel Size (in)
16 x 7.0 17 x - TBD -
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact - TBD -
Rear Wheel Material
Steel Aluminum
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
14.0 - TBD -
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
600 - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
160 - TBD -
Engine
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
235 @ 4000 249 @ 4500
Engine Order Code
EKG 99W
Displacement
3.7L/226 3.5L/213
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
210 @ 5200 263 @ 6250
Engine Type
Gas V6 Gas V6
Fuel System
SMPI SMPI
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
22 24
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
16 17
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
18 19
Transmission
Clutch Size (in)
NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 1.84
Trans Type
4 6
Drivetrain
Rear Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 1.00
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
2.21 2.88
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
1.57 2.87
Trans Order Code
DGV 44J
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.73 3.16
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.69 1.41
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic Automatic
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 0.74
First Gear Ratio (:1)
2.84 4.48
Summary
Vehicle Name
Dodge Nitro Ford Taurus X
Body Style
4 Door 2WD Sport Utility
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
Independent Independent MacPherson Strut
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- TBD - .71
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs w/Stabilizer bar
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - 1.04
Suspension Type - Rear
Live Axle Independent multilink
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs w/Stabilizer bar
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
4 5

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