Compare 2008 Dodge Dakota vs 2009 Nissan Frontier

2008 Dodge Dakota
2009 Nissan Frontier
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2WD Crew Cab Bighorn/Lonestar
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Dakota 2WD Crew Cab Bighorn/Lonestar 15 20 $22,606 $24,675
Dakota 2WD Crew Cab Laramie 14 19 $26,620 $29,185
Dakota 2WD Crew Cab SLT 15 20 $24,857 $27,205
Dakota 2WD Crew Cab ST 16 20 $21,266 $23,170
Dakota 2WD Crew Cab Sport 15 20 $25,209 $27,600
Dakota 2WD Crew Cab TRX 15 20 $25,196 $27,585
Dakota 2WD Ext Cab Bighorn/Lonestar 15 20 $20,207 $22,030
Dakota 2WD Ext Cab Laramie 14 19 $25,324 $27,780
Dakota 2WD Ext Cab SLT 16 20 $22,837 $24,985
Dakota 2WD Ext Cab ST 16 20 $18,818 $20,470
Dakota 2WD Ext Cab Sport 15 20 $23,891 $26,170
Dakota 2WD Ext Cab TRX 16 20 $23,202 $25,395
Dakota 4WD Crew Cab Bighorn/Lonestar 14 18 $25,266 $27,625
Dakota 4WD Crew Cab Laramie 14 19 $29,280 $32,135
Dakota 4WD Crew Cab SLT 14 18 $27,518 $30,155
Dakota 4WD Crew Cab ST 15 19 $23,927 $26,120
Dakota 4WD Crew Cab Sport 14 18 $27,834 $30,510
Dakota 4WD Crew Cab TRX 14 18 $28,074 $30,780
Dakota 4WD Ext Cab Bighorn/Lonestar 14 18 $24,034 $26,280
Dakota 4WD Ext Cab Laramie 14 19 $28,021 $30,760
Dakota 4WD Ext Cab SLT 15 19 $25,507 $27,935
Dakota 4WD Ext Cab ST 15 19 $22,646 $24,720
Dakota 4WD Ext Cab Sport 14 18 $26,540 $29,095
Dakota 4WD Ext Cab TRX 15 19 $26,081 $28,580
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2WD Crew Cab LWB Automatic LE
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Frontier 2WD Crew Cab LWB Automatic LE 15 20 $25,340 $27,040
Frontier 2WD Crew Cab LWB Automatic SE 15 20 $22,804 $24,060
Frontier 2WD Crew Cab LWB Manual SE 16 20 $21,811 $23,010
Frontier 2WD Crew Cab SWB Automatic LE 15 20 $24,872 $26,540
Frontier 2WD Crew Cab SWB Automatic PRO-4X 15 20 $24,630 $26,280
Frontier 2WD Crew Cab SWB Automatic SE 15 20 $22,048 $23,260
Frontier 2WD Crew Cab SWB Manual SE 16 20 $21,055 $22,210
Frontier 2WD King Cab I4 Automatic SE 17 22 $19,542 $20,610
Frontier 2WD King Cab I4 Automatic XE 19 23 $17,556 $18,510
Frontier 2WD King Cab I4 Manual SE 19 23 $18,549 $19,560
Frontier 2WD King Cab I4 Manual XE 19 23 $16,562 $17,460
Frontier 2WD King Cab V6 Automatic LE 15 20 $23,282 $24,840
Frontier 2WD King Cab V6 Automatic PRO-4X 15 20 $23,366 $24,930
Frontier 2WD King Cab V6 Automatic SE 15 20 $20,298 $21,410
Frontier 2WD King Cab V6 Manual SE 16 20 $19,305 $20,360
Frontier 4WD Crew Cab LWB Automatic LE 14 19 $27,555 $29,740
Frontier 4WD Crew Cab LWB Automatic SE 14 19 $25,078 $26,760
Frontier 4WD Crew Cab LWB Manual SE 15 19 $24,095 $25,710
Frontier 4WD Crew Cab SWB Automatic LE 14 19 $27,045 $29,190
Frontier 4WD Crew Cab SWB Automatic PRO-4X 14 19 $26,851 $28,980
Frontier 4WD Crew Cab SWB Automatic SE 14 19 $24,330 $25,960
Frontier 4WD Crew Cab SWB Manual SE 15 19 $23,347 $24,910
Frontier 4WD King Cab Automatic LE 14 19 $25,520 $27,540
Frontier 4WD King Cab Automatic PRO-4X 14 19 $25,604 $27,630
Frontier 4WD King Cab Automatic SE 14 19 $22,599 $24,110
Frontier 4WD King Cab Manual PRO-4X 15 19 $24,632 $26,580
Frontier 4WD King Cab Manual SE 15 19 $21,618 $23,060
Pricing
Invoice Price
$22,606
$25,340
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$24,675
$27,040
Monthly Payment Estimate
$411 / month
$451 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
7.4
7.8
TCC’s Bottom Line
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. 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.
