Compare 2008 Nissan Frontier vs 2009 Toyota Tacoma

2008 Nissan Frontier
2009 Toyota Tacoma
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2WD Crew Cab LWB Automatic LE
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Frontier 2WD Crew Cab LWB Automatic LE 15 20 $24,301 $25,930
Frontier 2WD Crew Cab LWB Automatic SE 15 20 $21,925 $23,130
Frontier 2WD Crew Cab LWB Manual SE 16 20 $20,931 $22,080
Frontier 2WD Crew Cab SWB Automatic LE 15 20 $23,834 $25,430
Frontier 2WD Crew Cab SWB Automatic Nismo 15 20 $23,553 $25,130
Frontier 2WD Crew Cab SWB Automatic SE 15 20 $21,168 $22,330
Frontier 2WD Crew Cab SWB Manual SE 16 20 $20,175 $21,280
Frontier 2WD King Cab I4 Automatic SE 17 22 $18,661 $19,680
Frontier 2WD King Cab I4 Manual SE 19 23 $17,669 $18,630
Frontier 2WD King Cab I4 Manual XE 19 23 $15,683 $16,530
Frontier 2WD King Cab V6 Automatic LE 15 20 $22,244 $23,730
Frontier 2WD King Cab V6 Automatic Nismo 15 20 $22,290 $23,780
Frontier 2WD King Cab V6 Automatic SE 15 20 $19,418 $20,480
Frontier 2WD King Cab V6 Manual SE 16 20 $18,426 $19,430
Frontier 4WD Crew Cab LWB Automatic LE 14 19 $26,250 $28,330
Frontier 4WD Crew Cab LWB Automatic SE 14 19 $24,209 $25,830
Frontier 4WD Crew Cab LWB Manual SE 15 19 $23,226 $24,780
Frontier 4WD Crew Cab SWB Automatic LE 14 19 $26,020 $28,080
Frontier 4WD Crew Cab SWB Automatic Nismo 14 19 $25,788 $27,830
Frontier 4WD Crew Cab SWB Automatic SE 14 19 $23,460 $25,030
Frontier 4WD Crew Cab SWB Manual SE 15 19 $22,478 $23,980
Frontier 4WD King Cab Automatic LE 14 19 $24,494 $26,430
Frontier 4WD King Cab Automatic Nismo 14 19 $24,540 $26,480
Frontier 4WD King Cab Automatic SE 14 19 $21,729 $23,180
Frontier 4WD King Cab Manual Nismo 15 19 $23,569 $25,430
Frontier 4WD King Cab Manual SE 15 19 $20,747 $22,130
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2WD Access I4 AT
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Tacoma 2WD Access I4 AT 19 25 $18,647 $20,105
Tacoma 2WD Access I4 MT 20 26 $17,812 $19,205
Tacoma 2WD Access I4 MT PreRunner 20 26 $18,516 $19,965
Tacoma 2WD Access V6 AT PreRunner 17 21 $20,683 $22,300
Tacoma 2WD Access V6 MT PreRunner 15 19 $19,866 $21,420
Tacoma 2WD Access V6 MT X-Runner 15 19 $23,450 $25,285
Tacoma 2WD Double LB V6 AT PreRunner 17 21 $21,994 $24,000
Tacoma 2WD Double V6 AT PreRunner 17 21 $21,535 $23,500
Tacoma 2WD Reg I4 AT 19 25 $15,053 $16,070
Tacoma 2WD Reg I4 MT 20 26 $14,210 $15,170
Tacoma 2WD Reg I4 MT PreRunner 20 26 $15,040 $16,055
Tacoma 4WD Access I4 MT 17 22 $21,368 $23,040
Tacoma 4WD Access V6 AT 16 20 $23,626 $25,475
Tacoma 4WD Access V6 MT 14 19 $22,809 $24,595
Tacoma 4WD Double LB V6 AT 16 20 $24,810 $27,075
Tacoma 4WD Double V6 AT 16 20 $24,352 $26,575
Tacoma 4WD Double V6 MT 14 19 $23,544 $25,695
Tacoma 4WD Reg I4 MT 17 22 $17,919 $19,130

Pricing

Invoice Price

$24,301
$18,647

Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price

$25,930
$20,105

Monthly Payment Estimate

$432 / month
$335 / month

The Car Connection's Take

TCC Rating

7.8
7.4

TCC’s Bottom Line

For those of us who don't live on a ranch, the 2008 Nissan Frontier is large enough to haul real people and cargo, but sized for the urban-congestion reality. The affordable 2009 Toyota Tacoma is a bargain compared to its full-size competitors.

TCC Likes

TCC Dislikes

Fuel Economy

City

15 mpg 19 mpg

Highway

20 mpg 25 mpg

Interior Dimensions

Second Shoulder Room (in)

58.3 57.7

Front Leg Room (in)

42.4 41.7

Front Hip Room (in)

55.6 53.6

Second Leg Room (in)

33.6 28.2

Passenger Capacity

5 4

Front Head Room (in)

40.0 40.0

Second Hip Room (in)

58.0 53.6

Front Shoulder Room (in)

58.3 57.7

Second Head Room (in)

38.7 35.2

Exterior Dimensions

Cab to End of Frame (in)

- TBD - - TBD -

Height, Overall (in)

73.9 65.7

Ground to Top of Frame (in)

- TBD - - TBD -

Overhang, Rear w/o bumper (in)

- TBD - - TBD -

Wheelbase (in)

- TBD - 127.2

Ground Clearance, Front (in)

8.6 - TBD -

Cab to Axle (in)

- TBD - - TBD -

Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)

72.8 72.2

Ground to Top of Load Floor (in)

- TBD - - TBD -

Overhang, Front (in)

