Compare 2009 Dodge Dakota vs 2008 Nissan Frontier

2009 Dodge Dakota
2008 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 $24,305 $26,405
Dakota 2WD Crew Cab Laramie 15 20 $26,307 $28,630
Dakota 2WD Crew Cab ST 15 20 $23,274 $25,260
Dakota 2WD Ext Cab Bighorn/Lonestar 15 20 $21,839 $23,710
Dakota 2WD Ext Cab Laramie 15 20 $25,084 $27,315
Dakota 2WD Ext Cab ST 15 20 $20,804 $22,560
Dakota 4WD Crew Cab Bighorn/Lonestar 14 18 $26,990 $29,355
Dakota 4WD Crew Cab Laramie 14 18 $29,037 $31,630
Dakota 4WD Crew Cab ST 14 18 $25,959 $28,210
Dakota 4WD Crew Cab TRX 14 18 $28,511 $31,045
Dakota 4WD Ext Cab Bighorn/Lonestar 14 18 $25,709 $27,960
Dakota 4WD Ext Cab Laramie 14 18 $27,685 $30,155
Dakota 4WD Ext Cab ST 14 18 $24,674 $26,810
Dakota 4WD Ext Cab TRX 14 18 $27,532 $29,985
Select style
2WD Crew Cab LWB Automatic LE
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Frontier 2WD Crew Cab LWB Automatic LE 15 20 $24,301 $25,930
Frontier 2WD Crew Cab LWB Automatic SE 15 20 $21,925 $23,130
Frontier 2WD Crew Cab LWB Manual SE 16 20 $20,931 $22,080
Frontier 2WD Crew Cab SWB Automatic LE 15 20 $23,834 $25,430
Frontier 2WD Crew Cab SWB Automatic Nismo 15 20 $23,553 $25,130
Frontier 2WD Crew Cab SWB Automatic SE 15 20 $21,168 $22,330
Frontier 2WD Crew Cab SWB Manual SE 16 20 $20,175 $21,280
Frontier 2WD King Cab I4 Automatic SE 17 22 $18,661 $19,680
Frontier 2WD King Cab I4 Manual SE 19 23 $17,669 $18,630
Frontier 2WD King Cab I4 Manual XE 19 23 $15,683 $16,530
Frontier 2WD King Cab V6 Automatic LE 15 20 $22,244 $23,730
Frontier 2WD King Cab V6 Automatic Nismo 15 20 $22,290 $23,780
Frontier 2WD King Cab V6 Automatic SE 15 20 $19,418 $20,480
Frontier 2WD King Cab V6 Manual SE 16 20 $18,426 $19,430
Frontier 4WD Crew Cab LWB Automatic LE 14 19 $26,250 $28,330
Frontier 4WD Crew Cab LWB Automatic SE 14 19 $24,209 $25,830
Frontier 4WD Crew Cab LWB Manual SE 15 19 $23,226 $24,780
Frontier 4WD Crew Cab SWB Automatic LE 14 19 $26,020 $28,080
Frontier 4WD Crew Cab SWB Automatic Nismo 14 19 $25,788 $27,830
Frontier 4WD Crew Cab SWB Automatic SE 14 19 $23,460 $25,030
Frontier 4WD Crew Cab SWB Manual SE 15 19 $22,478 $23,980
Frontier 4WD King Cab Automatic LE 14 19 $24,494 $26,430
Frontier 4WD King Cab Automatic Nismo 14 19 $24,540 $26,480
Frontier 4WD King Cab Automatic SE 14 19 $21,729 $23,180
Frontier 4WD King Cab Manual Nismo 15 19 $23,569 $25,430
Frontier 4WD King Cab Manual SE 15 19 $20,747 $22,130
Pricing
Invoice Price
$24,305
$24,301
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$26,405
$25,930
Monthly Payment Estimate
$440 / month
$432 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
6.8
7.8
TCC’s Bottom Line
If you need most of a full-size pickup's capabilities but want to be able to get into a parking space or carport, consider the 2009 Dodge Dakota with its available V-8. For those of us who don't live on a ranch, the 2008 Nissan Frontier is large enough to haul real people and cargo, but sized for the urban-congestion reality.
