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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|2010 Nissan FrontierBrowse Used Listings||2009 Suzuki EquatorBrowse Used Listings||2008 Dodge DakotaBrowse Used Listings||2008 Honda RidgelineBrowse Used Listings||2008 Toyota TacomaBrowse Used Listings|
|14 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy||15 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy||14 MPG City / 20 MPG Hwy||15 MPG City / 20 MPG Hwy||15 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy|
|Gas 4-cyl||Gas I4||Gas V6||Gas V6||Gas I4|
|N/A||2WD Small Pickup Truck||N/A||4WD Pickup Trucks||N/A|
|2WD King Cab I4 Manual XE||2WD Ext Cab I4 Manual||2WD Ext Cab ST||4WD Crew Cab RT||2WD Reg I4 MT (Natl)|
|Rear Wheel Drive||Rear wheel drive||Rear Wheel Drive||Four Wheel Drive||Rear Wheel Drive|
|King Cab||Small Pickup||Extended Cab 6'7" Bed||4 Door Crew Cab||Regular Cab|
|Manual||Manual||Manual w/OD||Automatic w/OD||Manual w/OD|
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|2010 Nissan Frontier vs. 2009 Suzuki Equator||2010 Nissan Frontier vs. 2008 Dodge Dakota||2010 Nissan Frontier vs. 2008 Honda Ridgeline||2010 Nissan Frontier vs. 2008 Toyota Tacoma|