Compare 2009 Nissan Xterra vs 2008 Honda Element

2009 Nissan Xterra
2008 Honda Element
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2WD 4-Door Manual X
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
4WD 4-Door Manual X 16 20 $23,088 $24,360
2WD 4-Door Automatic S 15 21 $23,560 $24,860
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
2WD 4-Door Automatic SE 15 21 $25,620 $27,340
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
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2WD 5-Door Manual LX
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
4WD 5-Door Manual LX 18 23 $18,975 $20,380
2WD 5-Door Manual EX 18 23 $19,541 $20,990
4WD 5-Door Automatic LX 19 24 $19,717 $21,180
2WD 5-Door Automatic EX 20 25 $20,283 $21,790
4WD 5-Door Manual EX 18 23 $20,839 $22,390
2WD 5-Door Manual SC 18 23 $21,196 $22,775
4WD 5-Door Automatic EX 19 24 $21,581 $23,190
2WD 5-Door Automatic SC 20 25 $21,938 $23,575
Pricing
Invoice Price
$21,150
$17,677
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$22,310
$18,980
Monthly Payment Estimate
$372 / month
$316 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
7.8
7.8
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
City
16 mpg 18 mpg
Highway
20 mpg 23 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
2WD Sport Utility 2WD Sport Utility
Interior Dimensions
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
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
Exterior Dimensions
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
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
Cargo Area Dimensions
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 -
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
Brakes
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
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
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
21.1 15.9
Steering
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
- TBD - 16.2
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
37.3 34.9
Steering Type
Pwr rack & pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
- TBD - 3.26
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
NA - TBD -
Tires
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
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P265/70R16 P215/70R16
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
5000 1500
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA 1500
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
500 150
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA 150
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
4167 3433
Wheels
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
Rear Wheel Size (in)
16 x 7.0 16 x 6.5
Front Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
- TBD - 7.6
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
- TBD - - TBD -
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
550 - TBD -
Engine
Engine Type
Gas V6 Gas I4
Fuel System
- TBD - MPFI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
281 @ 4000 161 @ 4000
Engine Order Code
ZV7 NA
Displacement
4.0L/- TBD - 2.4L/144
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
261 @ 5600 166 @ 5800
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
18 -
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
20 23
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
16 18
Transmission
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
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
Summary
Body Style
4 Door 4 Door
Vehicle Name
Nissan Xterra Honda Element
Suspension
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
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
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
4 -

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