2020 Toyota Tacoma vs. 2019 Nissan Frontier

The Toyota Tacoma has been one of the best-selling midsize pickup trucks in the global automotive industry since almost the first day it was available on the market. For the new model year, Toyota has upgraded its entry to the segment with its latest connectivity and safety technology as well as continuing to offer the kind of performance that has placed it in such a strong position. A comparison of the 2020 Toyota Tacoma vs. 2019 Nissan Frontier will offer potential buyers a very clear view of just how far in front of the competition they will be when they visit the Colonial Toyota showroom for a test drive. The 2020 Tacoma makes more horsepower and offers better technology than the current Frontier. Customers can start the pre-ordering process for the 2020 Tacoma today by calling, 203-403-6890.
When the 2020 Tacoma is available for sale or lease at Colonial Toyota, customers will have access to the automaker’s latest technology. All trim grades of the popular midsize pickup truck will have an infotainment system that is compatible with both the Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ suites of applications, as well as the Amazon Alexa home digital assistant. Base models of the 2020 Tacoma will use a 7-inch touchscreen interface with the rest of the lineup employing an 8-inch touchscreen. The 2019 Nissan Frontier doesn’t offer any of these capabilities on any of its trim grades. Additionally, the 2020 Tacoma comes with the Toyota Safety Sense P suite of active safety technology on all models. Drivers who plan on taking their Tacoma off-road will want to focus on trims with the new Multi-Terrain Monitor system.

2020 Toyota Tacoma


2019 Nissan Frontier

2.7-L, 4-Cyl. Engine 2.5-L, 4-Cyl.
159/180 Horsepower/Torque 152/171
Six-speed automatic Transmission Five-speed manual
Yes Smartphone Integration No

Performance Specs

Both the 2020 Toyota Tacoma and 2019 Nissan Frontier are available with four-cylinder and V-6 engine options. The base powertrain for the new Tacoma consists of a naturally aspirated 2.7-liter, four-cylinder engine that is attached to a six-speed automatic transmission. It will make 159 horsepower and 180 pound-feet of torque. Nissan starts out Frontier owners with a naturally aspirated four-cylinder engine of its own that tops out at 152 horsepower. Frontier buyers choosing the base powertrain will be getting a five-speed manual transmission. For more performance, the 2020 Tacoma can also feature a 3.5-liter, V-6 Atkinson Cycle engine attached to a six-speed automatic transmission. The upgraded engine will make 278 horsepower and 265 pound-feet of torque. The top-of-the-line TRD-branded versions of the 2020 Tacoma can be equipped with a six-speed manual. Again, the 2019 Frontier comes up short with its V-6 engine making just 261 horsepower.
A photo of the 2020 Tacoma cresting a steep hill in the desert.
A photo of the touchscreen interface in the 2020 Tacoma.
A photo of the new touchscreen in the 2020 Toyota Tacoma.
A photo of the 2020 Toyota Tacoma equipped with available off-road accessories.