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Compare 2018 Nissan Frontier vs 2018 Toyota Tacoma

2018 Nissan Frontier
2018 Toyota Tacoma
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Crew Cab 4x2 Desert Runner Automatic
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Frontier Crew Cab 4x2 Desert Runner Automatic 16 22 $26,382 $27,330
Frontier Crew Cab 4x2 S Automatic 16 22 $24,715 $25,600
Frontier Crew Cab 4x2 S Manual 16 22 $23,704 $24,550
Frontier Crew Cab 4x2 SL Automatic 16 22 $32,034 $33,560
Frontier Crew Cab 4x2 SV V6 Automatic 16 22 $25,438 $26,350
Frontier Crew Cab 4x2 SV V6 Automatic Long Bed 16 22 $27,953 $28,960
Frontier Crew Cab 4x4 PRO-4X Automatic 15 21 $31,900 $33,790
Frontier Crew Cab 4x4 PRO-4X Manual 16 21 $30,910 $32,740
Frontier Crew Cab 4x4 S Automatic 15 21 $27,774 $29,090
Frontier Crew Cab 4x4 SL Automatic 15 21 $34,360 $36,400
Frontier Crew Cab 4x4 SL Automatic Long Bed 15 21 $34,739 $36,800
Frontier Crew Cab 4x4 SV V6 Automatic 15 21 $28,202 $29,540
Frontier Crew Cab 4x4 SV V6 Automatic Long Bed 15 21 $28,604 $29,960
Frontier Crew Cab 4x4 SV V6 Manual 16 21 $30,910 $32,380
Frontier King Cab 4x2 Desert Runner Automatic 16 22 $25,004 $25,900
Frontier King Cab 4x2 S Automatic 17 22 $21,883 $22,660
Frontier King Cab 4x2 S Manual 19 23 $18,347 $18,990
Frontier King Cab 4x2 SV Automatic 17 22 $23,665 $24,510
Frontier King Cab 4x2 SV Manual 19 23 $22,653 $23,460
Frontier King Cab 4x2 SV V6 Automatic 16 22 $24,350 $25,220
Frontier King Cab 4x4 PRO-4X Automatic 15 21 $31,184 $33,030
Frontier King Cab 4x4 SV V6 Automatic 15 21 $26,840 $28,110
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Limited Double Cab 5' Bed V6 4x2 AT
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
Tacoma Limited Double Cab 5' Bed V6 4x2 AT 19 24 $34,592 $37,340
Tacoma Limited Double Cab 5' Bed V6 4x4 AT 18 22 $37,440 $40,415
Tacoma SR Access Cab 6' Bed I4 4x2 AT 20 23 $23,813 $25,400
Tacoma SR Access Cab 6' Bed I4 4x4 AT 19 22 $26,696 $28,475
Tacoma SR Double Cab 5' Bed I4 4x2 AT 20 23 $24,299 $26,230
Tacoma SR Double Cab 5' Bed V6 4x4 AT 18 22 $29,334 $31,665
Tacoma SR5 Access Cab 6' Bed I4 4x2 AT 20 23 $25,478 $27,175
Tacoma SR5 Access Cab 6' Bed I4 4x4 AT 19 22 $28,360 $30,250
Tacoma SR5 Access Cab 6' Bed V6 4x2 AT 19 24 $28,403 $30,320
Tacoma SR5 Access Cab 6' Bed V6 4x4 AT 18 22 $31,401 $33,495
Tacoma SR5 Double Cab 5' Bed I4 4x2 AT 20 23 $25,998 $28,065
Tacoma SR5 Double Cab 5' Bed V6 4x2 AT 19 24 $29,149 $31,465
Tacoma SR5 Double Cab 5' Bed V6 4x4 AT 18 22 $31,981 $34,540
Tacoma SR5 Double Cab 6' Bed V6 4x2 AT 19 24 $29,612 $31,965
Tacoma SR5 Double Cab 6' Bed V6 4x4 AT 18 22 $32,461 $35,040
Tacoma TRD Off Road Access Cab 6' Bed V6 4x4 AT 18 22 $33,149 $35,380
Tacoma TRD Off Road Double Cab 5' Bed V6 4x2 AT 19 24 $30,896 $33,350
Tacoma TRD Off Road Double Cab 5' Bed V6 4x4 AT 18 22 $33,641 $36,315
Tacoma TRD Off Road Double Cab 5' Bed V6 4x4 MT 17 20 $32,132 $34,685
Tacoma TRD Off Road Double Cab 6' Bed V6 4x4 AT 18 22 $34,208 $36,925
Tacoma TRD Pro Double Cab 5' Bed V6 4x4 AT 18 22 $40,514 $43,720
Tacoma TRD Pro Double Cab 5' Bed V6 4x4 MT 17 20 $38,663 $41,720
Tacoma TRD Sport Access Cab 6' Bed V6 4x2 AT 19 24 $30,088 $32,095
Tacoma TRD Sport Access Cab 6' Bed V6 4x4 AT 18 22 $33,150 $35,380
Tacoma TRD Sport Access Cab 6' Bed V6 4x4 MT 17 21 $31,884 $34,010
Tacoma TRD Sport Double Cab 5' Bed V6 4x2 AT 19 24 $30,897 $33,350
Tacoma TRD Sport Double Cab 5' Bed V6 4x4 AT 18 22 $33,642 $36,315
Tacoma TRD Sport Double Cab 5' Bed V6 4x4 MT 17 20 $32,133 $34,685
Tacoma TRD Sport Double Cab 6' Bed V6 4x2 AT 19 24 $31,360 $33,850
Tacoma TRD Sport Double Cab 6' Bed V6 4x4 AT 18 22 $34,209 $36,925
Pricing
Invoice Price
$26,382
$34,592
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$27,330
$37,340
Monthly Payment Estimate
$456 / month
$622 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
4.0
5.8
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2018 Nissan Frontier is a good, basic truck, but there are far more modern options for not too much more. The 2018 Toyota Tacoma is a mid-size pickup with the right-sized attitude: it’s nimble off road, capable, and just enough truck for many buyers.
