Compare 2009 Ford Explorer Sport Trac vs 2008 Nissan Frontier

2009 Ford Explorer Sport Trac
2008 Nissan Frontier
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RWD 4-Door V6 XLT
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
RWD 4-Door V6 XLT 14 20 $25,504 $27,460
RWD 4-Door V8 XLT 15 21 $26,696 $28,770
4WD 4-Door V6 XLT 13 19 $27,802 $29,985
4WD 4-Door V8 XLT 14 19 $28,994 $31,295
RWD 4-Door V6 Limited 14 20 $29,007 $31,310
RWD 4-Door V8 Limited 15 21 $30,200 $32,620
4WD 4-Door V6 Limited 13 19 $31,305 $33,835
AWD 4-Door V6 Adrenalin 13 19 $31,305 $33,835
4WD 4-Door V8 Limited 14 19 $32,497 $35,145
AWD 4-Door V8 Adrenalin 14 19 $32,497 $35,145
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2WD King Cab I4 Manual XE
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
$25,504
$15,683
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$27,460
$16,530
Monthly Payment Estimate
$458 / month
$276 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
7.2
7.8
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2009 Ford Explorer Sport Trac is a versatile vehicle with very little to set it apart from the competition. 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
City
14 mpg 19 mpg
Highway
20 mpg 23 mpg
Interior Dimensions
Front Hip Room (in)
55.4 55.8
Passenger Capacity
5 4
Second Leg Room (in)
36.9 25.4
Front Head Room (in)
39.8 39.7
Second Hip Room (in)
55.5 55.0
Front Shoulder Room (in)
59.0 58.3
Second Head Room (in)
38.5 38.3
Second Shoulder Room (in)
59.0 54.9
Front Leg Room (in)
42.4 42.4
Exterior Dimensions
Ground to Top of Frame (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Overhang, Rear w/o bumper (in)
44.3 48.2
Wheelbase (in)
130.5 125.9
Ground Clearance, Front (in)
8.5 8.7
Cab to Axle (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
73.7 72.8
Ground to Top of Load Floor (in)
30.9 - TBD -
Overhang, Front (in)
35.4 31.3
Frame Width, Rear (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Front Bumper to Back of Cab (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Length, Overall w/o rear bumper (in)
210.2 205.5
Ground Clearance, Rear (in)
8.5 10.1
Cab to End of Frame (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Height, Overall (in)
72.5 69.7
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Volume (ft³)
37.5 33.5
Cargo Box Width @ Top, Rear (in)
49.5 - TBD -
Cargo Box Width @ Wheelhousings (in)
45.0 44.4
Tailgate Width (in)
- TBD - 58.8
Cargo Box Length @ Floor (in)
49.6 73.3
Ext'd Cab Cargo Volume (ft³)
44.4 30.9
Cargo Box Width @ Floor (in)
61.4 61.4
Cargo Box (Area) Height (in)
21.2 18.0
Brakes
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.81 x 0.39 11.26 x 0.71
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.97 x 0.43 11.14 x 0.71
Brake Type
Power Pwr
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System (Second Line)
NA NA
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
22.5 21.1
Fuel Tank Location
Midship NA
Aux Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
NA NA
Aux Fuel Tank Location
NA NA
Steering
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
38.4 NA
Steering Ratio (:1), On Center
18.9 20.4
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
36.8 21.75
Steering Type
Power Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & pinion
Steering Ratio (:1), At Lock
NA 3.55
Tires
Front Tire Order Code
T53 NA
Rear Tire Capacity (lbs)
1700 - TBD -
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Revolutions/Mile @ 45 mph - Front
721 - TBD -
Rear Tire Size
P235/70R16 P235/75R15
Revolutions/Mile @ 45 mph - Spare
721 - TBD -
Front Tire Capacity (lbs)
1700 - TBD -
Rear Tire Order Code
T53 NA
Spare Tire Capacity (lbs)
1700 - TBD -
Front Tire Size
P235/70R16 P235/75R15
Revolutions/Mile @ 45 mph - Rear
721 - TBD -
Spare Tire Size
P235/70R16 P235/75R15
Trailering
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)
525 - TBD -
Fifth Wheel Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
3500 - TBD -
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
3500 - TBD -
Weight Information
Gross Combined Wt Rating (lbs)
10000 7936
Gross Axle Wt Rating - Rear (lbs)
3320 2531
Curb Weight - Rear (lbs)
2076 1687
Gross Vehicle Weight Rating Cap (lbs)
6020 4676
Gross Axle Wt Rating - Front (lbs)
3000 2531
Curb Weight - Front (lbs)
2507 1981
Wheels
Spare Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
16 x 7 15 x 7
Spare Wheel Size (in)
16 x 7 15 x 7
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in)
16 x 7 15 x 7
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Steel
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
7.8 9.3
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (2nd)
NA NA
Maximum Alternator Watts
1950 - TBD -
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
650 550
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
130 110
Engine
Fuel System
SEFI - TBD -
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
254 @ 3700 173 @ 4400
Engine Order Code
99E NA
Displacement
4.0L/245 2.5L/152
Engine Oil Cooler
NA NA
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
210 @ 5100 154 @ 5200
Engine Type
Gas V6 Gas 4-cyl
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
16 -
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
20 23
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
14 19
Transmission
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 1.00
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic Manual
Transfer Case Model
NA NA
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.22 3.58
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), Low
NA NA
Clutch Size (in)
NA - TBD -
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.54 1.36
Trans Type
5 5
Trans PTO Access
NA NA
Drivetrain
Rear Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.71 0.81
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA w/OD
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), High
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.07 3.64
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.29 2.08
Trans Order Code
44V NA
Transfer Case Power Take Off
NA NA
Trans Power Take Off
NA NA
Summary
Body Code
131" WB 125.9" WB
Body Style
4 Door King Cab
Vehicle Name
Ford Explorer Sport Trac Nissan Frontier
Suspension
Axle Ratio (:1) - Rear
3.73 4.08
Axle Type - Front
Twin-forged SLA NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
32.0 NA
Axle Capacity - Front (lbs)
3240 - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
Independent Multi-Leaf
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
0.77 - TBD -
Axle Ratio (:1) - Front
NA NA
Spring Capacity - Rear (lbs)
3400 - TBD -
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
32.0 NA
Axle Type - Rear
Semi-floating NA
Suspension Type - Front
Independent Independent
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
1.34 - TBD -
Axle Capacity - Rear (lbs)
3600 - TBD -
Spring Capacity - Front (lbs)
3000 - TBD -
Frame
Frame Type
Fully boxed ladder NA
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
3 -

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