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Selected Style 2WD 4-Door Manual X
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Trim

Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2WD 4-Door Manual X 16 20 $21,150 $22,310
2WD 4-Door Automatic X 15 21 $21,906 $23,110
2WD 4-Door Manual S 16 20 $22,804 $24,060
2WD 4-Door Automatic S 15 21 $23,560 $24,860
2WD 4-Door Automatic SE 15 21 $25,620 $27,340
4WD 4-Door Manual X 16 20 $23,088 $24,360
4WD 4-Door Automatic X 15 20 $23,845 $25,160
4WD 4-Door Manual S 16 20 $24,696 $26,060
4WD 4-Door Automatic S 15 20 $25,452 $26,860
4WD 4-Door Manual Off Road 16 20 $26,555 $28,340
4WD 4-Door Automatic Off Road 15 20 $27,491 $29,340
4WD 4-Door Automatic SE 15 20 $27,491 $29,340
2WD 5-Door Manual LX
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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2WD 5-Door Manual LX 18 23 $17,677 $18,980
2WD 5-Door Automatic LX 20 25 $18,418 $19,780
2WD 5-Door Manual EX 18 23 $19,541 $20,990
2WD 5-Door Automatic EX 20 25 $20,283 $21,790
2WD 5-Door Manual SC 18 23 $21,196 $22,775
2WD 5-Door Automatic SC 20 25 $21,938 $23,575
4WD 5-Door Manual LX 18 23 $18,975 $20,380
4WD 5-Door Automatic LX 19 24 $19,717 $21,180
4WD 5-Door Manual EX 18 23 $20,839 $22,390
4WD 5-Door Automatic EX 19 24 $21,581 $23,190
Pricing
Invoice Price
$21,150
$17,677
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$22,310
$18,980
Monthly Payment Estimate
$372 / month
$316 / month
Dealer Price Quotes
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TCC's Bottom Line The handsome 2009 Nissan Xterra is one of the best choices for active people to go off-road and haul or tow a lot of toys. The 2008 Honda Element is a great choice for drivers who need lots of storage room and a spill-proof interior.
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Fuel Economy
Fuel Economy - City 16 mpg 18 mpg
Fuel Economy - Highway 20 mpg 23 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification 2WD Sport Utility 2WD Sport Utility
Interior Dimensions
Front Hip Room (in) 55.9 55.0
Second Leg Room (in) 34.4 39.1
Front Head Room (in) 39.9 43.3
Passenger Capacity 5 4
Second Hip Room (in) 46.1 47.6
Front Shoulder Room (in) 58.3 57.1
Second Head Room (in) 39.3 38.0
Second Shoulder Room (in) 58.3 52.2
Front Leg Room (in) 42.4 41.0
Passenger Volume (ft³) 99.8 103.6
Exterior Dimensions
Liftover Height (in) 32.2 - TBD -
Track Width, Rear (in) 61.8 62.3
Wheelbase (in) 106.3 101.4
Rear Door Opening Height (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 72.8 71.5
Track Width, Front (in) 61.8 62.1
Min Ground Clearance (in) - TBD - 6.9
Length, Overall (in) 178.7 169.3
Rear Door Opening Width (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Height, Overall (in) 74.9 70.4
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 2 (in) 36.7 - TBD -
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³) 35.2 25.1
Cargo Area Width @ Beltline (in) 43.3 38.7
Cargo Box (Area) Height (in) 36.1 46.0
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 1 (in) - TBD - 66.7
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³) 65.7 74.6
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 3 (in) NA NA
Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³) NA NA
Cargo Box Width @ Wheelhousings (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Brakes
Brake Type Pwr Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in) NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 11.7 x 1.1 11.1 x 0.9
Drum - Rear (Yes or ) NA NA
Brake ABS System 4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) - TBD - 11.1 x 0.4
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 21.1 15.9
Steering
Steering Type Pwr rack & pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering) - TBD - 3.26
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft) NA - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall - TBD - 16.2
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) 37.3 34.9
Tires
Spare Tire Order Code NA NA
Rear Tire Size P265/70R16 P215/70R16
Rear Tire Order Code NA NA
Front Tire Size P265/70R16 P215/70R16
Spare Tire Size P265/70R16 - TBD -
Front Tire Order Code NA NA
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) 500 150
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) NA 150
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) 5000 1500
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) NA 1500
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs) 4167 3433
Wheels
Rear Wheel Size (in) 16 x 7.0 16 x 6.5
Front Wheel Material Steel Steel
Spare Wheel Material Steel - TBD -
Front Wheel Size (in) 16 x 7.0 16 x 6.5
Spare Wheel Size (in) 16 x 7.0 - TBD -
Rear Wheel Material Steel Steel
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) - TBD - 7.6
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) 550 - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) - TBD - - TBD -
Engine
Displacement 4.0L/- TBD - 2.4L/144
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM 261 @ 5600 166 @ 5800
Engine Type Gas V6 Gas I4
Fuel System - TBD - MPFI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM 281 @ 4000 161 @ 4000
Engine Order Code ZV7 NA
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 16 18
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) 18 -
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 20 23
Transmission
Clutch Size (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Third Gear Ratio (:1) 1.74 1.36
Trans Type 6 5
Drivetrain Rear Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), High NA -
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) 1.00 0.83
Trans Description Cont. Again NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1) 3.97 3.58
Second Gear Ratio (:1) 2.52 2.04
Trans Order Code NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) 3.69 4.77
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1) 1.28 1.03
Trans Description Cont. Manual w/OD Manual w/OD
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), Low NA -
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.77 NA
First Gear Ratio (:1) 4.37 3.53
Summary
Vehicle Name Nissan Xterra Honda Element
Body Style 4 Door 4 Door
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm) NA - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front Double wishbone Control-Link
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in) 1.0 0.83
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) NA MacPherson Strut
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm) NA - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in) 1.3 1.18
Suspension Type - Rear Multi-leaf Compact
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) Solid Axle Double Wishbone
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score 4 -
 
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