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Selected Style 2WD Ext Cab ST
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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2WD Ext Cab ST 15 20 $22,091 $23,210
2WD Ext Cab Bighorn/Lonestar 15 20 $22,888 $24,085
2WD Crew Cab Bighorn/Lonestar 15 20 $25,420 $26,780
2WD Crew Cab Laramie 15 20 $28,928 $30,635
4WD Ext Cab ST 14 18 $26,049 $27,460
4WD Ext Cab Bighorn/Lonestar 14 18 $26,845 $28,335
4WD Crew Cab Bighorn/Lonestar 14 18 $28,164 $29,730
4WD Crew Cab Laramie 14 18 $31,718 $33,635
2WD King Cab I4 Manual S
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Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2WD King Cab I4 Manual S 19 23 $17,262 $18,200
2WD King Cab I4 Automatic S 17 22 $18,255 $19,250
2WD King Cab I4 Manual SV 19 23 $20,269 $21,380
2WD King Cab I4 Automatic SV 17 22 $21,262 $22,430
2WD King Cab V6 Manual SV 16 20 $20,827 $21,970
2WD King Cab V6 Automatic SV 15 20 $21,820 $23,020
2WD King Cab V6 Automatic PRO-4X 15 20 $24,947 $26,620
2WD Crew Cab SWB Manual S 16 20 $21,055 $22,210
2WD Crew Cab SWB Automatic S 15 20 $22,048 $23,260
2WD Crew Cab SWB Manual SV 16 20 $22,009 $23,220
2WD Crew Cab SWB Automatic SV 15 20 $23,002 $24,270
2WD Crew Cab SWB Automatic PRO-4X 15 20 $25,639 $27,360
2WD Crew Cab SWB Automatic SL 15 20 $27,061 $28,880
2WD Crew Cab LWB Automatic SV 15 20 $23,399 $24,690
2WD Crew Cab LWB Automatic SL 15 20 $27,528 $29,380
4WD King Cab Manual SV 15 20 $23,123 $24,670
4WD King Cab Automatic SV 14 19 $24,105 $25,720
4WD King Cab Manual PRO-4X 15 20 $26,056 $28,120
4WD King Cab Automatic PRO-4X 14 19 $27,165 $29,320
4WD Crew Cab SWB Manual S 15 20 $23,347 $24,910
4WD Crew Cab SWB Automatic S 14 19 $24,330 $25,960
4WD Crew Cab SWB Manual SV 15 20 $24,292 $25,920
4WD Crew Cab SWB Automatic SV 14 19 $25,274 $26,970
4WD Crew Cab SWB Manual PRO-4X 15 20 $26,879 $29,010
4WD Crew Cab SWB Automatic PRO-4X 14 19 $27,850 $30,060
4WD Crew Cab SWB Automatic SL 14 19 $29,210 $31,530
4WD Crew Cab LWB Automatic SV 14 19 $25,667 $27,390
4WD Crew Cab LWB Automatic SL 14 19 $29,719 $32,080
Pricing
Invoice Price
$22,091
$17,262
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$23,210
$18,200
Monthly Payment Estimate
$387 / month
$303 / month
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TCC's Bottom Line With enough toughness for personal use, as well as a good feature list, the 2011 Nissan Frontier shows that you might not need to go full-size.
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Fuel Economy
Fuel Economy - City 15 mpg 19 mpg
Fuel Economy - Highway 20 mpg 23 mpg
Interior Dimensions
Front Hip Room (in) 54.9 55.8
Second Leg Room (in) 32.1 25.4
Front Head Room (in) 39.6 39.7
Second Hip Room (in) 56.9 55.0
Front Shoulder Room (in) 57.7 58.3
Passenger Capacity 4 4
Second Head Room (in) 36.5 38.3
Second Shoulder Room (in) 57.4 54.9
Front Leg Room (in) 41.9 42.4
Exterior Dimensions
Ground to Top of Frame (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Overhang, Rear w/o bumper (in) 48.8 48.2
Wheelbase (in) 131.3 125.9
Ground Clearance, Front (in) 7.9 8.7
Cab to Axle (in) 39.3 - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) 71.7 72.8
Ground to Top of Load Floor (in) 31.2 - TBD -
Overhang, Front (in) 38.4 31.3
Frame Width, Rear (in) 32.4 - TBD -
Front Bumper to Back of Cab (in) 130.4 - TBD -
Length, Overall w/o rear bumper (in) 218.5 205.5
Ground Clearance, Rear (in) 8.0 8.7
Cab to End of Frame (in) - TBD - - TBD -
Height, Overall (in) 68.6 68.7
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Box Width @ Top, Rear (in) 59.6 61.4
Cargo Box Width @ Wheelhousings (in) 45.2 44.4
Tailgate Width (in) 53.3 58.8
Cargo Box Length @ Floor (in) 78.8 73.3
Ext'd Cab Cargo Volume (ft³) 30.0 30.9
Cargo Box Width @ Floor (in) 59.6 61.4
Cargo Box (Area) Height (in) 17.6 18.0
Cargo Volume (ft³) 46.6 33.5
Brakes
Disc - Rear (Yes or ) NA Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) NA 11.3 x 0.7
Brake ABS System Rear Wheel 4-Wheel
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in) 11.6 x 2.3 NA
Disc - Front (Yes or ) Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) 12.3 x 1.1 11.1 x 0.7
Brake Type Pwr Pwr
Drum - Rear (Yes or ) Yes NA
Brake ABS System (Second Line) NA NA
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Location Inboard LH Frame NA
Aux Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) NA NA
Aux Fuel Tank Location NA NA
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) 22.0 21.1
Steering
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft) - TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), On Center 17.4 20.4
