Compare 2013 Honda Ridgeline vs 2013 Nissan Frontier

2013 Honda Ridgeline
2013 Nissan Frontier
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4WD Crew Cab RT
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Ridgeline 4WD Crew Cab RT 15 21 $26,936 $29,450
Ridgeline 4WD Crew Cab RTL 15 21 $32,025 $35,030
Ridgeline 4WD Crew Cab RTL w/Navi 15 21 $34,169 $37,380
Ridgeline 4WD Crew Cab RTS 15 21 $29,403 $32,155
Ridgeline 4WD Crew Cab Sport 15 21 $27,615 $30,195
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2WD Crew Cab LWB Automatic SL
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Frontier 2WD Crew Cab LWB Automatic SL 16 22 $29,128 $31,090
Frontier 2WD Crew Cab LWB Automatic SV 16 22 $23,419 $24,710
Frontier 2WD Crew Cab SWB Automatic Desert Runner 16 22 $23,703 $25,010
Frontier 2WD Crew Cab SWB Automatic S 16 22 $21,877 $23,080
Frontier 2WD Crew Cab SWB Automatic SL 16 22 $28,660 $30,590
Frontier 2WD Crew Cab SWB Automatic SV 16 22 $22,738 $23,990
Frontier 2WD Crew Cab SWB Manual S 16 22 $20,884 $22,030
Frontier 2WD Crew Cab SWB Manual SV 16 22 $23,826 $25,140
Frontier 2WD King Cab I4 Automatic S 17 23 $18,955 $19,990
Frontier 2WD King Cab I4 Automatic SV 17 23 $21,282 $22,450
Frontier 2WD King Cab I4 Manual S 19 23 $17,063 $17,990
Frontier 2WD King Cab I4 Manual SV 19 23 $20,289 $21,400
Frontier 2WD King Cab V6 Automatic Desert Runner 16 22 $22,521 $23,760
Frontier 2WD King Cab V6 Automatic SV 16 22 $21,840 $23,040
Frontier 2WD King Cab V6 Manual SV 16 22 $22,643 $23,890
Frontier 4WD Crew Cab LWB Automatic SL 15 21 $31,300 $33,790
Frontier 4WD Crew Cab LWB Automatic SV 15 21 $25,686 $27,410
Frontier 4WD Crew Cab SWB Automatic PRO-4X 15 21 $28,969 $31,270
Frontier 4WD Crew Cab SWB Automatic S 15 21 $24,161 $25,780
Frontier 4WD Crew Cab SWB Automatic SL 15 21 $30,791 $33,240
Frontier 4WD Crew Cab SWB Automatic SV 15 21 $25,293 $26,990
Frontier 4WD Crew Cab SWB Manual PRO-4X 16 21 $27,998 $30,220
Frontier 4WD Crew Cab SWB Manual S 16 21 $23,179 $24,730
Frontier 4WD Crew Cab SWB Manual SV 16 21 $26,089 $27,840
Frontier 4WD King Cab Automatic PRO-4X 15 21 $28,285 $30,530
Frontier 4WD King Cab Automatic SV 15 21 $24,124 $25,740
Frontier 4WD King Cab Manual PRO-4X 16 21 $27,175 $29,330
Frontier 4WD King Cab Manual SV 16 21 $24,919 $26,590
Pricing
Invoice Price
$26,936
$29,128
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$29,450
$31,090
Monthly Payment Estimate
$491 / month
$518 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
7.4
7.6
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2013 Nissan Frontier is the best alternative to a full-size pickup: it's maneuverable, manageable, and a bit more conscious of gas mileage.
