The Nissan Frontier and Ford Ranger are among the pickup trucks performing well in the market worldwide. But every person has their own taste in selecting the brand he wants due to some aspects and sometimes external, interior looking without leaving behind the performance and prices.
After passing through this article you will be in the position to select which brand you want depending on your lovely factors without forgetting the price. Both are pickup trucks but they differ in some aspects like performance, towing capacity, fuel consumption, and many more. So take the time to read this to the end and you will come up with which brand to buy: Nissan Frontier or Ford Ranger?
(*Prices are reflective of average BE FORWARD pricings as of February 2022.)
Nissan Frontier Ford Ranger
Capacity/Doors 4 doors/5 seater 4 doors/5 seater
Torque 285 Nm - 381 Nm 226 Nm – 385 Nm
Top Speed 112 mph 200 Kph
0-100 km/h 7.2 sec – 14.3 sec 6.1 sec – 10 sec
Max Power 152 hp - 310 hp 160 hp – 270 hp
Engine 2.5L -4.0L 2.0L – 4.0L
Fuel Tank Capacity 80L 68L
Key Features Power-adjustable side-view
mirrors, a sliding rea window,
and upgraded premium
8-inch touch screen, navigation,
Apple CarPlay, Android Auto,
HD Radio, satellite radio, six-
and 10-speaker stereos, three
additional USB ports, remote
Fuel Consumption 7.4 Km/L – 9.5 Km/L
8.5 Km/L – 11.05 Km/L
Length x Width x Height 5.22×1.85×1.87 m 5.25×1.78×1.87 m
BE FORWARD PRICE USD 9,010 – USD 32,330 USD 3,520 – USD 69,960
Interior & Exterior Comparison
The Nissan Frontier is a mid-size and compact pick-up truck produced by Nissan and the nameplate Frontier is used by Nissan especially in North America as an alternative to the Navara and NP300 nameplates. The nameplate was used in North America since 1997, replacing the Nissan Hardbody. The Frontier comes in a 2/4-door pickup truck. The Nissan Frontier has been in production for 3 generations from 1997 to the present.
The Nissan Frontier exterior has a modern look style but a design that appeals to a masculine clientele.
(a) Cabin Storage
The Frontier is a roomy car that can carry 5 adults but the back seats have limited space, but tall passengers and adults can drive in the back seat of Crew Cab models on short drives without feeling too limited. The front seats offer enough support and comfort.
In the front and second cabin, you will find several storage partitions that are useful for keeping items such as beverages, smartphones, handbags, and goggles. In the front row, there is a center box, door pockets, a glovebox, and 2 cup-holders. In the back row, there are front seat jacket pockets and door pockets.
(b) Cargo Space
The Nissan Frontier has sufficient cargo space at the back that can carry even bulky luggage for a family of 5.
Since 1982 the nameplate Ford Ranger has been used on multiple model lines of pickup trucks sold worldwide by Ford from the compact and mid-size pickup category. Some models that were developed by Mazda for sale outside the North American market also used the Ranger nameplate. The first Ford Ranger was based on the T6 platform introduced in 2011.
The new Ford Ranger has a modern, attractive, and tough look in the back; the tail lamps are embossed tailgate and LED tail Lamps. In front of Ranger, the bold new grille is flanking, and the C-Clamp shaped headlamps give next-gen Ranger that gives a unique Ford tough look.
(a) Cabin Storage
The interior of the Ford Ranger has a rather dated cheap-looking interior, and it’s attractive and stingy on standard features. The Ford Ranger has enough comfortable seats. It’s also pretty family-friendly in its roomy SuperCrew configuration. The dashboard is well arranged and gives the driver and passenger an easy way to access different buttons on the dashboard.
The Ford Ranger seats offer flexibility in the cabin. Inside, the Ford Ranger can carry larger items and relax in the cabin in greater comfort. The front cabin seats are well positioned which gives an outstanding view of the road when driving. In the first cabin row, you will find spacious space for both passenger and driver to relax.
