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Ford Ranger vs. Nissan Frontier

In comparing the Ford Ranger to the Nissan Frontier, the Ford Ranger has the advantage in the areas of new vehicle base pricing and interior volume. The Nissan Frontier has the advantage in the areas of typical lower range of pricing for one- to five-year-old used cars and base engine power. Based on this comparison of the Ford Ranger versus the Nissan Frontier, the two cars are fairly comparable.

Ford Ranger versus Nissan Frontier Pricing

A one- to five-year-old used Ford Ranger ranges from $29,979 to $43,791 while a used Nissan Frontier from the same model year range is priced between $28,507 to $39,991. For a new model, the Ford Ranger's price is between $30,745 and $47,115, with the Nissan Frontier priced between $30,885 and $45,961.

Engine Power and Fuel Efficiency Comparison

For engine performance, the Ford Ranger’s base engine makes 270 horsepower, and the Nissan Frontier base engine makes 310 horsepower.

Passenger Space Comparison

While both models are midsize trucks, the Ford Ranger has the advantage of offering more interior volume, reflected in more front head room, front leg room, rear shoulder room and rear leg room. The Nissan Frontier has the advantage in the areas of front shoulder room and rear head room.

Hauling, Towing, and Off-Road Capabilities Comparison

The Ford Ranger has the advantage of higher towing capacity and payload capacity, while the Nissan Frontier has the advantage of higher ground clearance.

Available Cab Types and Bed Lengths

The Ford Ranger is available in a Crew Cab or an Extended Cab configuration, and the Nissan Frontier is available in a Crew Cab or an Extended Cab configuration. The Ford Ranger offers bed lengths of 61 and 72.8 inches, and the Nissan Frontier offers bed lengths of 59.5, 72.7, 73.7 inches.

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2023 Ford Ranger

2023 Nissan Frontier

Pricing

New Asking Price:

$30,745 - $47,115

Used Asking Price:

$29,979 - $43,791

5-Year Depreciation (lower is better):

27.5%

Pricing

New Asking Price:

$30,885 - $45,961

Used Asking Price:

$28,507 - $39,991

5-Year Depreciation (lower is better):

27.8%

iSeeCars Scores & Rankings

Overall Score:

Not available

Reliability:

Not available

Retained Value:

8.1 / 10

Safety:

8.0 / 10

iSeeCars Scores & Rankings

Overall Score:

8.0 / 10

Reliability:

8.0 / 10

Retained Value:

8.0 / 10

Safety:

8.0 / 10

iSeeCars Rankings

5 / 10
6 / 11

iSeeCars Rankings

3 / 11
3 / 11
3 / 11
8 / 10

Summary Review

Ford discontinued its iconic Ranger small pickup truck in 2011 despite a large, loyal fanbase. It recovered from that mistake by introducing an all-new Ford Ranger in 2019. The old and new Ranger small truck have nothing at all in common, and most older Ranger used trucks are now "fully depreciated,” to say it kindly. We’ll focus our comments on the new Ranger.

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Summary Review

The Nissan Frontier received a much-needed redesign for 2022, transforming it from the oldest to the newest truck in the midsize category. Its drivetrain, a 3.8-liter V6 with 310 horsepower connected to a 9-speed automatic transmission, was all new in 2021. Now the rest of the truck has caught up, giving the Frontier a stylishly-aggressive exterior design, high-quality interior materials, and a long list of advanced standard and optional technology. 

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Pros and Cons

  • Excellent fuel-efficient 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine standard
  • Tremor off-road trim option
  • Modern infotainment
  • Class-leading payload capacity

  • Mixed reliability scores
  • Retained value hard to predict (too new)

Pros and Cons

  • Powerful engine mates to an advanced, capable transmission
  • Appealing style, inside and out
  • Wide range of standard and optional high-tech features

  • Towing capacity weaker than many competitors
  • Resale value not as strong as class leaders

Available Body Styles

Pickup Truck

Available Body Styles

Pickup Truck

Available Cab Types

Crew Cab, Extended Cab

Available Cab Types

Crew Cab, Extended Cab

Available Bed Length(s)

61 inches, 72.8 inches

Available Bed Length(s)

59.5 inches, 72.7 inches, 73.7 inches

Available Drivetrain Options

Gasoline

Available Drivetrain Options

Gasoline

Trim Levels

XL, Lariat, XLT

Trim Levels

PRO-4X, S, PRO-X, SV

Warranty Information

Warranty, Bumper-to-Bumper:

3 years / 36000 miles

Warranty, Powertrain

5 years / 60000 miles

Warranty, Roadside Assistance:

5 years / 60000 miles

Warranty Information

Warranty, Bumper-to-Bumper:

3 years / 36000 miles

Warranty, Powertrain

5 years / 60000 miles

Warranty, Roadside Assistance:

