Compare 2010 Dodge Dakota vs 2010 Honda Ridgeline vs 2010 Nissan Frontier

2010 Dodge Dakota
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2010 Honda Ridgeline
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2010 Nissan Frontier
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Select style
2WD Crew Cab Bighorn/Lonestar
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Dakota 2WD Crew Cab Bighorn/Lonestar 15 20 $25,006 $26,325
Dakota 2WD Crew Cab Laramie 15 20 $28,514 $30,180
Dakota 2WD Crew Cab ST 15 20 $24,078 $25,305
Dakota 2WD Ext Cab Bighorn/Lonestar 15 20 $22,473 $23,630
Dakota 2WD Ext Cab ST 15 20 $21,678 $22,755
Dakota 4WD Crew Cab Bighorn/Lonestar 14 18 $27,751 $29,275
Dakota 4WD Crew Cab Laramie 14 18 $31,304 $33,180
Dakota 4WD Crew Cab ST 14 18 $26,823 $28,255
Dakota 4WD Crew Cab TRX 14 18 $29,653 $31,365
Dakota 4WD Ext Cab Bighorn/Lonestar 14 18 $26,431 $27,880
Dakota 4WD Ext Cab ST 14 18 $25,635 $27,005
Select style
4WD Crew Cab RT
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Ridgeline 4WD Crew Cab RT 15 20 $25,783 $28,450
Ridgeline 4WD Crew Cab RTL 15 20 $31,187 $34,430
Ridgeline 4WD Crew Cab RTL w/Navi 15 20 $33,310 $36,780
Ridgeline 4WD Crew Cab RTS 15 20 $28,589 $31,555
Select style
2WD Crew Cab LWB Automatic LE
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Frontier 2WD Crew Cab LWB Automatic LE 15 20 $25,414 $27,120
Frontier 2WD Crew Cab LWB Automatic SE 15 20 $22,880 $24,140
Frontier 2WD Crew Cab LWB Manual SE 16 20 $21,886 $23,090
Frontier 2WD Crew Cab SWB Automatic LE 15 20 $24,947 $26,620
Frontier 2WD Crew Cab SWB Automatic PRO-4X 15 20 $24,704 $26,360
Frontier 2WD Crew Cab SWB Automatic SE 15 20 $22,124 $23,340
Frontier 2WD Crew Cab SWB Manual SE 16 20 $21,130 $22,290
Frontier 2WD King Cab I4 Automatic SE 17 22 $19,617 $20,690
Frontier 2WD King Cab I4 Automatic XE 19 23 $17,631 $18,590
Frontier 2WD King Cab I4 Manual SE 19 23 $18,624 $19,640
Frontier 2WD King Cab I4 Manual XE 19 23 $16,638 $17,540
Frontier 2WD King Cab V6 Automatic LE 15 20 $23,357 $24,920
Frontier 2WD King Cab V6 Automatic PRO-4X 15 20 $23,442 $25,010
Frontier 2WD King Cab V6 Automatic SE 15 20 $20,373 $21,490
Frontier 2WD King Cab V6 Manual SE 16 20 $19,380 $20,440
Frontier 4WD Crew Cab LWB Automatic LE 14 19 $27,629 $29,820
Frontier 4WD Crew Cab LWB Automatic SE 14 19 $25,153 $26,840
Frontier 4WD Crew Cab LWB Manual SE 15 19 $24,170 $25,790
Frontier 4WD Crew Cab SWB Automatic LE 14 19 $27,120 $29,270
Frontier 4WD Crew Cab SWB Automatic PRO-4X 14 19 $26,926 $29,060
Frontier 4WD Crew Cab SWB Automatic SE 14 19 $24,405 $26,040
Frontier 4WD Crew Cab SWB Manual SE 15 19 $23,422 $24,990
Frontier 4WD King Cab Automatic LE 14 19 $25,594 $27,620
Frontier 4WD King Cab Automatic PRO-4X 14 19 $25,677 $27,710
Frontier 4WD King Cab Automatic SE 14 19 $22,675 $24,190
Frontier 4WD King Cab Manual PRO-4X 15 19 $24,706 $26,660
Frontier 4WD King Cab Manual SE 15 19 $21,692 $23,140
Pricing
Invoice Price
$25,006
$25,783
$25,414
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$26,325
$28,450
$27,120
Monthly Payment Estimate
$439 / month
$474 / month
$452 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
6.8
7.8
7.8
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2010 Dodge Dakota could be a fine full-size pickup alternative, but its lack of standard safety gear, sloppy handling, and low-grade fit and finish knock it out of contention. The 2010 Honda Ridgeline is a more road-friendly solution for those who need occasionally heavy-hauling ability. The 2010 Nissan Frontier clearly isn't as large or capable as full-size trucks, but it offers enough toughness for personal use along with an especially good feature list.
