Nissan Frontier vs Toyota Tacoma
A dependable pickup truck is a great way to enjoy exploring Indianapolis, Plainfield, and Bloomington. Whether you’re using the truck bed for lots of a cargo or plan on taking it off-roading for the weekend, the versatility of a truck is unmatched.
With lots of quality trucks to choose from, how can you narrow down your search? The Nissan Frontier and Toyota Tacoma are two perennial competitors in the light-duty pickup sector. Check out a direct comparison of these two trucks, and decide which one is the perfect truck for your work and play needs.
Nissan Frontier vs Toyota Tacoma: Specs
The 2018 Nissan Frontier has a standard 2.5L 4-cylinder engine that generates 152 horsepower and 171 lb-ft of torque. For more power, there’s an option for an available 4.0L V6 engine that gets 261 horsepower and 281 lb-ft of torque. The Nissan Frontier can, when properly equipped, tow up 6,710 pounds towing and carry a payload of up to 1,460 pounds.
The 2018 Toyota Tacoma also has two powerful engines available. The first is a 2.7L 4-cylinder engine that gets 159 horsepower and 180 lb-ft. The second, larger engine, is a 3.5L V6 direct-injection Atkinson-cycle engine that gets 278 horsepower and 265 lb-ft or torque. Properly equipped, the Tacoma offers a towing capacity of up to 6,800 pounds and gives it the ability to carry a payload of up to 1,620 pounds.
Tacoma vs Frontier: Off-Roading Ability
The 2018 Toyota Tacoma gives you the freedom to adjust the drive train to four settings geared towards different driving conditions. With Multi-Terrain Select you can switch between Rock, Loose Rock, Sand, and Mud modes. You’ll also be able to conquer rocky terrain with the available Crawl Control and the FOX Internal Bypass shocks with 2.5-inch aluminum housing and oversized shaft for added height.
Both trucks feature Hill Start Assist to prevent any sliding backwards and help them get going up steep terrain. They also each have a standard Electronic Locking Rear Differential to distribute torque evenly to the rear wheels for extra grip in slippery conditions.
Nissan vs Toyota: Truck Bed Dimensions
A quality truck bed is a must on a great pickup. Fortunately, the 2018 Nissan Frontier and 2018 Toyota Tacoma both have truck beds that are full of features. In each you’ll find a durable base, available bed extender, a cargo divider, and a deck rail system with hooks for securely tying down cargo.
The bed of the Nissan Frontier is slightly larger at 73.3 inches long and 44.4 inches wide. With this added size, you can hold more cargo or set yourself up for a night of camping. An available Bed Tent turns your Nissan Frontier into your home away from home.
The Toyota Tacoma truck bed measures 60.5 inches long and 41.5 inches wide. It features a convenient Easy Lower Tailgate, stylish bed lighting and a 120V/400W power outlet.
Choose Your Truck
Whether you’re going off-roading or driving lots of cargo around Indianapolis, Plainfield, and Bloomington, the Nissan Frontier and Toyota Tacoma are both versatile trucks that can get the job done, and Andy Mohr Automotive carries both in our inventory. Stop into our showroom, or give us a call to take a test drive today.