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Selected Style 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
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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2WD Ext Cab ST 16 20 $18,818 $20,470
2WD Ext Cab SLT 16 20 $22,837 $24,985
2WD Ext Cab TRX 16 20 $23,202 $25,395
2WD Ext Cab Sport 15 20 $23,891 $26,170
2WD Ext Cab Laramie 14 19 $25,324 $27,780
2WD Crew Cab ST 16 20 $21,266 $23,170
2WD Crew Cab SLT 15 20 $24,857 $27,205
2WD Crew Cab TRX 15 20 $25,196 $27,585
2WD Crew Cab Sport 15 20 $25,209 $27,600
2WD Crew Cab Laramie 14 19 $26,620 $29,185
4WD Ext Cab ST 15 19 $22,646 $24,720
4WD Ext Cab SLT 15 19 $25,507 $27,935
4WD Ext Cab TRX 15 19 $26,081 $28,580
4WD Ext Cab Sport 14 18 $26,540 $29,095
4WD Crew Cab ST 15 19 $23,927 $26,120
4WD Crew Cab SLT 14 18 $27,518 $30,155
4WD Crew Cab TRX 14 18 $28,074 $30,780
4WD Crew Cab Sport 14 18 $27,834 $30,510
4WD Crew Cab Laramie 14 19 $29,280 $32,135
4WD Ext Cab Laramie 14 19 $28,021 $30,760
2WD Ext Cab Bighorn/Lonestar 15 20 $20,207 $22,030
2WD Crew Cab Bighorn/Lonestar 15 20 $22,606 $24,675
4WD Ext Cab Bighorn/Lonestar 14 18 $24,034 $26,280
4WD Crew Cab Bighorn/Lonestar 14 18 $25,266 $27,625
Pricing
Invoice Price
$15,683
$18,818
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$16,530
$20,470
Monthly Payment Estimate
$276 / month
$341 / month
Dealer Price Quotes
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TCC's Bottom Line 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. Especially with the improved V-8, the 2008 Dodge Dakota can do most of what a full-size truck can while consuming fewer resources in the process.
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Fuel Economy
Fuel Economy - City 19 mpg 16 mpg
Fuel Economy - Highway 23 mpg 20 mpg
Interior Dimensions
Second Shoulder Room (in) 54.9 57.4
Front Leg Room (in) 42.4 41.9
Front Hip Room (in) 55.8 54.9
Second Leg Room (in) 25.4 32.1
Passenger Capacity 4 2
Front Head Room (in) 39.7 39.6
Second Hip Room (in) 55.0 56.9
Front Shoulder Room (in) 58.3 57.7
Second Head Room (in) 38.3 36.5
Exterior Dimensions
Ground Clearance, Rear (in) 10.1 7.4
Cab to End of Frame (in) - TBD - 88.1
Height, Overall (in) 69.7 68.7
Ground to Top of Frame (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Overhang, Rear w/o bumper (in) 48.2 48.8
Wheelbase (in) 125.9 131.3
Ground Clearance, Front (in) 8.7 7.4
Cab to Axle (in) - TBD - 39.3
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 72.8 71.7
Ground to Top of Load Floor (in) - TBD - 31.2
Overhang, Front (in) 31.3 38.7
Frame Width, Rear (in) - TBD - 37.7
Front Bumper to Back of Cab (in) - TBD - 130.4
Length, Overall w/o rear bumper (in) 205.5 218.8
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Box (Area) Height (in) 18.0 17.6
Cargo Volume (ft³) 33.5 46.6
Cargo Box Width @ Top, Rear (in) - TBD - 59.6
Cargo Box Width @ Wheelhousings (in) 44.4 45.2
Tailgate Width (in) 58.8 53.3
Cargo Box Length @ Floor (in) 73.3 78.8
Ext'd Cab Cargo Volume (ft³) 30.9 30.0
Cargo Box Width @ Floor (in) 61.4 59.6
Brakes
Drum - Rear (Yes or ) NA Yes
Brake ABS System (Second Line) NA NA
Disc - Rear (Yes or ) Yes NA
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 11.26 x 0.71 NA
Brake ABS System 4-Wheel Rear Wheel
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in) NA 11.6 x 2.25
Disc - Front (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 11.14 x 0.71 12.3 x 1.1
Brake Type Pwr Pwr
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 21.1 22.0
Fuel Tank Location NA Inboard LH
Aux Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) NA NA
Aux Fuel Tank Location NA NA
Steering
Steering Ratio (:1), At Lock 3.55 - TBD -
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft) NA - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), On Center 20.4 17.4
