Compare 2009 Nissan Frontier vs 2008 Toyota Tacoma

2009 Nissan Frontier
2008 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 $25,340 $27,040
Frontier 2WD Crew Cab LWB Automatic SE 15 20 $22,804 $24,060
Frontier 2WD Crew Cab LWB Manual SE 16 20 $21,811 $23,010
Frontier 2WD Crew Cab SWB Automatic LE 15 20 $24,872 $26,540
Frontier 2WD Crew Cab SWB Automatic PRO-4X 15 20 $24,630 $26,280
Frontier 2WD Crew Cab SWB Automatic SE 15 20 $22,048 $23,260
Frontier 2WD Crew Cab SWB Manual SE 16 20 $21,055 $22,210
Frontier 2WD King Cab I4 Automatic SE 17 22 $19,542 $20,610
Frontier 2WD King Cab I4 Automatic XE 19 23 $17,556 $18,510
Frontier 2WD King Cab I4 Manual SE 19 23 $18,549 $19,560
Frontier 2WD King Cab I4 Manual XE 19 23 $16,562 $17,460
Frontier 2WD King Cab V6 Automatic LE 15 20 $23,282 $24,840
Frontier 2WD King Cab V6 Automatic PRO-4X 15 20 $23,366 $24,930
Frontier 2WD King Cab V6 Automatic SE 15 20 $20,298 $21,410
Frontier 2WD King Cab V6 Manual SE 16 20 $19,305 $20,360
Frontier 4WD Crew Cab LWB Automatic LE 14 19 $27,555 $29,740
Frontier 4WD Crew Cab LWB Automatic SE 14 19 $25,078 $26,760
Frontier 4WD Crew Cab LWB Manual SE 15 19 $24,095 $25,710
Frontier 4WD Crew Cab SWB Automatic LE 14 19 $27,045 $29,190
Frontier 4WD Crew Cab SWB Automatic PRO-4X 14 19 $26,851 $28,980
Frontier 4WD Crew Cab SWB Automatic SE 14 19 $24,330 $25,960
Frontier 4WD Crew Cab SWB Manual SE 15 19 $23,347 $24,910
Frontier 4WD King Cab Automatic LE 14 19 $25,520 $27,540
Frontier 4WD King Cab Automatic PRO-4X 14 19 $25,604 $27,630
Frontier 4WD King Cab Automatic SE 14 19 $22,599 $24,110
Frontier 4WD King Cab Manual PRO-4X 15 19 $24,632 $26,580
Frontier 4WD King Cab Manual SE 15 19 $21,618 $23,060
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2WD Access I4 AT
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Tacoma 2WD Access I4 AT 19 25 $17,083 $18,620
Tacoma 2WD Access I4 MT 20 25 $16,257 $17,720
Tacoma 2WD Access I4 MT PreRunner 20 25 $16,953 $18,480
Tacoma 2WD Access V6 AT PreRunner 16 20 $19,097 $20,815
Tacoma 2WD Access V6 MT PreRunner 15 19 $18,289 $19,935
Tacoma 2WD Access V6 MT X-Runner 15 19 $22,059 $24,045
Tacoma 2WD Dbl LB V6 AT PreRunner 16 20 $20,882 $23,040
Tacoma 2WD Dbl V6 AT PreRunner 16 20 $20,429 $22,540
Tacoma 2WD Reg I4 AT 19 25 $14,067 $15,180
Tacoma 2WD Reg I4 MT 20 25 $13,233 $14,280
Tacoma 2WD Reg I4 MT PreRunner 20 25 $14,040 $15,150
Tacoma 4WD Access I4 MT 17 22 $19,776 $21,555
Tacoma 4WD Access V6 AT 16 20 $22,008 $23,990
Tacoma 4WD Access V6 MT 15 18 $21,203 $23,110
Tacoma 4WD Dbl LB V6 AT 16 20 $23,670 $26,115
Tacoma 4WD Dbl V6 AT 16 20 $23,217 $25,615
Tacoma 4WD Dbl V6 MT 15 18 $22,418 $24,735
Tacoma 4WD Reg I4 MT 17 22 $16,890 $18,225
Pricing
Invoice Price
$25,340
$17,083
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$27,040
$18,620
Monthly Payment Estimate
$451 / month
$310 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
7.8
7.4
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2009 Nissan Frontier is a dependable, tough vehicle that can handle a lot in a work situation but isn't out of place in more suburban pursuits. The 2008 Toyota Tacoma covers the basics, at a price that’s lower than full-size trucks.
