2013 Nissan Frontier vs. Its Competition

2013 Nissan Frontier
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Senior Editor

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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2013 Honda Ridgeline 4WD Crew Cab RTL Angular Front Exterior View2013 Honda Ridgeline
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Quick Specs
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.
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  
Gas Mileage  
15 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 21 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy
Gas i4Gas V6Gas I4
EPA Class  
N/A4WD Standard Pickup TruckN/A
Style Name  
2WD King Cab I4 Manual S4WD Crew Cab RT2WD Reg Cab I4 MT (GS)
Rear Wheel DriveFour Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity  
Passenger Doors  
Body Style  
Extended Cab PickupCrew Cab PickupRegular Cab
Detailed Spec Comparison
 2013 Nissan Frontier vs. 2013 Honda Ridgeline2013 Nissan Frontier vs. 2013 Toyota Tacoma