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2013 Nissan Frontier vs. Its Competition

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The Toyota Tacoma was mildly refreshed for 2012, with a new interior and new smartphone connectivity.

With 2013's updates, the Frontier is now fully competitive with the Toyota's feature set, and it outdoes it in safety, considering the new rearview camera system and sonar sensors.

We've noted over many drives that the Toyota simply doesn't ride as well.

The Honda Ridgeline can be a bit more expensive, and it's not as flexible or useful as the four-door Frontier, although its ride and handling are noticeably better.

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The 2013 Nissan Frontier is the best alternative to a full-size pickup: it's maneuverable, manageable, and a bit more conscious of gas mileage.
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Smart cargo solutions and good off-road capability make the 2013 Suzuki Equator a solid choice for weekend warriors.
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If you don't truly need a full-size truck, the Toyota Tacoma's price and simplicity could make it a viable alternative--but it can get expensive, and its ride and gas mileage will have you reconsidering your motives.
MSRP From   
$17,990Browse Used Listings$29,450Browse Used ListingsN/ABrowse Used Listings$17,625Browse Used Listings
Gas Mileage   
15 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 21 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy
Gas i4Gas V6N/AGas I4
EPA Class   
N/A4WD Standard Pickup TruckN/AN/A
Style Name   
2WD King Cab I4 Manual S4WD Crew Cab RTN/A2WD Reg Cab I4 MT (GS)
Rear Wheel DriveFour Wheel DriveN/ARear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity   
Passenger Doors   
Body Style   
Extended Cab PickupCrew Cab PickupN/ARegular Cab
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