TCC Likes
TCC Dislikes
Fuel Economy
City
15 mpg 15 mpg 15 mpg
Highway
20 mpg 20 mpg 20 mpg
Interior Dimensions
Second Hip Room (in)
56.0 57.2 58.0
Front Shoulder Room (in)
57.7 63.2 58.3
Passenger Capacity
5 5 5
Second Head Room (in)
38.4 39.1 38.7
Second Shoulder Room (in)
57.5 62.6 58.3
Front Leg Room (in)
41.9 40.8 42.4
Front Hip Room (in)
54.9 57.6 55.6
Second Leg Room (in)
36.4 36.4 33.6
Front Head Room (in)
39.9 40.7 40.0
Passenger Volume (ft³)
- 112.0 -
Exterior Dimensions
Ground to Top of Load Floor (in)
31.9 - - TBD -
Overhang, Front (in)
- TBD - - 31.3
Frame Width, Rear (in)
- TBD - - - TBD -
Front Bumper to Back of Cab (in)
- TBD - - - TBD -
Length, Overall w/o rear bumper (in)
218.5 - 205.5
Ground Clearance, Rear (in)
8.1 - 9.8
Cab to End of Frame (in)
- TBD - - - TBD -
Height, Overall (in)
68.7 70.3 73.9
Ground to Top of Frame (in)
- TBD - - - TBD -
Overhang, Rear w/o bumper (in)
- TBD - - 48.2
Wheelbase (in)
131.3 122.0 139.9
Ground Clearance, Front (in)
7.9 - 9.8
Cab to Axle (in)
- TBD - - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
71.7 77.8 72.8
Rear Door Opening Width (in)
- NA -
Liftover Height (in)
- - TBD - -
Track Width, Rear (in)
- 66.9 -
Rear Door Opening Height (in)
- NA -
Track Width, Front (in)
- 67.1 -
Min Ground Clearance (in)
- 8.2 -
Length, Overall (in)
- 207.0 -
Cargo Area Dimensions
Tailgate Width (in)
59.6 - 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 - TBD - 18.0
Cargo Volume (ft³)
38.2 - 33.5
Cargo Box Width @ Top, Rear (in)
59.6 - - TBD -
Cargo Box Width @ Wheelhousings (in)
45.2 49.5 44.4
Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³)
- NA -
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 2 (in)
- - TBD - -
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³)
- - TBD - -
Cargo Area Width @ Beltline (in)
- - TBD - -
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 1 (in)
- - TBD - -
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³)
- - TBD - -
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 3 (in)
- NA -
Brakes
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
11.6 x 2.28 NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
12.3 x 1.1 12.6 x 1.1 11.7 x 1.1
Brake Type
Pwr Pwr Pwr
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
Yes NA NA
Brake ABS System (Second Line)
NA - NA
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
NA Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
NA 13.1 x 0.4 11.3 x 0.7
Brake ABS System
Rear Wheel 4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Fuel Tank
Aux Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
NA - NA
Aux Fuel Tank Location
NA - NA
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
22.0 22 21.1
Fuel Tank Location
- TBD - - NA
Steering
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
44.0 42.6 - TBD -
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Var Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & pinion
Steering Ratio (:1), At Lock
- TBD - - 3.55
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD - NA
Steering Ratio (:1), On Center
17.4 - 20.4
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
- 3.38 -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
- 18.5 -
Tires
Revolutions/Mile @ 45 mph - Spare
- TBD - - NA
Front Tire Capacity (lbs)
- TBD - - NA
Rear Tire Order Code
TXK NA NA
Spare Tire Capacity (lbs)
- TBD - - NA
Front Tire Size
P265/65R17 P245/65TR17 P265/60R18
Revolutions/Mile @ 45 mph - Rear
- TBD - - NA
Spare Tire Size
- TBD - Compact P265/60R18
Front Tire Order Code
TXK NA NA
Rear Tire Capacity (lbs)
- TBD - - NA
Spare Tire Order Code
TBB NA NA
Revolutions/Mile @ 45 mph - Front
- TBD - - NA
Rear Tire Size
P265/65R17 P245/65TR17 P265/60R18
Trailering
Fifth Wheel Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA - NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
480 500 500
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
720 500 630