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TCC Dislikes
Fuel Economy
City
15 mpg 19 mpg
Highway
20 mpg 25 mpg
Interior Dimensions
Second Hip Room (in)
58.0 53.6
Front Shoulder Room (in)
58.3 57.7
Second Head Room (in)
38.7 35.2
Second Shoulder Room (in)
58.3 57.7
Front Leg Room (in)
42.4 41.7
Front Hip Room (in)
55.6 53.6
Passenger Capacity
5 4
Second Leg Room (in)
33.6 28.2
Front Head Room (in)
40.0 39.9
Exterior Dimensions
Overhang, Front (in)
31.3 - 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)
9.8 - TBD -
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)
48.2 - TBD -
Wheelbase (in)
139.9 127.2
Ground Clearance, Front (in)
9.8 - 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 -
Cargo Area Dimensions
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
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 52.9
Cargo Box Length @ Floor (in)
73.3 73.5
Brakes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.7 x 1.1 10.8 x - TBD -
Brake Type
Pwr Pwr-Assisted
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA Yes
Brake ABS System (Second Line)
NA NA
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes NA
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.3 x 0.7 NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA 10 x - TBD -
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Fuel Tank
Aux Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
NA NA
Aux Fuel Tank Location
NA NA
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
21.1 21.0
Fuel Tank Location
NA Midship
Steering
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
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)
- TBD - 42.0
Tires
Revolutions/Mile @ 45 mph - Spare
NA - TBD -
Front Tire Capacity (lbs)
NA - TBD -
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Spare Tire Capacity (lbs)
NA - TBD -
Front Tire Size
P265/60R18 P215/70R15
Revolutions/Mile @ 45 mph - Rear
NA - TBD -
Spare Tire Size
P265/60R18 Full-size
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Capacity (lbs)
NA - TBD -
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Revolutions/Mile @ 45 mph - Front
NA - TBD -
Rear Tire Size
P265/60R18 P215/70R15
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
630 NA
Fifth Wheel Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
5000 3500
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
6300 NA
Fifth Wheel Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
500 350
Weight Information
Curb Weight - Rear (lbs)
2007 1555
Gross Vehicle Weight Rating Cap (lbs)
5730 4850
Gross Axle Wt Rating - Front (lbs)
3296 2380
Curb Weight - Front (lbs)
2357 1955
Gross Combined Wt Rating (lbs)
11133 7500
Gross Axle Wt Rating - Rear (lbs)
3324 2685
Wheels
Rear Wheel Material
Alloy Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in)
18 x 7.5 15 x - TBD -
Front Wheel Material
Alloy Steel
Spare Wheel Material
Alloy Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
18 x 7.5 15 x - TBD -
Spare Wheel Size (in)
18 x 7.5 15 x - TBD -
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
10.2 9.1
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
550 - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
110 - TBD -
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (2nd)
NA NA
Maximum Alternator Watts
NA - TBD -
Engine
Engine Oil Cooler
NA NA
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
261 @ 5600 159 @ 5200
Engine Type
Gas V6 Gas I4
Fuel System
NA EFI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
281 @ 4000 180 @ 3800
Engine Order Code
ZV7 NA
Displacement
4.0L/- TBD - 2.7L/164
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
20 25
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
15 19
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
17 -
Transmission
Trans PTO Access
NA - TBD -
Drivetrain
Rear Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.84 NA
Trans Description Cont. Again
w/OD NA
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), High
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
2.76 2.39
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.35 1.53
Trans Order Code
NA NA
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)
3.84 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
Summary
Vehicle Name
Nissan Frontier Toyota Tacoma
Body Code
139.9 WB - TBD -
Body Style
Crew Cab Access Cab
Suspension
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 -
Spring Capacity - Front (lbs)
- TBD - - TBD -
Axle Ratio (:1) - Rear
3.13 - TBD -
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)
NA NA
Axle Ratio (:1) - Front
NA - TBD -
Spring Capacity - Rear (lbs)
- TBD - - TBD -
Frame
Frame Type
Ladder Type Ladder
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
3 -

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