Compare 2008 Honda Element vs 2009 Nissan Xterra

2008 Honda Element
2009 Nissan Xterra
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2WD 5-Door Automatic EX
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Element 2WD 5-Door Automatic EX 20 25 $20,283 $21,790
Element 2WD 5-Door Automatic LX 20 25 $18,418 $19,780
Element 2WD 5-Door Automatic SC 20 25 $21,938 $23,575
Element 2WD 5-Door Manual EX 18 23 $19,541 $20,990
Element 2WD 5-Door Manual LX 18 23 $17,677 $18,980
Element 2WD 5-Door Manual SC 18 23 $21,196 $22,775
Element 4WD 5-Door Automatic EX 19 24 $21,581 $23,190
Element 4WD 5-Door Automatic LX 19 24 $19,717 $21,180
Element 4WD 5-Door Manual EX 18 23 $20,839 $22,390
Element 4WD 5-Door Manual LX 18 23 $18,975 $20,380
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2WD 4-Door Automatic S
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Xterra 2WD 4-Door Automatic S 15 21 $23,560 $24,860
Xterra 2WD 4-Door Automatic SE 15 21 $25,620 $27,340
Xterra 2WD 4-Door Automatic X 15 21 $21,906 $23,110
Xterra 2WD 4-Door Manual S 16 20 $22,804 $24,060
Xterra 2WD 4-Door Manual X 16 20 $21,150 $22,310
Xterra 4WD 4-Door Automatic Off Road 15 20 $27,491 $29,340
Xterra 4WD 4-Door Automatic S 15 20 $25,452 $26,860
Xterra 4WD 4-Door Automatic SE 15 20 $27,491 $29,340
Xterra 4WD 4-Door Automatic X 15 20 $23,845 $25,160
Xterra 4WD 4-Door Manual Off Road 16 20 $26,555 $28,340
Xterra 4WD 4-Door Manual S 16 20 $24,696 $26,060
Xterra 4WD 4-Door Manual X 16 20 $23,088 $24,360
Pricing
Invoice Price
$20,283
$23,560
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$21,790
$24,860
Monthly Payment Estimate
$363 / month
$414 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
7.8
7.8
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2008 Honda Element is a great choice for drivers who need lots of storage room and a spill-proof interior. The handsome 2009 Nissan Xterra is one of the best choices for active people to go off-road and haul or tow a lot of toys.
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Fuel Economy
City
20 mpg 15 mpg
Highway
25 mpg 21 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
2WD Sport Utility 2WD Sport Utility
Interior Dimensions
Second Leg Room (in)
39.1 34.4
Front Head Room (in)
43.3 39.9
Passenger Volume (ft³)
103.6 99.8
Second Hip Room (in)
47.6 46.1
Front Shoulder Room (in)
57.1 58.3
Second Head Room (in)
38.0 39.3
Passenger Capacity
4 5
Second Shoulder Room (in)
52.2 58.3
Front Leg Room (in)
41.0 42.4
Front Hip Room (in)
55.0 55.9
Exterior Dimensions
Rear Door Opening Height (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
71.5 72.8
Track Width, Front (in)
62.1 61.8
Min Ground Clearance (in)
6.9 - TBD -
Length, Overall (in)
170.3 178.7
Rear Door Opening Width (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Height, Overall (in)
70.4 74.9
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - 32.2
Track Width, Rear (in)
62.3 61.8
Wheelbase (in)
101.4 106.3
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Box (Area) Height (in)
46.0 36.1
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 1 (in)
66.7 - TBD -
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³)
74.6 65.7
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 3 (in)
NA NA
Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³)
NA NA
Cargo Box Width @ Wheelhousings (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 2 (in)
- TBD - 36.7
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³)
25.1 35.2
Cargo Area Width @ Beltline (in)
38.7 43.3
Brakes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.1 x 0.9 11.7 x 1.1
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.1 x 0.4 - TBD -
Brake Type
Pwr Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
15.9 21.1
Steering
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - NA
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
16.2 - TBD -
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
34.9 37.3
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr rack & pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
3.26 - TBD -
Tires
Rear Tire Size
P215/70R16 P265/70R16
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
P215/70R16 P265/70R16
Spare Tire Size
- TBD - P265/70R16
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
150 500
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
150 NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
1500 5000
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
1500 NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
3523 4398
Wheels
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
- TBD - Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
16 x 6.5 16 x 7.0
Spare Wheel Size (in)
- TBD - 16 x 7.0
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
16 x 6.5 16 x 7.0
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
7.5 - TBD -
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - 550
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
- TBD - - TBD -
Engine
Displacement
2.4L/144 4.0L/- TBD -
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
166 @ 5800 261 @ 5600
Engine Type
Gas I4 Gas V6
Fuel System
MPFI - TBD -
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
161 @ 4000 281 @ 4000
Engine Order Code
NA ZV7
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
20 15
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
25 21
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
- 17
Transmission
Trans Type
5 5
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.57 0.84
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive
Reverse Ratio (:1)
2.00 2.77
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
1.61 2.35
Trans Order Code
NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
4.50 3.13
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.73 1.00
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic w/OD Automatic w/OD
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
2.79 3.84
Clutch Size (in)
NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.08 1.53
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), High
- NA
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), Low
- NA
Summary
Vehicle Name
Honda Element Nissan Xterra
Body Style
4 Door 4 Door
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
0.83 1.0
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
MacPherson Strut NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - NA
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
1.18 1.3
Suspension Type - Rear
Compact Multi-leaf
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
Double Wishbone Solid Axle
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - NA
Suspension Type - Front
Control-Link Double wishbone
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
- 3

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