Nissan Frontier vs Toyota Tacoma Comparison

nissan frontier vs toyota tacoma

The Nissan and Toyota are surprising best-sellers in the pick-up vehicles especially Toyota and have been around for long years. The Frontier was released around a few years after Tacoma was released while the Tacoma seems to be a legend. The Frontier and Tacoma have raised models of the compact and mid-sized pick-up truck.

This review of Nissan Frontier and Toyota Tacoma is full of information about performance, engine size, stylish, interior, and exterior departments on both models.

(*Prices are reflective of average BE FORWARD pricings as of February 2022.)

 Nissan FrontierToyota Tacoma
Capacity/Doors4 doors / 5 seater4 doors / 5 seater
Torque285 Nm - 381 Nm287 N.m – 361 Nm
Top Speed112 mph113 mph
0-100 km/h7.2 sec – 14.3 sec7.3 sec – 13.2 sec
Max Power152 hp - 310 hp142 hp – 278 hp
Engine2.5L - 4.0L2.7L – 4.0L
Fuel Tank Capacity80L80L
Key FeaturesPower-adjustable side-view

mirrors, a sliding rear window,

and upgraded premium cloth

upholstery.
Front Dual-Zone Automatic

Climate Control, Three USB

Ports, Fabric-Trimmed Seats,

Four-Way Adjustable Driver's

Seat with Lumbar Support,

Available Remote Keyless

Entry System, Tire Pressure

Monitoring System.
Fuel Consumption7.4 Km/L – 9.5 Km/L7.6 Km/L – 9.5 Km/L
Length x Width x Height5.22×1.85×1.87 m5.62×1.91×1.79 m
BE FORWARD PRICEUSD 9,010 – USD18,020USD 6,490 – USD 45,580

Interior & Exterior Comparison

Nissan Frontier

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The Nissan Frontier is a compact and mid-size pick-up truck produced by Nissan, an automobile maker and the nameplate Frontier is used by Nissan in different markets especially North America as an alternative to the NP300 and Navara nameplates. Since 1997, the nameplate has been used in North America, replacing the Nissan Hardbody. The Frontier comes in a 2-door pickup truck and a 4-door pickup truck. The Nissan Frontier has been in production for three generations from 1997 to the present. It has all the abilities that are desirable for driving anywhere where road conditions greatly vary even within the same city.

The Nissan Frontier exterior has a modern look style but a design that appeals to a masculine clientele.

(a) Cabin Storage

The Nissan Frontier is a spacious car that can accommodate 5 adults but the back seats aren’t as large as the front, but tall passengers and adults can drive in the rear seat of Crew Cab models on short drives without feeling too restricted. The front seats offer sufficient support and comfort.

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In the front and second cabin, you will find several storage partitions that are useful for keeping items such as smartphones, beverages, goggles, handbags, etc. In the front row, you will find a center box, 2 cup-holders, door pockets, and a glovebox. In the back row, you will find the door pockets and storage at the front seat jacket pockets.

(b) Cargo Space

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The Nissan Frontier has plenty of cargo space at the back that can carry enough luggage for a family of more than 5. And there is no room to increase space when more space is needed.

Toyota Tacoma

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The Tacoma comes as a compact pickup truck (1995–2004) and mid-size pickup truck (2005–present) the same as Nissan Frontier and the vehicle is a 2-door regular cab, 2-door extended cab, and 4-door crew cab. The Tacoma is a front-engine, rear-wheel drive/4-wheel drive. The Tacoma has been in production for 3 generations since 1995.
The 1st generation known as the N140/N150/N160/N170/N190 was in production from 1995 to 2004. The 2nd generation known as the N220/N240/N250/N260/N270 was in production from 2005 to 2015 and the 3rd generation known as the GRN300 has been in production from 2016 to the present.

The latest Tacoma has an attractive and modern appearance with a well-positioned front grille attached well to the bonnet. All models come with fog lights.

(a) Cabin Storage

The interior of Tacoma has a modern dashboard style with a well-illuminated instrument cluster. The seats are well placed which offers an excellent view of the road. In the front row, you will find roomy space for both passenger and driver to rest.

