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 -

Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)

NA NA

Drivetrain

Rear Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive

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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