Childre Nissan Compares 2001 Nissan Frontier VS 2001 Chevrolet S-10 Near Gray, GA

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2001 Nissan Frontier

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2001 Chevrolet S-10

Safety Comparison

For enhanced safety, the front seat shoulder belts of the Nissan Frontier are height adjustable to accommodate a wide variety of driver and passenger heights. A better fit can prevent injuries and the increased comfort also encourages passengers to buckle up. The Chevrolet S?10 doesn’t offer height adjustable seat belts.

Both the Frontier and the S?10 have standard driver and passenger side airbags and available four wheel antilock brakes.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 35 MPH front crash tests on new cars. In this test, results indicate that the Nissan Frontier is safer than the S?10:

Frontier

S?10

Driver

STARS

***

***

Chest forces

46 g’s

61 g’s

Leg injuries (L/R)

408 / 969

1633 / 1850

Passenger

STARS

****

***

Head Injury Index

521

835

Chest forces

54 g’s

61 g’s

Leg injuries (L/R)

480 / 991

1369 / 646

More stars indicate a better overall result. Lower numbers indicate better individual test results.

The Nissan Frontier is safer than the S?10 Extended Cab:

Frontier

S?10

Driver

STARS

***

**

Chest forces

46 g’s

71 g’s

Leg injuries (L/R)

408 / 969

1679 / 1794

Passenger

STARS

****

***

Head Injury Index

521

588

Chest forces

54 g’s

59 g’s

Leg injuries (L/R)

480 / 991

1609 / 189

More stars indicate a better overall result. Lower numbers indicate better individual test results.

The S?10’s 71 driver’s chest forces index is 18.33% higher than the threshold that indicates possible serious injuries or death.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does 38.5 MPH side impact tests on new cars. In this test, results indicate that the Frontier is safer than the S?10:

Frontier

S?10

Front Seat

STARS

****

***

Thoracic Trauma

64

84

More stars indicate a better chance of avoiding serious injuries. Lower numbers indicate better actual numeric test results.

Warranty Comparison

Nissan’s powertrain warranty covers the Frontier 2 years and 24,000 miles longer than Chevrolet covers the S?10. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 5 years and 60,000 miles. Coverage on the S?10 ends after only 3 years or 36,000 miles.

The Frontier’s corrosion warranty is unlimited miles longer than the S?10’s (unlimited vs. 100,000 miles).

Reliability Comparison

For smoother operation, better efficiency and fewer moving parts, the engines in the Frontier have an overhead cam design, rather than the old pushrod design of the engines in the S?10.

The Frontier’s reliability is better than the S?10’s. In Consumer Reports, the Frontier’s reliability is 50% better.

J.D. Power and Associates’ surveys of new car owners provide the statistics which show that Nissan vehicles are better in initial quality than Chevrolet vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Nissan 11th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 43 more problems per 100 vehicles, Chevrolet is ranked 29th, below the industry average.

Engine Comparison

The Frontier has more powerful engines than the S?10:

Horsepower

Torque

Frontier 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl.

143 HP

154 lbs.-ft.

Frontier 3.3 SOHC V6

170 HP

200 lbs.-ft.

Frontier SC 3.3 supercharged SOHC V6

210 HP

246 lbs.-ft.

S?10 2.2 4 cyl.

120 HP

140 lbs.-ft.

S?10 4.3 V6

180 HP

245 lbs.-ft.

S?10 4x4 4.3 V6

190 HP

250 lbs.-ft.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

The Nissan Frontier gets better fuel mileage than the S?10:

Frontier

S?10

4x2

4 cyl./Auto

20 city/24 hwy

19 city/25 hwy

4x4

V6/Manual

16 city/18 hwy

15 city/18 hwy

V6/Auto

15 city/19 hwy

15 city/18 hwy

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

For better stopping power the Frontier’s brake rotors and drums are larger than those on the S?10:

Frontier

Frontier V6

S?10

Front Rotors

10.2 inches

10.9 inches

10.05 inches

Rear Drums

10.2 inches

11.6 inches

9.5 inches

Opt Rear Rotors

 

 

11.6 inches

The Frontier with optional antilock brakes stops much shorter than the S?10 with antilock brakes:

Frontier

S?10

70 to 0 MPH

211 feet

226 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

139 feet

150 feet

Motor Trend

55 to 0 MPH

112 feet

134 feet

Four Wheeler

30 to 0 MPH

28 feet

46 feet

Four Wheeler

Tires and Wheels Comparison

The Frontier 4x4’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 70 series profile (height to width ratio) which provides a stiffer sidewall than the S?10’s standard 75 series tires.

For better load carrying, ride, handling and brake cooling the Frontier SC Crew Cab Pickup King Cab/Crew Cab has standard 17 inch wheels. The S?10’s largest wheels are only 16 inches.

The Nissan Frontier’s wheels have 6 lugs for longer wheel bearing life, less chance of rotor warping and greater strength. The Chevrolet S?10 only has 5 wheel lugs per wheel.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the Frontier is 1.9 inches wider in the front and 2.2 inches wider in the rear than the average track on the S?10.

The Frontier SE Crew Cab Pickup 4x4 handles at .70 G’s, while the S?10 Extended Cab 4x4 pulls only .63 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Frontier SE Crew Cab Pickup 4x4 goes through Motor Trend’s slalom 3.9 MPH faster than the S?10 short box 4x4 (58.4 vs. 54.5 MPH).

For greater off-road capability the Frontier has a 1.8 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the S?10 short box (9.3 vs. 7.5 inches), allowing the Frontier to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged. The Frontier’s minimum ground clearance is 1.4 inches higher than on the S?10 long box (9.3 vs. 7.9 inches).

Chassis Comparison

The Frontier is shorter than the S?10, making the Frontier easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Frontier

S?10

Reg. Cab

185 inches

190.1 inches

King Cab

196.8 inches

204.7 inches

As tested by Car and Driver while under full throttle, the interior of the Frontier SC Crew Cab Pickup is quieter than the S?10 Extended Cab 4x4 (72 vs. 75 dB).

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Frontier has a much larger cargo box than the S?10 shortbed (45.7 vs. 39.4 cubic feet).

The Frontier King Cab has a much larger cargo box than the S?10 Extended Cab shortbed (44.1 vs. 39.4 cubic feet).

The Frontier Crew Cab Pickup has a much larger cargo box than the S?10 Crew Cab Pickup shortbed (33 vs. 30.2 cubic feet).

The Frontier’s cargo box is larger than the S?10’s in almost every dimension:

Frontier Crew Cab Pickup

Frontier

S?10 Crew Cab Pickup

Length (short/long)

56.3”

77.4”

55.2”

Max Width

59.8”

59.8”

56.6”

Height

17.1”

17.1”

17.1”

To prevent tailgate loss and help secure heavier cargo from theft, the Frontier has a standard tailgate lock cylinder. The S?10 doesn’t offer a tailgate lock.

Both the Frontier and S?10 have bed indentations that accommodate 2x4’s for two-tiered loading, but the Frontier also has indentations to separate the cargo box into three different sections length-wise.

Ergonomics Comparison

The Frontier’s optional steering wheel mounted cruise control is close at hand. The S?10’s optional cruise control is on an over-crowded turn signal stalk.

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