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In the cabin, you will get storage booths that are for storing items such as smartphones, beverages, handbags, and goggles. In the front row, you will find 3 cup holders, door panel storage, a center box, and a glovebox. In the back row, you will find storage on the door storage panel only.

(b) Cargo Space

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The cargo space is the same as the Nissan Frontier double cabin but there is plenty to carry luggage for a family of 5 or more the same as Nissan Frontier. There is no room to add space when more space is required. But the Tacoma single cabin seems to have more cargo space compared to a Tacoma double cabin.

Engine, Performance & Fuel Consumption

Nissan Frontier

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(a) Engine & Performance

The 3rd generation D41 Nissan Frontier comes fitted with only single-engine choices, a VQ38DD V6 3.8L petrol engine generates a power output of 310 hp (231 kW; 314 PS) and the engine is mated to a 9-speed automatic. Also, the King Cab pickup comes with 2WD and 4WD in either S or SV trim but the 4WD is standard on the Pro-4X.

(b) Fuel Consumption

The latest Frontier 3.8L fuel consumption is around 7.4 Km/L in city driving, 9.5 Km/L on the highway, and 8.1 km/L combined. But for the 4WD Frontier, the fuel consumption is around 6.0 Km/L in city driving, 7.7 Km/L on the highway, and 6.7Km/L combined.

Toyota Tacoma

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(a) Engine & Performance

The latest Tacoma N300 comes fitted with two engine size choices, a 2.7L 2TR-FE I4, and 3.5L 2GR-FKS V6 petrol engines generates a power output of 159 hp (161 PS; 119 kW) for a Toyota Tacoma 2.7L 2TR-FE I4 and 278 hp (282 PS; 207 kW) for a 3.5L 2GR-FKS V6. These engines are linked to a 5-speed manual for 2016/17 models, 6-speed automatic, or 6-speed manual (RC62F).

The second-generation Tacoma comes fitted with two engine size choices, a 2.7L 2TR-FE I4 and a 4.0L 1GR-FE V6 petrol engine which generates a power output of 159 hp (161 PS; 119 kW) for a 2.7L 2TR-FE I4 and 236 hp (239 PS; 176 kW) for a 4.0L 1GR-FE V6 and linked to a 4-speed automatic, 5-speed automatic, 5-speed manual, or 6-speed manual.

While the Tacoma 1st generation comes fitted with 3 engine size choices, a 2.4L 2RZ-FE I4, 2.7L 3RZ-FE I4, and 3.4L 5VZ-FE V6 petrol engines which generates a power output of 142 hp (144 PS; 106 kW) for a 2.4L 2RZ-FE I4, 150 hp (152 PS; 112 kW) for a 2.7L 3RZ-FE I4, and 190 hp (193 PS; 142 kW) for a 3.4L 5VZ-FE V6. These engines are mated to a 4-speed automatic or 5-speed manual. Also available in 2WD and 4WD.

(b) Fuel Consumption

Depending on the model and year of manufacture the fuel consumption is around 7.6 Km/L in city driving, 9.5 Km/L on the highway, and 8.4 Km/L combined.

Final Verdict

Nissan and Toyota have a good compact and mid-sized pick-up truck with enough power with comfortability but the Toyota has famous compact pick-up trucks such as Toyota Tacoma, Toyota Hilux double cabin, and a single cabin, and Toyota Tundra while Nissan has Nissan Hardbody, Navara, and Frontier.

The Nissan Frontier and the Toyota Tacoma are some of those car models that are countless in almost every aspect of vehicle details, but some of us choose the engine size, exterior appearance, and disregard interior looking and sometimes safety features. Both models seem to have equal fuel consumption.

After reading through this review, we hope you will have enough details regarding these 2 Nissan Frontier and Toyota Tacoma. For people who feel the exterior looking and for a gentle-looking Toyota Tacoma is all you need. The Tacoma has been around for a while now, and its status speaks for itself, while the Frontier has been around for a short period. You can purchase one of these models on BE FORWARD.

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Written by: Josephat Lukaza

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