Childre Nissan Compares 2020 Nissan Frontier VS 2020 Ford Ranger Near Macon, GA

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2020 Nissan Frontier

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2020 Ford Ranger

Safety Comparison

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The Frontier has standard Active Head Restraints, which use a specially designed headrest to protect the driver and front passenger from whiplash. During a rear-end collision, the Active Head Restraints system moves the headrests forward to prevent neck and spine injuries. The Ranger doesn’t offer a whiplash protection system.

Both the Frontier and the Ranger have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, height adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, rearview cameras, available four-wheel drive and rear parking sensors.

Reliability Comparison

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J.D. Power and Associates’ 2019 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Nissan vehicles are more reliable than Ford vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Nissan 15th in reliability. With 9 more problems per 100 vehicles, Ford is ranked 16th.

From surveys of all its subscribers, Consumer Reports’ December 2019 Auto Issue reports that Nissan vehicles are more reliable than Ford vehicles. Consumer Reports ranks Nissan 5 places higher in reliability than Ford.

Engine Comparison

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The Frontier’s 3.8 DOHC V6 produces 40 more horsepower (310 vs. 270) than the Ranger’s 2.3 turbo 4-cylinder.

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

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The Frontier has 3.1 gallons more fuel capacity than the Ranger (21.1 vs. 18 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

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The Frontier stops shorter than the Ranger:

Frontier

Ranger

60 to 0 MPH

142 feet

143 feet

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Tires and Wheels Comparison

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For better traction, the Frontier has larger tires than the Ranger (265/70R16 vs. 255/70R16).

Suspension and Handling Comparison

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The Frontier has engine speed-sensitive variable-assist power steering, for low-effort parking, better control at highway speeds and during hard cornering, and a better feel of the road. The Ranger doesn’t offer variable-assist power steering.

Chassis Comparison

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

Frontier

Ranger

Extended Cab Standard Bed

205.5 inches

210.8 inches

Crew Cab Short Bed

205.5 inches

210.8 inches

Crew Cab Standard Bed

219.4 inches

n/a

Passenger Space Comparison

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The Frontier King Cab has 2.8 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Ranger SuperCab (92 vs. 89.2). The Frontier Crew Cab has 3.5 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Ranger SuperCrew (101.1 vs. 97.6).

The Frontier King Cab has 1.7 inches more front shoulder room and .7 inches more rear headroom than the Ranger SuperCab.

The Frontier Crew Cab has .1 inches more front headroom, 1.6 inches more front shoulder room, .3 inches more rear headroom, 4.5 inches more rear hip room and 2 inches more rear shoulder room than the Ranger SuperCrew.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

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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 Ranger’s liftover is 35 inches.

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 Ranger does not have an oil pressure gauge.

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 Ranger.

Economic Advantages Comparison

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Insurance will cost less for the Frontier owner. The Complete Car Cost Guide estimates that insurance for the Frontier will cost $845 less than the Ranger over a five-year period.

According to The Car Book by Jack Gillis, the Frontier is less expensive to operate than the Ranger because it costs $94 less to do the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance for 50,000 miles. Typical repairs cost much less on the Frontier than the Ranger, including $137 less for a water pump, $25 less for a muffler, $81 less for fuel injection and $276 less for a power steering pump.

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