- TBD - - TBD -

Frame Width, Rear (in)

- TBD - - TBD -

Front Bumper to Back of Cab (in)

- TBD - - TBD -

Length, Overall w/o rear bumper (in)

205.5 208.1

Ground Clearance, Rear (in)

10.1 - TBD -

Cargo Area Dimensions

Cargo Volume (ft³)

33.5 - TBD -

Cargo Box Width @ Top, Rear (in)

- TBD - - TBD -

Cargo Box Width @ Wheelhousings (in)

44.4 41.5

Tailgate Width (in)

58.8 - TBD -

Cargo Box Length @ Floor (in)

59.5 73.5

Ext'd Cab Cargo Volume (ft³)

38.8 - TBD -

Cargo Box Width @ Floor (in)

61.4 56.7

Cargo Box (Area) Height (in)

18.0 18.0

Brakes

Disc - Rear (Yes or )

Yes NA

Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)

- TBD - NA

Brake ABS System

4-Wheel 4-Wheel

Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)

NA 10 x - TBD -

Disc - Front (Yes or )

Yes Yes

Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)

- TBD - 10.8 x - TBD -

Brake Type

Pwr Pwr-Assisted

Drum - Rear (Yes or )

NA Yes

Brake ABS System (Second Line)

NA NA

Fuel Tank

Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)

- TBD - 21.0

Fuel Tank Location

NA Midship

Aux Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)

NA NA

Aux Fuel Tank Location

NA NA

Steering

Steering Ratio (:1), At Lock

3.55 - TBD -

Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)

NA - TBD -

Steering Ratio (:1), On Center

20.4 17.4

Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)

21.75 42.0

Steering Type

Pwr Rack & pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion

Tires

Revolutions/Mile @ 45 mph - Rear

- TBD - - TBD -

Spare Tire Size

P265/65R17 Full-size

Front Tire Order Code

NA NA

Rear Tire Capacity (lbs)

- TBD - - TBD -

Spare Tire Order Code

NA NA

Revolutions/Mile @ 45 mph - Front

- TBD - - TBD -

Rear Tire Size

P265/65R17 P215/70R15

Revolutions/Mile @ 45 mph - Spare

- TBD - - TBD -

Front Tire Capacity (lbs)

- TBD - - TBD -

Rear Tire Order Code

NA NA

Spare Tire Capacity (lbs)

- TBD - - TBD -

Front Tire Size

P265/65R17 P215/70R15

Trailering

Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)

6300 3500

Fifth Wheel Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)

NA NA

Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)

500 350

Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)

630 350

Fifth Wheel Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)

NA NA

Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)

5000 3500

Weight Information

Gross Axle Wt Rating - Front (lbs)

- TBD - 2380

Gross Combined Wt Rating (lbs)

- TBD - 7500

Curb Weight - Front (lbs)

2357 1969

Gross Vehicle Weight Rating Cap (lbs)

5730 4900

Gross Axle Wt Rating - Rear (lbs)

- TBD - 2685

Curb Weight - Rear (lbs)

2007 1611

Wheels

Front Wheel Material

Alloy Steel

Spare Wheel Material

Alloy Steel

Front Wheel Size (in)

17 x 7.5 15 x - TBD -

Spare Wheel Size (in)

17 x 7.5 15 x - TBD -

Rear Wheel Material

Alloy Steel

Rear Wheel Size (in)

17 x 7.5 15 x - TBD -

Cooling System

Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)

- TBD - 9.1

Electrical

Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (2nd)

NA NA

Maximum Alternator Watts

- TBD - - TBD -

Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)

550 - TBD -

Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)

110 - TBD -

Engine

Engine Type

Gas V6 Gas I4

Fuel System

- TBD - EFI

SAE Net Torque @ RPM

281 @ 4000 180 @ 3800

Engine Order Code

NA NA

Displacement

4.0L/241 2.7L/164

Engine Oil Cooler

NA NA

SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM

261 @ 5600 159 @ 5200

Mileage

EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)

15 19

EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)

20 25

Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)

- 21

Transmission

Transfer Case Power Take Off

NA - TBD -

Trans Power Take Off

NA - TBD -

Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)

1.00 0.71

Trans Description Cont.

Automatic Automatic w/OD

Transfer Case Model

NA NA

Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)

NA NA

First Gear Ratio (:1)

3.48 2.80

Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), Low

NA NA

Clutch Size (in)

NA NA

Third Gear Ratio (:1)

1.53 1.00

Trans Type

5 4

Trans PTO Access

NA - TBD -

Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)

0.84 NA

Trans Description Cont. Again

w/OD NA

Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), High

NA NA

Drivetrain

Rear Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive

Reverse Ratio (:1)

2.76 2.39

Second Gear Ratio (:1)

2.35 1.53

Trans Order Code

NA NA

Summary

Vehicle Name

Nissan Frontier Toyota Tacoma

Body Code

- TBD - - TBD -

Body Style

Crew Cab Access Cab

Suspension

Spring Capacity - Front (lbs)

- TBD - - TBD -

Axle Ratio (:1) - Rear

3.13 3.58

Axle Type - Front

NA - TBD -

Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)

NA - TBD -

Axle Capacity - Front (lbs)

- TBD - - TBD -

Suspension Type - Rear

Multi-Leaf Leaf-Spring

Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)

- TBD - NA

Axle Ratio (:1) - Front

NA - TBD -

Spring Capacity - Rear (lbs)

- TBD - - TBD -

Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)

NA - TBD -

Axle Type - Rear

NA - TBD -

Suspension Type - Front

Independent Double-Wishbone

Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)

- TBD - 1.18

Axle Capacity - Rear (lbs)

- TBD - - TBD -

Frame

Frame Type

NA Ladder

Emissions

EPA Greenhouse Gas Score

- 5

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