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Fuel Economy
City
15 mpg 16 mpg
Highway
21 mpg 22 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
4WD Standard Pickup Truck -
Interior Dimensions
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Front Hip Room (in)
57.6 55.6
Second Leg Room (in)
36.4 33.6
Front Head Room (in)
40.7 40.0
Second Hip Room (in)
57.1 58.0
Front Shoulder Room (in)
63.2 58.3
Passenger Volume (ft³)
112.0 -
Second Head Room (in)
39.1 38.7
Second Shoulder Room (in)
62.6 58.3
Front Leg Room (in)
40.8 42.4
Exterior Dimensions
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - -
Track Width, Rear (in)
66.9 -
Wheelbase (in)
122.0 139.9
Rear Door Opening Height (in)
NA -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
77.8 72.8
Track Width, Front (in)
67.1 -
Min Ground Clearance (in)
8.2 -
Length, Overall (in)
206.9 -
Rear Door Opening Width (in)
NA -
Height, Overall (in)
70.3 73.9
Frame Width, Rear (in)
- - TBD -
Front Bumper to Back of Cab (in)
- - TBD -
Length, Overall w/o rear bumper (in)
- 219.4
Ground Clearance, Rear (in)
- 9.8
Cab to End of Frame (in)
- - TBD -
Ground to Top of Frame (in)
- - TBD -
Overhang, Rear w/o bumper (in)
- 48.2
Ground Clearance, Front (in)
- 9.8
Cab to Axle (in)
- - TBD -
Ground to Top of Load Floor (in)
- - TBD -
Overhang, Front (in)
- 31.3
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 2 (in)
60.0 -
Cargo Volume to Seat 2 (ft³)
8.5 -
Cargo Area Width @ Beltline (in)
- TBD - -
Cargo Box (Area) Height (in)
- TBD - 18.0
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 1 (in)
79.0 -
Cargo Volume to Seat 1 (ft³)
- TBD - -
Cargo Area Length @ Floor to Seat 3 (in)
NA -
Cargo Volume to Seat 3 (ft³)
NA -
Cargo Box Width @ Wheelhousings (in)
49.5 44.4
Ext'd Cab Cargo Volume (ft³)
- 38.8
Cargo Box Width @ Floor (in)
- 61.4
Cargo Volume (ft³)
- 33.5
Cargo Box Width @ Top, Rear (in)
- 61.4
Tailgate Width (in)
- 58.8
Cargo Box Length @ Floor (in)
- 73.3
Brakes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
13.1 x - TBD - 11.3 x 0.7
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)
12.6 x - TBD - 11.7 x 1.1
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Brake ABS System (Second Line)
- NA
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
22.0 21.1
Aux Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
- NA
Aux Fuel Tank Location
- NA
Fuel Tank Location
- NA
Steering
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
3.38 -
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
N/A - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
18.5 -
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
42.6 47.8
Steering Ratio (:1), At Lock
- - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), On Center
- 20.4
Tires
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P245/65TR17 P265/60R18
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
P245/65TR17 P265/60R18
Spare Tire Size
T165/901R17 P265/60R18
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Spare Tire Capacity (lbs)
- NA
Revolutions/Mile @ 45 mph - Rear
- NA
Rear Tire Capacity (lbs)
- NA
Revolutions/Mile @ 45 mph - Front
- NA
Revolutions/Mile @ 45 mph - Spare
- NA
Front Tire Capacity (lbs)
- NA
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
5000 5000
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
5000 6300
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
500 500
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
750 630
Fifth Wheel Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
- NA
Fifth Wheel Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
- NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
4504 -
Gross Axle Wt Rating - Rear (lbs)
- 3324
Curb Weight - Rear (lbs)
- 2073
Gross Vehicle Weight Rating Cap (lbs)
- 5730
Gross Axle Wt Rating - Front (lbs)
- 3296
Curb Weight - Front (lbs)
- 2434
Gross Combined Wt Rating (lbs)
- 11113
Wheels
Rear Wheel Size (in)
17 x 7.5 18 x 7.5
Front Wheel Material
Steel Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
Steel - TBD -
Front Wheel Size (in)
17 x 7.5 18 x 7.5
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Compact 18 x 7.5
Rear Wheel Material
Steel Aluminum
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
8.5 10.8
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
130 130
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - 550
Maximum Alternator Watts
- N/A
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (2nd)
- NA
Engine
Engine Type
Gas V6 Gas V6
Fuel System
Electronic Fuel Injection Electronic Fuel Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
247 @ 4300 281 @ 4000
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Displacement
3.5L/212 4.0L/241
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
250 @ 5700 261 @ 5600
Engine Oil Cooler
- NA
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
17 (Est) 18
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
21 (Est) 22
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
15 (Est) 16
Transmission
Reverse Ratio (:1)
1.888 2.764
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
1.606 2.353
Trans Order Code
NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
4.533 -
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.766 1.000
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic Automatic
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
2.697 3.842
Clutch Size (in)
NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.071 1.529
Trans Type
5 5
Drivetrain
Four Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.538 0.839
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), Low
- NA
Trans PTO Access
- NA
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), High
- NA
Transfer Case Power Take Off
- NA
Trans Power Take Off
- NA
Transfer Case Model
- NA
Summary
Body Style
Crew Cab Pickup Crew Cab Pickup
Vehicle Name
Honda Ridgeline Nissan Frontier
Body Code
- NA
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
N/A - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
MacPherson Strut Double Wishbone
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
1.0 NA
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
w/Coil Springs -
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
N/A - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
0.9 1.34
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-Link Multi-Leaf
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
NA -
Axle Type - Rear
- NA
Axle Capacity - Rear (lbs)
- - TBD -
Spring Capacity - Front (lbs)
- - TBD -
Axle Ratio (:1) - Rear
- - TBD -
Axle Type - Front
- NA
Axle Capacity - Front (lbs)
- - TBD -
Axle Ratio (:1) - Front
- NA
Spring Capacity - Rear (lbs)
- - TBD -
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
11.0 (2012) 10.2
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
2 (2012) 4
Frame
Frame Type
- Ladder

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