2008 Nissan Frontier vs. Its Competition

2008 Nissan Frontier XE
Martin Padgett Martin Padgett Editorial Director

Mid-size trucks from other manufacturers mimic the 2008 Nissan Frontier's wide range of features.

The Dodge Dakota comes in two- and four-door versions, with V-8 engines available and four-wheel-drive packages for more serious duty.

The Toyota Tacoma offers a big V-6 engine, a special off-road version, and even a sport-tuned edition.

The Honda Ridgeline comes in one four-door configuration and one V-6/automatic combination, but its cubby-laden interior and highly functional truck bed make up for its odd styling and not-quite-full-size bed.

2008 Nissan Frontier XE2008 Nissan Frontier
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2008 Dodge Dakota 2WD Ext Cab ST Open Doors2008 Dodge Dakota
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2008 Honda Ridgeline 4WD Crew Cab RT Open Doors2008 Honda Ridgeline
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2008 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner2008 Toyota Tacoma
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Quick Specs
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.
Especially with the improved V-8, the 2008 Dodge Dakota can do most of what a full-size truck can while consuming fewer resources in the process.
The 2008 Honda Ridgeline is a flexible light-duty truck with a plush feel, but it can't tackle all the tasks a full-size truck does well.
The 2008 Toyota Tacoma covers the basics, at a price that’s lower than full-size trucks.
MSRP From   
Gas Mileage   
14 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy14 MPG City / 20 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 20 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy
Gas 4-cylGas V6Gas V6Gas I4
EPA Class   
N/AN/A4WD Pickup TrucksN/A
Style Name   
2WD King Cab I4 Manual XE2WD Ext Cab ST4WD Crew Cab RT2WD Reg I4 MT (SE)
Rear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveFour Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity   
Passenger Doors   
Body Style   
King CabExtended Cab 6'7" Bed4 Door Crew CabRegular Cab
ManualManual w/ODAutomatic w/ODManual w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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