Nissan Frontier vs Toyota Tacoma

2018 Nissan Frontier Inventory

Providing a comfortable ride with superior off-road capability, it’s no wonder the 2018 Nissan Frontier and Toyota Tacoma are two of the most popular midsize pickups on the streets of Gulfport, Pascagoula, and Waveland today.

At Pat Peck Nissan, we’re committed to helping drivers better understand their options on our extensive lineup of new and used models. To help you determine which of these fun-to-drive pickups deserves a spot in your garage, continue reading our Nissan Frontier vs. Toyota Tacoma comparison review!

Performance and Capability

2018 Nissan Frontier Performance Specs

Engineered to tackle whatever the day brings, these versatile trucks provide the type of tough dependability to manage the hardest jobs with ease. The Nissan Frontier gives you the choice between two powerful and efficient engine options:

  • 2.5L 4-cylinder engine with 152 horsepower and 171 lb-ft of torque
  • 4.0L V6 engine with 261 horsepower and 281 lb-ft of torque

Both Frontier engines are seamlessly managed via a 5-speed manual transmission or a 5-speed automatic transmission. Available features, such as Bilstein® off-road performance shock absorbers and a Dana® 44 rear axle, help create a smooth ride, whether you’re traveling on the open highway or off the beaten path.

Likewise, the standard Tacoma offers its own V6 engine that’s capable of reaching 278 horsepower with 265 lb-ft of torque. Unlike the Frontier, though, the Tacoma only offers drivers a 6-speed automatic transmission.

When fully equipped, the Frontier and Tacoma each are capable of towing up to an impressive 6,700 pounds. The Frontier takes the lead when it comes to total payload, supplying 1,450 pounds compared to the Tacoma’s 1,420 pounds.

Nissan Frontier vs Toyota Tacoma: Interior Space and Comfort

Whether simply commuting to the jobsite or heading out for the big weekend tailgate, either pickup supplies tons of interior space with a high level of comfort. The Frontier’s King Cab® cabin is both roomy and functional with 92 cubic feet of passenger volume along with clever storage options, such as its second-row under-seat storage bin.

Comfort is also placed at a premium, thanks to standard features like a tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel, auto-dimming rearview mirror along with available features like dual-zone temperature control and heated seats. The Tacoma also provides its own cozy environment with the addition of a cabin air-filter, plush bucket seats, and door-mounted storage bins.

Innovative Technology

2018 Nissan Frontier Dimensions

Wherever the road leads, travel with a little extra peace-of-mind knowing that the Nissan Frontier is designed to keep you fully connected to all your favorite news, music, and apps, including:

  • 5.8-inch color touchscreen infotainment display
  • Nissan Connect® mobile apps and navigation system
  • Siri® Eye Free
  • Bluetooth® hands-free technology

It also comes with a built-in rearview monitor and multiple power points to charge all your favorite mobile devices and tools. Meanwhile, the Tacoma supplies drivers with its own suite of available technology, including: voice-activated controls, satellite radio, on-board computer as well as Bluetooth® hands-free technology.

Which Pickup Takes the Top Spot?

While this comparison shows both midsize pickups provide a number of fantastic advantages, at the end of the day, the obvious overall winner is the 2018 Nissan Frontier. If you’re a driver near Gulfport, Pascagoula, or Waveland interested in taking a closer look, stop by Pat Peck Nissan or schedule a test drive today!

1 Towing capacity varies by configuration. See Nissan Towing Guide and Owner’s Manual for additional information.

2 Payload capacity varies by configuration. See Nissan Towing Guide and Owner’s Manual for additional information.