Compare 2009 Nissan Frontier vs 2008 Dodge Dakota

2009 Nissan Frontier
2008 Dodge Dakota
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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 $16,562 $17,460
2WD King Cab I4 Automatic XE 19 23 $17,556 $18,510
2WD King Cab I4 Manual SE 19 23 $18,549 $19,560
2WD King Cab V6 Manual SE 16 20 $19,305 $20,360
2WD King Cab I4 Automatic SE 17 22 $19,542 $20,610
2WD King Cab V6 Automatic SE 15 20 $20,298 $21,410
2WD Crew Cab SWB Manual SE 16 20 $21,055 $22,210
2WD Crew Cab LWB Manual SE 16 20 $21,811 $23,010
4WD King Cab Manual SE 15 19 $21,618 $23,060
2WD Crew Cab SWB Automatic SE 15 20 $22,048 $23,260
2WD Crew Cab LWB Automatic SE 15 20 $22,804 $24,060
4WD King Cab Automatic SE 14 19 $22,599 $24,110
2WD King Cab V6 Automatic LE 15 20 $23,282 $24,840
4WD Crew Cab SWB Manual SE 15 19 $23,347 $24,910
2WD King Cab V6 Automatic PRO-4X 15 20 $23,366 $24,930
4WD Crew Cab LWB Manual SE 15 19 $24,095 $25,710
4WD Crew Cab SWB Automatic SE 14 19 $24,330 $25,960
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
4WD King Cab Manual PRO-4X 15 19 $24,632 $26,580
4WD Crew Cab LWB Automatic SE 14 19 $25,078 $26,760
2WD Crew Cab LWB Automatic LE 15 20 $25,340 $27,040
4WD King Cab Automatic LE 14 19 $25,520 $27,540
4WD King Cab Automatic PRO-4X 14 19 $25,604 $27,630
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 Automatic LE 14 19 $27,555 $29,740
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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
$16,562
$18,818
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$17,460
$20,470
Monthly Payment Estimate
$291 / month
$341 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
7.8
7.4
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
City
19 mpg 16 mpg
Highway
23 mpg 20 mpg
Interior Dimensions
Second Head Room (in)
38.3 36.5
Second Shoulder Room (in)
54.9 57.4
Front Leg Room (in)
42.4 41.9
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
Exterior Dimensions
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
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
Cargo Area Dimensions
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
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
Brakes
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
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
Fuel Tank
Aux Fuel Tank Location
NA NA
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
21.1 22.0
Fuel Tank Location
NA Inboard LH
Aux Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
NA NA
Steering
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
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)
- TBD - 44.0
Tires
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
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
Trailering
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
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
Weight Information
Gross Vehicle Weight Rating Cap (lbs)
4690 6010
Gross Axle Wt Rating - Front (lbs)
2531 3100
Curb Weight - Front (lbs)
1981 2299
Gross Combined Wt Rating (lbs)
7936 7700
Gross Axle Wt Rating - Rear (lbs)
2531 3600
Curb Weight - Rear (lbs)
1687 1881
Wheels
Rear Wheel Size (in)
15 x 7 16 x 7.0
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
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
9.4 - TBD -
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
110 136
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (2nd)
NA NA
Maximum Alternator Watts
NA - TBD -
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
550 600
Engine
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
152 @ 5200 210 @ 5200
Engine Type
Gas 4-cyl Gas V6
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
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
19 16
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
21 -
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
23 20
Transmission
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
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
Drivetrain
Rear Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.81 1.00
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
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
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
Frame
Frame Type
Ladder Type Ladder
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
5 -

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