2015 Nissan Frontier vs. Its Competition

2015 Nissan Frontier
Nelson Ireson Nelson Ireson Senior Editor

While the Toyota Tacoma may seem evenly matched in terms of options and equipment, we'd choose the Frontier every time for its better safety ratings, ride comfort, and similar truck-like abilities.

The Honda Ridgeline will be replaced soon, but offers more car-like driving dynamics.

However, it's less usable as a truck.

Chevrolet's new Colorado and GMC's new Canyon may be the new best options in the segment, thanks to a robust and high-tech feature set, as well as the option of a diesel engine.

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7.2
The 2015 Nissan Frontier is one of your best bets if you don't quite need a full-size pickup, but maneuverability and functionality are high on your priority list.
7.6
The 2015 Chevy Colorado asks the question: is not-full-size big enough? For many of us, that's a "yes."
7.8
The 2015 GMC Canyon won't replace a full-size pickup in our garage, but reminds us why mid-sizers are a good alternative for drivers that covet utility over ultimate payload and towing numbers.
6.2
The Toyota Tacoma doesn't make a lot of sense, unless it'll live almost exclusively off-road.
7.2
The 2014 Honda Ridgeline is a niche alternative for those who don't need a pickup bed all the time, but it doesn't satisfy drivers that need a real full-size truck.
MSRP From    
$17,990$20,120$20,955$20,965$29,575
Gas Mileage    
15 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 25 MPG Hwy15 MPG City / 21 MPG Hwy
Engine    
Regular Unleaded I-4Gas I4Gas I4Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded V-6
EPA Class    
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Style Name    
2WD King Cab I4 Manual S2WD Ext Cab 128.3" Base2WD Ext Cab 128.3" SL2WD Access Cab I4 MT (SE)4WD Crew Cab RT
Drivetrain    
Rear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveFour Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
42245
Passenger Doors    
N/A22N/AN/A
Body Style    
King CabExtended Cab PickupExtended Cab PickupAccess CabCrew Cab
Transmission    
Manual w/ODManualManualManual w/ODAutomatic w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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