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Nissan Frontier vs. Toyota Tacoma

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.

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2023 Nissan Frontier

2023 Toyota Tacoma

Pricing

New Asking Price:

$30,885 - $45,961

Used Asking Price:

$28,507 - $39,991

5-Year Depreciation (lower is better):

27.8%

Pricing

New Asking Price:

$28,264 - $45,924

Used Asking Price:

$30,995 - $48,579

5-Year Depreciation (lower is better):

13.8%

iSeeCars Scores & Rankings

Overall Score:

8.0 / 10

Reliability:

8.0 / 10

Retained Value:

8.0 / 10

Safety:

8.0 / 10

iSeeCars Scores & Rankings

Overall Score:

8.5 / 10

Reliability:

8.5 / 10

Retained Value:

8.9 / 10

Safety:

8.0 / 10

iSeeCars Rankings

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

iSeeCars Rankings

2 / 11
2 / 11
2 / 11
7 / 10

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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Summary Review

Toyota’s Tacoma has been the sales leader in the midsize segment for decades. While other brands quit this market, Toyota continued to polish the gem that is the Tacoma pickup.

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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

Pros and Cons

  • Wide range of trim levels and styles from affordable barebones to serious off-road
  • Best in class retained value
  • Strong track record of overall reliability
  • Composite bed eliminates corrosion concerns

  • Beware the recent few used years with transmission issues with some recent models
  • Interior oddities like a low, flat seat
  • Not as refined as most competitors, overdue for a full update
  • Towing capability less than segment best

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)

59.5 inches, 72.7 inches, 73.7 inches

Available Bed Length(s)

60.5 inches, 73.7 inches

Available Drivetrain Options

Gasoline

Available Drivetrain Options

Gasoline

Trim Levels

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

Trim Levels

TRD Off-Road, SR, SR V6, SR5 V6, Limited, SR5, TRD Pro, TRD Sport, Trail Special Edition

Warranty Information

Warranty, Bumper-to-Bumper:

3 years / 36000 miles

Warranty, Powertrain

5 years / 60000 miles

Warranty, Roadside Assistance:

3 years / 36000 miles

Warranty Information

Warranty, Bumper-to-Bumper:

3 years / 36000 miles

Warranty, Powertrain

5 years / 60000 miles

Warranty, Roadside Assistance:

2 years

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:

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

Base Drivetrain Specifications

Horsepower:

159 hp @ 5200 rpm

Torque:

180 foot-lbs @ 3800 rpm

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

0.041 hp per pound

Towing Capacity:

Not yet available

Max Payload :

1685 lbs

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

Engine Specifications

Engine Size:

2.7 liters

Engine Configuration:

Inline

Number of Cylinders:

4

Transmission:

Automatic

Standard/Optional Drivetrain Type:

4X2 / 4X4

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

20 / 23 / 21

Range (city/hwy):

422 / 485 miles

Recommended Fuel Type:

Regular Unleaded

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

Standard/Optional Features

Apple CarPlay:

Standard

Android Auto:

Standard

Wireless Smartphone Charging:

Available

Keyless Entry:

Available

Keyless Ignition:

Available

Adaptive Cruise Control:

Standard

Heated Seats:

Available

Cooled/Ventilated Seats:

N/A

Leather Upholstery:

Available

Navigation System:

Available

Sunroof/Moonroof:

Available

Heated Steering Wheel:

N/A

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

Safety Equipment

Forward Collision Warning:

Standard

Pedestrian Detection:

Standard

Lane Departure Warning:

Standard

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:

N/A

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

Interior Dimensions

Front Head Room:

39.7 inches

Front Leg Room:

42.9 inches

Front Shoulder Room:

58.3 inches

Rear Head Room:

34.9 inches

Rear Leg Room:

24.6 inches

Rear Shoulder Room:

56.5 inches

Cargo Space:

Not yet available

Overall Interior Volume:

85.6 cubic feet

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

Exterior Dimensions

Curb Weight:

3915 lbs

Width:

74.4 inches

Height:

70.6 inches

Length:

212.3 inches

Wheelbase:

127.4 inches

Ground Clearance:

9.4 inches

Standard Wheel/Tire Information

Wheel Size:

16.0 inches

Wheel Type:

steel

Tire Size:

265/70R16

Standard Wheel/Tire Information

Wheel Size:

16.0 x 7.0 inches

Wheel Type:

steel

Tire Size:

P245/75R16