TCC Likes
TCC Dislikes
Fuel Economy
City
16 mpg 19 mpg
Highway
22 mpg 24 mpg
Interior Dimensions
Front Leg Room (in)
42.4 42.9
Front Hip Room (in)
55.6 57.2
Second Leg Room (in)
33.6 32.6
Front Head Room (in)
39.9 39.7
Second Hip Room (in)
58 56.3
Front Shoulder Room (in)
58.3 58.3
Second Head Room (in)
38.6 38.3
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Second Shoulder Room (in)
58.3 58.9
Exterior Dimensions
Cab to Axle (in)
18.5 -
Wheelbase (in)
125.9 127.4
Ground Clearance, Rear (in)
8.6 -
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
72.8 75.2
Overhang, Rear w/o bumper (in)
48.2 -
Ground Clearance, Front (in)
8.6 -
Length, Overall (in)
205.5 212.3
Height, Overall (in)
70.1 70.6
Cargo Area Dimensions
Cargo Box Width @ Floor (in)
61.4 56.7
Cargo Box (Area) Height (in)
18 19.1
Cargo Box Width @ Top, Rear (in)
61.4 56.7
Cargo Box Width @ Wheelhousings (in)
44.4 41.5
Cargo Volume (ft³)
27.1 -
Cargo Box Length @ Floor (in)
59.5 60.5
Brakes
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.3 10
Brake ABS System
4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
NA 10
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
11.7 10.8
Brake Type
4-Wheel Disc Front Disc/Rear Drum
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
NA Yes
Brake ABS System (Second Line)
4-Wheel 4-Wheel
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes -
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
21.1 21.1
Steering
Steering Type
Rack-Pinion Rack-Pinion
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
43.6 40.6
Tires
Spare Tire Size
Full-Size Full-Size
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Rear Tire Size
P265/75TR16 P265/60SR18
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
P265/75TR16 P265/60SR18
Trailering
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
630 670
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
6300 6700
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
6300 6700
Maximum Trailering Capacity (lbs)
6300 6700
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
630 670
Weight Information
Gross Vehicle Weight Rating Cap (lbs)
5600 5600
Gross Combined Wt Rating (lbs)
11230 11360
Wheels
Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Rear Wheel Size (in)
16 X 7 18 X 7.5
Front Wheel Material
Aluminum Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Front Wheel Size (in)
16 X 7 18 X 7.5
Spare Wheel Size (in)
Full-Size Full-Size
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (2nd)
550 -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
130 -
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
550 -
Engine
Engine Oil Cooler
None None
Fuel System
Sequential MPI Port/Direct Injection
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
281 @ 4000 265 @ 4600
Engine Order Code
NA NA
Displacement
4.0 L/241 3.5 L/211
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
261 @ 5600 278 @ 6000
Engine Type
Regular Unleaded V-6 Regular Unleaded V-6
Mileage
Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG)
18 21
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
22 24
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
16 19
Transmission
Transfer Case Power Take Off
No No
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.00 1.00
Trans Description Cont.
Automatic w/OD Automatic w/OD
Drivetrain
Rear Wheel Drive Rear Wheel Drive
Reverse Ratio (:1)
2.76 3.73
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.84 3.60
Transfer Case Model
None None
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.53 1.49
Trans Type
5 6
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.84 0.69
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Trans PTO Access
No No
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.35 2.09
Trans Order Code
NA NA
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
- 0.58
Summary
Body Style
Crew Cab Double Cab
Vehicle Name
Nissan Frontier Toyota Tacoma
Body Code
T T
Suspension
Suspension Type - Rear
Leaf Leaf
Axle Type - Rear
Rigid Axle Rigid Axle
Axle Ratio (:1) - Rear
3.13 3.91
Suspension Type - Front
Double Wishbone Double Wishbone
Axle Type - Front
Independent Independent
Axle Ratio (:1) - Front
3.13 3.91
Emissions
Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year
9.8 8.4
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
--
Overall Side Crash Rating
--
Side Barrier Rating
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Side Barrier Rating Driver
--
Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
--
Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat
--
Combined Side Rating Front Seat
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Combined Side Rating Rear Seat
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Rollover Rating

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