Childre Nissan Compares 2016 Nissan Frontier VS 2016 GMC Canyon Near Dublin, GA

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2016 Nissan Frontier

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2016 GMC Canyon

Safety Comparison

Both the Frontier and the Canyon have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, height-adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding and available rearview cameras.

Warranty Comparison

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

Reliability Comparison

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Frontier second among midsize pickups in their 2015 Initial Quality Study. The Canyon isn’t in the top three.

Engine Comparison

The Frontier’s optional 4.0 DOHC V6 produces 12 lbs.-ft. more torque (281 vs. 269) than the Canyon’s optional 3.6 DOHC V6.

As tested in Motor Trend the Nissan Frontier V6 is faster than the GMC Canyon V6 (automatics tested):



Zero to 60 MPH

7.6 sec

7.7 sec

Quarter Mile

15.8 sec

15.9 sec

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

The Frontier’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs on the Canyon are solid, not vented.

Tires and Wheels Comparison

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 Canyon Without the option you must depend on a temporary spare, which limits mileage and speed before replacement.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Frontier has a standard front stabilizer bar, which help keep the Frontier flat and controlled during cornering. The Canyon’s suspension doesn’t offer a stabilizer bar

For greater off-road capability the Frontier has a greater minimum ground clearance than the Canyon Long Box Crew Cab (8.9 vs. 8.1 inches), allowing the Frontier to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged. The Frontier’s minimum ground clearance is .6 inch higher than on the Canyon Extended Cab (8.9 vs. 8.3 inches).

Chassis Comparison

The Frontier is shorter than the Canyon, making the Frontier easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces:



Extended Cab Standard Bed

205.5 inches

212.4 inches

Crew Cab Short Bed

205.5 inches

212.4 inches

Crew Cab Standard Bed

219.4 inches

224.6 inches

Passenger Space Comparison

The Frontier King Cab has .8 inches more front hip room, .8 inches more front shoulder room, 1.6 inches more rear headroom and 2.8 inches more rear hip room than the Canyon Extended Cab.

The Frontier Crew Cab has .6 inches more front hip room, .8 inches more front shoulder room, .4 inches more rear headroom, 4.7 inches more rear hip room and 2.1 inches more rear shoulder room than the Canyon Crew Cab.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

A low lift-over bed design makes loading and unloading the Frontier easier. The Frontier’s bed lift-over height is 31.5 inches, while the Canyon Extended Cab’s liftover is 34.2 inches. The Canyon Crew Cab’s liftover is 34.5 inches.

A standard locking glovebox (which can’t be accessed with the valet key) keeps your small valuables safer in the Frontier. The Canyon doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.

Ergonomics Comparison

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 Canyon’s foot pedal parking brake is not handy to use as a hill holding device with a manual transmission.

The Frontier (except S/Desert Runner)’s optional dual zone air conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. The Canyon doesn’t offer dual zone air conditioning.

For greater rear passenger comfort, the Frontier has standard rear heat vents to keep rear occupants more comfortable. The Canyon doesn’t offer rear vents.

Economic Advantages Comparison

Insurance will cost less for the Frontier owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Frontier will cost $425 less than the Canyon over a five-year period.

Intellichoice estimates that five-year ownership costs (depreciation, financing, insurance, fuel, fees, repairs and maintenance) for the Nissan Frontier will be $791 to $1278 less than for the GMC Canyon.

Recommendations Comparison

Consumer Reports® recommends the Nissan Frontier, based on reliability, safety and performance.

The Nissan Frontier outsold the GMC Canyon by almost three to one during the 2015 model year.

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