Toyota Tacoma  vs Nissan Frontier 

Toyota Tacoma

  • $27k
  • 4.0L V6
  • 16 city 19 hwy
Front view of Toyota Tacoma
The cargo bed in the Tacoma remains made of a composite material that's lighter than steel and corrosion-resistant.
by The Car Connection (Apr, 2014)

Nissan Frontier SL

  • $34k
  • 4.0L V6
  • 15 city 21 hwy
Front view of Nissan Frontier

Benchmarks Real world tests of Tacoma vs Frontier

Annual Cost The yearly cost to drive 15,000 miles, including fuel and car payments.

Frontier SL

Annual Fuel Cost The cost of fuel to drive 15,000 miles each year.

Frontier SL

Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Toyota Tacoma

Reasons to consider the
Toyota Tacoma

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Lower MSRP $27k vs $34k More than 20% cheaper sticker price
Cheaper annual cost $8,562 vs $10,045 Around 15% less expensive per year
Front view of Nissan Frontier

Reasons to consider the
Nissan Frontier SL

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Better highway driving range 443 miles vs 400 miles More than 10% further range on the interstate

Annual Costs Which is the smarter choice for your wallet over 5 years?

$27,005 21.5¢/mile Toyota Tacoma
Nissan Frontier $34,410 21.5¢/mile
Infrequent drivers     Up to 10,000 miles/year
Average drivers     Up to 20,000 miles/year
Heavy drivers     Up to 40,000 miles/year
The Toyota Tacoma is cheaper (per year) in all scenarios, because of its lower price and cheaper fuel costs per mile.
Our math for 15,000 miles / year, over 5 years
Toyota Tacoma Nissan Frontier
Price $5,401 ($27,005) $6,882 ($34,410)
Fuel $3,222 (4,354 gallons) $3,224 (4,357 gallons)
City 16 MPG 15 MPG
Highway 19 MPG 21 MPG
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Reviews Word on the street

Specifications Full list of technical specs


Tacoma  vs
Brand Toyota Nissan
Model year 2014 2014
City range 337 miles 316 miles
Highway range 400 miles 443 miles
MSRP $27k $34k
Annual cost $8,562 $10,045

power & handling

Max torque 266 ft-lb @ 4,000 RPM 281 ft-lb @ 4,000 RPM
Max HP 236 HP @ 5,200 RPM 261 HP @ 5,600 RPM
Power-to-weight ratio 17.78 lb/hp 18.1 lb/hp
Curb-to-curb turning radius 40.6 feet 47.5 feet

stereo & entertainment

Brand Generic Generic
Speakers 6 10
Has a speed sensitive volume Yes Yes
Has a subwoofer No No
Auxiliary input No No
AM/FM radio Standard Standard
CD player Standard Standard
CD changer N/A N/A
Satellite radio N/A Standard
Entertainment system N/A N/A


Cruise control N/A Standard
Front A/C N/A N/A
Front passenger A/C N/A N/A
Keyless entry N/A Standard
Keyless ignition N/A N/A
Sun roof N/A N/A
Navigation system Optional, $1,265 N/A
Roof rails Optional, $0 N/A
Power locks Standard Standard
Power mirrors Standard Standard
Power outlets Standard Standard
Power steering Standard Standard
Power windows Standard Standard

engine & drivetrain

Tacoma  vs
Engine size 4.0L 4.0L
Air compressor None None
Cylinders V6 V6
Paddle shifters N/A N/A
Gearing type Traditional Traditional
Transmission 6-speed Manual 4WD Part-Time 5-speed Automatic 4WD Part-Time

suspension, wheels & brakes

Front brakes 12.56 in Ventilated Disc 11.69 in Ventilated Disc
Rear brakes 10 in Drum 11.3 in Ventilated Disc
Front wheel width 245 265
Front wheel diameter 16 inch 18 inch
Front wheel aspect ratio 75 60

safety features

Active head restraints Yes Yes
Head curtain
Antilock brakes Standard Standard
Child door locks Standard Standard
Electronic stability control Standard Standard
Traction control Standard Standard
Rear camera N/A N/A
Rear sensor N/A Standard
Park assist system N/A N/A
Communication system None None

physical dimensions

Width 74.6 in 72.8 in
Front track width 63 in 61.8 in
Height 70.1 in 70.1 in
Ground clearance 9.3 in 10.1 in
Length 208.1 in 219.4 in
Wheelbase 127.4 in 139.9 in
Curb weight 4,195 lb 4,725 lb
GVWR 5,500 5,816
Tow weight 3,500 6,100
Has a rear spoiler No No
Seats 5 5
Front seat room 56 ft³ 57 ft³
Rear seat room 43 ft³ 44 ft³
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