Childre Nissan Compares 2006 Nissan Frontier VS 2006 Toyota Tacoma Near Dublin, GA

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2006 Nissan Frontier

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2006 Toyota Tacoma

Safety Comparison

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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 Tacoma doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

Both the Frontier and the Tacoma 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, head airbags and electronic stability systems to prevent skidding.

Reliability Comparison

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The camshafts in the Frontier’s engine are driven by a hardened steel chain, with no maintenance needs. The Tacoma 2.7 DOHC 4 cyl.’s camshafts are driven by a rubber belt, which eventually needs to be replaced. If the Tacoma’s cam drive belt breaks the engine could be severely damaged when the pistons hit the opened valves.

To reliably power the ignition and other systems and to recharge the battery, the Frontier has a 110 amp alternator. The Tacoma’s standard 80 amp alternator isn’t as powerful.

Engine Comparison

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The Frontier SE/LE/NISMO’s standard 4.0 DOHC V6 produces 29 more horsepower (265 vs. 236) and 18 lbs.-ft. more torque (284 vs. 266) than the Tacoma’s optional 4.0 DOHC V6.

As tested in Motor Trend the Frontier SE/LE/NISMO 4.0 DOHC V6 is faster than the Toyota Tacoma V6 (automatics tested):

Frontier

Tacoma

Zero to 60 MPH

7.6 sec

8.7 sec

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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On the EPA test cycle the Frontier gets better fuel mileage than the Tacoma:

Frontier

Tacoma

4x2

4.0 V6/Manual

17 city/21 hwy

16 city/21 hwy

4.0 V6

4x4

4.0 V6/Manual

17 city/21 hwy

16 city/20 hwy

4.0 V6

To lower fuel costs and make buying fuel easier, the Nissan Frontier uses regular unleaded gasoline. The Tacoma with the 4.0 DOHC V6 engine requires premium for maximum efficiency, which can cost 25 to 50 cents more per gallon.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

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

Frontier

Tacoma

Front Rotors

11.14 inches

10.83 inches

Rear Rotors

11.26 inches

10” drums

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

Tires and Wheels Comparison

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For better traction, the Frontier has larger standard tires than the Tacoma (235/75R15 vs. 215/70R15). The Frontier V6’s tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Tacoma (265/75R16 vs. 255/45R18).

Suspension and Handling Comparison

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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 Tacoma doesn’t offer variable-assist power steering.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Frontier’s wheelbase is 1 foot, 3.9 inches longer than on the Tacoma 4x4. The Frontier’s wheelbase is 1 foot, 4.5 inches longer than on the Tacoma.

The Frontier LE Crew Cab Pickup 4x4 handles at .74 G’s, while the Tacoma shortbed Double Cab 4x4 pulls only .69 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

For greater off-road capability the Frontier has greater minimum ground clearance than the Tacoma (10.1 vs. 9.4 inches), allowing the Frontier to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Passenger Space Comparison

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The Frontier King Cab has .7 inches more front legroom, 2.2 inches more front hip room, .6 inches more front shoulder room, 3.1 inches more rear headroom and 1.4 inches more rear hip room than the Tacoma Access Cab.

The Frontier Crew Cab Pickup has .7 inches more front legroom, 2 inches more front hip room, .6 inches more front shoulder room, .2 inches more rear headroom, 1 inch more rear legroom and 2.8 inches more rear hip room than the Tacoma Double Cab.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

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

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

The Frontier has an all welded cargo box to eliminate possible corrosion spots and to provide better chassis stiffness. The cargo box in the Tacoma is bolted through the bed to the frame with large bolts. These bolts are a prime area for corrosion to start as the normal flexing of the truck’s chassis causes them to eat through the finish; they can also snag cargo as it slides in and out.

The Nissan Frontier’s tailgate uses caliper type latches (like those used for car doors) for smooth, tight closing. The slam bolts on the Toyota’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

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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 Tacoma 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 Tacoma has a plunger parking brake, which is released by turning the handle while pressing a button, a much more difficult operation.

The Frontier Crew Cab LE has a standard automatic headlight on/off feature. When the ignition is on, the headlights automatically turn on at dusk and off after dawn. The Tacoma doesn't offer automatic headlights.

The Frontier’s standard side window demisters help clear frost or condensation from the side windows in the winter. The Tacoma doesn’t even offer side window demisters, so the driver may have to wipe the windows from the outside to gain side vision.

To improve comfort and visibility, the Frontier has standard pull-out visor extensions that block glare better. The Tacoma 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 Tacoma doesn’t offer heated side mirrors.

The Frontier LE Crew Cab’s optional heated front seats keep the driver and front passenger extremely comfortable in the winter. The Tacoma doesn’t offer heated seats.

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

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