2011 Nissan Frontier vs. Its Competition

2011 Nissan Frontier 2WD Crew Cab SWB Man SV Angular Front Exterior View
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Senior Editor

The 2011 Nissan Frontier is a full size larger than some rivals like the Ford Ranger and Chevrolet Colorado.

The two models closest in size would be the Toyota Tacoma and Dodge Dakota.

The Tacoma is presented the same way, with a choice between four-cylinder and V-6 engines; it's not as attractive as the Nissan, but it has an enviable reputation for longevity as well as even more feature possibilities.

The Dodge Dakota is being discontinued after this year; it's a competitive truck purely with respect to performance and capability, but its interior feels bargain-basement in places and ride and handling are a step behind its peers.

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.

And there's one other alternative: Suzuki is selling a rebadged version of the Frontier, called the Equator; as it's virtually identical to some trims of the Frontier, you might be able to find a great deal.

2011 Nissan Frontier 2WD Crew Cab SWB Man SV Angular Front Exterior View2011 Nissan Frontier
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2011 Dodge Dakota2011 Dodge Dakota
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2011 Honda Ridgeline 4WD Crew Cab RTL w/Navi Side Exterior View2011 Honda Ridgeline
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2011 Toyota Tacoma 2WD Double I4 AT PreRunner (GS) Angular Front Exterior View2011 Toyota Tacoma
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Quick Specs
7.8
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.
6.8
7.4
If you need a better-driving truck that can haul the goods on occasion, the 2011 Honda Ridgeline might be a better choice than a true full-sizer.
6.6
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.
MSRP From   
$18,200N/A$29,150$16,365
Gas Mileage   
14 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 20 MPG Hwy14 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy
Engine   
Gas 4-cylN/AGas V6Gas I4
EPA Class   
N/AN/A4WD Standard Pickup TruckN/A
Style Name   
2WD King Cab I4 Manual SN/A4WD Crew Cab RT2WD Reg I4 MT (GS)
Drivetrain   
Rear Wheel DriveN/AFour Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity   
4N/A53
Passenger Doors   
N/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style   
King CabN/A4 Door Crew CabRegular Cab
Transmission   
ManualN/AAutomatic w/ODManual w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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