Childre Nissan Compares 2006 Nissan Frontier VS 2006 Chevrolet Colorado Near Gray, GA

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2006 Nissan Frontier

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2006 Chevrolet Colorado

Safety Comparison

The Frontier has standard Active Head Restraint, which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the Active Head Restraint system moves the headrests forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The Colorado doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

The Frontier LE/NISMO 4x4 Automatic offers optional Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC), which uses the antilock brake hardware along with powerful software and additional sensors to detect the beginning of a skid. VDC then intervenes by automatically applying the brake at one appropriate wheel, preventing a skid. The Colorado doesn’t offer skid prevention.

When descending a steep, off-road slope, the Frontier LE/NISMO Automatic’s optional Hill Descent Control allows you to creep down safely. The Colorado doesn’t offer Hill Descent Control.

Both the Frontier and the Colorado have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, height adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, available front seat side-impact airbags and head airbags.

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 Colorado:

Frontier

Colorado

Front Seat

STARS

5 Stars

4 Stars

Thoracic Trauma

29

62

Pelvis Deceleration

43 G’s

115 G’s

Rear Seat

STARS

5 Stars

5 Stars

Thoracic Trauma

30

51

Pelvis Deceleration

38 G’s

69 G’s

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 Colorado. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 5 years and 60,000 miles. Coverage on the Colorado ends after only 3 years or 36,000 miles.

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

Engine Comparison

The Frontier SE/LE/NISMO’s standard 4.0 DOHC V6 produces 45 more horsepower (265 vs. 220) and 59 lbs.-ft. more torque (284 vs. 225) than the Colorado’s optional 3.5 DOHC 5 cyl.

As tested in Consumer Reports the Frontier SE/LE/NISMO 4.0 DOHC V6 is faster than the Chevrolet Colorado 5 cyl. (automatics tested):

Frontier

Colorado

Zero to 60 MPH

7.9 sec

9.6 sec

45 to 65 MPH Passing

5.1 sec

6.6 sec

Quarter Mile

16.3 sec

17.3 sec

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Frontier XE King Cab 4x2 with its standard engine 5-spd Auto gets better fuel mileage than the Colorado 4x2 with its standard engine 4-spd Auto (19 city/24 hwy vs. 17 city/23 hwy).

The Frontier has 1.5 gallons more fuel capacity than the Colorado (21.1 vs. 19.6 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

For better stopping power the Frontier’s front brake rotors are larger than those on the Colorado:

Frontier 4 cyl.

Frontier V6

Colorado

Front Rotors

11.14 inches

11.65 inches

11 inches

The Nissan Frontier has standard antilock four-wheel disc brakes for better stopping power and improved directional control in poor weather. Only rear drums come on the Colorado. Drums can heat up and make stops longer, especially with antilock brakes, which work much harder than conventional brakes.

In an emergency stopping situation, many drivers don’t press the brakes with enough force to stop the vehicle in the shortest distance. The Frontier has a standard brake assist system to detect emergency braking situations (by how hard and how quickly the brake pedal is pressed) and then automatically apply maximum braking immediately in order to help prevent a collision. The Colorado doesn’t offer a brake assist feature.

The Frontier stops much shorter than the Colorado:

Frontier

Colorado

70 to 0 MPH

199 feet

204 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

142 feet

156 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Frontier has larger standard tires than the Colorado (235/75R15 vs. 205/75R15).

The Frontier has a standard full size spare so your work or a trip isn’t interrupted by a flat. A full size spare costs extra on the Colorado. Without the option you must depend on a temporary spare, which limits mileage and speed before replacement.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The front suspension of the Frontier uses coil springs for better ride, handling and control than the Colorado 4x4, which uses torsion bars in front. Coil springs compress more progressively and offer more suspension travel for a smoother ride with less bottoming out.

The Frontier has engine speed sensitive variable-assist power steering, for low-effort parking, better control at highway speeds and during hard cornering, and a better feel of the road. The Colorado doesn’t offer variable-assist power steering.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Frontier’s wheelbase is 1 foot, 2.6 inches longer than on the Colorado (125.9 vs. 111.3 inches).

For better handling and stability, the track (width between the wheels) on the Frontier is 3.3 inches wider in the front and 4.3 inches wider in the rear than the average track on the Colorado.

The Frontier LE Crew Cab Pickup 4x4 handles at .74 G’s, while the Colorado LT Crew Cab Pickup 4x4 pulls only .70 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

For greater off-road capability the Frontier has a 2.6 inches greater minimum ground clearance than the Colorado Extended Cab Pickup (10.1 vs. 7.5 inches), allowing the Frontier to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged. The Frontier’s minimum ground clearance is 1.1 inches higher than on the Colorado Extended Cab Pickup Z71 (10.1 vs. 9 inches).

Passenger Space Comparison

The Frontier King Cab has .1 inches more front headroom, .2 inches more front legroom, 2.5 inches more front hip room, 1.2 inches more front shoulder room, .4 inches more rear headroom and 2.3 inches more rear legroom than the Colorado Extended Cab Pickup.

The Frontier Crew Cab Pickup has .4 inches more front headroom, .2 inches more front legroom, 2.3 inches more front hip room, 1.2 inches more front shoulder room, .4 inches more rear headroom, 5.1 inches more rear hip room and 1.2 inches more rear shoulder room than the Colorado Crew Cab Pickup.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

A standard locking glovebox keeps your small valuables safer in the Frontier. The Colorado doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.

The Nissan Frontier’s tailgate uses caliper type latches (like those used for car doors) for smooth, tight closing. The slam bolts on the Chevrolet’s tailgate aren’t as tight as caliper latches, and they require closing the tailgate with more force, which can eventually damage it.

Ergonomics Comparison

The Frontier’s instruments include an oil pressure gauge and a temperature gauge – which could save your engine! Often ‘idiot lights’ don’t warn you until damage has been done. The Colorado does not have an oil pressure gauge.

The Frontier has a lever hand brake in the console, easy to use while keeping both feet free and not impeding entry and exit. The Colorado’s foot pedal parking brake is not handy to use as a hill holding device with a manual transmission.

To improve comfort and visibility, the Frontier has standard pull-out visor extensions that block glare better. The Colorado doesn’t offer any similar feature.

The Frontier LE Crew Cab’s optional outside mirrors include heating elements to clear off the mirrors for better visibility. The Colorado doesn’t offer heated side mirrors.

The Frontier Crew Cab has a standard center folding armrest for the rear passengers. A center armrest helps make rear passengers more comfortable. The Colorado doesn’t offer a rear seat center armrest.

An optional built-in pollen filter removes pollen, exhaust fumes and other pollutants from the Frontier’s passenger compartment. This helps prevent lung and/or sinus irritation, which can trigger allergies or asthma. The Colorado doesn’t offer a filtration system.

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

To help keep the driver’s hands on the wheel, the Frontier (except XE) offers optional steering wheel controls for the radio. The Colorado doesn’t offer steering wheel audio controls.

Economic Advantages Comparison

Insurance will cost less for the Frontier owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Frontier will cost $2839 less than the Colorado over a five year period.

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