2010 Nissan Frontier vs. Its Competition

2010 Nissan Frontier
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Deputy Editor

The 2010 Toyota Tacoma remains the top rival to the Frontier; it also offers a choice between a fuel-efficient four-cylinder or a more powerful V-6 engine, along with a special off-road version (or a sport-tuned version).

It's not quite as attractive as the Nissan, but it has an enviable reputation for longevity.

The Honda Ridgeline is a different animal entirely; it's softer and more carlike in the way it rides and drives, even though its uni-body design does just fine for occasional hauling.

Some might never warm up to the odd styling, though.

The Dodge Dakota comes in two- and four-door versions, with V-8 engines available and four-wheel-drive packages for more serious duty.

Finally, some Frontier shoppers might want to look at the Suzuki Equator, which is virtually identical to the Nissan but with different styling and trims.

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Quick Specs
7.8
The 2010 Nissan Frontier clearly isn't as large or capable as full-size trucks, but it offers enough toughness for personal use along with an especially good feature list.
7.8
The 2009 Suzuki Equator is capable, versatile, and rugged for towing and off-roading, but it's not the best choice for day-to-day on-road use.
7.4
Especially with the improved V-8, the 2008 Dodge Dakota can do most of what a full-size truck can while consuming fewer resources in the process.
7.6
The 2008 Honda Ridgeline is a flexible light-duty truck with a plush feel, but it can't tackle all the tasks a full-size truck does well.
7.4
The 2008 Toyota Tacoma covers the basics, at a price that’s lower than full-size trucks.
MSRP From    
$17,540$17,220$20,470$28,000$14,280
Gas Mileage    
14 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy14 MPG City / 20 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 20 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy
Engine    
Gas 4-cylGas I4Gas V6Gas V6Gas I4
EPA Class    
N/A2WD Small Pickup TruckN/A4WD Pickup TrucksN/A
Style Name    
2WD King Cab I4 Manual XE2WD Ext Cab I4 Manual2WD Ext Cab ST4WD Crew Cab RT2WD Reg I4 MT (Natl)
Drivetrain    
Rear Wheel DriveRear wheel driveRear Wheel DriveFour Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
44253
Passenger Doors    
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style    
King CabSmall PickupExtended Cab 6'7" Bed4 Door Crew CabRegular Cab
Transmission    
ManualManualManual w/ODAutomatic w/ODManual w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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