Childre Nissan Compares 2019 Nissan Frontier VS 2019 GMC Canyon Near Atlanta, GA

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2019 Nissan Frontier

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2019 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, rearview cameras and available rear parking sensors.

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 Colorado 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 a vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports rates the Frontier’s reliability 39 points higher than the Canyon.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Frontier first among midsize pickups in their 2018 Initial Quality Study. The Canyon was rated second.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 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 14 more problems per 100 vehicles, GMC is ranked 20th, below the industry average.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2018 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Nissan vehicles are more reliable than GMC vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Nissan 10th in reliability, above the industry average. With 23 more problems per 100 vehicles, GMC is ranked 18th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ April 2018 Auto Issue reports that Nissan vehicles are more reliable than GMC vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Nissan 15 places higher in reliability than GMC.

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 a flat doesn’t interrupt your work or a trip. 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

Chassis Comparison

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

 

Frontier

Canyon

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 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 Canyon doesn’t offer dual zone air-conditioning.

Economic Advantages Comparison

Insurance will cost less for the Frontier owner. The Car Book by Jack Gillis rates the Frontier with a number “5” insurance rate while the Canyon is rated higher at a number “8” rate.

Recommendations Comparison

The Nissan Frontier outsold the GMC Canyon by over two to one during 2017.

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