2017 Nissan Frontier vs. Its Competition

2017 Nissan Frontier
Andrew Ganz Andrew Ganz Senior Editor

For years, it was the Frontier and the Toyota Tacoma battling it out for mid-size pickup buyers—and it was a close match.

But the Tacoma was treated to a redesign for 2016, and it's much fresher but also a lot pricier.

The Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon, meanwhile, came back from the dead and now offer the best ride and nicest interior in their class among body-on-frame pickups.

They also offer a desirable turbodiesel engine that nets them around 30 mpg on the highway.

The caveat, however, is that you'll pay a lot more for this classiness.

Then there's the Honda Ridgeline, also a reborn pickup.

It's not meant for heavy duty use, but it'll be more than adequate for most users.

Its unibody construction endows it with a roomier interior and a better ride than any rival, too.

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Quick Specs
4.8
Thoroughly outpointed by its rivals, the 2017 Nissan Frontier is nonetheless worth a look if you value its nimble feel and its surprisingly good value.
6.3
Don't quite need a full-size truck? The Chevrolet Colorado makes a compelling case for the way most of us truly use our pickups.
6.2
The 2017 GMC Canyon is probably all the pickup truck most buyers will need.
7.5
The 2017 Honda Ridgeline is a smart alternative to full-size trucks, for drivers content with matching the right tool to the right job.
6.4
A new TRD Pro package further cements the 2017 Toyota Tacoma's reputation as an off-road leader.
MSRP From    
$18,390$20,000$20,885$29,475$24,575
Gas Mileage    
15 MPG City / 23 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 26 MPG Hwy17 MPG City / 24 MPG Hwy
Engine    
Regular Unleaded I-4Gas I4Gas I4Regular Unleaded V-6Regular Unleaded I-4
EPA Class    
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Style Name    
King Cab 4x2 S Manual2WD Ext Cab 128.3" Base2WD Ext Cab 128.3" SLRT 4x2 Crew Cab 5.3' BedSR Access Cab 6' Bed I4 4x2 AT (SE)
Drivetrain    
Rear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveRear Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveRear Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
42254
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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