Compare 2008 Nissan Frontier vs 2008 Dodge Dakota

2008 Nissan Frontier
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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
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2WD Ext Cab ST
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2WD Ext Cab ST 16 20 $18,818 $20,470
2WD Ext Cab Bighorn/Lonestar 15 20 $20,207 $22,030
2WD Crew Cab ST 16 20 $21,266 $23,170
2WD Crew Cab Bighorn/Lonestar 15 20 $22,606 $24,675
4WD Ext Cab ST 15 19 $22,646 $24,720
2WD Ext Cab SLT 16 20 $22,837 $24,985
2WD Ext Cab TRX 16 20 $23,202 $25,395
4WD Crew Cab ST 15 19 $23,927 $26,120
2WD Ext Cab Sport 15 20 $23,891 $26,170
4WD Ext Cab Bighorn/Lonestar 14 18 $24,034 $26,280
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
4WD Crew Cab Bighorn/Lonestar 14 18 $25,266 $27,625
2WD Ext Cab Laramie 14 19 $25,324 $27,780
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
2WD Crew Cab Laramie 14 19 $26,620 $29,185
4WD Crew Cab SLT 14 18 $27,518 $30,155
4WD Crew Cab Sport 14 18 $27,834 $30,510
4WD Ext Cab Laramie 14 19 $28,021 $30,760
4WD Crew Cab TRX 14 18 $28,074 $30,780
4WD Crew Cab Laramie 14 19 $29,280 $32,135
Pricing
Invoice Price
$15,683
$18,818
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$16,530
$20,470
Monthly Payment Estimate
$276 / month
$341 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
7.8
7.4
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
City
19 mpg 16 mpg
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
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
Ground Clearance, Rear (in)
10.1 7.4
Cargo Area Dimensions
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
Cargo Box (Area) Height (in)
18.0 17.6
Brakes
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
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA Yes
Brake ABS System (Second Line)
NA NA
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
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
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.08 2.53
Trans Order Code
NA DEJ
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
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
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Axle Capacity - Rear (lbs)
- TBD - 3850
Frame
Frame Type
NA Ladder

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