Compare the Toyota Tacoma vs the Nissan & Chevrolet Competitors

 

Versus the Nissan Frontier

How Does the New Toyota Tacoma Compare to the Nissan Frontier?

Mid-size trucks can be a tricky market to thrive in. Built to satisfy the needs of drivers looking for pickup truck power in a smaller package, a good mid-sized has to offer enough power to strike a fine balance of performance and size. The best mid-size trucks can't be too big, but also need to pack a genuine punch under the hood.

When you're looking for an excellent mid-size truck, the Toyota Tacoma provides it. The best-selling mid-size pickup on the American roadways, it delivers a range of excellent options coupled to Toyota's sterling reputation for safety and dependability. It's a standout in its class. Something that becomes abundantly clear when you compare it to class competitors like the Nissan Frontier.

The 2018 Toyota Tacoma

With an affordable starting price, an unparalleled suite of safety features, and more than thirty different available configurations, the 2018 Toyota Tacoma offers one of the most versatile mid-size packages on the road. Able to fill a wide range of roles, it can be everything from a capable off-roader to a rugged work truck.

Performance:  2.7-liter inline-4 (159 horsepower, 180 pounds-feet of torque, 19/23 miles per gallon), 3.5-liter V6 (278 horsepower, 265 pounds-feet of torque, 19/24 miles per gallon)

Feature Options: Entune Infotainment System, GoPro Camera Mount, Multi-Terrain Select, Crawl Control, Push-Button Start, Qi Wireless Charing, Tilt-and-Slide Moonroof, Heated Leather Seating

Safety Features: Pre-Collision Warning w/ Pedestrian Detection, Lane Departure Alerts, Sway Warning System, Automatic High Beams, High-Speed Dynamic Cruise Control, Blind-Spot Monitoring, Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, Rear Parking Assist

Starting Price: $27,000

The 2018 Nissan Frontier

Offering a thorough lineup of trims and body styles, the Nissan Frontier has an option for most of every kind of truck driver. It's also one of the most affordable trucks on the market with a starting price well under $25,000. With a solid selection of features and decent performance figures, it's an all-around mid-size truck.

Performance: 2.5-liter inline-4 (152 horsepower, 171 pounds-feet of torque, 19/23 miles per gallon, 19/23 miles per gallon), 4.0-liter V6 (261 horsepower, 281 pounds-feet of torque, 17/22 miles per gallon)

Feature Options: NissanConnect Infotainment System, Power Mirrors, Leather Seats, Rockford Fosgate Audio System, Auto-Dimming Mirror, Dual-Zone Climate Control, Heated Seating

Safety Features: Traction Control System

Starting Price: $20,000

If affordability is your number one must-have feature, then the Nissan Frontier may be your best bet. It's a sturdy mid-size truck that will get the job done and that really can't be beaten when it comes to price.

If you're interested in more than just a low price tag, however? The Toyota Tacoma is the better truck. While their base engines are comparable, the Tacoma's V6 is more powerful and offers better gas mileage than the Frontier's.  Its suite of optional and standard features is also richer, especially when it comes to safety. There aren't many brands that can match Toyota's standard Safety Sense packages. That's even truer in the truck market when many options ignore safety technology outright.

The real winner for the Tacoma, however, is just the fact that it comes from Toyota. Toyota vehicles are well-known for their superior dependability. The Tacoma is no different. If you choose to drive home in one, you'll be able to count on it for years to come.

Versus the Chevrolet Colorado

How Does the Toyota Tacoma Compare to the Chevrolet Colorado?

A great pickup truck brings features to the table that expand the scope of your life. It gives you the tools to do more on the road. For many drivers, the trucks that do that the best fall into the mid-size segment. A mid-size truck like the Toyota Tacoma can offer you a superior selection of features and high performance, while also delivering an experience that feels more nimble and comfortable than the sometimes clunky driving you'll get from full-size trucks.

The Tacoma has established itself as the most popular midsize truck on the American roads. That being said, it's not the only good option out there. When you're shopping for a midsize pickup, you might wonder how it compares to competitors the Chevy Colorado. Let's take a look at what both have to offer.

The 2018 Toyota Tacoma

With dozens of configurations, the Tacoma offers a truck for every kind of driver. Better yet? There isn't a one of them that isn't great. With powerful engine options, a comfortable interior, and an excellent selection of standard/optional features, it's a hard truck to beat. And when it comes to safety? There's not another mid-size truck that can match the active safety technology the Tacoma delivers with its standard Toyota Safety Sense suite.

Performance:  2.7-liter inline-4 (159 horsepower, 180 pounds-feet of torque, 19/23 miles per gallon), 3.5-liter V6 (278 horsepower, 265 pounds-feet of torque, 19/24 miles per gallon)

Feature Options: Entune Infotainment System, Multi-Terrain Select, Crawl Control, Push-Button Start, Tilt-and-Slide Moonroof, Heated Seating, GoPro Camera Mount, Qi Wireless Charing

Safety Features: Blind-Spot Monitoring, Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, Rear Parking Assist, Pre-Collision Warning w/ Pedestrian Detection, Lane Departure Alerts, Sway Warning System, Automatic High Beams, High-Speed Dynamic Cruise Control

Starting Price: $27,000

The 2018 Chevrolet Colorado

The Chevy Colorado is an excellent mid-size option, especially for drivers who place performance at the top of their checklist. With three engine options that peak above 300 horsepower, it can deliver a full-size level of performance without the hassle of full-size driving. If you're looking for a smaller work truck, you could do a lot worse than this mid-size pickup.

Performance: 2.5-liter inline-4 (200 horsepower, 191 pounds-feet of torque, 19/26 miles per gallon), 3.6-liter V6 (308 horsepower, 275 pounds-feet of torque, 18/25 miles per gallon), 2.8-liter turbocharged inline-4 (186 horsepower, 369 pounds-feet of torque, 22/30 miles per gallon)

Feature Options: CornerStep Rear Bumper, Cargo-Box Lighting, Teen Driver System, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Cargo-Bo Storage System

Safety Features: Rollover Sensor, Electronic Stability Control

Starting Price: $21,000

The mid-size that's better for you, in this case, might depend more on the needs you're trying to satisfy. If you're looking for a smaller, no-frills work truck, then Chevy Colorado might be better for you. Its starting price is lower, and its durable design is complemented by engine options that provide a higher peak of horsepower than you'll find in the Tacoma.

The Tacoma meanwhile, is better for drivers who want a truck that can handle that work stuff, and then deliver a great driving experience the rest of the time too. It's no shrimp on the muscle front either, and its comfortable interior is only augmented by the peace-of-mind you get from the Tacoma's impressive standard safety suite. All of this, combined with Toyota's well-earned reputation for peerless dependability, make the Tacoma our pick.

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