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Vehicle Comparisons:
Toyota Tacoma vs Nissan Frontier


2019 Toyota Tacoma

Looking for the next new pickup truck that’ll handle your haul and leave competitors in the dust? If so, the 2019 Toyota Tacoma and 2019 Nissan Frontier probably seem like good options. However, which is the best option for you? Our team at Norm Reeves Toyota San Diego can help you figure that out.

We’ve placed the new Tacoma and Frontier head to head, so shoppers in San Diego, Pacific Beach, and El Cajon can compare the two and decide which best suits their needs.

2019 Toyota Tacoma vs Nissan Frontier: Powertrain and Towing

2019 Toyota Tacoma front grillIf you like the heft of six cylinders, you’ll probably like that both the Toyota Tacoma and Nissan Frontier make a V6 engine available. The Tacoma offers an available 3.5L V6 engine that delivers 278 horsepower, while the Frontier has an available 4.0L V6 engine that puts out 261 horsepower.

Despite its smaller size, the engine in the Tacoma generates more horsepower. This helps to increase the truck’s towing capacity, which maxes out at 6,800 pounds when properly equipped. Compare this to a 6,720-pound towing capacity from the Frontier.

The difference in towing capacity can also be explained by the transmission options. Both trucks let drivers take control with a standard 6-speed manual transmission. However, their available automatic transmission options are the ones that maximize towing capabilities.

While the Nissan Frontier has a 5-speed automatic transmission, the Toyota Tacoma adds an additional gear in its available 6-speed automatic transmission, which may help to optimize its performance and improve its towing capacity.

Cargo Capacity in the Tacoma and Frontier

Both trucks can also fit a lot of cargo on their backs. The Tacoma and Frontier have two bed options to choose from based on your cargo needs. The shorter bed option for both trucks measures in at approximately 60 inches in length.

If you need even more room to fit everything, you can choose the longer bed option, which measures approximately 73 inches in length.

When you’re loading up your truck, however, you may be able to pack heavier in the Tacoma, which boasts a maximum payload capacity of 1,620 pounds. The Frontier, on the other hand, can only lift 1,460 pounds.

2019 Tacoma vs Frontier Technology

2019 Toyota Tacoma interiorBoth the Toyota Tacoma and Nissan Frontier are built for good old-fashioned hard work, but that doesn’t mean they’re not up-to-date on the most recent technologies. In fact, you can stay connected and entertained during a long haul in either truck with standard Bluetooth® connectivity.

This feature allows you to link your smartphone or other Bluetooth®-enabled device with your pickup’s infotainment system. This technology also allows you to make hands-free phone calls or stream music while on-the-go. All information is viewable on an available 7-inch touchscreen display.

While both trucks are current on their infotainment technology, the Toyota Tacoma offers more in the way of safety technology. It comes standard with the Toyota Safety Sense™ P (TSS-P) suite that includes smart safety features like Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection, Lane Departure Alert, Automatic High Beams, and Dynamic Radar Cruise Control.

Without a comparable suite of smart safety technology, drivers in the Frontier may be unable to respond to dangerous conditions as quickly.

The Verdict

The team at Norm Reeves Toyota San Diego compared the 2019 Toyota Tacoma vs. Nissan Frontier and found that the Tacoma has more of what drivers in San Diego, Pacific Beach, and El Cajon need to get the job done.

Want to see for yourself? Contact us to test drive the Toyota Tacoma today!


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