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Fuel Economy
City
15 mpg 15 mpg
Highway
20 mpg 20 mpg
Interior Dimensions
Front Hip Room (in)
54.9 55.6
Second Leg Room (in)
36.4 33.6
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Front Head Room (in)
39.9 40.0
Second Hip Room (in)
56.0 58.0
Front Shoulder Room (in)
57.7 58.3
Second Head Room (in)
38.4 38.7
Second Shoulder Room (in)
57.5 58.3
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)
131.3 139.9
Ground Clearance, Front (in)
7.9 9.8
Cab to Axle (in)
25.4 - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
71.7 72.8
Ground to Top of Load Floor (in)
31.7 - TBD -
Overhang, Front (in)
38.7 31.3
Frame Width, Rear (in)
37.7 - TBD -
Front Bumper to Back of Cab (in)
144.3 - TBD -
Length, Overall w/o rear bumper (in)
218.8 205.5
Ground Clearance, Rear (in)
8.0 9.8
Cab to End of Frame (in)
74.2 - TBD -
Height, Overall (in)
68.7 73.9
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Volume (ft³)
37.1 33.5
Cargo Box Width @ Top, Rear (in)
59.6 - TBD -
Cargo Box Width @ Wheelhousings (in)
45.2 44.4
Tailgate Width (in)
53.3 58.8
Cargo Box Length @ Floor (in)
64.9 73.3
Ext'd Cab Cargo Volume (ft³)
37.1 38.8
Cargo Box Width @ Floor (in)
59.6 61.4
Cargo Box (Area) Height (in)
17.6 18.0
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 2.25 NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
12.3 x 1.1 11.7 x 1.1
Brake Type
Pwr Pwr
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
Yes NA
Brake ABS System (Second Line)
NA NA
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
22.0 21.1
Fuel Tank Location
Inboard LH NA
Aux Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
NA NA
Aux Fuel Tank Location
NA NA
Steering
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - NA
Steering Ratio (:1), On Center
17.4 20.4
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
44.0 - TBD -
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & pinion
Steering Ratio (:1), At Lock
- TBD - 3.55
Tires
Front Tire Order Code
TP5 NA
Rear Tire Capacity (lbs)
2064 NA
Spare Tire Order Code
TBB NA
Revolutions/Mile @ 45 mph - Front
690 NA
Rear Tire Size
P265/60R18 P265/60R18
Revolutions/Mile @ 45 mph - Spare
- TBD - NA
Front Tire Capacity (lbs)
2064 NA
Rear Tire Order Code
TP5 NA
Spare Tire Capacity (lbs)
- TBD - NA
Front Tire Size
P265/60R18 P265/60R18
Revolutions/Mile @ 45 mph - Rear
690 NA
Spare Tire Size
- TBD - P265/60R18
Trailering
Fifth Wheel Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
445 500
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
445 630
Fifth Wheel Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
4450 5000
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
4450 6300
Weight Information
Gross Combined Wt Rating (lbs)
9000 11133
Curb Weight - Front (lbs)
2346 2357
Gross Vehicle Weight Rating Cap (lbs)
6010 5730
Gross Axle Wt Rating - Rear (lbs)
3600 3324
Curb Weight - Rear (lbs)
1919 2007
Gross Axle Wt Rating - Front (lbs)
3100 3296
Wheels
Spare Wheel Material
Steel Alloy
Front Wheel Size (in)
18 x 8.0 18 x 7.5
Spare Wheel Size (in)
17 x 7.5 18 x 7.5
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Alloy
Rear Wheel Size (in)
18 x 8.0 18 x 7.5
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Alloy
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
- TBD - 10.2
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (2nd)
NA NA
Maximum Alternator Watts
- TBD - NA
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
600 550
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
136 110
Engine
Fuel System
MPI NA
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
235 @ 4000 281 @ 4000
Engine Order Code
EKG ZV7
Displacement
3.7L/226 4.0L/- TBD -
Engine Oil Cooler
NA NA
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
210 @ 5200 261 @ 5600
Engine Type
Gas V6 Gas V6
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
20 20
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
15 15
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
- 17
Transmission
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
- TBD - 1.00
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic w/OD Automatic
Transfer Case Model
NA NA
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
- TBD - 3.84
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), Low
NA NA
Clutch Size (in)
NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
- TBD - 1.53
Trans Type
4 5
Trans PTO Access
NA NA
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 0.84
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA w/OD
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), High
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
- TBD - 2.76
Drivetrain
Rear Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
- TBD - 2.35
Trans Order Code
DGV NA
Transfer Case Power Take Off
NA NA
Trans Power Take Off
NA NA
Summary
Vehicle Name
Dodge Dakota Nissan Frontier
Body Code
131.3" WB 139.9 WB
Body Style
Crew Cab 5'5" Bed Crew Cab
Suspension
Axle Ratio (:1) - Rear
3.55 3.13
Axle Type - Front
Independent NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - NA
Axle Capacity - Front (lbs)
3100 - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-Leaf 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 - NA
Axle Type - Rear
Semi-Floating Hypoid NA
Suspension Type - Front
Independent Coil Independent
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Axle Capacity - Rear (lbs)
3850 - TBD -
Spring Capacity - Front (lbs)
3100 - TBD -
Frame
Frame Type
Ladder Ladder Type
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
- 3

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