Childre Nissan Compares 2017 Nissan Frontier VS 2017 Toyota Tacoma Near Gray, GA

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2017 Nissan Frontier

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2017 Toyota Tacoma

Safety Comparison

Both the Frontier and the Tacoma 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.

Reliability Comparison

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 that needs periodic replacement. If the Tacoma’s cam drive belt breaks the engine could be severely damaged when the pistons hit the opened valves.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Frontier first among midsize pickups in their 2016 Initial Quality Study. The Tacoma isn’t in the top three in its category.

Engine Comparison

The Frontier’s optional 4.0 DOHC V6 produces 16 lbs.-ft. more torque (281 vs. 265) than the Tacoma’s optional 3.5 DOHC V6.

As tested in Car and Driver the Nissan Frontier V6 is faster than the Toyota Tacoma V6 (automatics tested):




Zero to 60 MPH

7.6 sec

8.1 sec

5 to 60 MPH Rolling Start

8 sec

8.1 sec

Passing 30 to 50 MPH

4 sec

4.1 sec

Quarter Mile

16.1 sec

16.2 sec

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

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




Front Rotors

11.1 inches

10.75 inches

Rear Rotors

11.3 inches

10” drums

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

The Frontier stops shorter than the Tacoma:





60 to 0 MPH

142 feet

146 feet

Consumer Reports

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

156 feet

158 feet

Consumer Reports

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Frontier Short Bed SL Crew Cab 4x4 handles at .74 G’s, while the Tacoma Short Bed TRD Off-Road Double Cab 4x4 pulls only .64 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

Chassis Comparison

The Nissan Frontier may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs up to about 200 pounds less than the Toyota Tacoma.

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




Extended Cab Standard Bed

205.5 inches

212.3 inches

Crew Cab Short Bed

205.5 inches

212.3 inches

Crew Cab Standard Bed

219.4 inches

225.5 inches

As tested by Car and Driver, the interior of the Frontier Short Bed SL Crew Cab 4x4 is quieter than the Tacoma Short Bed TRD Off-Road Double Cab 4x4:





74 dB

78 dB

70 MPH Cruising

68 dB

71 dB

Passenger Space Comparison

The Frontier King Cab has 2.1 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Tacoma Access Cab (87.7 vs. 85.6). The Frontier Crew Cab has 1 cubic foot more passenger volume than the Tacoma Double Cab (101.1 vs. 100.1).

The Frontier King Cab has 1.7 inches more rear headroom, .8 inches more rear legroom and 3.3 inches more rear hip room than the Tacoma Access Cab.

The Frontier Crew Cab has .2 inches more front headroom, .3 inches more rear headroom, 1 inch more rear legroom and 1.7 inches more rear hip room than the Tacoma Double Cab.

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 Tacoma does not have an oil pressure gauge.

The Frontier’s driver’s power window lowers with one touch of the window control, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths. The Tacoma’s standard power windows’ switch has to be held the entire time to open it fully.

The Frontier’s variable intermittent wipers have an adjustable delay to allow the driver to choose a setting that best clears the windshield during light rain or mist. The Tacoma SR’s standard wipers have no intermittent settings at all, so the driver will have to constantly turn them on and off.

The Frontier’s available outside mirrors include heating elements to clear off the mirrors for better visibility. The Tacoma doesn’t offer heated side mirrors.

The Frontier offers an optional 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.

Economic Advantages Comparison

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Frontier is less expensive to operate than the Tacoma because typical repairs cost much less on the Frontier than the Tacoma, including $59 less for an alternator, $83 less for a starter, $258 less for a fuel pump, $576 less for a timing belt/chain and $42 less for a power steering pump.

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