Compare 2011 Nissan Frontier vs 2011 Toyota Tacoma

2011 Nissan Frontier
2011 Toyota Tacoma
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2WD Crew Cab LWB Automatic SL
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Frontier 2WD Crew Cab LWB Automatic SL 15 20 $27,528 $29,380
Frontier 2WD Crew Cab LWB Automatic SV 15 20 $23,399 $24,690
Frontier 2WD Crew Cab SWB Automatic PRO-4X 15 20 $25,639 $27,360
Frontier 2WD Crew Cab SWB Automatic S 15 20 $22,048 $23,260
Frontier 2WD Crew Cab SWB Automatic SL 15 20 $27,061 $28,880
Frontier 2WD Crew Cab SWB Automatic SV 15 20 $23,002 $24,270
Frontier 2WD Crew Cab SWB Manual S 16 20 $21,055 $22,210
Frontier 2WD Crew Cab SWB Manual SV 16 20 $22,009 $23,220
Frontier 2WD King Cab I4 Automatic S 17 22 $18,255 $19,250
Frontier 2WD King Cab I4 Automatic SV 17 22 $21,262 $22,430
Frontier 2WD King Cab I4 Manual S 19 23 $17,262 $18,200
Frontier 2WD King Cab I4 Manual SV 19 23 $20,269 $21,380
Frontier 2WD King Cab V6 Automatic PRO-4X 15 20 $24,947 $26,620
Frontier 2WD King Cab V6 Automatic SV 15 20 $21,820 $23,020
Frontier 2WD King Cab V6 Manual SV 16 20 $20,827 $21,970
Frontier 4WD Crew Cab LWB Automatic SL 14 19 $29,719 $32,080
Frontier 4WD Crew Cab LWB Automatic SV 14 19 $25,667 $27,390
Frontier 4WD Crew Cab SWB Automatic PRO-4X 14 19 $27,850 $30,060
Frontier 4WD Crew Cab SWB Automatic S 14 19 $24,330 $25,960
Frontier 4WD Crew Cab SWB Automatic SL 14 19 $29,210 $31,530
Frontier 4WD Crew Cab SWB Automatic SV 14 19 $25,274 $26,970
Frontier 4WD Crew Cab SWB Manual PRO-4X 15 20 $26,879 $29,010
Frontier 4WD Crew Cab SWB Manual S 15 20 $23,347 $24,910
Frontier 4WD Crew Cab SWB Manual SV 15 20 $24,292 $25,920
Frontier 4WD King Cab Automatic PRO-4X 14 19 $27,165 $29,320
Frontier 4WD King Cab Automatic SV 14 19 $24,105 $25,720
Frontier 4WD King Cab Manual PRO-4X 15 20 $26,056 $28,120
Frontier 4WD King Cab Manual SV 15 20 $23,123 $24,670
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2WD Access I4 AT
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Tacoma 2WD Access I4 AT 19 25 $19,271 $20,555
Tacoma 2WD Access I4 AT PreRunner 19 25 $19,983 $21,315
Tacoma 2WD Access I4 MT 21 25 $18,427 $19,655
Tacoma 2WD Access V6 AT PreRunner 17 21 $21,329 $22,750
Tacoma 2WD Access V6 MT X-Runner 15 19 $24,128 $25,735
Tacoma 2WD Double I4 AT 19 25 $20,255 $21,865
Tacoma 2WD Double I4 AT PreRunner 19 25 $20,857 $22,515
Tacoma 2WD Double LB V6 AT PreRunner 17 21 $22,651 $24,450
Tacoma 2WD Double V6 AT PreRunner 17 21 $22,188 $23,950
Tacoma 2WD Reg I4 AT 19 25 $16,357 $17,265
Tacoma 2WD Reg I4 MT 21 25 $15,504 $16,365
Tacoma 4WD Access I4 AT 18 21 $22,866 $24,390
Tacoma 4WD Access I4 MT 18 20 $22,022 $23,490
Tacoma 4WD Access V6 AT 16 20 $24,305 $25,925
Tacoma 4WD Access V6 MT 14 18 $23,479 $25,045
Tacoma 4WD Double LB V6 AT 16 20 $25,500 $27,525
Tacoma 4WD Double V6 AT 16 20 $25,037 $27,025
Tacoma 4WD Double V6 MT 14 18 $24,220 $26,145
Tacoma 4WD Reg I4 AT 18 21 $20,223 $21,350
Tacoma 4WD Reg I4 MT 18 20 $19,152 $20,220
Pricing
Invoice Price
$27,528
$19,271
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$29,380
$20,555
Monthly Payment Estimate
$490 / month
$343 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
7.8
6.6
TCC’s Bottom Line
With enough toughness for personal use, as well as a good feature list, the 2011 Nissan Frontier shows that you might not need to go full-size. The Tacoma is a workhorse truck that gives a little more space and capability than a true compact, yet offers decent fuel efficiency and a low price.
