Compare the Toyota Tacoma vs the Nissan, Chevrolet, Honda & Ford 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 2019 Toyota Tacoma

With an affordable starting price, an unparalleled suite of safety features, and more than thirty different available configurations, the 2019 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: $26,600

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 2019 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: $26,600

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.

Versus the Honda Ridgeline

How Does the 2019 Toyota Tacoma Compare to New Honda Ridgeline

Not everyone wants something as big as a full-size truck. Luckily, there's a cavalcade of mid-size options that deliver truck ability in a smaller package. The Toyota Tacoma represents one of the best. A favorite for its segment, the Tacoma provides a genuine truck experience in a vehicle that's easier to drive, more affordable, and infused with the dependability that Toyota-brand models are known for.

The Toyota Tacoma isn't alone in its high-quality, however. When you look at the full field of available mid-size models, you'll find several contenders that can offer you features and performance comparable to Tacoma. The Honda Ridgeline is the perfect example. Powerful and capable in its own right, you won't be disappointed if you drive one home.

The big question, of course, is which one offers more? Let's take a look at what both models have to offer.

The 2019 Toyota Tacoma

It doesn't matter if you're looking for an affordable work truck or a rugged performer with genuine power under the hood. The Tacoma has the tools and grit to deliver the experience you're looking for. With a powerful V6 available, and an impressive selection of standard active safety features, the Tacoma delivers one of the most robust experiences in its segment. When you add in Toyota's reputation for long-term value and durability, it’s not hard to understand why the Tacoma has established itself as a mid-size favorite.

Performance: 2.7-liter inline-4 (159 horsepower, 180 pounds-feet of torque, 20/23 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, Push-Button Start, Qi Wireless Phone Charging, Heated Seating, Leather Seating

Safety Features: Pre-Collision w/ Pedestrian Detection, Lane Departure Warning, High-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, Automatic High Beams, Rearview Camera

Payload/Towing Limit: 1,620/6,400 Pounds

Starting price: $26,600

The 2019 Honda Ridgeline

The Honda Ridgeline can't quite match the Toyota Tacoma in terms of payload, towing capacity, or price. Arguably making up for that, however, is a unique design that provides the interior comfort of a small SUV combined with a powerful suite of value-driven features. Its truck bed also stands out as one of the most unique in the industry. With a hidden compartment, you'll have more secure space at your fingertips than you'll find in most trucks.

Performance: 3.5-liter V6 (280 horsepower, 262 pounds-feet of torque, 19/26 miles per gallon)

Feature Options: Active Noise Cancellation, Push-Button Start, Intelligent Traction Management, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Leather Upholstery, Built-In Navigation, Truck-Bed Audio

Safety Features: Collision-Mitigation Braking, Active Cruise Control, Blind-Spot Assist, Road-Departure Mitigation, Forward-Collision Warning, Lane-Departure Warning, Lane-Keeping Assist

Payload/Towing Limit: 1,500/5,000 Pounds

Starting Price: $31,000

Which Truck is the Better One for You?

Both the Toyota Tacoma and Honda Ridgeline have a lot to offer to drivers in Phoenix and Tempe. Four our money, however, the Toyota Tacoma represents the better truck and the better value. While the Ridgeline can offer better performance and fuel economy, the Tacoma costs far less and puts its power to better use. At its best, it tows and hauls more than the Ridgeline.

To be sure the Ridgeline has other tempting features. Its roomy interior and extra cargo compartment are impressive offerings. There isn't a comfort feature in the world, however, that can match the peace of mind you get from the Tacoma's suite of standard safety technology.


Versus the Ford Ranger

How Does the 2019 Toyota Tacoma Compare to the New Ford Ranger

The 2019 Toyota Tacoma has, over the years, established itself as one of the most trusted models in the mid-size truck market. Dependable, affordable, and packed full of excellent features, the Tacoma delivers an experience packed to the brim with value. It doesn't matter if you're looking for a good truck to help with the occasional chore, or if you're someone that needs a high-performing pickup everyday. The Tacoma has the options, both inside and under the hood, to satisfy.

The Tacoma isn't a truck without competition, however. The mid-size stable includes several contenders that can offer a comparable level of performance. One of the newest is the 2019 Ford Ranger. Returning to the market after a long absence, the Ranger provides a powerful powertrain and fresh features aimed at giving mainstays like the Tacoma a run for their money.

Which one is the right one for you? Let's take a look at what both bring to the table.

The 2019 Toyota Tacoma

Toyota is well known for building dependable cars. The Toyota Tacoma is no different. Sturdy and rugged, the 2019 Tacoma is the last new truck you'll need to drive home for a long time. You can count on it to run well and keep running for a long time. On top of its dependability, the Tacoma also delivers solid engine options and a winning selection feature options, especially on the safety front.

Performance: 2.7-liter inline-4 (159 horsepower, 180 pounds-feet of torque, 20/23 miles per gallon), 3.5-liter V6 (278 horsepower, 265 pounds-feet of torque, 19/24 miles per gallon)

Feature Options: Push-Button Start, Qi Wireless Phone Charging, Heated Seating, Leather Seating, Entune Infotainment System, GoPro Camera Mount, Multi-Terrain Select

Safety Features: High-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, Automatic High Beams, Rearview Camera, Pre-Collision w/ Pedestrian Detection, Lane Departure Warning

Payload/Towing Limit: 1,620/6,400 Pounds

Starting price: $26,600

The 2019 Ford Ranger

Back on the road after nearly a decade, the all-new Ford Ranger delivers a vehicle package defined by a focus on modern features and high-performance. Run through a ringer of tests originally designed for full-size mainstays like the F-150, the Ranger is designed to deliver a "Ford tough" experience in a smaller package.

Performance: 2.3-liter EcoBoost inline-4 (270 horsepower, 310 pounds-feet of torque, 21/26 miles per gallon)

Feature Options: Sync 3 Infotainment System, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Remote Keyless Entry, Built-In Navigation, Remote Start System, SecuriCode Keyless Entry

Safety Features: Automatic Emergency Braking System, Pre-Collision Assist, Lane-Keeping Assist, Lane-Departure Warning, Adaptive Cruise Control, Blind Spot Information System

Payload/Towing Limit: 1,860/7,500 pounds

Starting Price: $25,395

Which Truck is the Better One for You?

The new Ford Ranger has a lot going for it. Its hauling and towing capacities are among the best in the mid-size class. Its feature suite also includes some impressive options that are sure to satisfy drivers of all sorts. It also has a slightly lower starting price than the Tacoma.

Where the Tacoma takes the lead, however, is with the value it offers. Its standard suite of activity safety features, in particular, substantially outclasses the Ranger's offerings. The Tacoma's well-deserved reputation for dependability really cannot be overstated, either. With the Ford Ranger, you're getting a truck that has a lot to prove. The Toyota Tacoma has already proven itself. The 2019 model is just the latest chapter in a long story of success.

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