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) 44.0 43.4
Steering Type Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & pinion
Steering Ratio (:1), At Lock - TBD - 3.6
Tires
Rear Tire Capacity (lbs) - TBD - NA
Spare Tire Order Code WDQ NA
Revolutions/Mile @ 45 mph - Front - TBD - NA
Rear Tire Size P245/70R16 P235/75R15
Revolutions/Mile @ 45 mph - Spare - TBD - NA
Front Tire Capacity (lbs) - TBD - NA
Rear Tire Order Code TVF NA
Spare Tire Capacity (lbs) - TBD - NA
Front Tire Size P245/70R16 P235/75R15
Revolutions/Mile @ 45 mph - Rear - TBD - NA
Spare Tire Size Full-Size P235/75R15
Front Tire Order Code TVF NA
Trailering
Fifth Wheel Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) 4650 3500
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) 4650 3500
Fifth Wheel Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs) NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) 465 350
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs) 698 350
Weight Information
Gross Vehicle Weight Rating Cap (lbs) 6010 4690
Gross Axle Wt Rating - Front (lbs) 3100 2531
Curb Weight - Front (lbs) 2427 2027
Gross Combined Wt Rating (lbs) 9000 7936
Gross Axle Wt Rating - Rear (lbs) 3600 2531
Curb Weight - Rear (lbs) 1784 1658
Wheels
Spare Wheel Material Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in) 16 x 7.0 15 x 7.0
Spare Wheel Size (in) 16 x - TBD - 15 x 7.0
Rear Wheel Material Steel Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in) 16 x 7.0 15 x 7.0
Front Wheel Material Steel Steel
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts) - TBD - 10.8
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Watts - TBD - - TBD -
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (2nd) NA NA
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) 136 110
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) 600 550
Engine
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM 210 @ 5200 152 @ 5200
Engine Type Gas V6 Gas 4-cyl
Fuel System Electronic Fuel Injection Electronic Fuel Injection
Engine Oil Cooler NA NA
SAE Net Torque @ RPM 235 @ 4000 171 @ 4400
Engine Order Code EKG NA
Displacement 3.7L/226 2.5L/- TBD -
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) 15 19
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) 17 21
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) 20 23
Transmission
Trans Description Cont. Again NA NA
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), High NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1) - TBD - 3.63
Second Gear Ratio (:1) 1.57 2.07
Trans Order Code DGV NA
Transfer Case Power Take Off NA NA
Trans Power Take Off NA NA
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1) 0.69 1.00
Trans Description Cont. Automatic Manual
Transfer Case Model NA NA
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1) 2.84 3.58
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), Low NA NA
Clutch Size (in) NA - TBD -
Third Gear Ratio (:1) 1.00 1.36
Trans Type 4 5
Trans PTO Access NA NA
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) NA 0.81
Drivetrain Rear Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive
Summary
Vehicle Name Ram Dakota Nissan Frontier
Body Code 131.3" WB 125.9 WB
Body Style Extended Cab 6'6" Bed King Cab
Suspension
Axle Ratio (:1) - Rear 3.55 4.08
Axle Type - Front - TBD - NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm) - TBD - - TBD -
Axle Capacity - Front (lbs) 3600 - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear Live Axle Multi-Leaf
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in) NA NA
Axle Ratio (:1) - Front NA NA
Spring Capacity - Rear (lbs) 3850 - TBD -
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm) - TBD - - TBD -
Axle Type - Rear - TBD - C200
Suspension Type - Front Upper/Lower "A" Arms Double Wishbone
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in) - TBD - 1.34
Axle Capacity - Rear (lbs) 3850 - TBD -
Spring Capacity - Front (lbs) 3100 - TBD -
Frame
Frame Type Ladder Ladder
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year 11.0 8.9
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score 2 4
Crash Test Ratings
Overall Rating - -
Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating - -
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver - -
Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger - -
Overall Side Crash Rating - -
Side Barrier Rating - -
Side Barrier Rating Driver - -
Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat - -
Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat - -
Combined Side Rating Front Seat - -
Combined Side Rating Rear Seat - -
Rollover Rating
 
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