2018 Toyota Tacoma vs. 2018 Nissan Frontier

Until fairly recently, the Toyota Tacoma and Nissan Frontier were really the only available options for people needing the flexibility provided by a pickup truck who also did not want the added weight and expense of a full-size model. This has led to a veritable arms race between the two models with each automaker pushing the other to innovate. A comparison of the 2018 Toyota Tacoma vs. 2018 Nissan Frontier shows that the race between the two midsize pickups could arguably be called for the Tacoma. Colonial Toyota customers who choose the Tacoma will have more available power, better towing potential and a truck that routinely leads the class in resale value versus Nissan buyers. Anyone who would like to take a closer look at the 2018 Toyota Tacoma can schedule a test drive with a Colonial Toyota product expert today by calling, 203-286-5500.

As a platform, the Toyota Tacoma is only a year or two removed from a pretty extensive overhaul. That means there are not many changes to speak of for the current model year. The same can largely be said for the 2018 Nissan Frontier. However, Toyota has added the 2018 Tacoma to its list of vehicles that have its suite of active crash prevention systems as standard equipment. All available trims of the 2018 Tacoma are equipped with Toyota Safety Sense P which includes forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking, lane departure alerts and adaptive cruise control. The other major change in the Tacoma's world is that Toyota is no longer producing truck with a five-speed manual transmission mated its four-cylinder engine. It has been replaced with a six-speed manual gearbox. Nissan still employs a five-speed manual on its base models.


2018 Toyota Tacoma


2018 Nissan Frontier

2.7-L, 4-Cyl. Engine 2.5-L, 4-Cyl.
159/180 Horsepower/Torque 152/171
Six-speed manual Transmission Five-speed manual
6,800 lbs. Max. Towing Capacity 6,710 lbs.


Performance Specs

One of the enduring similarities between the 2018 Toyota Tacoma and 2018 Nissan Frontier is the engine lineup both automakers have chosen to offer. Both midsize pickup trucks use a four-cylinder engine attached to a manual transmission on their entry-level trims. However, the 2.5-liter engine under the hood of the 2018 Tacoma makes a bit more power than that of the 2018 Frontier. Where things really start to get serious is when customers of either brand opt for V-6 engine-equipped models. A 2018 Toyota Tacoma using the 3.5-liter, V-6 engine will produce 278 horsepower and have a maximum towing capacity of 6,800 pounds. Both figures outpace those offered by the competing Nissan pickup truck.



A close up photo of the center gauge cluster in the 2018 Toyota Tacoma.
An interior photo of the dashboard in the 2018 Tacoma.
A photo of the available sunroof in the 2018 Tacoma.
An interior photo showing one of the upholstery options in the 2018 Tacoma.

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