Childre Nissan Compares 2018 Nissan Frontier VS 2018 Chevrolet Colorado Near Macon, GA

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2018 Nissan Frontier

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2018 Chevrolet Colorado

Safety Comparison

Both the Frontier and the Colorado 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, rearview cameras and available rear parking sensors.

Warranty Comparison

The Frontier’s corrosion warranty is unlimited miles longer than the Colorado’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 Colorado diesel’s camshafts are driven by a rubber belt that needs periodic replacement. If the Colorado 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 a vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports rates the Frontier’s reliability 19 points higher than the Colorado.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Frontier first among midsize pickups in their 2017 Initial Quality Study. The Colorado was rated second.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ April 2017 Auto Issue reports that Nissan vehicles are more reliable than Chevrolet vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Nissan 2 places higher in reliability than Chevrolet.

Engine Comparison

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

As tested in Motor Trend the Nissan Frontier V6 is faster than the Chevrolet Colorado 4 cyl. (automatics tested):




Zero to 60 MPH

7.6 sec

9.3 sec

Quarter Mile

15.8 sec

17.1 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

86.1 MPH

82.4 MPH

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 Colorado are solid, not vented.

Tires and Wheels Comparison

The Frontier has a standard full size spare so a flat doesn’t interrupt your work or a trip. 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 Frontier has a standard front stabilizer bar, which help keep the Frontier flat and controlled during cornering. The Colorado’s suspension doesn’t offer a stabilizer bar

The Frontier Short Bed SL Crew Cab 4x4 handles at .74 G’s, while the Colorado Short Box ZR2 Crew Cab pulls only .68 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

For greater off-road capability the Frontier has a greater minimum ground clearance than the Colorado Long Box Crew Cab (8.9 vs. 8.1 inches), allowing the Frontier to travel over rougher terrain without being stopped or damaged.

Chassis Comparison

The Nissan Frontier may be more efficient, handle and accelerate better because it weighs about 200 to 250 pounds less than the Chevrolet Colorado.

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




Extended Cab Standard Bed

205.5 inches

212.7 inches

Crew Cab Short Bed

205.5 inches

212.7 inches

Crew Cab Standard Bed

219.4 inches

224.9 inches

As tested by Car and Driver while at idle, the interior of the Frontier Short Bed SL Crew Cab 4x4 is quieter than the Colorado Short Box ZR2 Crew Cab (43 vs. 45 dB).

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 Colorado 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 Colorado 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 Colorado Extended Cab’s liftover is 34.2 inches. The Colorado 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 Colorado 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 Colorado’s foot pedal parking brake is not handy to use as a hill holding device with a manual transmission.

The Frontier V6’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 Colorado doesn’t offer dual zone air-conditioning.

Bluetooth wireless connectivity is standard on the Frontier, connecting the driver and passenger’s cell phones to the vehicle systems. This allows them to use the vehicle’s stereo and hand controls to place calls safely and easily. Bluetooth costs extra on the Colorado.

Economic Advantages Comparison

Insurance will cost less for the Frontier owner. The Car Book by Jack Gillis rates the Frontier with a number “8” insurance rate while the Colorado is rated higher at a number “10” rate.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Frontier is less expensive to operate than the Colorado 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 Colorado, including $195 less for a water pump, $491 less for an alternator, $118 less for front brake pads, $92 less for a fuel pump, $9 less for front struts and $10 less for a timing belt/chain.

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