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Compare 2008 Dodge Nitro vs 2008 Toyota Highlander

2008 Dodge Nitro
2008 Toyota Highlander
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2WD 4-Door R/T
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Nitro 2WD 4-Door R/T 18 24 $22,131 $23,660
Nitro 2WD 4-Door SLT 18 24 $22,131 $23,660
Nitro 2WD 4-Door SXT 18 24 $19,091 $20,320
Nitro 4WD 4-Door R/T N/A N/A $23,666 $25,320
Nitro 4WD 4-Door SLT 17 23 $23,666 $25,320
Nitro 4WD 4-Door SXT 18 24 $20,627 $21,980
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4WD 4-Door Base
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Highlander 4WD 4-Door Base 17 23 $25,765 $28,950
Highlander 4WD 4-Door Limited 17 23 $30,571 $34,350
Highlander 4WD 4-Door Sport 17 23 $28,124 $31,600
Highlander FWD 4-Door Base 18 24 $24,475 $27,500
Highlander FWD 4-Door Limited 18 24 $29,281 $32,900
Highlander FWD 4-Door Sport 18 24 $26,833 $30,150
Highlander Hybrid 4WD 4-Door 27 25 $30,780 $34,200
Highlander Hybrid 4WD 4-Door Limited w/3rd Row 27 25 $36,202 $40,450
Pricing
Invoice Price
$22,131
$25,765
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$23,660
$28,950
Monthly Payment Estimate
$394 / month
$483 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
7.2
7.8
TCC’s Bottom Line
If you judge the 2008 Dodge Nitro's performance based on its looks, you'll be disappointed when you hit the road. The 2008 Toyota Highlander Hybrid offers the same room and amenities that the nonhybrid Highlander does, only with better fuel economy and the badge of honor that comes with driving something that's trying to be green.
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Fuel Economy
City
18 mpg 17 mpg
Highway
24 mpg 23 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Special Purpose 2WD 4WD Sport Utility Vehicle
Interior Dimensions
Second Head Room (in)
40.8 40.1
Passenger Capacity
5 7
Second Shoulder Room (in)
56.4 59.5
Front Leg Room (in)
40.8 43.2
Front Hip Room (in)
56.8 56.7
Second Leg Room (in)
37.7 38.3
Front Head Room (in)
40.6 40.6
Passenger Volume (ft³)
- TBD - 145.7
Second Hip Room (in)
47.4 56.5
Front Shoulder Room (in)
57.2 59.7
Third Hip Room (in)
- 42.3
Third Head Room (in)
- 36.3
Third Shoulder Room (in)
- 55.0
Third Leg Room (in)
- 29.9
Exterior Dimensions
Length, Overall (in)
178.9 188.4
Rear Door Opening Width (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Height, Overall (in)
69.9 68.1
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Track Width, Rear (in)
61.0 64.0
Wheelbase (in)
108.8 109.8
Rear Door Opening Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
73.1 75.2
Track Width, Front (in)
61.0 64.0
Min Ground Clearance (in)
- TBD - 8.1
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³)
NA 10.3
Cargo Box Width @ Wheelhousings (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 2 (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³)
32.1 42.3
Cargo Area Width @ Beltline (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Box (Area) Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 1 (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³)
65.2 95.4
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 3 (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Brakes
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
12.44 x 0.47 12.2 x - TBD -
Brake Type
Pwr Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.9 x 1.1 12.9 x - TBD -
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
19.5 19.2
Steering
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
36.3 38.7
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
3.42 3.1
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
17.36 17.1
Tires
Front Tire Size
P245/50R20 P245/65R17
Spare Tire Size
Compact P245/65R17
Front Tire Order Code
TX1 NA
Spare Tire Order Code
TBC NA
Rear Tire Size
P245/50R20 P245/65R17
Rear Tire Order Code
TX1 NA
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
5000 2000
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
5000 2000
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
500 200
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
500 200
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3916 4178
Wheels
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
20 x 7.5 17 x 7.5
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
Steel Aluminum
Front Wheel Size (in)
20 x 7.5 17 x 7.5
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact 17 x 7.5
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
10.3 9.9
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
160 - TBD -
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
600 - TBD -
Engine
Engine Type
Gas V6 Gas V6
Fuel System
EFI EFI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
235 @ 4000 249 @ 4700
Engine Order Code
EKG NA
Displacement
3.7L/226 3.5L/- TBD -
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
210 @ 5200 270 @ 6200
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
24 23
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
18 17
Transmission
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.55 3.48
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 1.05
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic Automatic
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.59 4.24
Clutch Size (in)
NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.41 1.52
Trans Type
5 5
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.83 0.76
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Drivetrain
Rear Wheel Drive 4-Wheel Drive
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.16 3.38
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.19 2.36
Trans Order Code
DGJ NA
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), High
- - TBD -
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), Low
- - TBD -
Summary
Body Style
4 Door 4 Door
Vehicle Name
Dodge Nitro Toyota Highlander
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
Solid Axle Independent
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs Sport-tuned
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
Independent Independent
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs Sport-tuned
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -

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