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Selected Style RWD 4-Door V6 XLT
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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
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 XLT 13 19 $27,802 $29,985
4WD 4-Door V8 XLT 14 19 $28,994 $31,295
4WD 4-Door V6 Limited 13 19 $31,305 $33,835
4WD 4-Door V8 Limited 14 19 $32,497 $35,145
AWD 4-Door V6 Adrenalin 13 19 $31,305 $33,835
AWD 4-Door V8 Adrenalin 14 19 $32,497 $35,145
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
$25,504
$15,683
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$27,460
$16,530
Monthly Payment Estimate
$458 / month
$276 / month
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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
Fuel Economy - City 14 mpg 19 mpg
Fuel Economy - 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
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
Ground to Top of Frame (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Overhang, Rear w/o bumper (in) 44.3 48.2
Cargo Area Dimensions
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
Cargo Volume (ft³) 37.5 33.5
Cargo Box Width @ Top, Rear (in) 49.5 - TBD -
Brakes
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
Disc - Rear (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Location Midship NA
Aux Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) NA NA
Aux Fuel Tank Location NA NA
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 22.5 21.1
Steering
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
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft) 38.4 NA
Tires
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
Front Tire Order Code T53 NA
Trailering
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 -
Fifth Wheel Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) NA NA
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
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
Spare Wheel Material Steel 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
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
Fuel System SEFI - TBD -
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) 16 -
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 20 23
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 14 19
Transmission
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
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.71 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) 3.07 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
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1) 1.00 1.00
Trans Description Cont. Automatic Manual
Summary
Body Style 4 Door King Cab
Vehicle Name Ford Explorer Sport Trac Nissan Frontier
Body Code 131" WB 125.9" WB
Suspension
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 -
Axle Ratio (:1) - Rear 3.73 4.08
Axle Type - Front Twin-forged SLA NA
Frame
Frame Type Fully boxed ladder NA
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score 3 -
 
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