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) 21.75 44.0
Steering Type Pwr Rack & pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Tires
Revolutions/Mile @ 45 mph - Rear - TBD - 713
Spare Tire Size P235/75R15 - TBD -
Front Tire Order Code NA TVF
Rear Tire Capacity (lbs) - TBD - 1903
Spare Tire Order Code NA TBB
Revolutions/Mile @ 45 mph - Front - TBD - 713
Rear Tire Size P235/75R15 P245/70R16
Revolutions/Mile @ 45 mph - Spare - TBD - - TBD -
Front Tire Capacity (lbs) - TBD - 1903
Rear Tire Order Code NA TVF
Spare Tire Capacity (lbs) - TBD - - TBD -
Front Tire Size P235/75R15 P245/70R16
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) - TBD - 3250
Fifth Wheel Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) - TBD - 325
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) - TBD - 325
Fifth Wheel Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) - TBD - 3250
Weight Information
Gross Axle Wt Rating - Front (lbs) 2531 3100
Gross Combined Wt Rating (lbs) 7936 7700
Curb Weight - Front (lbs) 1981 2299
Gross Vehicle Weight Rating Cap (lbs) 4676 6010
Gross Axle Wt Rating - Rear (lbs) 2531 3600
Curb Weight - Rear (lbs) 1687 1881
Wheels
Front Wheel Material Steel Steel
Spare Wheel Material Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in) 15 x 7 16 x 7.0
Spare Wheel Size (in) 15 x 7 16 x - TBD -
Rear Wheel Material Steel Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in) 15 x 7 16 x 7.0
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) 9.3 - TBD -
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (2nd) NA NA
Maximum Alternator Watts - TBD - - TBD -
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) 550 600
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) 110 136
Engine
Engine Type Gas 4-cyl Gas V6
Fuel System - TBD - MPI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM 173 @ 4400 235 @ 4000
Engine Order Code NA EKG
Displacement 2.5L/152 3.7L/226
Engine Oil Cooler NA NA
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM 154 @ 5200 210 @ 5200
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 19 16
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 23 20
Transmission
Second Gear Ratio (:1) 2.08 2.53
Trans Order Code NA DEJ
Transfer Case Power Take Off NA NA
Trans Power Take Off NA NA
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1) 1.00 1.23
Trans Description Cont. Manual Manual w/OD
Transfer Case Model NA NA
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) NA 0.79
First Gear Ratio (:1) 3.58 4.23
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), Low NA NA
Clutch Size (in) - TBD - 11.9
Third Gear Ratio (:1) 1.36 1.67
Trans Type 5 6
Trans PTO Access NA NA
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.81 1.00
Trans Description Cont. Again w/OD NA
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), High NA NA
Drivetrain Rear Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive
Reverse Ratio (:1) 3.64 3.84
Summary
Vehicle Name Nissan Frontier Dodge Dakota
Body Code 125.9" WB 131.3" WB
Body Style King Cab Extended Cab 6'7" Bed
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Axle Capacity - Rear (lbs) - TBD - 3850
Spring Capacity - Front (lbs) - TBD - 3100
Axle Ratio (:1) - Rear 4.08 3.21
Axle Type - Front NA Independent
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm) NA - TBD -
Axle Capacity - Front (lbs) - TBD - 3600
Suspension Type - Rear Multi-Leaf Multi-Leaf
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in) - TBD - NA
Axle Ratio (:1) - Front NA NA
Spring Capacity - Rear (lbs) - TBD - 3850
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm) NA - TBD -
Axle Type - Rear NA Semi-Floating Hypoid
Suspension Type - Front Independent Independent Coil
Frame
Frame Type NA Ladder
 
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