3 years / 36000 miles

Safety Ratings

NHTSA Safety Rating (last 5 year average):

4 out of 5 Stars

IIHS Safety Rating:

Not yet available

Safety Ratings

NHTSA Safety Rating (last 5 year average):

4 out of 5 Stars

IIHS Safety Rating:

Not yet available

Base Drivetrain Specifications

Horsepower:

270 hp @ 5500 rpm

Torque:

310 foot-lbs @ 3000 rpm

Power-to-Weight Ratio (higher is better):

0.065 hp per pound

Towing Capacity:

3500 lbs

Max Payload:

1905 lbs

Base Drivetrain Specifications

Horsepower:

310 hp @ 6400 rpm

Torque:

281 foot-lbs @ 4400 rpm

Power-to-Weight Ratio (higher is better):

0.071 hp per pound

Towing Capacity:

Not yet available

Max Payload :

1600 lbs

Engine Specifications

Engine Size:

2.3 liters

Engine Configuration:

Inline

Number of Cylinders:

4

Transmission:

Automatic

Standard/Optional Drivetrain Type:

4X2 / 4X4

EPA Fuel Economy (City/Highway/Combined MPG):

Not yet available

Range (city/hwy):

Not yet available

Recommended Fuel Type:

Not yet available

Engine Specifications

Engine Size:

3.8 liters

Engine Configuration:

V

Number of Cylinders:

6

Transmission:

Automatic

Standard/Optional Drivetrain Type:

4X2 / 4X4

EPA Fuel Economy (City/Highway/Combined MPG):

18 / 24 / 20

Range (city/hwy):

378 / 504 miles

Recommended Fuel Type:

Regular Unleaded

Standard/Optional Features

Apple CarPlay:

Available

Android Auto:

Available

Wireless Smartphone Charging:

N/A

Keyless Entry:

Available

Keyless Ignition:

Standard

Adaptive Cruise Control:

Available

Heated Seats:

Available

Cooled/Ventilated Seats:

N/A

Leather Upholstery:

Available

Navigation System:

Available

Sunroof/Moonroof:

N/A

Heated Steering Wheel:

N/A

Standard/Optional Features

Apple CarPlay:

Standard

Android Auto:

Standard

Wireless Smartphone Charging:

Available

Keyless Entry:

Standard

Keyless Ignition:

Standard

Adaptive Cruise Control:

Available

Heated Seats:

Available

Cooled/Ventilated Seats:

N/A

Leather Upholstery:

Available

Navigation System:

Available

Sunroof/Moonroof:

Available

Heated Steering Wheel:

Available

Safety Equipment

Forward Collision Warning:

Standard

Pedestrian Detection:

Standard

Lane Departure Warning:

Available

Lane Keeping Assist:

Available

Blind Spot Monitoring:

Available

Rear Cross-Traffic Alert:

Available

360-Degree Camera:

N/A

Rear Seat Reminder:

N/A

Driver Attention Monitoring:

Available

Safety Equipment

Forward Collision Warning:

Standard

Pedestrian Detection:

Standard

Lane Departure Warning:

Available

Lane Keeping Assist:

N/A

Blind Spot Monitoring:

Available

Rear Cross-Traffic Alert:

Available

360-Degree Camera:

Available

Rear Seat Reminder:

Standard

Driver Attention Monitoring:

Standard

Interior Dimensions

Front Head Room:

39.8 inches

Front Leg Room:

43.1 inches

Front Shoulder Room:

56.6 inches

Rear Head Room:

35.9 inches

Rear Leg Room:

30.4 inches

Rear Shoulder Room:

55.2 inches

Cargo Space:

Not yet available

Overall Interior Volume:

89.2 cubic feet

Interior Dimensions

Front Head Room:

39.7 inches

Front Leg Room:

42.3 inches

Front Shoulder Room:

58.2 inches

Rear Head Room:

36.6 inches

Rear Leg Room:

26.2 inches

Rear Shoulder Room:

52.4 inches

Cargo Space:

Not yet available

Overall Interior Volume:

85.6 cubic feet

Exterior Dimensions

Curb Weight:

4145 lbs

Width:

85.8 inches

Height:

72.9 inches

Length:

210.8 inches

Wheelbase:

126.8 inches

Ground Clearance:

8.4 inches

Exterior Dimensions

Curb Weight:

4343 lbs

Width:

73 inches

Height:

71.7 inches

Length:

210.2 inches

Wheelbase:

126 inches

Ground Clearance:

9.4 inches

Standard Wheel/Tire Information

Wheel Size:

16.0 x 7.0 inches

Wheel Type:

painted steel

Tire Size:

P255/70R16

Standard Wheel/Tire Information

Wheel Size:

16.0 inches

Wheel Type:

steel

Tire Size:

265/70R16