Compare 2009 Dodge Dakota vs 2008 Toyota Tacoma

2009 Dodge Dakota
2008 Toyota Tacoma
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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
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2WD Access I4 AT
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Tacoma 2WD Access I4 AT 19 25 $17,083 $18,620
Tacoma 2WD Access I4 MT 20 25 $16,257 $17,720
Tacoma 2WD Access I4 MT PreRunner 20 25 $16,953 $18,480
Tacoma 2WD Access V6 AT PreRunner 16 20 $19,097 $20,815
Tacoma 2WD Access V6 MT PreRunner 15 19 $18,289 $19,935
Tacoma 2WD Access V6 MT X-Runner 15 19 $22,059 $24,045
Tacoma 2WD Dbl LB V6 AT PreRunner 16 20 $20,882 $23,040
Tacoma 2WD Dbl V6 AT PreRunner 16 20 $20,429 $22,540
Tacoma 2WD Reg I4 AT 19 25 $14,067 $15,180
Tacoma 2WD Reg I4 MT 20 25 $13,233 $14,280
Tacoma 2WD Reg I4 MT PreRunner 20 25 $14,040 $15,150
Tacoma 4WD Access I4 MT 17 22 $19,776 $21,555
Tacoma 4WD Access V6 AT 16 20 $22,008 $23,990
Tacoma 4WD Access V6 MT 15 18 $21,203 $23,110
Tacoma 4WD Dbl LB V6 AT 16 20 $23,670 $26,115
Tacoma 4WD Dbl V6 AT 16 20 $23,217 $25,615
Tacoma 4WD Dbl V6 MT 15 18 $22,418 $24,735
Tacoma 4WD Reg I4 MT 17 22 $16,890 $18,225
Pricing
Invoice Price
$24,305
$17,083
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$26,405
$18,620
Monthly Payment Estimate
$440 / month
$310 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
6.8
7.4
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. The 2008 Toyota Tacoma covers the basics, at a price that’s lower than full-size trucks.
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Fuel Economy
City
15 mpg 19 mpg
Highway
20 mpg 25 mpg
Interior Dimensions
Second Head Room (in)
38.4 35.2
Second Shoulder Room (in)
57.5 57.7
Front Leg Room (in)
41.9 41.7
Front Hip Room (in)
54.9 53.6
Passenger Capacity
5 4
Second Leg Room (in)
36.4 28.2
Front Head Room (in)
39.9 39.9
Second Hip Room (in)
56.0 53.6
Front Shoulder Room (in)
57.7 57.7
Exterior Dimensions
Front Bumper to Back of Cab (in)
144.3 - TBD -
Length, Overall w/o rear bumper (in)
218.8 208.1
Ground Clearance, Rear (in)
7.4 - TBD -
Cab to End of Frame (in)
74.2 - TBD -
Height, Overall (in)
68.7 65.7
Ground to Top of Frame (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Overhang, Rear w/o bumper (in)
48.8 - TBD -
Wheelbase (in)
131.3 127.2
Ground Clearance, Front (in)
7.4 - TBD -
Cab to Axle (in)
25.4 - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
71.7 72.2
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 - TBD -
Cargo Box Width @ Top, Rear (in)
59.6 - TBD -
Cargo Box Width @ Wheelhousings (in)
45.2 41.5
Tailgate Width (in)
53.3 52.9
Cargo Box Length @ Floor (in)
64.9 73.5
Ext'd Cab Cargo Volume (ft³)
37.1 - TBD -
Cargo Box Width @ Floor (in)
59.6 56.7
Brakes
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Brake ABS System (Second Line)
NA NA
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
NA NA
Brake ABS System
Rear Wheel 4-Wheel
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
11.6 x 2.25 10 x - TBD -
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
12.3 x 1.1 10.8 x - TBD -
Brake Type
Pwr Pwr-Assisted
Fuel Tank
Aux Fuel Tank Location
NA NA
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
22.0 21.0
Fuel Tank Location
Inboard LH Midship
Aux Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
NA NA
Steering
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Steering Ratio (:1), At Lock
- TBD - - TBD -
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), On Center
17.4 17.4
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
44.0 42.0
Tires
Spare Tire Capacity (lbs)
- TBD - - TBD -
Front Tire Size
P265/65R17 P215/70R15
Revolutions/Mile @ 45 mph - Rear
713 - TBD -
Spare Tire Size
- TBD - Full-size
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 P215/70R15
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 3500
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
4500 NA
Fifth Wheel Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
675 350
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
675 NA
Weight Information
Gross Vehicle Weight Rating Cap (lbs)
6010 4850
Gross Axle Wt Rating - Front (lbs)
3100 2380
Curb Weight - Front (lbs)
2475 1955
Gross Combined Wt Rating (lbs)
9000 7500
Gross Axle Wt Rating - Rear (lbs)
3600 2685
Curb Weight - Rear (lbs)
1890 1555
Wheels
Rear Wheel Size (in)
17 x 8.0 15 x - TBD -
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Steel
Spare Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
17 x 8.0 15 x - TBD -
Spare Wheel Size (in)
17 x 7.5 15 x - TBD -
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Steel
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
- TBD - 9.1
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
136 - TBD -
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (2nd)
NA NA
Maximum Alternator Watts
- TBD - - TBD -
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
600 - TBD -
Engine
Engine Type
Gas V6 Gas I4
Fuel System
MPI EFI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
235 @ 4000 180 @ 3800
Engine Order Code
EKG NA
Displacement
3.7L/226 2.7L/164
Engine Oil Cooler
NA NA
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
210 @ 5200 159 @ 5200
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
15 19
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
18 -
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
20 25
Transmission
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), High
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
- TBD - 2.39
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
- TBD - 1.53
Trans Order Code
DGV NA
Transfer Case Power Take Off
NA - TBD -
Trans Power Take Off
NA - TBD -
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
- TBD - 0.71
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic w/OD Automatic w/OD
Transfer Case Model
NA NA
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
- TBD - 2.80
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), Low
NA NA
Clutch Size (in)
NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
- TBD - 1.00
Trans Type
4 4
Trans PTO Access
NA - TBD -
Drivetrain
Rear Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Summary
Vehicle Name
Dodge Dakota Toyota Tacoma
Body Code
131.3" WB - TBD -
Body Style
Crew Cab 5'5" Bed Access Cab
Suspension
Suspension Type - Front
Independent Coil Double-Wishbone
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - 1.18
Axle Capacity - Rear (lbs)
3850 - TBD -
Spring Capacity - Front (lbs)
3100 - TBD -
Axle Ratio (:1) - Rear
3.55 - TBD -
Axle Type - Front
Independent - TBD -
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Axle Capacity - Front (lbs)
3100 - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-Leaf Leaf Spring
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
NA NA
Axle Ratio (:1) - Front
NA - TBD -
Spring Capacity - Rear (lbs)
3850 - TBD -
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Axle Type - Rear
Semi-Floating Hypoid - TBD -
Frame
Frame Type
Ladder Ladder
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
3 -

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