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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 $16,562 $17,460
2WD King Cab I4 Manual SE 19 23 $18,549 $19,560
2WD King Cab I4 Automatic SE 17 22 $19,542 $20,610
2WD King Cab V6 Manual SE 16 20 $19,305 $20,360
2WD King Cab V6 Automatic SE 15 20 $20,298 $21,410
2WD King Cab V6 Automatic PRO-4X 15 20 $23,366 $24,930
2WD King Cab V6 Automatic LE 15 20 $23,282 $24,840
2WD Crew Cab SWB Manual SE 16 20 $21,055 $22,210
2WD Crew Cab SWB Automatic SE 15 20 $22,048 $23,260
2WD Crew Cab SWB Automatic PRO-4X 15 20 $24,630 $26,280
2WD Crew Cab SWB Automatic LE 15 20 $24,872 $26,540
2WD Crew Cab LWB Manual SE 16 20 $21,811 $23,010
2WD Crew Cab LWB Automatic SE 15 20 $22,804 $24,060
2WD Crew Cab LWB Automatic LE 15 20 $25,340 $27,040
4WD King Cab Manual SE 15 19 $21,618 $23,060
4WD King Cab Automatic SE 14 19 $22,599 $24,110
4WD King Cab Manual PRO-4X 15 19 $24,632 $26,580
4WD King Cab Automatic PRO-4X 14 19 $25,604 $27,630
4WD King Cab Automatic LE 14 19 $25,520 $27,540
4WD Crew Cab SWB Manual SE 15 19 $23,347 $24,910
4WD Crew Cab SWB Automatic SE 14 19 $24,330 $25,960
4WD Crew Cab SWB Automatic PRO-4X 14 19 $26,851 $28,980
4WD Crew Cab SWB Automatic LE 14 19 $27,045 $29,190
4WD Crew Cab LWB Manual SE 15 19 $24,095 $25,710
4WD Crew Cab LWB Automatic SE 14 19 $25,078 $26,760
4WD Crew Cab LWB Automatic LE 14 19 $27,555 $29,740
2WD King Cab I4 Automatic XE 19 23 $17,556 $18,510
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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
$16,562
$18,818
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$17,460
$20,470
Monthly Payment Estimate
$291 / month
$341 / month
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TCC Rating
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TCC's Bottom Line The 2009 Nissan Frontier is a dependable, tough vehicle that can handle a lot in a work situation but isn't out of place in more suburban pursuits. 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
Front Hip Room (in) 55.8 54.9
Passenger Capacity 4 2
Second Leg Room (in) 25.4 32.1
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
Second Shoulder Room (in) 54.9 57.4
Front Leg Room (in) 42.4 41.9
Exterior Dimensions
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) 8.7 7.4
Cab to End of Frame (in) - TBD - 88.1
Height, Overall (in) 68.7 68.7
Cargo Area Dimensions
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
Cargo Volume (ft³) 33.5 46.6
Cargo Box Width @ Top, Rear (in) - TBD - 59.6
Brakes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 11.3 x 0.7 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) 11.1 x 0.7 12.3 x 1.1
Brake Type Pwr Pwr
Drum - Rear (Yes or ) NA Yes
Brake ABS System (Second Line) NA NA
Disc - Rear (Yes or ) Yes NA
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Location NA Inboard LH
Aux Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) NA NA
Aux Fuel Tank Location NA NA
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 21.1 22.0
Steering
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft) NA - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), On Center 20.4 17.4
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) - TBD - 44.0
Steering Type Pwr Rack & pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Steering Ratio (:1), At Lock 3.55 - TBD -
Tires
Rear Tire Capacity (lbs) NA 1903
Spare Tire Order Code NA TBB
Revolutions/Mile @ 45 mph - Front NA 713
Rear Tire Size P235/75R15 P245/70R16
Revolutions/Mile @ 45 mph - Spare NA - TBD -
Front Tire Capacity (lbs) NA 1903
Rear Tire Order Code NA TVF
Spare Tire Capacity (lbs) NA - TBD -
Front Tire Size P235/75R15 P245/70R16
Revolutions/Mile @ 45 mph - Rear NA 713
Spare Tire Size P235/75R15 - TBD -
Front Tire Order Code NA TVF
Trailering
Fifth Wheel Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) 150 325
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) 350 325
Fifth Wheel Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) 1500 3250
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) 3500 3250
Weight Information
Gross Combined Wt Rating (lbs) 7936 7700
Gross Axle Wt Rating - Rear (lbs) 2531 3600
Curb Weight - Rear (lbs) 1687 1881
Gross Vehicle Weight Rating Cap (lbs) 4690 6010
Gross Axle Wt Rating - Front (lbs) 2531 3100
Curb Weight - Front (lbs) 1981 2299
Wheels
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
Front Wheel Material Steel Steel
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) 9.4 - TBD -
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (2nd) NA NA
Maximum Alternator Watts NA - TBD -
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) 550 600
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) 110 136
Engine
Fuel System NA MPI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM 171 @ 4400 235 @ 4000
Engine Order Code TR2 EKG
Displacement 2.5L/- TBD - 3.7L/226
Engine Oil Cooler NA NA
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM 152 @ 5200 210 @ 5200
Engine Type Gas 4-cyl Gas V6
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) 21 -
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 23 20
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 19 16
Transmission
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
Drivetrain Rear Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive
Trans Description Cont. Again NA NA
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), High NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1) 3.64 3.84
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
Summary
Body Style King Cab Extended Cab 6'7" Bed
Vehicle Name Nissan Frontier Dodge Dakota
Body Code 125.9 WB 131.3" WB
Suspension
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) NA 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
Spring Capacity - Front (lbs) - TBD - 3100
Axle Ratio (:1) - Rear 4.08 3.21
Frame
Frame Type Ladder Type Ladder
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score 5 -
 
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