Compare 2009 Toyota Tacoma vs 2008 Nissan Frontier

2009 Toyota Tacoma
2008 Nissan Frontier
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2WD Reg I4 MT
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2WD Reg I4 MT 20 26 $14,210 $15,170
2WD Reg I4 MT PreRunner 20 26 $15,040 $16,055
2WD Reg I4 AT 19 25 $15,053 $16,070
4WD Reg I4 MT 17 22 $17,919 $19,130
2WD Access I4 MT 20 26 $17,812 $19,205
2WD Access I4 MT PreRunner 20 26 $18,516 $19,965
2WD Access I4 AT 19 25 $18,647 $20,105
2WD Access V6 MT PreRunner 15 19 $19,866 $21,420
2WD Access V6 AT PreRunner 17 21 $20,683 $22,300
4WD Access I4 MT 17 22 $21,368 $23,040
2WD Double V6 AT PreRunner 17 21 $21,535 $23,500
2WD Double LB V6 AT PreRunner 17 21 $21,994 $24,000
4WD Access V6 MT 14 19 $22,809 $24,595
2WD Access V6 MT X-Runner 15 19 $23,450 $25,285
4WD Access V6 AT 16 20 $23,626 $25,475
4WD Double V6 MT 14 19 $23,544 $25,695
4WD Double V6 AT 16 20 $24,352 $26,575
4WD Double LB V6 AT 16 20 $24,810 $27,075
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2WD King Cab I4 Manual XE
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2WD King Cab I4 Manual XE 19 23 $15,683 $16,530
2WD King Cab I4 Manual SE 19 23 $17,669 $18,630
2WD King Cab V6 Manual SE 16 20 $18,426 $19,430
2WD King Cab I4 Automatic SE 17 22 $18,661 $19,680
2WD King Cab V6 Automatic SE 15 20 $19,418 $20,480
2WD Crew Cab SWB Manual SE 16 20 $20,175 $21,280
2WD Crew Cab LWB Manual SE 16 20 $20,931 $22,080
4WD King Cab Manual SE 15 19 $20,747 $22,130
2WD Crew Cab SWB Automatic SE 15 20 $21,168 $22,330
2WD Crew Cab LWB Automatic SE 15 20 $21,925 $23,130
4WD King Cab Automatic SE 14 19 $21,729 $23,180
2WD King Cab V6 Automatic LE 15 20 $22,244 $23,730
2WD King Cab V6 Automatic Nismo 15 20 $22,290 $23,780
4WD Crew Cab SWB Manual SE 15 19 $22,478 $23,980
4WD Crew Cab LWB Manual SE 15 19 $23,226 $24,780
4WD Crew Cab SWB Automatic SE 14 19 $23,460 $25,030
2WD Crew Cab SWB Automatic Nismo 15 20 $23,553 $25,130
2WD Crew Cab SWB Automatic LE 15 20 $23,834 $25,430
4WD King Cab Manual Nismo 15 19 $23,569 $25,430
4WD Crew Cab LWB Automatic SE 14 19 $24,209 $25,830
2WD Crew Cab LWB Automatic LE 15 20 $24,301 $25,930
4WD King Cab Automatic LE 14 19 $24,494 $26,430
4WD King Cab Automatic Nismo 14 19 $24,540 $26,480
4WD Crew Cab SWB Automatic Nismo 14 19 $25,788 $27,830
4WD Crew Cab SWB Automatic LE 14 19 $26,020 $28,080
4WD Crew Cab LWB Automatic LE 14 19 $26,250 $28,330
Pricing
Invoice Price
$14,210
$15,683
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$15,170
$16,530
Monthly Payment Estimate
$253 / month
$276 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
7.4
7.8
TCC’s Bottom Line
The affordable 2009 Toyota Tacoma is a bargain compared to its full-size competitors. 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.
