Compare 2012 Nissan Frontier vs 2012 Toyota Tacoma

2012 Nissan Frontier
2012 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 $28,380 $30,290
Frontier 2WD Crew Cab LWB Automatic SV 15 20 $24,506 $25,860
Frontier 2WD Crew Cab SWB Automatic S 15 20 $23,079 $24,350
Frontier 2WD Crew Cab SWB Automatic SL 15 20 $27,912 $29,790
Frontier 2WD Crew Cab SWB Automatic SV 15 20 $24,109 $25,440
Frontier 2WD Crew Cab SWB Manual S 16 20 $22,086 $23,300
Frontier 2WD Crew Cab SWB Manual SV 16 20 $23,116 $24,390
Frontier 2WD King Cab I4 Automatic S 17 22 $19,258 $20,310
Frontier 2WD King Cab I4 Automatic SV 17 22 $22,369 $23,600
Frontier 2WD King Cab I4 Manual S 19 23 $18,264 $19,260
Frontier 2WD King Cab I4 Manual SV 19 23 $21,376 $22,550
Frontier 2WD King Cab V6 Automatic SV 15 20 $22,927 $24,190
Frontier 2WD King Cab V6 Manual SV 16 20 $21,934 $23,140
Frontier 4WD Crew Cab LWB Automatic SL 14 19 $30,560 $32,990
Frontier 4WD Crew Cab LWB Automatic SV 14 19 $26,761 $28,560
Frontier 4WD Crew Cab SWB Automatic PRO-4X 14 19 $28,691 $30,970
Frontier 4WD Crew Cab SWB Automatic S 14 19 $25,349 $27,050
Frontier 4WD Crew Cab SWB Automatic SL 14 19 $30,051 $32,440
Frontier 4WD Crew Cab SWB Automatic SV 14 19 $26,369 $28,140
Frontier 4WD Crew Cab SWB Manual PRO-4X 15 20 $27,720 $29,920
Frontier 4WD Crew Cab SWB Manual S 15 20 $24,367 $26,000
Frontier 4WD Crew Cab SWB Manual SV 15 20 $25,387 $27,090
Frontier 4WD King Cab Automatic PRO-4X 14 19 $28,008 $30,230
Frontier 4WD King Cab Automatic SV 14 19 $25,200 $26,890
Frontier 4WD King Cab Manual PRO-4X 15 20 $26,898 $29,030
Frontier 4WD King Cab Manual SV 15 20 $24,218 $25,840
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2WD Access Cab I4 AT
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Tacoma 2WD Access Cab I4 AT 19 24 $19,513 $20,815
Tacoma 2WD Access Cab I4 AT PreRunner 19 24 $20,228 $21,575
Tacoma 2WD Access Cab I4 MT 21 25 $18,670 $19,915
Tacoma 2WD Access Cab V6 AT PreRunner 17 21 $21,571 $23,010
Tacoma 2WD Access Cab V6 MT X-Runner 16 21 $24,966 $26,630
Tacoma 2WD Double Cab I4 AT 19 24 $20,775 $22,425
Tacoma 2WD Double Cab I4 AT PreRunner 19 24 $21,378 $23,075
Tacoma 2WD Double Cab LB V6 AT PreRunner 17 21 $23,169 $25,010
Tacoma 2WD Double Cab V6 AT PreRunner 17 21 $22,706 $24,510
Tacoma 2WD Reg Cab I4 AT 19 24 $17,067 $18,025
Tacoma 2WD Reg Cab I4 MT 21 25 $16,215 $17,125
Tacoma 4WD Access Cab I4 AT 18 21 $23,110 $24,650
Tacoma 4WD Access Cab I4 MT 18 20 $22,266 $23,750
Tacoma 4WD Access Cab V6 AT 16 21 $24,549 $26,185
Tacoma 4WD Access Cab V6 MT 15 19 $23,723 $25,305
Tacoma 4WD Double Cab LB V6 AT 16 21 $26,019 $28,085
Tacoma 4WD Double Cab V6 AT 16 21 $25,555 $27,585
Tacoma 4WD Double Cab V6 MT 15 19 $24,739 $26,705
Tacoma 4WD Reg Cab I4 AT 18 21 $20,929 $22,105
Tacoma 4WD Reg Cab I4 MT 18 20 $19,860 $20,975
Pricing
Invoice Price
$28,380
$19,513
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$30,290
$20,815
Monthly Payment Estimate
$505 / month
$347 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
7.6
6.4
TCC’s Bottom Line
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. 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.
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Fuel Economy
City
15 mpg 19 mpg
Highway
20 mpg 24 mpg
Interior Dimensions
Second Leg Room (in)
33.6 24.7
Front Head Room (in)
40.0 40.0
Second Hip Room (in)
58.0 53.7
Front Shoulder Room (in)
58.3 57.7
Passenger Capacity
5 4
Second Head Room (in)
38.7 34.9
Second Shoulder Room (in)
58.3 55.7
Front Leg Room (in)
42.4 41.7
Front Hip Room (in)
55.6 53.5
Exterior Dimensions
Cab to Axle (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
72.8 72.2
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 -
Cargo Area Dimensions
Tailgate Width (in)
58.8 - TBD -
Cargo Box Length @ Floor (in)
73.3 73.5
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
Brakes
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA 10.0 x - TBD -
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
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
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
NA Midship
Steering
Steering Ratio (:1), On Center
20.4 17.4
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 -
Tires
Revolutions/Mile @ 45 mph - Front
NA - TBD -
Rear Tire Size
P265/60R18 P215/70R15
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
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
6300 3500
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
Weight Information
Curb Weight - Front (lbs)
2415 2109
Gross Combined Wt Rating (lbs)
11113 7500
Gross Axle Wt Rating - Rear (lbs)
3324 2685
Curb Weight - Rear (lbs)
2058 1726
Gross Vehicle Weight Rating Cap (lbs)
5730 4900
Gross Axle Wt Rating - Front (lbs)
3296 2380
Wheels
Spare Wheel Size (in)
18 x 7.5 15 x - TBD -
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 -
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
10.8 9.1
Electrical
Maximum Alternator Watts
- TBD - - TBD -
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (2nd)
NA NA
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
130 - TBD -
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
550 - TBD -
Engine
Engine Type
Gas V6 Gas I4
Fuel System
Electronic Fuel Injection Electronic Fuel Injection
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
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
15 19
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
17 21
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
20 24
Transmission
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
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
Summary
Body Code
139.9 WB 127" WB
Body Style
Crew Cab Access Cab
Vehicle Name
Nissan Frontier Toyota Tacoma
Suspension
Suspension Type - Rear
Multi-Leaf Leaf-Spring
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
NA NA
Axle Ratio (:1) - Front
NA - TBD -
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 1.2
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 -
Frame
Frame Type
Ladder Ladder
Emissions
EPA Greenhouse Gas Score
2 4 (2011)
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
10.7 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
-- --
Combined Side Rating Front Seat
-- --
Combined Side Rating Rear Seat
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Rollover Rating

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