In comparing the Nissan Frontier's and the Toyota Tacoma's specifications and ratings, 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. The Toyota Tacoma has the advantage in the areas of new vehicle base pricing, reliability, resale value and overall quality score. The Nissan Frontier and Toyota Tacoma have the same interior volume. Based on this comparison of the Nissan Frontier's and the Toyota Tacoma's specifications and ratings, the Toyota Tacoma is a better car than the Nissan Frontier.
Nissan Frontier vs. Toyota Tacoma Pricing
A used 2024 Nissan Frontier ranges from $33,403 to $47,741 while a used 2023 Toyota Tacoma is priced between $34,019 to $51,651. For a new model, the Nissan Frontier's price is between $34,396 and $48,902, with the Toyota Tacoma priced between $32,899 and $49,039.
Nissan Frontier vs. Toyota Tacoma Resale/Retained Value
Looking at the 5-year depreciation rate for both models, the Nissan Frontier loses 27.8 percent of its value and the Toyota Tacoma loses 13.8 percent of its value. This means the Toyota Tacoma retains 14 percentage points more of its value and has the advantage of higher resale value versus the Nissan Frontier.
Nissan Frontier vs. Toyota Tacoma Quality Rating
The iSeeCars Overall Quality rating for the Nissan Frontier is 8.0 out of 10 while the Toyota Tacoma's quality rating is 8.7 out of 10. This results in the Nissan Frontier being ranked 6 out of 7 Best Midsize Trucks and the Toyota Tacoma being ranked 2 out of 7.
Nissan Frontier vs. Toyota Tacoma Reliability Rating
iSeeCars’ Reliability Rating for the Nissan Frontier is 8.1 out of 10. For the Toyota Tacoma the reliability rating is 9.2 out of 10. This gives the Toyota Tacoma an advantage in reliability compared to the Nissan Frontier.
Engine Power and Fuel Efficiency Comparison
For engine performance, the Nissan Frontier’s base engine makes 310 horsepower, and the Toyota Tacoma base engine makes 159 horsepower.
Passenger Space Comparison
The Nissan Frontier and Toyota Tacoma are comparable in regards to interior volume, and front head room.
Available Cab Types and Bed Lengths
Both the Nissan Frontier and the Toyota Tacoma are available in Crew Cabor an Extended Cab configuration. The Nissan Frontier offers bed lengths of 58.9, 59.5, 72.7, and 73.3 inches, and the Toyota Tacoma offers bed lengths of 60.5 and 73.7 inches.
Safety Ratings Comparison
When comparing crash test ratings from NHTSA, both the Nissan Frontier and the Toyota Tacoma have the same average safety rating of 4 out of 5 Stars.
An all-new Nissan Frontier arrived for the 2022 model year, replacing an aged
midsize truck design whose only competitive advantage was its value pricing.
While no spring chicken itself, the Toyota Tacoma is better in almost every way
compared to the previous-gen Frontier. However, the new Frontier has
leapfrogged the Tacoma in several key areas, including horsepower, ride quality,
seat comfort, and interior storage. That said, the Tacoma possesses its own
virtues, including a reputation for quality and reliability, legendary off-road ability,
a healthy aftermarket offering numerous upgrades, and strong resale values. A
new, base-model Frontier costs about $1,500 more than the entry-level Tacoma,
but the top TRD Pro version of the Toyota will set you back nearly $9K more than
the most expensive Frontier PRO-4X. While the fuel economy for the 4-cylinder
Tacoma is slightly better than the Frontier’s standard V6, the latter offers much
more power. If you prefer to shift your own gears, your only choice is the Tacoma.