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Fuel Economy
City
15 mpg 15 mpg
Highway
20 mpg 20 mpg
Interior Dimensions
Second Head Room (in)
38.4 38.7
Second Shoulder Room (in)
57.5 58.3
Front Leg Room (in)
41.9 42.4
Front Hip Room (in)
54.9 55.6
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Second Leg Room (in)
36.4 33.6
Front Head Room (in)
39.9 40.0
Second Hip Room (in)
56.0 58.0
Front Shoulder Room (in)
57.7 58.3
Exterior Dimensions
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)
7.4 10.1
Cab to End of Frame (in)
74.2 - TBD -
Height, Overall (in)
68.7 73.9
Ground to Top of Frame (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Overhang, Rear w/o bumper (in)
48.8 - TBD -
Wheelbase (in)
131.3 - TBD -
Ground Clearance, Front (in)
7.4 8.6
Cab to Axle (in)
25.4 - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
71.7 72.8
Ground to Top of Load Floor (in)
31.2 - TBD -
Overhang, Front (in)
38.7 - TBD -
Frame Width, Rear (in)
37.7 - TBD -
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Box (Area) Height (in)
17.6 18.0
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 59.5
Ext'd Cab Cargo Volume (ft³)
37.1 38.8
Cargo Box Width @ Floor (in)
59.6 61.4
Brakes
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
Yes NA
Brake ABS System (Second Line)
NA NA
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
NA Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
NA - TBD -
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 - TBD -
Brake Type
Pwr Pwr
Fuel Tank
Aux Fuel Tank Location
NA NA
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
22.0 - TBD -
Fuel Tank Location
Inboard LH NA
Aux Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
NA NA
Steering
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & pinion
Steering Ratio (:1), At Lock
- TBD - 3.55
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 21.75
Tires
Spare Tire Capacity (lbs)
- TBD - - TBD -
Front Tire Size
P265/65R17 P265/65R17
Revolutions/Mile @ 45 mph - Rear
713 - TBD -
Spare Tire Size
- TBD - P265/65R17
Front Tire Order Code
TXK NA
Rear Tire Capacity (lbs)
1903 - TBD -
Spare Tire Order Code
TBB NA
Revolutions/Mile @ 45 mph - Front
713 - TBD -
Rear Tire Size
P265/65R17 P265/65R17
Revolutions/Mile @ 45 mph - Spare
- TBD - - TBD -
Front Tire Capacity (lbs)
1903 - TBD -
Rear Tire Order Code
TXK NA
Trailering
Fifth Wheel Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
4500 5000
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
4500 6300
Fifth Wheel Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
675 500
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
675 630
Weight Information
Gross Vehicle Weight Rating Cap (lbs)
6010 5730
Gross Axle Wt Rating - Front (lbs)
3100 - TBD -
Curb Weight - Front (lbs)
2475 2357
Gross Combined Wt Rating (lbs)
9000 - TBD -
Gross Axle Wt Rating - Rear (lbs)
3600 - TBD -
Curb Weight - Rear (lbs)
1890 2007
Wheels
Rear Wheel Size (in)
17 x 8.0 17 x 7.5
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Alloy
Spare Wheel Material
Steel Alloy
Front Wheel Size (in)
17 x 8.0 17 x 7.5
Spare Wheel Size (in)
17 x 7.5 17 x 7.5
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Alloy
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
- TBD - - TBD -
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
136 110
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (2nd)
NA NA
Maximum Alternator Watts
- TBD - - TBD -
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
600 550
Engine
Engine Type
Gas V6 Gas V6
Fuel System
MPI - TBD -
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
235 @ 4000 281 @ 4000
Engine Order Code
EKG NA
Displacement
3.7L/226 4.0L/241
Engine Oil Cooler
NA NA
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
210 @ 5200 261 @ 5600
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
15 15
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
18 -
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
20 20
Transmission
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), High
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
- TBD - 2.76
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
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 - 3.48
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
Drivetrain
Rear Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 0.84
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA w/OD
Summary
Vehicle Name
Dodge Dakota Nissan Frontier
Body Code
131.3" WB - TBD -
Body Style
Crew Cab 5'5" Bed Crew Cab
Suspension
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 -
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 - TBD -
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
Frame
Frame Type
Ladder NA
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
3 -

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