Compare 2009 Nissan Frontier vs 2008 Toyota Tacoma

2009 Nissan Frontier
2008 Toyota Tacoma
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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 Reg I4 MT
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2WD Reg I4 MT 20 25 $13,233 $14,280
2WD Reg I4 MT PreRunner 20 25 $14,040 $15,150
2WD Reg I4 AT 19 25 $14,067 $15,180
2WD Access I4 MT 20 25 $16,257 $17,720
4WD Reg I4 MT 17 22 $16,890 $18,225
2WD Access I4 MT PreRunner 20 25 $16,953 $18,480
2WD Access I4 AT 19 25 $17,083 $18,620
2WD Access V6 MT PreRunner 15 19 $18,289 $19,935
2WD Access V6 AT PreRunner 16 20 $19,097 $20,815
4WD Access I4 MT 17 22 $19,776 $21,555
2WD Dbl V6 AT PreRunner 16 20 $20,429 $22,540
2WD Dbl LB V6 AT PreRunner 16 20 $20,882 $23,040
4WD Access V6 MT 15 18 $21,203 $23,110
4WD Access V6 AT 16 20 $22,008 $23,990
2WD Access V6 MT X-Runner 15 19 $22,059 $24,045
4WD Dbl V6 MT 15 18 $22,418 $24,735
4WD Dbl V6 AT 16 20 $23,217 $25,615
4WD Dbl LB V6 AT 16 20 $23,670 $26,115
Pricing
Invoice Price
$16,562
$13,233
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$17,460
$14,280
Monthly Payment Estimate
$291 / month
$238 / 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. The 2008 Toyota Tacoma covers the basics, at a price that’s lower than full-size trucks.
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Fuel Economy
City
19 mpg 20 mpg
Highway
23 mpg 25 mpg
Interior Dimensions
Front Shoulder Room (in)
58.3 58.1
Second Head Room (in)
38.3 -
Second Shoulder Room (in)
54.9 -
Front Leg Room (in)
42.4 41.7
Front Hip Room (in)
55.8 53.6
Passenger Capacity
4 3
Second Leg Room (in)
25.4 -
Front Head Room (in)
39.7 40.0
Second Hip Room (in)
55.0 -
Exterior Dimensions
Frame Width, Rear (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Front Bumper to Back of Cab (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Length, Overall w/o rear bumper (in)
205.5 190.4
Ground Clearance, Rear (in)
8.7 - TBD -
Cab to End of Frame (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Height, Overall (in)
68.7 65.7
Ground to Top of Frame (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Overhang, Rear w/o bumper (in)
48.2 - TBD -
Wheelbase (in)
125.9 109.4
Ground Clearance, Front (in)
8.7 - TBD -
Cab to Axle (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
72.8 72.2
Ground to Top of Load Floor (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Overhang, Front (in)
31.3 - TBD -
Cargo Area Dimensions
Ext'd Cab Cargo Volume (ft³)
30.9 - TBD -
Cargo Box Width @ Floor (in)
61.4 56.7
Cargo Box (Area) Height (in)
18.0 18.0
Cargo Volume (ft³)
33.5 - TBD -
Cargo Box Width @ Top, Rear (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Box Width @ Wheelhousings (in)
44.4 41.5
Tailgate Width (in)
58.8 52.9
Cargo Box Length @ Floor (in)
73.3 73.5
Brakes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.1 x 0.7 10.8 x - TBD -
Brake Type
Pwr Pwr-Assisted
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 4-Wheel
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA 10 x - TBD -
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Fuel Tank
Aux Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
NA NA
Aux Fuel Tank Location
NA NA
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
21.1 21.0
Fuel Tank Location
NA Midship
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 - 36.8
Tires
Front Tire Capacity (lbs)
NA - TBD -
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Spare Tire Capacity (lbs)
NA - TBD -
Front Tire Size
P235/75R15 P215/70R15
Revolutions/Mile @ 45 mph - Rear
NA - TBD -
Spare Tire Size
P235/75R15 Full-size
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Capacity (lbs)
NA - TBD -
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Revolutions/Mile @ 45 mph - Front
NA - TBD -
Rear Tire Size
P235/75R15 P215/70R15
Revolutions/Mile @ 45 mph - Spare
NA - TBD -
Trailering
Fifth Wheel Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
1500 3500
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
3500 NA
Fifth Wheel Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
150 350
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
350 NA
Weight Information
Curb Weight - Rear (lbs)
1687 1440
Gross Vehicle Weight Rating Cap (lbs)
4690 4550
Gross Axle Wt Rating - Front (lbs)
2531 2380
Curb Weight - Front (lbs)
1981 1760
Gross Combined Wt Rating (lbs)
7936 7500
Gross Axle Wt Rating - Rear (lbs)
2531 2685
Wheels
Rear Wheel Size (in)
15 x 7 15 x - TBD -
Front Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Spare Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
15 x 7 15 x - TBD -
Spare Wheel Size (in)
15 x 7 15 x - TBD -
Rear Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
9.4 9.1
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
110 - TBD -
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (2nd)
NA NA
Maximum Alternator Watts
NA - TBD -
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
550 - TBD -
Engine
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
152 @ 5200 159 @ 5200
Engine Type
Gas 4-cyl Gas I4
Fuel System
NA EFI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
171 @ 4400 180 @ 3800
Engine Order Code
TR2 NA
Displacement
2.5L/- TBD - 2.7L/164
Engine Oil Cooler
NA NA
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
19 20
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
21 -
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
23 25
Transmission
Trans PTO Access
NA - TBD -
Drivetrain
Rear Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.81 0.81
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), High
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.64 4.22
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.08 2.06
Trans Order Code
NA NA
Transfer Case Power Take Off
NA - TBD -
Trans Power Take Off
NA - TBD -
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 1.00
Trans Description Cont.
Manual Manual w/OD
Transfer Case Model
NA NA
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.58 3.95
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), Low
NA NA
Clutch Size (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.36 1.44
Trans Type
5 5
Summary
Vehicle Name
Nissan Frontier Toyota Tacoma
Body Code
125.9 WB - TBD -
Body Style
King Cab Regular Cab
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
NA - TBD -
Axle Type - Rear
NA - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
Independent Double-Wishbone
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - 1.18
Axle Capacity - Rear (lbs)
- TBD - - TBD -
Spring Capacity - Front (lbs)
- TBD - - TBD -
Axle Ratio (:1) - Rear
4.08 - TBD -
Axle Type - Front
NA - TBD -
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
NA - TBD -
Axle Capacity - Front (lbs)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-Leaf Leaf Spring
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
NA NA
Axle Ratio (:1) - Front
NA - TBD -
Spring Capacity - Rear (lbs)
- TBD - - TBD -
Frame
Frame Type
Ladder Type Ladder
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
5 -

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