TCC Likes
TCC Dislikes
Fuel Economy
City
15 mpg 19 mpg
Highway
20 mpg 25 mpg
Interior Dimensions
Second Hip Room (in)
58.0 53.6
Front Shoulder Room (in)
58.3 57.7
Passenger Capacity
5 4
Second Head Room (in)
38.7 35.2
Second Shoulder Room (in)
58.3 57.7
Front Leg Room (in)
42.4 41.7
Front Hip Room (in)
55.6 53.6
Second Leg Room (in)
33.6 28.2
Front Head Room (in)
40.0 40.0
Exterior Dimensions
Ground to Top of Load Floor (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Overhang, Front (in)
31.3 - TBD -
Frame Width, Rear (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Front Bumper to Back of Cab (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Length, Overall w/o rear bumper (in)
219.4 208.1
Ground Clearance, Rear (in)
9.8 - TBD -
Cab to End of Frame (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Height, Overall (in)
73.9 66.1
Ground to Top of Frame (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Overhang, Rear w/o bumper (in)
48.2 - TBD -
Wheelbase (in)
139.9 127.4
Ground Clearance, Front (in)
9.8 - TBD -
Cab to Axle (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
72.8 72.2
Cargo Area Dimensions
Ext'd Cab Cargo Volume (ft³)
38.8 - TBD -
Cargo Box Width @ Floor (in)
61.4 56.7
Cargo Box (Area) Height (in)
18.0 18.0
Cargo Volume (ft³)
33.5 - TBD -
Cargo Box Width @ Top, Rear (in)
61.4 - TBD -
Cargo Box Width @ Wheelhousings (in)
44.4 41.5
Tailgate Width (in)
58.8 - TBD -
Cargo Box Length @ Floor (in)
73.3 73.5
Brakes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.7 x 1.1 10.8 x - TBD -
Brake Type
Pwr Pwr-Assisted
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA Yes
Brake ABS System (Second Line)
NA NA
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes NA
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.3 x 0.7 NA
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA 10 x - TBD -
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 21.0
Fuel Tank Location
NA Midship
Steering
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
47.8 42.3
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Steering Ratio (:1), At Lock
3.6 - TBD -
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), On Center
20.4 17.4
Tires
Revolutions/Mile @ 45 mph - Spare
NA - TBD -
Front Tire Capacity (lbs)
NA - TBD -
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Spare Tire Capacity (lbs)
NA - TBD -
Front Tire Size
P265/60R18 P215/70R15
Revolutions/Mile @ 45 mph - Rear
NA - TBD -
Spare Tire Size
P265/60R18 Full-size
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Capacity (lbs)
NA - TBD -
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Revolutions/Mile @ 45 mph - Front
NA - TBD -
Rear Tire Size
P265/60R18 P215/70R15
Trailering
Fifth Wheel Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA 3500
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
500 350
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
630 350
Fifth Wheel Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA 350
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
5000 3500
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
6300 3500
Weight Information
Gross Combined Wt Rating (lbs)
11113 7500
Gross Axle Wt Rating - Rear (lbs)
3324 2685
Curb Weight - Rear (lbs)
2058 1611
Gross Vehicle Weight Rating Cap (lbs)
5730 4900
Gross Axle Wt Rating - Front (lbs)
3296 2380
Curb Weight - Front (lbs)
2415 1969
Wheels
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in)
18 x 7.5 15 x - TBD -
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Steel
Spare Wheel Material
Aluminum Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
18 x 7.5 15 x - TBD -
Spare Wheel Size (in)
18 x 7.5 15 x - TBD -
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
10.8 9.1
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (2nd)
NA NA
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
130 - TBD -
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
550 - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Watts
- TBD - - TBD -
Engine
Fuel System
Electronic Fuel Injection EFI
Engine Oil Cooler
NA NA
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
281 @ 4000 180 @ 3800
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Displacement
4.0L/241 2.7L/164
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
261 @ 5600 159 @ 5200
Engine Type
Gas V6 Gas I4
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
17 21
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
20 25
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
15 19
Transmission
Transfer Case Model
NA NA
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.84 2.80
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), Low
NA NA
Clutch Size (in)
NA NA
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.52 1.00
Trans Type
5 4
Trans PTO Access
NA - TBD -
Drivetrain
Rear Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.83 NA
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Transfer Case Gear Ratio (:1), High
NA NA
Reverse Ratio (:1)
2.76 2.39
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.35 1.53
Trans Order Code
NA NA
Transfer Case Power Take Off
NA - TBD -
Trans Power Take Off
NA - TBD -
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 0.71
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic Automatic w/OD
Summary
Body Style
Crew Cab Access Cab
Vehicle Name
Nissan Frontier Toyota Tacoma
Body Code
139.9 WB - TBD -
Suspension
Spring Capacity - Rear (lbs)
- TBD - - TBD -
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Axle Type - Rear
C200 - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
Double Wishbone Double-Wishbone
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
1.34 1.18
Axle Capacity - Rear (lbs)
- TBD - - TBD -
Spring Capacity - Front (lbs)
- TBD - - TBD -
Axle Ratio (:1) - Rear
3.13 - TBD -
Axle Type - Front
NA - TBD -
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Axle Capacity - Front (lbs)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-Leaf Leaf-Spring
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
NA NA
Axle Ratio (:1) - Front
NA - TBD -
Frame
Frame Type
Ladder Ladder
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
2 4
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
11.0 8.9
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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