2016 Nissan Frontier vs. Its Competition

2016 Nissan Frontier
Martin Padgett Martin Padgett Editorial Director

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.

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.

We'd also take a look at a Nissan Titan; major deals are available on this aging truck, and it could be an affordable alternative as a 2015 model; the 2016 Titan XD is a substantially larger, redesigned truck with turbodiesel power.

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7.0
The 2016 Nissan Frontier is an aging mid-size truck that's still attractive and useful, but in some ways outpointed by its new GM rivals.
7.6
The 2016 Chevy Colorado is the answer for drivers who don't quite need a full-size truck.
7.8
If all-around utility is more important than ultimate payload and towing numbers, the 2016 GMC Canyon can replace the full-sizer in your garage.
8.0
The 2016 Nissan Titan XD is a smart pick for semi-heavy pulling power, but if you rarely or never tow big trailers, you're better served by a light-duty pickup.
7.2
The 2016 Toyota Tacoma steps up its act in all the ways that attracted current Tacoma owners to their trucks, but few that will pull in a new guard.
MSRP From    
$18,290$20,055$20,940$35,290$23,660
Gas Mileage    
15 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 27 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy
Engine    
Regular Unleaded I-4Gas I4Gas I4Regular Unleaded V-8Regular Unleaded I-4
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 Crew Cab S Gas2WD Access Cab I4 AT SR (GS)
Drivetrain    
Rear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
42264
Passenger Doors    
N/A22N/AN/A
Body Style    
King CabExtended Cab PickupExtended Cab PickupCrew CabAccess Cab
Transmission    
Manual w/ODManualManualAutomatic w/ODAutomatic w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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