Childre Nissan Compares 2017 Nissan Frontier VS 2017 GMC Canyon Near Atlanta, GA

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2017 Nissan Frontier

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2017 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

The camshafts in the Frontier’s engine are driven by a hardened steel chain, with no maintenance needs. The Canyon diesel’s camshafts are driven by a rubber belt that needs periodic replacement. If the Canyon diesel’s cam drive belt breaks the engine could be severely damaged when the pistons hit the opened valves.

A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without their vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports predicts that the Frontier’s reliability will be 114% better than the Canyon.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Frontier first among midsize pickups in their 2016 Initial Quality Study. The Canyon was rated second.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2016 Initial Quality Study of new car owners surveyed provide the statistics that show that Nissan vehicles are better in initial quality than GMC vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Nissan 10th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 2 more problems per 100 vehicles, GMC is ranked 12th.

Engine Comparison

The Frontier’s optional 4.0 DOHC V6 produces 6 lbs.-ft. more torque (281 vs. 275) than the Canyon’s optional 3.6 DOHC V6.

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 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, .3 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.

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.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Frontier is less expensive to operate than the Canyon because it costs $198 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Frontier than the Canyon, including $189 less for a water pump, $493 less for an alternator, $119 less for front brake pads, $92 less for a fuel pump, $9 less for front struts and $10 less for a timing belt/chain.

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

The Nissan Frontier outsold the GMC Canyon by over two to one during the 2016 model year.

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