Fifth Wheel Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA - NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
4800 5000 5000
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
4800 5000 6300
Weight Information
Gross Combined Wt Rating (lbs)
9300 - 11133
Gross Axle Wt Rating - Rear (lbs)
3600 - 3324
Curb Weight - Rear (lbs)
1902 - 2007
Gross Vehicle Weight Rating Cap (lbs)
6010 - 5730
Gross Axle Wt Rating - Front (lbs)
3100 - 3296
Curb Weight - Front (lbs)
2451 - 2357
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
- 4504 -
Wheels
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Steel Alloy
Rear Wheel Size (in)
17 x 8.0 17 x - TBD - 18 x 7.5
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Steel Alloy
Spare Wheel Material
Steel Steel Alloy
Front Wheel Size (in)
17 x 8.0 17 x - TBD - 18 x 7.5
Spare Wheel Size (in)
17 x 7.5 Compact 18 x 7.5
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
- TBD - 8.5 10.2
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (2nd)
NA - NA
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
136 130 110
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
600 - TBD - 550
Maximum Alternator Watts
- TBD - - NA
Engine
Fuel System
SMPI MPFI NA
Engine Oil Cooler
NA - NA
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
235 @ 4000 247 @ 4300 281 @ 4000
Engine Order Code
EKG NA ZV7
Displacement
3.7L/226 3.5L/212 4.0L/- TBD -
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
210 @ 5200 250 @ 5700 261 @ 5600
Engine Type
Gas V6 Gas V6 Gas V6
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
17 17 17
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
20 20 20
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
15 15 15
Transmission
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.69 0.77 1.00
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic w/OD Automatic w/OD Automatic
Transfer Case Model
NA - NA
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
2.84 2.70 3.84
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), Low
NA - NA
Clutch Size (in)
NA NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 1.07 1.53
Trans Type
4 5 5
Trans PTO Access
NA - NA
Drivetrain
Rear Wheel Drive Four Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA 0.54 0.84
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA w/OD
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), High
NA - NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
- TBD - 1.89 2.76
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
1.57 1.61 2.35
Trans Order Code
DGV NA NA
Transfer Case Power Take Off
NA - NA
Trans Power Take Off
NA - NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
- 4.53 -
Summary
Body Code
131.3" WB - 139.9 WB
Body Style
Crew Cab 5'4" Bed 4 Door Crew Cab Crew Cab
Vehicle Name
Dodge Dakota Honda Ridgeline Nissan Frontier
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
NA 1.0 NA
Axle Ratio (:1) - Front
NA - NA
Spring Capacity - Rear (lbs)
- TBD - - - TBD -
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD - NA
Axle Type - Rear
- TBD - - NA
Suspension Type - Front
Independent Coil MacPherson Strut Independent
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - .91 - TBD -
Axle Capacity - Rear (lbs)
- TBD - - - TBD -
Spring Capacity - Front (lbs)
- TBD - - - TBD -
Axle Ratio (:1) - Rear
3.92 - 3.13
Axle Type - Front
- TBD - - NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD - NA
Axle Capacity - Front (lbs)
- TBD - - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-Leaf Multi-Link Multi-Leaf
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
- w/Trailing Arm -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
- NA -
Frame
Frame Type
Ladder - Ladder Type
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
3 3 3
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
11 11.0 11.0
Vehicle
EPA Classification
- 4WD Standard Pickup Truck -

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