Childre Nissan Compares 2019 Nissan Frontier VS 2019 Toyota Tacoma Near Macon, GA

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2019 Nissan Frontier

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2019 Toyota Tacoma

Safety Comparison

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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, rearview cameras and available rear parking sensors.

Reliability Comparison

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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.

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 36 points higher than the Tacoma.

J.D. Power and Associates rated the Frontier first among midsize pickups in their 2018 Initial Quality Study. The Tacoma isn’t in the top three.

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 Toyota vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Nissan 10th in initial quality, above the industry average. With 11 more problems per 100 vehicles, Toyota is ranked 17th, below the industry average.

Engine Comparison

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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):

 

Frontier

Tacoma

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

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

 

Frontier

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, which work much harder than conventional brakes.

The Frontier stops shorter than the Tacoma:

 

Frontier

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

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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

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

 

Frontier

Tacoma

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:

 

Frontier

Tacoma

Full-Throttle

74 dB

78 dB

70 MPH Cruising

68 dB

71 dB

Passenger Space Comparison

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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

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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 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 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

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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 Tacoma is rated higher at a number “8” rate.

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 $140 less for a water pump, $62 less for a muffler, $85 less for a starter, $151 less for fuel injection, $552 less for a timing belt/chain and $120 less for a power steering pump.

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