Does the 2017 Nissan Frontier compare to the 2017 Toyota Tacoma?
Your needs are small. You want a pickup truck because the bed offers more versatility for large purchases, and you might want to tow once in a while. Nothing big, and yet you find that most pickup trucks come with a hefty price tag. The 2017 Nissan Frontier is one exception, coming in at a starting MSRP of only $18,390. It’s not often you can compare prices of a truck to those of a compact car. But there must be a catch, right? It’s only natural to compare this model to its competition. One of the frontrunners in the segment is the 2017 Toyota Tacoma, so how does the Frontier compare?
The starting MSRP for the 2017 Toyota Tacoma is $24,575, which means it has an initial cost of $6,185 above the 2017 Nissan Frontier. For that price, you could find yourself in a mid-trim Frontier, or even upgrade to the more potent V6 engine. Want a V6 in the Tacoma? You’ll be looking at a price in the $30k range. Ouch.
What about the engine options and fuel economy of both models? You’ll find that they are well-matched, as the 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine offers up 152 horsepower and 171 pound-feet of torque to the Nissan Frontier, while the Toyota Tacoma is powered by a 2.7-liter 4-cylinder engine that offers up 159 horsepower and 180 pound-feet of torque. You’ll find the V6 engines are similarly matched.
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As far as fuel economy is concerned, the 2017 Nissan Frontier earned an EPA-estimated 19 city and 23 highway mpg rating, which is exactly the same as the Tacoma.
This leaves us with another key figure: towing. You might be surprised to find the 2017 Nissan Frontier offers up 3,760 pounds of towing on its base model, where the 2017 Toyota Tacoma maxes out at 3,500 pounds for its entry trim.
Comparable performance, better capability and a lower price tag? We think you’ll love the 2017 Nissan Frontier. Stop by Glendale Nissan for a test drive, and be sure to check back here at our blog for more on all things Nissan.