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Fuel Economy
City
20 mpg 19 mpg
Highway
26 mpg 23 mpg
Interior Dimensions
Front Shoulder Room (in)
58.1 58.3
Front Leg Room (in)
41.7 42.4
Front Hip Room (in)
53.6 55.8
Passenger Capacity
3 4
Front Head Room (in)
40.0 39.7
Second Head Room (in)
- 38.3
Second Shoulder Room (in)
- 54.9
Second Leg Room (in)
- 25.4
Second Hip Room (in)
- 55.0
Exterior Dimensions
Ground Clearance, Rear (in)
- TBD - 10.1
Cab to End of Frame (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Height, Overall (in)
65.7 69.7
Ground to Top of Frame (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Overhang, Rear w/o bumper (in)
- TBD - 48.2
Wheelbase (in)
109.4 125.9
Ground Clearance, Front (in)
- TBD - 8.7
Cab to Axle (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
72.2 72.8
Ground to Top of Load Floor (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Overhang, Front (in)
- TBD - 31.3
Frame Width, Rear (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Front Bumper to Back of Cab (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Length, Overall w/o rear bumper (in)
190.4 205.5
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Box (Area) Height (in)
18.0 18.0
Cargo Volume (ft³)
- TBD - 33.5
Cargo Box Width @ Top, Rear (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Box Width @ Wheelhousings (in)
41.5 44.4
Tailgate Width (in)
- TBD - 58.8
Cargo Box Length @ Floor (in)
73.5 73.3
Ext'd Cab Cargo Volume (ft³)
- TBD - 30.9
Cargo Box Width @ Floor (in)
56.7 61.4
Brakes
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
10.8 x - TBD - 11.14 x 0.71
Brake Type
Pwr-Assisted Pwr
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
Yes NA
Brake ABS System (Second Line)
NA NA
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
NA Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
NA 11.26 x 0.71
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
10 x - TBD - NA
Fuel Tank
Aux Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
NA NA
Aux Fuel Tank Location
NA NA
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
21.0 21.1
Fuel Tank Location
Midship NA
Steering
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
36.8 21.75
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & pinion
Steering Ratio (:1), At Lock
- TBD - 3.55
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - NA
Steering Ratio (:1), On Center
17.4 20.4
Tires
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
P215/70R15 P235/75R15
Revolutions/Mile @ 45 mph - Rear
- TBD - - TBD -
Spare Tire Size
Full-size P235/75R15
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
P215/70R15 P235/75R15
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
350 - TBD -
Fifth Wheel Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
3500 - TBD -
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
3500 - TBD -
Fifth Wheel Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
350 - TBD -
Weight Information
Curb Weight - Rear (lbs)
1462 1687
Gross Vehicle Weight Rating Cap (lbs)
4600 4676
Gross Axle Wt Rating - Front (lbs)
2380 2531
Curb Weight - Front (lbs)
1788 1981
Gross Combined Wt Rating (lbs)
7500 7936
Gross Axle Wt Rating - Rear (lbs)
2685 2531
Wheels
Rear Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in)
15 x - TBD - 15 x 7
Front Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Spare Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
15 x - TBD - 15 x 7
Spare Wheel Size (in)
15 x - TBD - 15 x 7
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
9.1 9.3
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - 550
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
- TBD - 110
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (2nd)
NA NA
Maximum Alternator Watts
- TBD - - TBD -
Engine
Displacement
2.7L/164 2.5L/152
Engine Oil Cooler
NA NA
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
159 @ 5200 154 @ 5200
Engine Type
Gas I4 Gas 4-cyl
Fuel System
EFI - TBD -
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
180 @ 3800 173 @ 4400
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
26 23
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
20 19
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
22 -
Transmission
Trans Type
5 5
Trans PTO Access
- TBD - NA
Drivetrain
Rear Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.81 0.81
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA w/OD
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), High
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
4.22 3.64
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.06 2.08
Trans Order Code
NA NA
Transfer Case Power Take Off
- TBD - NA
Trans Power Take Off
- TBD - NA
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 1.00
Trans Description Cont.
Manual w/OD Manual
Transfer Case Model
NA NA
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.95 3.58
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), Low
NA NA
Clutch Size (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.44 1.36
Summary
Vehicle Name
Toyota Tacoma Nissan Frontier
Body Code
- TBD - 125.9" WB
Body Style
Regular Cab King Cab
Suspension
Axle Ratio (:1) - Front
- TBD - NA
Spring Capacity - Rear (lbs)
- TBD - - TBD -
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - NA
Axle Type - Rear
- TBD - NA
Suspension Type - Front
Double-Wishbone Independent
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
1.18 - TBD -
Axle Capacity - Rear (lbs)
- TBD - - TBD -
Spring Capacity - Front (lbs)
- TBD - - TBD -
Axle Ratio (:1) - Rear
3.31 4.08
Axle Type - Front
- TBD - NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - NA
Axle Capacity - Front (lbs)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
Leaf-Spring Multi-Leaf
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
NA - TBD -
Frame
Frame Type
Ladder NA
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
6 -

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