In both the driver and passenger cabin, there are storage compartments that are good for storing items such as handbags, goggles, smartphones, and beverages. In the front cabin, you will find door panel storage, 2 cup holders, a glovebox, and a center box. In the passenger cabin, you will find front-seat jacket storage and the door storage panel only.
(b) Cargo Space
The Ford Ranger comes with a 5-foot or 6-foot bed. The Ford Ranger with a 5 or 6-foot bed has enough cargo space for carrying bulky luggage, although the Ford Ranger with a 6-foot bed is the best option for putting longer cargo like plywood.
Engine, Performance & Fuel Consumption
(a) Engine & Performance
The D41 Nissan Frontier is fitted with only single-engine choices, 3.8L VQ38DD V6 petrol engine producing a power output of 310 hp and the engine is linked to a 9-speed automatic. Also, the King Cab pickup is powered by either 2WD or 4WD in either S or SV trim but the 4WD is standard on the Pro-4X.
(b) Fuel Consumption
The Nissan Frontier fitted with a 3.8L fuel consumption is around 9.5 Km/L on the highway, 8.1 km/L combined, and 7.4 Km/L in city driving. But for the 4WD, the fuel consumption is around 7.7 Km/L on the highway, 6.7Km/L combined, and 6.0 Km/L in city driving.
(a) Engine & Performance
The Ranger 1st generation comes fitted with 5 engine size choices such as 2.3L EcoBoost I4 turbo, 2.5L Duratec 25 I4 petrol engines, 2.0L EcoBlue I4 turbo, 2.0L EcoBlue I4 twin-turbo, 2.2 L Duratorq I4 turbo, and 3.2L Duratorq I5 turbo diesel engines producing a maximum power output of 270 hp and a maximum torque of 420 N⋅m for a 2.3L EcoBoost I4 turbo, and 164 hp, 226 N⋅m torque for a 2.5L Duratec 25 I4. Both engines are mated to a 5/6-speed manual or 6/10-speed 6R80/Ford-GM SelectShift automatic.
The Ranger 2nd generation comes fitted with 3 engine choices such as 2.3L EcoBoost I4 turbo petrol engine, 2.0L EcoBlue I4 turbo, 2.0L EcoBlue I4 twin-turbo, and 3.0L Power Stroke V6 turbo. These engines are linked to a 6-speed manual, 6-speed 6R80 automatic or 10-speed Ford-GM SelectShift automatic.
(b) Fuel Consumption
In the category of off-road trucks, most of Ford Ranger has impressive fuel consumption, with an EPA-estimated 8.93 Km/L in the city, 11.05 Km/L on the highway for the 4×2 driveline and 8.5 Km/L in the city, 10.2 Km/L on the highway for the 4×4 driveline.
Both pickup trucks are good but in terms of towing capacity, the better choice is Nissan Frontier which is clearly good for pulling heavy loads over the Ford Ranger. The Nissan Frontier seems to have more horsepower than the Ford Ranger which has a little less horsepower while in terms of higher torque, the Ford Ranger is the best.
If you are looking for an interior seating that both fit the same number of people in the Nissan Frontier as you will the Ford Ranger but in terms of cargo space, the Ford Ranger has a little greater cargo capacity for your lumber or other material than the Nissan Frontier while in terms of handling, the Nissan Frontier allowing you to more easily get in and out of tight spots rather than the Ford Ranger, Ranger has a smaller turning radius.
For comfort Ranger is superb, the Ford Ranger offers a bit more interior space for passengers in the extended cab than the Nissan Frontier. Tall drivers and their passengers will be a favorite with the Ford Ranger, since it has much greater leg- and headroom than the Nissan Frontier and for a fuel-efficient viewpoint, the Ford Ranger is the best rather than the Nissan Frontier.
After passing through this review, you will have enough useful information regarding these two Nissan Frontier and Ford Ranger and the choice remains yours. You can select one of these brands by visiting BE FORWARD.
Written by: Josephat Lukaza