Compare 2012 Toyota Tacoma vs 2012 Nissan Frontier

2012 Toyota Tacoma
2012 Nissan Frontier
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2WD Reg Cab I4 MT
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2WD Reg Cab I4 MT 21 25 $16,215 $17,125
2WD Reg Cab I4 AT 19 24 $17,067 $18,025
2WD Access Cab I4 MT 21 25 $18,670 $19,915
2WD Access Cab I4 AT 19 24 $19,513 $20,815
4WD Reg Cab I4 MT 18 20 $19,860 $20,975
2WD Access Cab I4 AT PreRunner 19 24 $20,228 $21,575
4WD Reg Cab I4 AT 18 21 $20,929 $22,105
2WD Double Cab I4 AT 19 24 $20,775 $22,425
2WD Access Cab V6 AT PreRunner 17 21 $21,571 $23,010
2WD Double Cab I4 AT PreRunner 19 24 $21,378 $23,075
4WD Access Cab I4 MT 18 20 $22,266 $23,750
2WD Double Cab V6 AT PreRunner 17 21 $22,706 $24,510
4WD Access Cab I4 AT 18 21 $23,110 $24,650
2WD Double Cab LB V6 AT PreRunner 17 21 $23,169 $25,010
4WD Access Cab V6 MT 15 19 $23,723 $25,305
4WD Access Cab V6 AT 16 21 $24,549 $26,185
2WD Access Cab V6 MT X-Runner 16 21 $24,966 $26,630
4WD Double Cab V6 MT 15 19 $24,739 $26,705
4WD Double Cab V6 AT 16 21 $25,555 $27,585
4WD Double Cab LB V6 AT 16 21 $26,019 $28,085
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2WD King Cab I4 Manual S
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2WD King Cab I4 Manual S 19 23 $18,264 $19,260
2WD King Cab I4 Automatic S 17 22 $19,258 $20,310
2WD King Cab I4 Manual SV 19 23 $21,376 $22,550
2WD King Cab V6 Manual SV 16 20 $21,934 $23,140
2WD Crew Cab SWB Manual S 16 20 $22,086 $23,300
2WD King Cab I4 Automatic SV 17 22 $22,369 $23,600
2WD King Cab V6 Automatic SV 15 20 $22,927 $24,190
2WD Crew Cab SWB Automatic S 15 20 $23,079 $24,350
2WD Crew Cab SWB Manual SV 16 20 $23,116 $24,390
2WD Crew Cab SWB Automatic SV 15 20 $24,109 $25,440
4WD King Cab Manual SV 15 20 $24,218 $25,840
2WD Crew Cab LWB Automatic SV 15 20 $24,506 $25,860
4WD Crew Cab SWB Manual S 15 20 $24,367 $26,000
4WD King Cab Automatic SV 14 19 $25,200 $26,890
4WD Crew Cab SWB Automatic S 14 19 $25,349 $27,050
4WD Crew Cab SWB Manual SV 15 20 $25,387 $27,090
4WD Crew Cab SWB Automatic SV 14 19 $26,369 $28,140
4WD Crew Cab LWB Automatic SV 14 19 $26,761 $28,560
4WD King Cab Manual PRO-4X 15 20 $26,898 $29,030
2WD Crew Cab SWB Automatic SL 15 20 $27,912 $29,790
4WD Crew Cab SWB Manual PRO-4X 15 20 $27,720 $29,920
4WD King Cab Automatic PRO-4X 14 19 $28,008 $30,230
2WD Crew Cab LWB Automatic SL 15 20 $28,380 $30,290
4WD Crew Cab SWB Automatic PRO-4X 14 19 $28,691 $30,970
4WD Crew Cab SWB Automatic SL 14 19 $30,051 $32,440
4WD Crew Cab LWB Automatic SL 14 19 $30,560 $32,990
Pricing
Invoice Price
$16,215
$18,264
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$17,125
$19,260
Monthly Payment Estimate
$285 / month
$321 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
6.4
7.6
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2012 Toyota Tacoma's affordable price, fuel-efficiency, and simplicity make it a good, capable alternative for those who don't need a full-size truck. You may not need to go full-size--the 2012 Nissan Frontier pickup truck can cover a lot of the same ground a bigger pickup can.
TCC Likes
TCC Dislikes
Fuel Economy
City
21 mpg 19 mpg
Highway
25 mpg 23 mpg
Interior Dimensions
Front Shoulder Room (in)
58.1 58.3
Passenger Capacity
3 4
Front Leg Room (in)
41.7 42.4
Front Hip Room (in)
53.6 55.8
Front Head Room (in)
40.0 39.7
Second Hip Room (in)
- 55.0
Second Head Room (in)
- 38.3
Second Shoulder Room (in)
- 54.9
Second Leg Room (in)
- 25.4
Exterior Dimensions
Height, Overall (in)
65.7 68.7
Ground to Top of Frame (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Overhang, Rear w/o bumper (in)
- TBD - 48.2
Wheelbase (in)
109.4 125.9
Ground Clearance, Front (in)
- TBD - 8.7
Cab to Axle (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
72.2 72.8
Ground to Top of Load Floor (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Overhang, Front (in)
- TBD - 31.3
Frame Width, Rear (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Front Bumper to Back of Cab (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Length, Overall w/o rear bumper (in)
190.4 205.5
Ground Clearance, Rear (in)
- TBD - 8.7
Cab to End of Frame (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Volume (ft³)
- TBD - 33.5
Cargo Box Width @ Top, Rear (in)
- TBD - 61.4
Cargo Box Width @ Wheelhousings (in)
41.5 44.4
Tailgate Width (in)
- TBD - 58.8
Cargo Box Length @ Floor (in)
73.5 73.3
Ext'd Cab Cargo Volume (ft³)
- TBD - 30.9
Cargo Box Width @ Floor (in)
56.7 61.4
Cargo Box (Area) Height (in)
18.0 18.0
Brakes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
10.8 x - TBD - 11.1 x 0.7
Brake Type
Pwr-Assisted Pwr
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
Yes NA
Brake ABS System (Second Line)
NA NA
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
NA Yes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
NA 11.3 x 0.7
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
10.0 x - TBD - NA
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Fuel Tank
Aux Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
NA NA
Aux Fuel Tank Location
NA NA
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
21.1 21.1
Fuel Tank Location
Midship NA
Steering
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & pinion
Steering Ratio (:1), At Lock
- TBD - 3.6
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), On Center
17.4 20.4
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
36.7 43.4
Tires
Revolutions/Mile @ 45 mph - Spare
- TBD - NA
Front Tire Capacity (lbs)
- TBD - NA
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Spare Tire Capacity (lbs)
- TBD - NA
Front Tire Size
P215/70R15 P235/75R15
Revolutions/Mile @ 45 mph - Rear
- TBD - NA
Spare Tire Size
Full-size P235/75R15
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Capacity (lbs)
- TBD - NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Revolutions/Mile @ 45 mph - Front
- TBD - NA
Rear Tire Size
P215/70R15 P235/75R15
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
350 350
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
350 350
Fifth Wheel Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
350 NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
3500 3500
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
3500 3500
Fifth Wheel Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
3500 NA
Weight Information
Gross Combined Wt Rating (lbs)
7500 7936
Gross Axle Wt Rating - Rear (lbs)
2685 2531
Curb Weight - Rear (lbs)
1492 1658
Gross Vehicle Weight Rating Cap (lbs)
4600 4690
Gross Axle Wt Rating - Front (lbs)
2380 2531
Curb Weight - Front (lbs)
1823 2027
Wheels
Rear Wheel Size (in)
15 x - TBD - 15 x 7.0
Front Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Spare Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
15 x - TBD - 15 x 7.0
Spare Wheel Size (in)
15 x - TBD - 15 x 7.0
Rear Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
9.1 10.8
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (2nd)
NA NA
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
- TBD - 110
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - 550
Maximum Alternator Watts
- TBD - - TBD -
Engine
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
180 @ 3800 171 @ 4400
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Displacement
2.7L/164 2.5L/- TBD -
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
159 @ 5200 152 @ 5200
Engine Type
Gas I4 Gas 4-cyl
Fuel System
Electronic Fuel Injection Electronic Fuel Injection
Engine Oil Cooler
NA NA
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
22 21
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
25 23
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
21 19
Transmission
Transfer Case Model
NA NA
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.95 3.58
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), Low
NA NA
Clutch Size (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.44 1.36
Trans Type
5 5
Trans PTO Access
- TBD - NA
Drivetrain
Rear Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.81 0.81
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), High
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
4.22 3.63
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.06 2.07
Trans Order Code
NA NA
Transfer Case Power Take Off
- TBD - NA
Trans Power Take Off
- TBD - NA
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 1.00
Trans Description Cont.
Manual Manual
Summary
Body Style
Regular Cab King Cab
Vehicle Name
Toyota Tacoma Nissan Frontier
Body Code
109" WB 125.9 WB
Suspension
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Axle Type - Rear
- TBD - C200
Suspension Type - Front
Double-Wishbone Double Wishbone
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
1.2 1.34
Axle Capacity - Rear (lbs)
- TBD - - TBD -
Spring Capacity - Front (lbs)
- TBD - - TBD -
Axle Ratio (:1) - Rear
- TBD - 4.08
Axle Type - Front
- TBD - NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Axle Capacity - Front (lbs)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
Leaf-Spring Multi-Leaf
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
NA NA
Axle Ratio (:1) - Front
- TBD - NA
Spring Capacity - Rear (lbs)
- TBD - - TBD -
Frame
Frame Type
Ladder Ladder
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
5 (2011) 4
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
8.5 8.7
Crash Test Ratings
Overall Rating
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Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
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Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Driver
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Frontal Barrier Crash Rating Passenger
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Overall Side Crash Rating
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Side Barrier Rating
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Side Barrier Rating Driver
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Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
-- --
Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat
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Combined Side Rating Front Seat
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Combined Side Rating Rear Seat
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Rollover Rating

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